Top 10 Attractions to Visit in Morocco
By Youssef Achabou
Morocco is is the country that opens the gates to the Arab world. And when you enter it, you can feel the richness of culture, the smell of spices, the silhouettes of sun-burnt holy mosques, and luxurious palaces. However, this is only one side of Morocco. There are many other rich and diverse natures. The proof of this is man-made beauty. Among them, the Majorelle Gardens, Menara Gardens, the Arab League Park.
Picturesque waterfall Ouzoud in the Atlas Mountains attracts thousands of tourists. Todra gorge captivates with greatness and beauty. The Erg Chebbi Desert lives its own life, allowing those who want to watch its magical metamorphoses.
And this is not all the diversity of landscapes. Despite the echo of European culture, Morocco has perfectly preserved the atmosphere of the Arab and the Berber region. Fragrant, full of goods and people, real and sincere. It is especially felt in Fes with its thousands of streets, in Essaouira, where, as in many cities, excellent beaches and conditions for windsurfers, in bright Shaven.
There are also ancient ruins, rich, beautiful palaces, and mosques with minarets. Morocco is called the country of contrasts. And you can agree with this. It is not only completely diverse from the inside, but it also opens a new, opposite to the usual, world for any guest.
What to see in Morocco?
The former capital of Morocco, an imperial city. The royal attitude to life has been preserved here: serene and leisurely. The entrance to the old city is guarded by Bab Mansour Gate. They are considered to be the most beautiful in Morocco. Luxurious gardens grow in the old city. On El Gedim Square, fortune-tellers, jugglers, snake charlatans come out. All the fuss of Medina does not reach only the magical pond Agdal.
Volubilis, the roman ruins:
Volubilis or Walili is the capital of the African country, Mauritania and an outpost of the Romans Empire. It was founded in III century BC. Its population reached 20 thousand people. The city was decorated with a triumphal arch, pedestals. Its buildings were exquisite and beautiful and had everything necessary for everyday life. An aqueduct was also built in Volubilis. The ruins of the city are considered the most beautiful in Morocco.
Hassan II Mosque:
Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is considered the second highest religious mosauque in the world. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast. Its height is 200 meters. It is 30 meters higher than the pyramid of Cheops. It was built by 2500 builders, 10 000 artists and craftsmen decorated the mosque. If you look at it from the outside, it look just like a Palace. Here the floors of golden marble are heated, and the roof with bright emerald tiles can be extended.
Fes is the cultural city of Morocco. It is divided into two parts. In one of them - the palace, gardens, and cemetery. Behind the main gate is the second - there are 6000 streets, which stretches for 73 kilometers and 200 mosques, scattered in 40 blocks. Each house here breathes with history. Decorated with carved structures, fountains, mosques as if frozen in the past. If you take a deep look, you would think they would look the same as many years ago. Many tourists start their Morocco tours from here because it has one of the biggest international airports.
Gardens of Menara:
It is considered the first most famous park in Marrakech. These gardens are located at the foot of the big range of the Atlas Mountains. They were created in the early XII century. Their area - 100 hectares. Here grow palms, planted an olive grove, made a pool with fish. Also in the garden planted fruit trees. The age of some can be around 300 years. For recreation built a gazebo. This could be one of the best places to photograph.
Erg Chebbi desert:
Erg Chebbi is a desert, its dunes change their shape every day under the influence of wind and can reach 150 meters in height. The desert is as if it is alive. It is especially beautiful during the sunset. Trips on the dunes are usually on camels or 4x4 provided by the locals. At this time you can live in tents to experience the nomadic life, and also eat national food.
The two best ways to discover these dunes is by traveling either from Marrakech or Fes. Therefore, If you are interested to camel trek and camp at Berber tents, check out an itinerary of 3 days tour from Marrakech to Merzouga desert or 3 days tour from Fes to Marrakech.
Hercules' caves are located near the town of Tangier and have long been its symbol. These are two rocks, between which there was formed a hollow. According to legend, this Hercules, resting before feats of arms, broke through the rock. One part of it belongs to Europe, the other - to Africa. The shape of the passage itself reminds the shape of the African continent. In the cave, they fry fish and sell souvenirs. Once, rich and wealthy Europeans used to organize picnics and excursions here.
The cozy and picturesque corner between the old and new city of Marrakech. It was created by Jacques Majorelle in 1924. He embodied the garden life and culture of Morocco, using the colors of nature. The next owner of the garden was Yves Saint Laurent. He restored the garden and the house of Majorelle. Bridges, paths, fountain, bamboo alley - now these are paradisiacal places in hot Morocco, where it is quiet and calm, but very colorful.
The Todra Gorge is a part of the canyon made by the Todra and Dades Rivers. In some places, the distance can reach between the rocks 10 meters and in 160 height. This is one of the favorite places of rock climbers. For hikers, there are laid out paths. The canyons landscape is cut in half by the river coming from the Atlas Mountains which gives it a worthy view to travel to. At the base of the gorge flows a stream. Once it was a full-flowing icy river.
Draa River Valley:
The length of the river is 1150 kilometers, the Draa is the longest river in Morocco. But it does not always reach the ocean. Often, its waters are spent on the way. Only in spring, it flows with all its might. Oases and villages have formed near it. In one of them, the first sultan of Morocco was born. Also, the river valley was the beginning of world culture. Here they found the oldest statue of a woman.
About the author:
My name is Youssef Achabou, I live in the beautiful Sahara desert of Morocco, Merzouga. I love to write and share anything related to travel in Morocco, especially the Sahara.