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MOROCCO – THE FAIRY TALE LAND OF ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS

Morocco Fes

Morocco is a country full of contrasts. On the west, it has long kilometers of beaches of the Atlantic and the Mediterinean Coasts. Moroccan inland has mountain tops of the Rif Mountains and the High and Middle Atlas Mountains covered with snow. In between the mountain ranges there are green valleys and on the South there are even desert regions with kasbahs.

 

 

What to see and visit in Morocco – the best of Morocco

 

Essaouira – a movie-like city

Morocco Essaouira

If you start your journey of Morocco in the town of Agadir, your first stop will be the medieval town of Essaouira. On the way there, you can observe beautiful wild beaches being splashed by huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean, a surfers' paradice. You may be shocked by the site of goats, grazing in the treetops of the argan trees, right next to the road. It is hilarious to see tree branches full of goats. Supposedly, the best argan oil is the one that goes through the goats' digestive systems. Before arriving to Essaouira, chances are that you will run into several herds of camels.

The town of Essaouira itself looks like it has been cut straight out of a movie set and many film directors from all over the world had used the city sites to film their movies. The first site you will see is a romantic harbor, full of wooden boats and seagulls. The old town – Medina was built in 1760, on a rocky penincula, surrounded by Portugese forts. The town had been designed in 18th century by a French architect and it is characterized by arched passageways. To enter the town you have to walk through ancient fort-walls and then you have to make your way through old-aged streets filled with little stores and markets.

 

El Jadida – a Poruguese Town

Morocco El Jadida

El Jadida once was a Poruguese town, whose Medina was build in 1815 and it's completely surrounded by walls. To store water, the Portuguese used an underground pillar hall with Gothic arches. Today, the cistern, which is registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is accesible to the public.

 

Cassablanca – the Moroccan economic center

Morocco Cassablanca

The next stop on the journey is Cassablanca. Cassablanca is a busy economic metropolis and has almost 3 million people. The symbol of the city is the large Hassan II Mosque. The main tower of the mosque is 200 m tall and its tops shine a laser beam to 30 km distance in the dirrection of Mecca. Up to 100 thousand believers can fit in the whole mosque complex at once.

 

Rabat - the center of Moroccan power

Morocco Rrabat

Rabat, fouded as early as the 12th century, was the capitol city of the French Protectorate and in 1956 it became the capitol city of today's Morocco. The symbol of the town is the Hassan Tower. The tower was a part of an unfinished 12th century mosque. The tower neighbors a Mousoleum of Muhammad V, a Moroccan King and the founder of modern Morocco. Another site worth visiting is an old Kasbah of the Udayas, which neigbors the Medina and is completely surrounded by massive fortress walls. Inside of the Kasbah you will find the Andalusian Gardens and beautiful blue and white streets.

 

Meknes - a powerful imperial city

Morocco Meknes

In 17th century a Sultan Moulay Ismail re-built the town into the most powerful North African city. Until today Meknes is surrounded by 40 km of massive fortress walls and the entrance of the town is a mighty Arabic Gate. The center of Medina is a spacious Palace El Hedim Square, which is on the south side dominated by a the largest gate Bab el Mansour. A lot of narrow streets forks its way from the square to the palace quarter, Moulay Ismail.

 

Volubilis - an ancient Rome in Morocco

Morocco Volubilis

Our journey will continue from Meknes to Volubilis, which was during the Roman times (42 – 285 A.D.) a capitol city of Mauretania Tingatana Province. There are many well-preserved parts of Roman buildings and unique and unbelievably well-preserved mosaic floors. The floors, even though many centuries old, still shine with all the bright colors.

 

Fes - a pure Middle-Age town

Morocco Fes tanners

Fes is a center of Arab-Islamic culture. Even though Fes el Bali was founded in the 9th century, it has appeared unchanged for centuries. The visit of the local Medina is like a visit of pure Middle Ages and it is the highlight of the whole journey. Fes el Bali is all around surrounded by walls. There is about half million people living within these walls and moving around in the ten thousand little streets of the Medina. The streets are so narrow, that a car cannot pass through and all the goods have to be transported from place to place by donkeys. Coming here without a tourguide, you risk getting lost in the first 5 minutes. You will also find here 320 mosques and a large number of medres. You can walk through ancient streets, stores, markets, medres and workrooms, until you come upon a quarter of tanners. The tanners use the same procedure of leather processing that has been used for and unchanged for centuries. The houses look like they are glued to each other and it is a wander, how a leather processing manufactures can fit in between the little houses, on the streets, under an open sky. While passing in the streets, it is close to inpossible to resist the sellers of carpets, pottery, merchants with traditional scents, or sellers in the manufactures with bronze crockery.

 

Marrakesh - a Redish-Green Peal of the South

Morocco Marrakesh

he town's nickname is the Redish-Green Pearl of the South, because it is surrounded by red soil and green palm oasis. Marrakesh is the second oldest Makhzen Royal Town and today has about three quarters of a million inhabitans. On the horizon you can see the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. In Marakesh, in one walled-in garden you can find the famous Saadian tombs, that were only discovered in the last century. You can walk through gorgeous sultan palaces decorated by incredible ornaments. In Medina there are various quarters where different craftsmen reside. You can visit a quarter of painters, sellers of slippers, cloth vendors, jewellers, and spice vendors. The whole town is dominated by the astonishing Jemaa el-Fna Square (compile of the dead). Long time ago, on the square, there were stakes on which the heads of the dead were put. Today, the square is filled with jugglers, snake witchers, and Hena tatto artists.

 

Agadir - endless beaches

Morocco Agadir

You can end the journey through Morocco on the beaches of Agadir. Agadir is the youngest Moroccan city. It was re-built after an 1960 earthquick. The main Agadir beach is truly endless. It is 8 km long and above the the beach there is a hill with a large sign that says, Allah.

 

Tarroudant and Tioute Oasis

Morocco Tioute oasis

If you have some time and energy left, you can prolong your Moroccan journey and explore a little more of the nearby inland. From Agadir you can take a road, that goes through small villages and sometimes it dissapears in a dried out river basin. Tarroudant, like other cities, has beautiful city walls, which you can walk on top of. The main destination of the trip is the Tiout Oasis. There are more than 20 000 palms and the whole place is dominated by an old kasbah (a fort).

 

Anti-Atlas - a beautiful scenery with kasbahs

Morocco Anti Atlas

A tour of the Anti-Atlas Mountain on a route Agadir - Tafraoute – Tiznit (340 km long) is one of the most ravishing routes of Morocco. It leads you through a hillside of the mountains and provides an amazing scenery. It passes old, deserted villages and age-old kasbahs. In Tafraout you will see bizar, pink granite formations created by erosion. Even the houses in this region are painted with pink color and together, with surrounding desert, they create a beautiful background.

 

 

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