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Visit the top 10 Best Cities in Morocco to get the best possible experience if you thought about going to Morocco for a lovely and wonderful tour.
Marrakesh knows how to put on a show. Its heady sights and sounds dazzle, frazzle and enchant, as they have done for almost a millennia. Circuses can’t compare to the mayhem of the Unesco-acclaimed halqa (street theater) in Marrakesh’s main square, Djemaa El Fna. By day, Djemaa draws crowds with snake-charmers, acrobats and dentists with jars of pulled teeth. Around sunset, 100 restaurant stalls kick off the world’s most raucous grilling competition. After dinner, Djemaa music jam sessions get underway. Audience participation is always encouraged, and spare change ensures encores.
The Fes medina is the maze to end all mazes. The only way to experience it is to plunge headfirst. Don’t be afraid of getting lost – follow the flow of people to take you back to one of the two main thoroughfares, or ask a shopkeeper to point you in the right direction. It’s an adventure into a medieval world of hidden squares, warrens of workshops and colorful markets. Remember to look up and see intricate plasterwork, ornately carved cedarwood, dazzling mosaic tiles and curly Arabic calligraphy.
High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas Mountains are North Africa’s tallest mountain range, a trekker’s paradise from spring to fall. The range runs diagonally across Morocco for almost 620 miles (1000km), encircling Marrakesh to the south and east from the Atlantic Coast just north of Agadir to Khenifra in the northeast. Its saw-toothed peaks act as a weather barrier between the mild, Mediterranean climate to the north and the Sahara to the south. In its highest reaches, snow falls from September to May, allowing for winter sports in Oukaimeden, while year-round rivers flow towards Marrakesh creating a network of fertile valleys.
Steep and cobbled, the infinitely Instagrammable blue-washed lanes of Chefchaouen’s medina tumble down the mountainside in a shower of red rooftops, wrought-iron balconies and vivid geraniums. You could be content for hours just people-watching over a mint tea in the cafe-packed main square, lorded over by a grand red-hued kasbah. Or amble down the riverside walk, shop the souqs (markets), stroll to the Spanish Mosque on the hill or even venture into the surrounding Talassemtane National Park to explore the Rif Mountains.
Amazigh king Juba II, whose wife was the daughter of Antony and Cleopatra, was installed at Volubilis by the Romans. The town became a thriving farming community producing olive oil, wheat and wine for the ancient Roman army. Today you can still stand on the basilica steps, look out over the same fertile fields and survey his kingdom. A museum has opened, and you can wander fairly freely around this Unesco World Heritage site, pausing to peer at the dazzling mosaics.
If anyone tells you there’s nothing to see in Casablanca except the Hassan II Mosque, they haven’t looked closely enough. A one-of-a-kind fusion of neo-Moorish and art-deco architecture dating from the early 20th century, when Casablanca was the jewel of the French colonies, fills the center with pleasing symmetry, sensuous curves and striking tilework, along with post-independence modernist and brutalist buildings. Some have been restored to their former glory while others are sadly neglected; take a guided walking tour to discover this wonderful heritage.
Ouarzazate is a city worth seeing about 200 kilometers south of Marrakech and is especially known for the numerous film studios like the Atlas Corporation Studios. For example, scenes from Game of Thrones, Gladiator and the Medicus were filmed in these studios. When a film production is not in progress, these studios can be visited. Another highlight of Ouarzazate is the Kasbah Taourirt, a huge castle made of rammed earth, located on the outskirts of the city. This sight can also be visited from the inside, which is also really very impressive and recommended.
Rabat, the Moroccan capital, is located on the Atlantic coast and is one of the 4 royal cities of Morocco and should not be missed on any sightseeing trip. The white royal city enchants with a quiet flair and a picturesque location by the sea. The medina and the souks are also really worth seeing and invite you to stroll. Especially beautiful is a walk along the harbor and the fortification wall. From here you have a beautiful view of the deep blue sea, the old town and the neighboring village Sale. The main attraction of Rabat and a real must-see is the 44 meter high Hassan Tower and the mausoleum of Mohammed V.
One of the most famous attractions of Morocco is definitely the Sahara, the largest desert on earth. Really popular are desert tours to Merzouga, more precisely, trips to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, some of which reach up to 180 meters high. Nowhere in Morocco is the desert more beautiful than in this region. During a camel ride, you will be amazed by a sea of golden-yellow, never-ending sand dunes and the eternal expanse of the Sahara. An unforgettable experience is to spend a night under the starry sky of the desert in a Berber tent and listen to the silence until deep into the night.