Morocco is known for its generally mild winter, and its hot summer sometimes dries in the mountainous regions. Discover the Imperial cities of the country, and one of the inevitable steps to do once arrived.
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Chefchaouen : A small mountain town in the northeast of Morocco with a superb setting, full of charm and authenticity and away from the major tourist centres. In the detour of its alleys with the Mediterranean decor of whitewashed houses decorated with smalt blue, you will discover historical monuments such as the Grand Mosque “El Masjid el Adamaa”. And in the evening, climbing on the heights of the Atlas hotel, you can admire a beautiful sunset over the city and the valley.
Fes : The oldest university in the world is not Oxford or the Sorbonne, it is the University of Al-Karaouine in Fez El Bali. This fortified city, enshrined in UNESCO’s World heritage, will bring you back to the Middle Ages. To discover the culture of this beautiful city, or rather of the two cities, try the devil by taking a taxi or go from one site to another on foot, from the old neighborhoods of the medina riddled with labyrinths in Fez El Bali and the four majestic gates of Fez, with their typically Moroccan mosaics.
Meknès : A modern and buzzing city of activity in northern Morocco, 130 kilometres from the capital, Rabat, going inland, and almost one million inhabitants. Towards the end of the 17th early 18th century, Moulay Ismail, a prominent figure in the city, made Meknes the hub of Morocco, and its mausoleum is one of the main sights to visit. Among the other sites not to be missed, the Moroccan Art Museum, home to jewels and art objects of all beauty, and Bab Mansour, the largest and most extraordinary of the city gates.
Tanger : Has long been an important strategic place. Over the centuries, it passed successively under Roman domination, Vandal, Byzantine, Arab and Portuguese, according to the invasions. With its two thousand five hundred years of existence, it is one of the oldest cities in North Africa. Its medina, its Kasbah, its bazaars and its souks are among the liveliest of the country, and its beaches are superb. In the last century, Tangier became one of the favourite places of the international jet set.
Taroudant : This is the example of a Moroccan city immersed in the atmosphere of the souks. Go haggling nicely in a souk of one of the two main squares, then go for a hammam to invigorate you. Take a day trip to the Tioute Oasis, watch the birds in the Souss Massa National park or spend a night listening to Berber music under the stars.
Asfi : The capital of Moroccan pottery and great surfing destination, Safi is a beautiful city stretching along the Atlantic, at the bottom of an anchor surrounded by cliffs. Safi offers the visitor a triple appearance; Historic city, commercial city thanks to its very lively merchant port located on the Atlantic coast. It is the capital of the region Doukkala-Abda and prefecture of its province. Its port is one of the largest in the country, known internationally for the export of phosphates and sardines.
Rabat : The capital of Morocco since 1912, Rabat has a little more than a million inhabitants. A modern city, whose inhabitants are more reserved than in other Moroccan cities, it has many fascinating historical sites to visit, including the superb Kasbah of the Oudaias, built in the middle of the 12th century. The Hassan Tower, the only one of its kind and whose construction began at the end of the 12th century, was supposed to house the world’s largest minaret but was never completed. Just in front of the tower is another of the main sights of the city, the mausoleum of Mohammed V, built in the 20th century.