A gem of North Africa, Morocco is known for its beautiful deserts, delicious food, and diverse culture. There are beautiful beaches, cities, deserts, mountains, villages, and cities to explore for the tourist. In case you are considering traveling to Morocco, here is a list of the top 15 famous tourist attractions in Morocco.
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Fes El Bali
Fes El Bali is the oldest walled part of the Moroccan city which was built between 789 to 808 AD. The capital of the Idris dynasty, Idris ibn Abdallah built this city between 789 and 808 AD as the capital of his kingdom. Initially, the city was built along the right bank of the Fes River, and most of its inhabitants were Cordoba refugees. Today Fes El Bali is one of the popular tourist attractions in Morocco. Most of the visitors visit this ancient city to explore its history, architecture, and culture. Fes is also hometown to many beautiful mosques, elegant architecture, and Madrassa. Make sure to well plan before visiting this beautiful city.
Marrakech is also known as Marrakesh is the 4th largest city in Morocco. As the capital of the empire of the Almoravids, Marrakech was founded in 1070 by Emir Abu Bakr ibn Umar. The old city is filled with street vendors, traditional musicians, snake charmers, random acrobats, and stalls throughout the evening and, people love to hang out on the streets. Today Marrakech is one of the busiest and one of the visited tourist places in Morocco. Marrakech is also popular with its largest traditional Souk market which has some traditional Berber carpets to Slippers, Pottery, and beauty products. However, Marrakech is not an expensive city and it is worth visiting this ancient city once in a lifetime.
Chefchaouen is a small city situated in the northwest of Morocco is mostly popular because of its blue color walls. Chefchaour was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa. The most popular thing in Chefchaouen is blue walls which attract most of the tourists. This city is also known as the blue city and it is a perfect destination for photography lovers. There are many theories as to why the walls of these cities are blue, one of the most popular theories says that the blue color keeps the mosquitoes away and one more popular theory suggests that blue represent the sky and heaven.
History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Volubilis, as it is one of Morocco’s best archaeological sites. This ancient Roman city was founded in the third century B.C. It is one of the most popular Roman ruins still visible today. There are many ancient architectures available today to explore. At the edge of the ruins, you’ll find the triumphal arch; the forum with its massive columns, and the basilica that still stands. The House of Orpheus in Scythia is the largest and most beautiful of these excavated private houses. You can view three magnificent mosaics here, which depict Orpheus playing the lute to wild animals, dolphins, and Poseidon, the Roman god of the sea.
Meknes was founded in the 10th century is a four imperial city situated in north-central Morocco. The city lies some 70 miles (110 km) from the Atlantic ocean and about 36 miles (58 km) from Fes. The surrounding fertile agriculture of Meknès makes Meknès a lively commercial center. This city is also linked by road and rail from Rabat, Fes, Tanger, and Casablanca. The architecture of Bab el-Mansour and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail are some of the popular tourist attractions in Meknes. Besides exploring Meknes, visitors also visit the nearby ancient Roman city Volubilis.
Tangier is a city located in northern Morocco is located on the slopes of a chalky limestone hill, Tangier is home to over two million people. The Spanish, French, British, and others that colonized Tangier left a lasting legacy of international influence in the city. Currently, Tangier is being modernized and developing. Terrace des Paresseux is like a small paradise in Tangier, a paradise for visitors who love exploring modern architecture. This city is connected to other popular cities like Fes, Meknes, Rabat, and Casablanca.
Essaouira, located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is a crossroads between North Africa and the Mediterranean. In the 18th century, a Moroccan king built Essaouira, which became an important seaport for international trade linking Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa to Europe and other parts of the world. Essaouira also has one of the elegant seaside towns and has a diverse Ethnic group of Amazighs, Arabs, Africans, and Europeans as well as multiconfessional (Muslim, Christian, and Jewish). Visitors can also enjoy the delicious seafood of Essaouria.
Hassan 2 mosque
Hassan 2 mosque is the second largest Mosque in Africa and seventh-largest in the world. The mosque is located in Casablanca and its minaret is the second tallest in the world at 210 meters (689 ft) and was completed in 1993. It took 7 years and 10,000 workers to construct the Mosque. The tours are also available in Multiple languages for visitors.
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Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and the eighth largest in the Arab world. It also has the largest port in the world. Casablanca is, without doubt, the nation’s biggest industrial center, as the majority of Moroccan companies have their headquarters and industrial facilities in the city. Like Marakesh, Casablanca also has great and elegant restaurants, Beautiful architecture, and holy mosques.
Erg Chebbi is located in Sahara, Morocco is one of the best Sahara desert destinations. Erg Chebbi is famous for its orange color sand and is one of the elegant dunes in the Moroccan desert. These dunes cover an area of 28 to 30km and 5-10km wide. Erg Chebbi is also featured in most of the films. The wind has molded these ergs or ‘dunes’ into their current shape, reaching a height of 180 meters. South Eastern Morocco’s Erg Chebbi and Erg Chebaga dunes are easier to reach. Visitors can take a camel ride to explore the dunes and also sleep in a Berber tent.
Best time to visit Morocco
The best time to visit Morocco is from March to October as the weather is dry and pleasant, unlike other months where it’s extremely hot, cold, or rainy.