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  • 1 Chellah Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MA - Rabat

    Chellah, an abandoned Roman city, was transformed in the 13C into a royal cemetery by the Marinides. The ruins of Sala Colonia take the place of honour, exhumed during excavations undertaken in the 20C which revealed the remains of a fountain, a triu..

  • 2 Hassan Tower Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Rabat

    Dominating a vast esplanade covered in marble and dotted with numerous columns, Hassan Tower is the unfinished minaret of the magnificent mosque which Yacoub el Mansour wanted to have built. Begun in the 12C, construction was never completed, and the..

  • 3 Portuguese Cistern Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Mohammed al Hachmi Bahbah MA - El Jadira

    This vast underground vaulted hall was part of the fortified castle built in 1514. It was probably a weapons room before being used as a water reservoir. Its square plan with 34m sides is composed of six naves with groined vaults resting on 25 column..

  • 4 Marabout of Sidi-Bouzid Overlook Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Safi

    The marabout of Sidi-Bouzid is located on the cliffs at an altitude of 120m. From here you have a panoramic view of Safi, the harbour and cliffs on the coast. In clear weather you can see the peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

  • 5 Essaouira Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Essaouira

    Fisherman are the leading men here. Just watch them rushing all over, loaded with crates of fish which they unload from the boats, take to the market to be sold or display in large stalls. Here you can sample freshly caught sardines grilled the minut..

  • 6 Skala Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Essaouira

    The city's Skala continues down a long fortified alleyway, explained by its original defensive vocation on the Atlantic coast. It still boasts bronze canons, which you can walk past to reach the north bastion overlooking the ocean.

  • 7 South Borj Overlook Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Fès

    Shortly after Bab Jdid you cross the Zitoun River, then join the N 6. The road leads up through an olive grove, nearing the ramparts. The abandoned south borj overlooks an olive wood. There is a lovely view over the city from the foot of its surround..

  • 8 North Borj Overlook Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Douar El Magta MA - Fès

    The north borj, a powerful fortress from the Saadian period, contains an interesting arms collection, showing the evolution of Moroccan weapons throughout the ages. From the terrace there is a magnificent view overlooking Fes.

  • 9 Fes Medina Medersas Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Seffarine MA - Fès

    Medersas, places of worship and religious instruction, are so numerous - and remarkable - that they constitute a theme unto themselves for a tour of the medina. To the north are the Mesbahiya, Attarine, Seffarine and Cherratine Medersas. To the west ..

  • 10 Attarine Medersa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Talaa Kebira MA - Fès

    You can't help but be impressed by the virtuosity of the decoration in the Attarine Medersa, another treasure left by the Marinids. The zellige tiles, sculpted wood and finely worked plaster are a delight to the eyes. This medersa was built in the 14..

  • 11 Zaouia Moulay Idriss Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Fès

    A zaouia is a holy place - for teachings and also a sanctuary containing the mortal remains of a saint. At the back of the prayer room here lies the tomb of Moulay Idriss, the father of Fez. Pilgrims can leave an offering for the many beggars outside..

  • 12 Nejjarine Complex Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Neijarine MA - Fès

    This area, one of the most attractive in old Fez, was restored with support from the Fondation Mohammed Karim Lamrani for the Nejjarine Complex. At the far end of this well-proportioned square stands the fondouk Neijarine (late17C, housing the Nejjar..

  • 13 Dar Batha Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    MA - Fès

    Dar Batha, southwest of the medina, is a (19C) palace containing two wings with collections of art and folk traditions including Fassi rugs, embroidery and pottery highlighted around the splendid inner garden. A concert during the renowned Festival o..

  • 14 Imperial City of Meknes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place El Hédime MA - Meknès

    Moulay Ismaïl (1647-1727) was a builder sultan who left Meknes the legacy of his outstanding achievements. Enjoy Bab Berdaïne and Bab el Khémis, two superb gates pierced in the dozens of kilometres of walls erected at the time. The "wall of the ..

  • 15 Moulay Ismail's Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - Meknès

    This is one of the few sanctuaries in Morocco open to non-Muslims. The entrance to the mausoleum is through a finely worked gate decorated with tracery and topped by a green-tiled canopy. A series of open-air rooms and a courtyard for ablutions prece..

  • 16 Mansour Gate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    MA - Meknès

    Moulay Ismaïl crowned his works as a builder with this majestically proportioned construction begun shortly before his death and completed in around 1732 by his son, Moulay Abdallah. The gate, the largest in Meknes and one of the most famous in North..

  • 17 Bou Inania Medersa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    MA - 50000 Meknès

    This medersa, fittingly built by the Marinids in the 14C, was completed by sultan Abou Inan, for whom it was named. While the courtyard is its finest flower, with its zellige tiles, finely worked stucco and sculpted ceiling, the prayer room ceiling i..

  • 18 Dar Jamai Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place El Hédime MA - Meknès

    This is a true haven of peace. A superb Andalusian flower garden adorns this palace, first the residence of the grand vizier Sidi Jamai (late 19C), then transformed into a military hospital, and finally into a Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts (1..

  • 19 Volubilis Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    MA - Moulay-Idriss

    Volubilis was Roman from 40 BC to the end of the 3C AD and prospered due to the olive oil trade. The relics unearthed in the 19C are the greatest legacy of the Roman presence in Morocco. While many of them (arch of triumph, acropolis, thermal baths) ..

  • 20 Jbel Tazzeka Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    MA - Beni Sraj

    After the village of Bab-Bou-Idir and Bab-Taka Pass, you can hike up a trail through a wooded landscape (be careful, certain places are hard to get through) to the summit of Tazzeka at 1 980m. The view of the Rif and Middle Atlas is magnificent from ..

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