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  • 1 Hassan II Mosque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Casablanca

    Hassan II Mosque, whose minaret reaches 200m, was partly built on the seaside (1987-1993). The site's 9ha, which can hold no less than 100 000 of the faithful, boast spaces devoted to worship and others to culture (such as the library and museum). Bu..

  • 2 MerinideTombs Overlook Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Fès

    The Marinides tombs, in a dominant position north of town, afford an exceptional view of Fes: of Karaouiyne Mosque standing out against the medina; of Fes-Djid and the royal palace lined by the mellah (former Jewish quarter); and of the new town with..

  • 3 Fes Medina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Talaa Kebira MA - Fès

    The Fes medina is a great place to explore, and you'll probably get lost here no matter how good your sense of direction. That's also part of its charm. A few lines are scarcely enough to evoke all the treasures hidden inside. We urge you to get a co..

  • 4 Bou Inania Medersa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue Talaa MA - Fès

    This jewel, embellished by successful restoration, is also a "model" medersa due to the scrupulous organisation of the place. The prayer room, students' rooms giving onto inner galleries and the classrooms have been arranged around the cent..

  • 5 Koutoubia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Marrakech

    The Koutoubia is a masterpiece of Almohad art whose emblematic minaret is topped by a superb 70m-high square tower, an exemplary illustration of Hispano-Moorish art. The first sanctuary was built under the reign of Abd el-Moumen, but was destroyed du..

  • 6 Saadian Tombs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Marrakech

    The splendid mausoleums, where members of the Saadian dynasty rest in peace, were built in the late 16C by Ahmed "the Golden". A century later Moulay Ismail sealed them up behind a high wall that only a privileged few were allowed to enter ..

  • 7 Koutoubia Minbar Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Marrakech

    Already described in 1381 as a "work of perfection", the minbar (pulpit) in Koutoubia Mosque was made by local artisans in Cordoba beginning in 1137 and transported piece by piece to Marrakech. This superb work is composed of a thousand pie..

  • 8 Jemaa el Fna Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Marrakech

    Jemaa el Fna Square, in the heart of the medina, waits for the sun to go down before offering up its street shows, multiple stalls, crowds, noises and cries, music and improvised greasy spoons. The highlight of the evening is the street art of "..

  • 9 Marrakech Souks Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. des Teinturiers MA - Marrakech

    Here you can see Moroccan craftsmanship in all its diversity, organised by profession. Stroll through the crowds under a roof of reeds, passing craftsmen and tradesmen hawking leather goods, fabrics, kettles and pottery. The Dyers' Souk, perhaps the ..

  • 10 Tizi-n-Tichka Road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Ouarzazate

    The Tizi-n-Tichka road (N 9) connecting Marrakech and the southern valleys on the edge of the desert is in very good condition, contrary to the Tizi-n-Test road. Before heading down to Ouarzazate, stop at windswept Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest in ..

  • 11 Drâa Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Agdz

    The Draa River, which forms at Ouarzazate, flows through a superb oasis between Agdz and Mhamid. A 200km strip of uninterrupted greenery stretches out before you, a kingdom full of date palms and their precious fruit as well as fields of henna. Peopl..

  • 12 Tafraoute Region Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Tafraoute

    You must spend at least one night at Tafraoute (130km southeast of Agadir). This site - one of the most extraordinary in Morocco - is at its peak early in the morning, or better still at sunset. In the heart of the Anti-Atlas, at 1 000 m in altitude,..

  • 13 Dar el Makhzen Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Kasbah MA - Tanger

    Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672-1727), who drove the English from Tangier, presided over the construction of a palace whose white crenelated façade overlooks Kasbah Square. This former home of the pashas of Tangier, enlarged in the 18C and 19C, contains t..

  • 14 Tetouan Medina Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Mohammed V MA - Tetouan

    Tetouan Medina, surrounded by walls with seven gates, is well worth a visit. Take a stroll through its tangled little streets, particularly lively during the paseo, a Spanish tradition that crossed the Atlantic like the architectural influences here;..

  • 15 Souks Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Tetouan

    The souks here are just as interesting as the ones in Meknes and Fes. The different quarters for djellaba makers, leather craftsmen, tanners and, above all, carpenters (brightened up by very colourful wooden chests, mainly painted red, a Tetouan spec..

  • 16 Rhomara Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Tetouan

    From Tetouan to El-Jebha, the road overlooking the Mediterranean runs through superb landscapes contrasting sea and mountains, green cedars and eucalyptus and ochre-coloured earth, jagged coastline and empty coves between cliffs. The scene is animate..

  • 17 Chefchaouen Medina Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Uta-el-Hammam MA - Chefchaouèn

    The medina occupies the eastern part of Chefchaouèn with its intertwining streets, impromptu stairs, houses easily recognisable due to their half-blue façades, rugs hung up on walls here and there, splashes of green from a few potted plants, and deco..

  • 18 Beni-Snassen Mountains Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Berkane

    The Beni-Snassen Mountains, dominated by Ras Fourhal (1,532m), run inland from south of Berkane to the Algerian border. This limestone massif, whose slopes are covered with almond trees and orchards, is dotted with villages where the densely populate..

  • 19 Oudaia Kasbah Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Jamaa MA - Rabat

    A defensive fortress and observation post when it was built in the 10C, the kasbah occupies a dominant position. Past the splendid Oudaia Gate, a magisterial entrance, you reach a complex of whitewashed houses crossed by Rue Jamaa, which stops at the..

  • 20 Oudaia Gate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Rabat

    Is it a work of art or a fortress? A legitimate question, as Oudaia Gate is such a fine illustration of the Almohads' virtuosity. Made entirely of freestone in a beautiful red ochre colour, it is composed of two horseshoe arches - note the richly scu..

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