Beautiful mosques, old town neighbourhoods (medina) drenched in history and fabulous souks (markets) are just some of the wonderful attractions awaiting you in cities throughout Morocco. On top of that, the country boasts plenty of natural attractions for you to enjoy, from golden beaches to the stunning Atlas Mountains. Here are four of our favourite cities to check out in Morocco...
Known as the ‘Red City’, Marrakech is one of the largest cities in Morocco and is a place of immense beauty with its low buildings nestled in the foothills of the local mountains. Here you are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of daily life. The perfect place to see this is in the large central square called Djemaa el Fna, which is full of performers of all sorts including snake charmers, acrobats and more. Other things to check out while you’re there include the beautiful Menara Gardens and the impressive Koutoubia Mosque, along with a number of museums and palaces. To see the more modern side of Marrakech, make your way to the aptly named New Town area of the city.
Immortalised in the famous film of the same name, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest and most modern city, blending a quite westernised outlook with more traditional values. During your stay, you should definitely try to check out the incredible Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world. The city’s artificial port is the largest in North Africa and one of the largest in the world so it is also well-worth a look.
Boasting one of the most well-preserved medina quarters in the world, Fez was the capital of Morocco at one time. An ancient walled city, it is home to some stunning examples of medieval architecture, as well as one of the oldest universities in the world. As you wander around the medina here, make sure to keep an eye out for the colourful mosaic tiling. Fez is also one of the best places in the country to buy traditional Moroccan handcrafts, which you’ll find in staggering numbers throughout the city’s souks.
Essaouira is an extremely popular tourist resort located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The medina of the city is breathtaking and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Essaouira’s beautiful curved beach is also well-known amongst water sports enthusiasts. Due to tidal and wind conditions, it is perfect for both kite surfers and windsurfers.