What to see in Morocco, a week's itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech, the city from which the name of this North African state derives.
A very rich artistic and popular history create a stimulating environment for those facing a trip to Morocco, whose coasts are bathed by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south of the Strait of Gibraltar.
It is possible to take walks in the desert, along the coasts and in the plains, or visit the outdoor markets where there are artisans who produce rugs and stalls that sell ceramics, jewelry, brass and wood.
Asilah is a small city located 40km from Tangier, on the northwestern tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It was under Roman, Spanish and Portuguese rule. Ramparts, towers, imposing ramparts, seaside promenades and restaurants famous for their fried fish dishes await every tourist. The city is surrounded by defensive walls.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco. The major industries and banks are based here and this makes Casablanca the economic capital of Morocco and one of the most important commercial centers in North Africa. Located near the capital Rabat, Casablanca is also the main seaport on the Atlantic Ocean and the city where the University of Hassan founded in 1976 is located.
Chefchaouen it is said to be one of the most pleasant cities in all of Morocco. It is a holy city where there are about 20 mosques and shrines that welcome thousands of pilgrims every year. Founded in 1471, it is particularly known for its low houses with bright tiled roofs and for the weaving of the carpets.
Erfoud is the main town in the Ziz valley where there is a small square with fruit and vegetable stalls and some craft shops.
Essaouira it is a coastal city with beautiful beaches. To visit the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah Museum, located in the former residence of a pasha, which houses an ethnographic collection and a history of the local musical tradition. There are documents on Berber songs and string instruments decorated with inlays, which were used by musicians to accompany the dances.
Fez it is the most mystical of the imperial cities of Morocco, founded in 808 AD by the sovereign of Morocco Moulay Idris II saint and become capital and spiritual center of Morocco. Fez is divided into two distinct areas, the Fez el Jdid and Fez el Bali. In the oldest part of the city there are important architectural treasures.
Imlil Gorges it is a charming mountain village and starting point for excursions through Toubkal national park.
Marrakech gave the name to Morocco, which derives from this medieval name. With the conquest of the Almoravids, Berber dynasty from the Sahara, southern Spain, Marrakech was involved in the Andalusian cosmopolitan culture. Under the domination of the Almoravids, Marrakech became a bulwark of Islamic civilization and an intellectual center, where the most famous scholars and philosophers of the time converged, and luxurious buildings and splendid gardens were built. The ancient fortified walls and city gates are medieval monuments. From a commercial point of view, Marrakech is famous for the very careful processing of leather and desert rugs.Recommended readings
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Meknes is a city located in northern Morocco, based on the agrigola economy and carpet production.
Merzouga Dunes it is a place from which to see a beautiful sunrise over the desert.
Ouarzazate it was founded by the French in the 1920s by the French as a military and administrative center. It is located in the Dadès valley not far from the Sahara desert. In the surroundings there are numerous film studios, also used to make famous films set in the desert. On the outskirts, proceeding towards Tinerhir, there is Casbah Taorirt, an important tourist complex.
Rabat it is the political and administrative capital of Morocco, where the official residence of the king is located together with all the ministries and embassies of the country. There are also many production activities including textile and food industries and there are the Mohammed V University and the National Conservatory of Music. The Mohamed V Theater and an archaeological museum are located in the city center.
Tangier is a port in northern Morocco with an ancient history as it was a Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Arab, Portuguese, Spanish and British city.
Taroudannt it is also nicknamed the small Marrakesh, characterized by fragrant gardens and winding streets.Place Assarag, with its cafes and restaurants, is the favorite meeting place for residents and tourists.
Tetouan is an Arab-Berber city, located on the slopes of Gebel Dersa, a commercial center with the sale and purchase of wheat, livestock, citrus fruits and handicrafts. Tobacco, soap, matches, building materials and textiles are produced. The main industries are dedicated to printing, cabinet-making and canned fish.
Tinerhir it is located about 14 kilometers from Todra gorge, making it a good base from which to explore it.
Zagora it is the place where in the fourteenth century, in the oasis of Zagora, the Saadians first conquered the Souss and then all Morocco.