Saturday, September 21, 2019

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Morocco | AIB

There are many places to see in Morocco, a country with a culture and traditions very different from those of its nearby Europe, which we are sure will catch you as soon as you arrive. The landscape diversity and privileged geographic location, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea make Morocco a unique destination, where it is possible to find deserts, mountain ranges, fertile plains and beaches of golden sand.

In this destination, you will find historic towns and cities, which preserve traditions over a thousand years, and historical and cultural heritage with Berber and European influences. We have prepared a short list of places you should visit in Morocco, and I hope it will help you plan your trip.

1. Marrakech


The city of Marrakech is one of the most important cultural centers of the country. The Djemaa el Fna square is the heart of the city and one of the most picturesque places in Morocco. On this site, you will find jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, acrobats, musicians, among many other artists.

There are many other things to see and do in Marrakech, a city of palaces, markets, gardens, mosques, and madrasas, although the best thing to do is lose yourself aimlessly through its labyrinthine streets and find the true essence of the city.

2. Ait Ben Haddou


The fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987, is located in the Souss-Massa-Draa region. Ait Ben Haddou is a beautiful village of clay and adobe, stopped in time in an arid and rocky area, which we are sure, will surprise you. It is formed by several fortresses, locally known as kasbahs, whose origins date back to the eighth century.

3. Merzouga and the Dunes of Erg Chebbi


Merzouga is of the most beautiful deserts in the world, where a sea of ​​perfect dunes are the protagonists of the landscape in which you can spend one of the best nights of your life under the stars. It is in this region where the dunes of Erg Chebbi, the largest dunes in Morocco, are located. This is a surprising and unique place, where it is possible to carry out various activities such as camel excursions and excursions in all-terrain vehicles.

4. Fez


The historic city of Fez, considered the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco, was founded in the 9th century, after having been an important scientific, religious and cultural center during the 12th century. The city has the oldest university in the world and the largest mosque on the African continent.

Unlike the famous Marrakech, Fez allows you to enjoy its labyrinthine streets, visit its Koranic schools and buy in its souks, with more tranquility. The most outstanding place in the walled medina is the Chouwara Tannery, a show of smells and colors, among many other things to see and do in Fez.

5. Chefchaouen


The city of Chefchaouen, known as the blue city of Morocco, is located in the heart of the Rif Mountains, in the northeast of the country, between the Tisouka and Megou peaks. In this destination, we highlight the Medina with its houses and streets painted blue, the Uta El-Hammam square, with several shops where you can buy handicrafts, and the Yamma el Kebir mosque, which dates back to the 15th century.

6. The Dades and Todra Gorges


The Dades and Todra Gorges offer some of the most spectacular landscapes of Morocco, with its gorges and karst canyons. The Dades gorge located in the High Atlas, the first you will find if you go in the direction of the desert of Merzouga. The road that takes you to the top of the gorge is spectacular, in which some of its most prominent places are the capricious rock formations known as “the fingers of the monkey.”

Also, the Todra Gorge, located on the east side of the High Atlas, with rocky canyons with walls of up to 300 meters, is a paradise for climbers. These two valleys can be visited in a day and are part of the route that will take you to the Merzouga desert from Marrakech.

7. Essaouira


Essaouira is known as the pearl of the Atlantic as well as being one of the most beautiful and must see places in Morocco. It is an oasis of tranquility perfect to disconnect from the stressful City.

It is a city that stands out for its natural landscapes, its architectural heritage with buildings of Portuguese, French and Berber origin and the excellent conditions for the practice of nautical sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.

8. Ouzoud waterfalls


The Ouzoud Waterfalls located in the Atlas Mountains is the most spectacular in Morocco and North Africa. Its waterfalls are more than 100 meters and come from the Ouzoud River, where in addition to taking a bath in its cold waters you can enjoy an environment of vegetation very different from the typical landscapes of Morocco.

9. Volubilis


Volubilis is considered as the best preserved Roman site in North Africa. This ancient Roman city, included in the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites, preserves remains of important places such as the Basilica and the Temple of Jupiter, the hot springs, the forum and what most caught our attention when we visited it, its magnificent mosaics.

10. Rabat


The capital Rabat, considered the fourth imperial city, was founded in the 12th century by Abd al-Mumin. Among the places to visit, we highlight the Hassan Tower, which corresponds to a great mosque started by Yacub al-Mansur and that was left unfinished due to the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which affected Spain and was felt in this city.

Also, do not forget to visit the Kasbah des Arabs, which corresponds to an old palace now converted into a museum of traditional art, and the Puerta de Oudaïa, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the Medina.

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