7 best cities to visit in Morocco 2020
Right from the gleaming clear waters of the Mediterranean region to the sandy plains of Sahara, the mysteriously beautiful country of Morocco has fascinated foreign visitors for hundreds of years. To date, Morocco remains the most visited African nation. The location of Morocco has made it an integral part of trade through the whole of Africa.
The country boasts of diverse cultures, a beautiful amalgamation of the Berber, Arabic, and French cultures. It is home to both cosmopolitan metro cities and traditional medieval towns that are waiting to be discovered.
7 best cities to visit in Morocco
Below is our pick of the 7 best cities to visit in Morocco which can help you plan your trip to this gorgeous country.
Marrakech is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco and is nestled in the shadow of the great Atlas Mountain range. The unique position of the city makes it very integral to good trading within the country, making it a highly busy and hectic city.
Being a trade dominant city, it is influenced by both the eastern and western cultures, making it the most vibrant metropolis in the country. Marrakech is most popular for its medieval medina which is a UNESCO-protected maze of alleys and markets. It is also famous for its iconic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque whose single minaret can be seen from miles across.
The Jemaa el-Fna square is a lively place that comes alive every evening with congregates of locals and visitors gathering to watch the acrobats, magicians, snake charmers, Gnaoua musicians perform.
You can hear the traders calling out to customers to bargain and persuade them to buy their goods. After sunset, as the night sets in the main square starts filling up with steaming food stalls. This spectacular place has been the cultural soul of Marrakech for over 1,000 years and is a must-visit.
Meknes is the smallest Moroccan imperial city which offers a mesmerizing picture of the megalomaniacal rule the city enjoyed under the extravagant Sultan Moulay Ismail. The old city of Meknes was the capital of imperial Morocco during the 11th century.
The Sultan spent heavily on developing the city, building high walls, and huge doors to protect it. The city is adorned by ornate Moorish-Spanish-style buildings. As one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco, Meknes is a scenic hilltop city set in the heart of Morocco’s leading wine-producing region.
It is the perfect place for a layover after day visits to the Roman remains of Volubilis and the holy town of Moulay Idriss.
Fez is the oldest and most historic city of Morocco; it was also the former capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. The city is popular for its small, red hats. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco with the emblematic Medina which exudes ambiance and history.
The place is huge and crowded which can be overwhelming for many visitors; however, there will be many who will love the vibrant and enthusiastic atmosphere all around. If you want to really discover ancient Morocco, the city boasts of 2 14th Century Madrassas, Bou Inania and Al Attarine.
The ancient schools have an intricate entrance carved from cedar and decorated with elaborate tiles. You can also visit the 11th Century Chouara Tannery which is one of the oldest in the whole world. The city is also considered to be the home to the world’s oldest university established in AD 859.
Everyone knows Casablanca as the colonial setting of the 1942 romantic film, with the same name starring Humphrey Bogart. The city no longer is a romantic, dreamy place to visit.
It has now become one of the most modern cities in Morocco. The flourishing port area has made Casablanca the trading powerhouse of the country, making it the economic capital.
The city’s flourishing business sector and the westernized middle class with their modern outlook give the city a more European, south France like feel. Architecturally, the city is home to a beautiful but distinctive blend of Parisian art deco and local Moroccan artistry. Check out the grand tour from Casablanca
Surrounded by the breathtaking Rif Mountain range, Fascinating Chefchaouen famous for its blue-washed buildings and red-tiled roofs is one of the best cities to visit in Morocco. This beautiful city is a pulsating, lively arts and crafts hub with a tranquil atmosphere.
Unlike the rest of the country where Arabic and French are the most widely spoken languages, many of the Chefchaouen locals speak Spanish. There are many theories behind the blue-washed buildings in the city.
Many believe that when the Jewish immigrants fleeing the Spanish Inquisition arrived in the city; the trend of blue buildings started as blue represents divinity in Judaism.
While many believe that the blue color helps keep away flies and mosquitoes. Whatever the reason may be, the blue-washed buildings add to the picturesque city making it one of the most beautiful cities of Morocco. Hidden in the city’s narrow labyrinth of lanes are plazas and ancient Kasbah giving you ample photo opportunities around every corner.
A gorgeous mix of Moroccan and Andalusian influences, this city is a center of creativity and development. It is the ideal place to spend a few days relaxing, enjoying local food, chatting, and getting to know the locals, and hiking in the surrounding hills.
Ouarzazate lies to the south of the Atlas Mountains and is the gateway to the Moroccan Sahara Desert. It is a small desert city that is dominated by the 19th century fortified palace Taourirt Kasbah. The place boasts of some incredible views across the red desert landscape and high mountainous.
The landscape is so beautiful, that several movies have been shot here. There are local hotels and restaurants in the city where you can stay and enjoy the beauty of the place.
Tangier is one of the best places to stay in Morocco. It is located in the northernmost part of Morocco, only 9 miles away from Spain. It is the European gateway to Africa. Over the years Tangier has been very popular with a diverse range of people right from artists and writers to international spies.
Because of its location, the city has been a vital junction for trading routes, bringing in people from diverse cultures that have left behind their mark especially on the Medina. In recent years, artists, writers, and musicians like Henri Matisse, Jack Kerouac, and the Rolling Stones have made Tangier their home.
With its very advantageous location, the business has been booming and money flowing in from all sides; the city has been fast developing and is now a fine display of Morocco’s future. Check out Adventure Tour from Tangier.
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