Destination Overview MOROCCO

Morocco

Morocco is a land of contrasts. Lapped by the water of the Mediterranean in the north and by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is also crisscrossed by the Rif and Atlas Mountains, which means the country is affected by a host of climatic influences. The landscapes themselves are magnificent. Morocco features both sea and mountain and is home to the full range of Mediterranean climates, which surrender to the sands of the Sahara. The country serves up marvellous vistas that you will enjoy soaking in and discovering for yourself. With its mix of diverse, captivating panoramas and a rich kaleidoscope of culture, Morocco is an unbeatable destination.

Here where influences converge, you will find vestiges of the great Mediterranean civilizations, such as the Roman ruins at Volubilis in the north and architectural works attesting to the old French presence in Rabat. Your curiosity will be piqued by the treasures of Muslim civilizations scattered throughout the rest of the country, including the Kasbah of the Udayas, the green expanses of the Menara gardens and many other examples of the myriad dynasties that succeeded one another.

Through rooted in its traditions, Morocco offers all the conveniences of modern times. It is a firmly future-focused country that has succeeded in preserving its traditions and promoting its cultural heritage by harnessing them to drive development. The city of Marrakesh is a perfect example: The Medina district and its souks have an unmatched old-fashioned charm, while Guéliz and Hivernage are decked out with the most modern infrastructure and facilities. Far from being in conflict, modernity and tradition together are what makes Morocco strong.Morocco is a country where life is good, and the food is even better! Considered to be one of the most refined cuisines in the world, Moroccan cuisine varies from one region to another. Spices are given pride of place: Coriander, saffron and cumin elevate many recipes with a hint of spiciness in the best taste. Couscous, tagine and pastilla made with chicken or seafood are the most famous dishes. Also, Moroccan cuisine offers delicate preparations of sun-drenched fruit and vegetables; rare and aromatic spices; delicate fish and succulent meats. This is the very best of Oriental cuisine, famous throughout the world – a real delight to tantalize your taste buds.

Top Destinations

Casablanca– From the major thoroughfares lined with palm trees and tall office buildings to the Atlantic Ocean and its view on the world, Casablanca is Morocco’s economic powerhouse.Modern constructions blend with charming neighborhoods that reflect Arabic-Islamic heritage and the traces of the city’s colonial period. Walk through the medina – one of the most recent in Morocco.

Rabat – A cultural city with a rich history. Its streets and public squares are full of masterpieces. Pay a visit to the Kasbah of the Udayas, whose grand, majestic silhouette is softened by the surrounding gardens. Not far beyond its walls lies the Chellah, a necropolis that dates to the Marinids. Entering the complex is like journeying to another world: marvel at the ancient remains as you walk through the gardens and glimpse a few storks.

Agadir – To the west of the country, facing the Atlantic waves, Agadir is one of the pearls of Morocco. Whatever the season, the sun smiles down on the city and it enjoys a pleasant climate that the trade winds soften further. Above all, its 10-kilometer-long seafront offers tourists magnificent views of the blue of the ocean and the opportunity to relax in the best conditions imaginable.

Essaouira– With notched walls, the wh isper of trade winds, homes with white and blue facades – thecolors of ocean foam and waves –Essaouira has earned the nickname “Bride of the Atlantic”. The coastal city once known as Mogador is a place where the good life and water-oriented pastimes go hand in hand. Take a walk in the shade of its ramparts, which also stand in for the walls of Astapor, the red city on the TV series “Game of Thrones”.

Fez – This imperial city is the custodian of 13 centuries of Moroccan history and radiates a unique aura. Walk through the walls that guard the celebrated Medina of Fez, whose outstanding universal value has been recognized by UNESCO. Meander along the streets of the Fes-El-Bali district. In May, the city’s squares and streets come to life with music from around the world as the Sacred Music Festival takes over the one-time imperial capital.

Marrakech – A mixture of traditional and contemporary, Marrakech holds the promise of incomparable sensations. Stroll through the Jemaa El Fna and the bazaars with their bright colors and oriental scents, and the red city will whisk you into another world in the blink of an eye. Enjoy Marrakech at night by paying a visit to the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the zest for life of its inhabitants.

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