Morocco is very close to Europe, in North Africa, and yet we realize that it is a very different country, so close and so far at the same time. Their customs, their people, the colors, the smell of spices, are some of the things that make it unique, so a walk through its main cities will be great for anyone.
When we talk about the best Moroccan cities to visit We refer to the most popular, although surely there are special corners that are worth seeing, as everywhere. Beyond Marrakech there are interesting cities such as Rabat or Fez, which have a lot to offer the tourist eager for new experiences.
Marrakech is the ancient capital, a city founded in 1602 by Ibn Tasfin, and undoubtedly one of the most interesting cities and that receives the most tourism every year. There is undoubtedly a lot to see in it, to soak up the Moroccan culture, lifestyle, clothes, products and traditions. A visit to the Souk is a must, that place where there is a bit of everything to buy, and where merchants will try to get the best price by haggling with tourists. In the Jamaa el Fna square you can enjoy both day and night peculiar characters, shows and food stalls. The Koutoubia mosque is its most emblematic monument, inspired by the Giralda tower, which was also a mosque before, and to which it is very similar.
Everyone knows Casablanca from the famous Humphrey Bogart film, but today this city is also the largest in Morocco and one of its economic centers. It is a very cosmopolitan and modern city, ideal to see the most current side of Morocco. Despite its modernity, there is much to see in Casablanca. The medina or old city It is located next to the port, and in it you can buy typical products, such as leather goods. There are also some points of interest, such as the Clock Tower or the Ould el Hamra Mosque. In the colonial part of the city we find beautiful art deco buildings, and you should not miss the Hassan II Great Mosque, which is luxurious and modern.
Rabat is the current capital, although it may not be the most touristic place in Morocco. This city has a perfect combination between ancient and modern city, so it is also an interesting point to visit. A must see is the Hassan Tower, a minaret built by the Almohads, not as famous as the Giralda or the Koutoubia, but just as important. Another must-see is the medieval kasbah of the Udayas, a very pretty area of the city with small alleys and houses painted blue.
In Tangier there are many places to see, although if we want to get closer to the most emblematic places, we will also have to leave the city to discover natural spaces. The Cape Spartel and the Caves of Hercules They are famous all over the world, because everyone knows the silhouette of the cave that has the shape of the African continent. At Cabo Spartel there are beautiful views and a beautiful lighthouse, as well as places to have a drink in front of the sea. Back in the city, you have to go around Plaza 9 de Abril, where there used to be an old market. In this city we can also find a tree more than 800 years old, in the Mendoubia gardens, and get lost in the area of the medina, where the souk is and where you can see the most authentic side of the city, with the narrow streets and the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
This coastal city located on the Gulf of Agadir, is the large city in southern Morocco. One of its most interesting points is the promenade, where we can enjoy the beach and also shops and restaurants in a lively and modern environment. With its subtropical climate, it is possible to enjoy the beach and the sea almost all year round, and it is also a seven-kilometer beach. If we also like shopping, a recommended visit is the Souk el Had, with thousands of small shops to get lost in.
This city is an unparalleled experience for many tourists who want to live a contrast with its western culture. If in Marrakech you can see a more modern city, something more adapted to the West, in Fez it seems that we are going back to an earlier time, with its artisans, its souks and its old streets. The Chouwara tannery It is one of the best known images of the city of Fez. Those large pits with natural dyes in which the skins are introduced are a scene that everyone wants to see, despite the bad smell of the area.