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This article was written on 06 Oct 2015.

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The best places to visit in Morocco

 The Blue Gate of the Fez Medina, Morocco

If you happen to travel in Morocco, you can start you trip with the most complete medieval Arabian city Fez. The Old Fez (Fès el-Bali) with its narrow lanes and bazaars attracts much attention, as there is much to see in it. You should be very careful not to lose your way in the city with a maze of 6000 streets. Some sights of interest you can explore:

  • The largest mosque of Africa and the oldest university in the world can be found in the center of Fez. Kairaouine Mosque & University was established in 859. At present about 20,000 people can pray there.
  • The Medersa Bou Inania is the theological college of Fez built in the 14th century (1350-1357). This is a great sample of old architecture along with Medersa el-Attarine, founded in 1325 in the heart of medina.
  • Batha Museum houses the collection of Moroccan arts and crafts. You can see embroidery, carpets, fantastic ceramic collection of the 14th century and other amazing things telling us of the past.
  • The best selection of leather is offered at the Chaouwara tanneries, the place, which has become an iconic sight. The tourists can watch the process of leather dying. The prices are reasonable so it is a great opportunity to buy cheap leather goods there.

The older part of the district was called new because it’s only 700 years old. Can you imagine some other place, where a new district would be so old?

marakesh1Marrakesh is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco. There you can lose sense of direction as well. The northern part of the city represents the maze of souks where slaves were sold in the past along with other valuable goods such as ivory, gold and etc. Now you can find many beautiful boutiques at those places where artists and craftsmen present traditional crafts. The donkey carts return you to the past. This is the place where old and new collide. For instance, you can see how a man driving the mule discusses something on mobile.

You will love just to explore Marrakesh with its wonderful architecture.

Koutoubia Mosque is the symbol of Marrakesh. You will see its tall minaret built in the 12th century from different parts of the city.

Djemaa El-Fna, which is translated as “the assembly of the dead”, is the main square in Marrakesh. The public execution were held there around 1050 AD therefore it received such name. Now this is a bustling central square, where the markets (called souqs) begin. You will see lots of spice stalls, carpet shops, and artisans. At a local bakery you will see how the locals prepare bread at home and then have it baked at the bakery.

Walking in Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina, you can see many historic highlights such as Grand Bahia Palace. If you do it with a guide, you will hear many amazing stories from the life of sultans.

If you want to have a look at the past then you should go to Photography Museum of Marrakesh that presents the gallery of 4500 photos showing scenes from life one century ago. Looking at the photos of the Berber tribes, villages and portraits of Moroccans, you will be able to understand culture and history of Morocco better. Staying in Marrakesh make a tour to Cascades D’ouzoud, where you will see three-tiered waterfalls.

32_7_1_MarokkoCasablanca is a city with excellent colonial architecture. Moroccan traditions influenced it and you can find the blend of Moroccan designs with European art deco. Hassan II Mosque that is located in the city is one of the two mosques available for non-Moslems. Its minaret is the tallest in the world – it is 210 meters high.

Meknes in the north of Morocco with its 9th century medina has much to offer. Its historic sites are amazing and can tell you much of the Moroccan history. You should explore Dar El Makhzen palace, Bab Mansour gate, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Néjjarine Mosque built in the 10th century and many other interesting sites.

Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest places in Morocco. This charming little town is known for its blue-colored buildings. You will love its Kasbah (fortress) with red-hued walls, a nice garden and Ethnographic museum. There is Grande Mosquée with octagonal tower just beside it. The mosque was built in the 15th century.

However, you should not limit yourself with these places only – there is much more to see in Morocco.

 

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