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Attractions in Morocco

The most beautiful places in Morocco

The narrow lanes of Fez’s souks, the unmistakable flavour of a tajine served in an exotic riad in Marrakech, the white Arab architecture of minarets, and the historic fortified fortifications of the Imperial Cities These are just a few of many fascinating attractions in Morocco. And it’ll only take you a couple of hours to get there on a flight! In fact, it is sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, with just the Strait of Gibraltar separating it from Spain. In short, it’s a lot closer than it appears.

The cities

– Tangier

Tangier is a port city located in the far north of Morocco. Its historical importance is easily recognizable: the proximity to Spain, from which it is separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar, made it a strategic point for commercial and political traffic.

Among the most important places of interest are:

The white Medina and the Dar el Makhzen, the ancient palace of the sultan become Museum of Moroccan art objects;
Cape Spartel, with its lighthouse from which to admire the sea and the Strait;
The fascinating Caves of Hercules, are traditionally linked to the Greek myth.

– Chefchaouen, the blue city

Chefchaouen is a very small city with no major historical monuments.

So why do we include it among the most beautiful stops to see in Morocco?

Because it is the entire town of Chefchaouen that is a small wonder for the eyes.

Buildings, streets, roads, signs are all painted blue. Chefchaouen is a small village that seems to reflect the sky on the brightest days.

To be seen to believe.

And think that when it was founded in 1471, it did not yet have this characteristic. Only later did it take on blue as the colour of every building.

How come?

It is not known. There are two theories:

The population painted the houses and streets blue since for Jews it is the colour that symbolizes paradise. The inhabitants were mostly Jews, in fact.
The inhabitants believed that insects were afraid of water so they painted their houses and streets blue to keep them away.
It’s up to you to choose which theory to trust.

 

– Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate is a famous destination among those wishing to tour the Sahara Desert.

It represents, in fact, one of the largest pre-Saharan Oasis of Morocco.

The town itself, however, is home to fortified Arab buildings of great interest, so much so that several Hollywood directors chose the city as a set for their films. One example? Lawrence of Arabia.

 

– Marrakech:

the best attractions and what not to do

“Simply the most beautiful place on Earth to spend an afternoon,” signed Winston Churchill.

The last Imperial City is also the most famous: Marrakech.

In this city there are beautiful buildings, traditional and admirable souks, but, above all, perfect places to savour the life and customs of Morocco.

Among what you must necessarily see, we indicate:

The Palais de Bahia, a beautiful building with over 150 rooms with painted and inlaid ceilings;
the Jewish quarter Mellah;
Jemaa El Fna Square, where you can meet acrobats, snake charmers and even sorceresses;
Koutoubia and the symbol of Marrakech: its high minaret.
Facing the Atlas mountain range, Marrakech is a must-see on a Morocco vacation.

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