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From mountains to desert, beach to bustling cities, Morocco has something for everyone. A country where your senses will be challenged at every turn your time exploring mazelike medinas, berber villages, unspoiled beaches, miles of dunes and sand (not to mention the most spectacular mint tea) will not disappoint. Below is a glimpse of my incredible time in Morocco.
Upon landing in Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco, you hear English, Arabic, and French being spoken. Right away, you know you’ve landed in an exotic and exciting land.
A must see is the Hassan II Mosque – the largest in Morocco and the seventh largest in the world. The mosque is designed with traditional Arabic elements including stunning archways, handmade mosaics, and inviting entry ways. Note that the mosque can be visited throughout the day, however if you want to visit in the inside, you will have to buy a ticket and plan a morning visit. Take note of how you are dressed as well in a place of worship.
Enjoy a walk on the stunning corniche along the coast – stop for a quick meal or even a surf lesson!
Nicknamed “The Blue Pearl,” Chefchaouen is becoming a must-see city when visiting Morocco. The nick name says it all – various of shades of blue lining homes, streets and alleyways makes this an Instagrammers/photographers paradise. Throughout the day the colours of the city change and so will your pictures. The small city maintains a traditional way of life. You will smell fresh bread being baked, see weekly bustling markets, and feel a certain calm that is not common in the bigger cities.
The city center is car free, so it makes it the perfect place to relax, slow down and explore. Although if you are keen, half-day to multi-day hikes are available to explore the beautiful mountainous region surrounding the city.
A former capital of Morocco, there is incredible history and contrast in this city. Highlights include the world’s first university (still in operation today), medieval tanneries, Royal Palace, and of course the ancient medina. The Fez medina is one of the largest car-free zones in the world and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
A paradise for shoppers and art enthusiast, spectacular handmade rugs, pottery, mosaics, woodwork, and leather goods dress the streets. It is nearly impossible to leave without a special one of a kind piece.
Do yourself a favour and hire a guide when exploring the Medina! I promise, no map will help you navigate the 10,000+ laneways.
A city that so many have called their second home, from royals to designers, Marrakech has a unique charm and energy you won’t find elsewhere. If you still have room in your suitcase, your visit to the Djemaa El Fna (UNESCO world heritage site), the main square will be a fantastic option to stock up on souvenirs. Take some time to enjoy the halqa (street theatre) that has been a staple in this area since 1050 AD. The sounds of snake charmers and street performers is in full swing by mid-morning.
For those who have an interest in fashion and design, Jardin Majorelle is a must see! Famous French designer Yves Saint-Laurent called Marrakech home for many years and bought this property in the 1960s. The gardens are magnificent and the art deco interior of the home is not something to be missed. The home also houses a Berber Museum holding many fascinating artifacts of the indigenous people of Morocco.
The above is the smallest glimpse of what this destination has to offer. Morocco should be on any Globetrotter’s bucket list!
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