After going to Morocco for three times I had a chance to visit only half dozen of cities. Because some of them are too nice to visit only one time.
Good for: tireless people.
Benefits: the oriental colouring in a frame of a megalopolis.
Disadvantages: the city is badly adjusted for walking.
The capital of the Kingdom of Morocco has all things, necessary for a tourist: many places of interest, good hotels, restaurants at every step and beaches inside the town. However, I didn’t go to a beach as I visited Rabat in January when it was rather cold. I had to wear a light jacket.
Good for: beach visitors.
Benefits: the excellent restaurants, an active nightlife.
Disadvantages: lack of attractions.
You really won’t find any places of interest. If you get a suggestion to look at the ruins of a fortress, which is situated not far from the main beach, don’t waste your time. It is better to spend it, relaxing on a beach. People come to Agadir exactly for it. The broad beach and promenade along it, line of restaurants, hotels for every taste…What more is needed for a relaxing stay?
Good for: curious people.
Benefits: a possibility to feel the true spirit of Morocco.
Disadvantages: it is noisy, dusty and dangerous.
I must say at once that Marrakesh doesn’t have that many places of interest. But the city definitely deserves to be visited. Here you can feel the oriental colouring with all your senses. It is good to begin exploring from the main square that has the name Jemaa el-Fnaa. During a day, it’s a huge retail space where, in addition to the street vendors you will also meet magicians, dancers, astrologers and snake charmers. When evening comes, the square looks different. The tents are set here and in each of them, the cooks prepare something special.
Another attraction of Marrakesh is the Majorelle Garden, which is very bright. It was founded in 1923 by the French artist Jacques Majorelle. A quarter of century later, this botanic garden was bought by legendary Yves Saint-Laurent. In this wonderful park, you will see the plants from all five continents: many flowers, cactuses and even a bamboo grove.
Good for: romantics.
Benefits: wonderful architecture, sea, active rest.
Disadvantages: wind and high waves.
The port city, situated 170 kilometres from Marrakesh, looks like an illustration from a fairy tale book. The castle walls tower on a rock over the sea. Behind them, there is a random cluster of buildings, painted in white, blue and pink colour. The city is small. For a couple of hours, you will pass it backwards and forwards. But it is very important to spend several days here because it’s the only place where the ancient monuments neighbour to a fisher market, the camels walk along a beach on the background of castle walls and seagulls allow to photograph them close enough to touch.
Good for: cinephiles.
Benefits: two medinas and luxurious promenade.
Disadvantages: high prices.
I am sure you’ve seen a legendary movie named after this city. Despite the fact, “Casablanca” was filmed in America, and you will see here a carefully reconstructed Rick’s Cafe on the Corniche quay. The best city restaurants, bars and beach clubs are situated here. If you already managed to get used to Moroccan low prices, don’t be surprised: they may bite here.
The name of the biggest city in Morocco is translated as a “white house” and it fully corresponds to the facts: the white colour is the most widespread here. Due to the features of architecture, it may seem that now you are in Paris, but not in the commercial capital of the eastern kingdom.
Good for: for Instagram users.
Benefits: fairy tale snapshots at every step.
Disadvantages: ascetic dwelling.
This small town is my main and the most vivid impression of Morocco. It attracts tourists with its fascinating colour palette. All walls in the city are painted in various shades of dark and pale blue colour. There are few versions regarding the origin of this tradition. The first version says the Andalusian Hebrews chose the sky blue colour because it reminds of God. According to the second one dark blue is the colour of peace and patience. It doesn’t let forget that Chaouen accepted the refugees from other countries throughout history. There is one more suggestion that dark blue colour keeps evil spirits away. But it is not so important to know the origin of this tradition. The main thing is that is wonderful and nice!
The author of text and photos: Anton Frindliand