Places to Visit in Morocco

Places to Visit in Morocco

As well as the oasis of the Sahara Desert and the coastal destinations, the cities are Morocco’s main tourist attraction with their picturesque and suggestive old quarters where the narrow streets appear not have any order but mesh in a labyrinth where you can easily get lost. Don’t miss the covered markets in Marrakech and in Fez el-Bali, or the thrilling Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech’ large and entertaining square one of the most interesting in the world not for its beauty but for the buzz and the number of activities going on during the daytime and in the evening. In Casablanca don’t miss the art nouveau and art deco colonial architecture and Hassan II mosque, the largest in the country and the only one open to non-Muslims visitors.

Volubilis, the most important Roman archaeological site situated about 30 km from Meknes deserves a visit.

The Kairaouine Mosque that before the Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca was the biggest in Morocco, today it remains the most important religious building in the country and together with Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo is the World’s oldest university. It has two minarets. The main tower is covered by a white cupola, typical of Tunisian architecture, and the smaller one is the Borj en Naffara (the trumpeter tower) from where the beginning and end of Ramadan are announced.

The Koutoubia Minaret, situated in the heart of Marrakech, dominates the city and is visible from kilometres afar. Dating back to the XII century the almost 70-metre high Koutoubia Minaret is the most ancient of the three Almohad towers (the other two are the Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Giralda Tower in Seville) as well as the most complete.

In Tangier’s surrounding areas take time to visit the lighthouse at Cap Spartel, only 14 km from Tangier, where, on a good day, you can see the extraordinary meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, one dark blue and the other a lighter shade of blue. The Caves of Hercules situated 16 km from the city have an unusual opening over the ocean which is similar to the shape of Africa, this place surrounded by an aura of mythology is considered a symbol of Tangier.

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