A popular tourist country, Morocco is a visited by many who want to enjoy their magnificent coast, rich culture and colourful history. Officially the Kingdom of Morocco, it is home to several ancient Islamic and Roman sites. It is also popular for its cultural history and heritage. The country’s growing popularity for adventure tourism in the Atlas and Rif Mountains have enticed more tourists to visit the country and take part in walking and trekking circuits.
Morocco is located in North Africa and shares a land border with Spain, Algeria and Mauritania. It also has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean stretching into the Mediterranean past the strait of Gibraltar.
When planning a holiday in Morocco, there are many sights and destinations to choose from. Here are just a few of the more popular cities in Morocco that should not be missed:
Rabat – It is the capital city of Morocco and the country’s political centre, Rabat is one of the four Imperial Cities of Morocco. Rabat’s city centre has the honour of being listed as a World Heritage site. When in the city, make sure to visit the more popular tourist destinations including the Kasbah of the Udayas, Hassan Tower, Chellah, Plage de Rabat and the Rabat Archaeological Museum.
Fez – Also known as Fes, Fez is the third largest city in Morocco. Fez was once the capital of the country. Some have called the city as the “Mecca of the West” and the “Athens of Africa”. Fez has two old medinas – a walled city section with narrow and maze-like streets – the Fes el Bali and the Al-Qarawiyyin. The Al-Qarawiyyin is the oldest functioning madrasa in the world. A “madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution. Meanwhile, the Fes el Bali is the largest medina and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered to be the one of the largest car-free urban areas in the world.
Casablanca – Popularly referred to as just “Casa”, this city is the economic and cosmopolitan centre of the country. The city can get congested at times due its popularity among international and domestic tourists but it is still worth a stop when you are in Morocco. Don’t miss visiting the magnificent Hassan II Mosque and partake in the city’s bustling nightlife.
Marrakech – With a name that means “Land of God”, Marrakech is the third largest city in the country and one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco. Marrakech is located near the base of the Atlas Mountains and just a few hours from the Sahara Desert. Because of this distinct landscape, it is one of the top destinations in Morocco. When in Marrakech, be sure to visit both the Medina, the historical part of the city and the Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle, the new European modern district of the city.
Morocco has several airports throughout the country. Among the busiest in the country include the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Marrakesh Menara Airport in Marrakech, Agadir-Al Massira Airport in Agadir, Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport in Tangier and Fes-Saïss Airport in Fes.
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