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Top 5 Moroccan Cities (And Town?)

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Morroco is an attack on the senses. The vibrant colors, pungent smells, and exotic music make its cities the region's best tropical vacation destinations.

You KNOW you aren’t in Europe anymore.

Listed below are 5 of the best cities for great vacations in Morocco.

Fez MoroccoFez

More than any other city in the country, this one is a must-see.

Its ancient walled city is the oldest inhabited medieval city in the world, designated a world heritage site. So unique is it, the people of Fez have their own distinct culture apparent in their music, food and arts.

When touring Fez there are a few places you just don’t want to miss:

  • The Merenid Tombs on the outskirts offer a magnificent view of the city.
  • The Boujeland gardens are great for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and somewhere you can watch the world pass by in an open air café.
  • And of course the ancient walled city with its entrancing medina featuring a truly eclectic range of goods, many unique to Fez

Tangier

Tangier is listed here for several reasons.

Historically it’s the gateway to Morroco, you’ll likely arrive here if traveling overland from Europe, and it’s also a pretty interesting place. However it can be a hassley, dangerous city especially at night.

If you’re an experienced traveler, then no problems ---enjoy!

Tanigers has the lively vibrant atmosphere you’d expect from a port city. If you aren’t an experienced traveler though, you might seriously consider giving it a miss.

If you’ve read this and still decide to have a look round then your tour should include the following.

  • The Grand Succo, a street market with goods from all over the country at affordable prices.
  • And the Mendoubin Gardens, a rare place of peace in this imposing city with an 800yr old banyan tree.

Marrakech

This city has a simply beautiful setting between snowcapped mountains which perfectly set off its ochre colored stucco buildings.

Marrakech is like something out of Arabian Nights with a distinctly African feel.

To experience this story book atmosphere, head for the central square with its acrobats, story tellers, and snake charmers. Adjacent to this square is also Marrakech’s medina were pushy merchants sell a range of goods to dazzle and amaze. I picked up a jellabah, the traditional Moroccan dress and a complete idiot I looked too. Haggling is, of course, a must.

Getting lost is part of the fun although on the outset of your trip you might consider hiring one of the numerous “guides”. He’ll no doubt lead you to stalls were he gets a cut of the profits but his real advantage lies in the fact that when other guides or ner-do-wellers see you are with him they’ll leave you alone to enjoy yourself. Fix a price first and don’t be bullied into paying more at the end of your tour.

 

Rabat

The capital of Morocco and a city of 1 million, you’ll find it more modern than most of the rest of the country, its shop keepers less pushy and its people more cosmopolitan.

On your tour of the city try and visit the following:

  • The royal palace/ Rabat’s busy medina
  • Cheelah the oldest settlement in the area and just outside Rabat’s impressive walls with its own equally imposing gates and walls.

Essaouira

Strictly speaking Essaouira is a town not a city, but it’s probably my favorite place in Morroco so I just had to include it in the list.

It’s a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility on the coast and made famous in the west for being the place where Jimi Hendrix wrote, “Castles made of sand.”

To me it has a more Mediterranean feel than Moroccan and I suppose this is due to its colors. A liberal use of blue and white rather than the traditional red. The beach is windy which makes sunbathing problematic but is perfect for windsurfing.

To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to do in Essaouira except relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Probably why I enjoyed it so much.

But for those wishing to tour around then there’s a delightful beach walk of 5 k or so to Diabut where Hendrix reputably stayed. The harbor too is attractive and the streets of the market provide interest due to the usual range of goods as well as the opportunity to observe local craftsmen at work behind open doors.

All in all, a wonderful place to spend a few days winding down and perhaps preparing yourself for more adventurous trips.

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