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Title: Morocco Tourists Attractions


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Morocco Tourists Attractions
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Popular Moroccan Cities
  • Marrakech
  • Agadir
  • Fes
  • Casablanca
  • Rabat
  • Tangier
  • Essaouir

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Marrakech
  • Marrakech "Morocco City", as early travelers
    called it has always been something of a
    pleasure city, a marketplace where the southern
    tribesmen and Berber villagers bring in their
    goods, spend their money and find entertainment.
    For visitors it's an enduring fantasy a city of
    immense beauty before a great shaft of mountains
    and immediately exciting. At the heart of it
    all is a square, Djemaa El Fna, really no more
    than an open space in the centre of the city, but
    the stage for a long-established ritual in which
    shifting circles of onlookers gather round groups
    of acrobats, drummers, pipe musicians, dancers,
    storytellers, comedians and fairground acts.

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Marrakech Continued
  • The city's architectural attractions are
    compelling including the immense, still basins
    of the Agdal and Menara gardens, the delicate
    Granada-style carving of the Saadian Tombs and,
    above all, the Koutoubia Minaret, the most
    perfect Islamic monument in North Africa.

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Agadir
  • Flanked by a strip of fertilizer factories, a
    vast grain silo and sardine-canning plants, SAFI
    is not the prettiest of Moroccan towns. It does,
    however, provide a glimpse of an active, modern
    and working community and the old Medina in its
    centre, walled and turreted by the Portuguese,
    holds a certain interest. The city it merits
    the name with a population of over 300,000 also
    has a strong industrial-artisan tradition, with a
    whole quarter devoted to pottery workshops. These
    have a virtual monopoly on the green, heavily
    glazed roof tiles used on palaces and mosques, as
    well as providing Morocco's main pottery exports,
    in the form of bowls, plates and garden pots.

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Agadir Continued
  • The main interest in Safi is in its Medina, the
    adjoining Dar El Bahar fort, and the Colline des
    Potiers, the potters' quarter on the hill
    northeast of the Medina. Further out, on the
    Oualidia road, is the main industrial quarter and
    the new port.
  • South of Safi, the coast is heavily polluted and
    industrialized, and for a beach escape you'll
    want to head north. Local buses 10 and 15 run
    to Lalla Fatna and Cap Beddouza from the Place de
    l'Indépendance. In summer there are also local
    buses to Souira Kedima.

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Fes
  • The most ancient of the Imperial Capitals, and
    the most complete medieval city of the Arab
    world, FES is a place that stimulates your
    senses, with haunting and beautiful sounds,
    infinite visual details and unfiltered odors.
    More than any other city in Morocco, it seems to
    exist suspended in time somewhere between the
    Middle Ages and the modern world. As with other
    Moroccan cities, it has a French-built Ville
    Nouvelle familiar and modern in appearance and
    urban life but a quarter or so of Fes's 800,000
    inhabitants continue to live in the extraordinary
    Medina-city of Fes El Bali which owes little to
    the West besides its electricity and its tourists.

8
Casablanca
  • If the Hollywood image of 'Casablanca' is
    important to you, be careful about visiting
    Casablanca. No other city in Morocco is further
    away from the romantic Orientalism presented in
    the classical film of 1942. Actually the film has
    never been correct about the image presented of
    the city that gave the film its name. The Orient
    is found all over Morocco, Casablanca is a modern
    city, and beautiful in its own respect. The
    centre of Casablanca is fairly impressive. It's
    squeaky modern, with big, lively boulevards,
    high, white, well-kept buildings. And it's clean
    and efficient. People visiting Casablanca as
    their first city, could easily end up hating this
    place There are few things here confirming the
    newcomers conception on the Orient. But for
    people having visited other parts of Morocco
    first, Casablanca is good!

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Casablanca Continued
  • The city is modern in a Moroccan way, and an
    excellent example of Moroccans capacity of taking
    charge of the future of their country. But as
    soon as you step out of the impressive centre of
    town, dark clouds cover the realities of people
    here. Extreme poverty and prostitution only to be
    matched by Tangier is what you'll find without
    even looking for it. No other place in the
    country displays bigger differences between the
    haves and the have-nots. If anything in
    Casablanca should fit the Casablanca of Bergman
    and Bogart, it should be the old city. It's
    small, consisting mainly of smaller houses, which
    all seem to be from this century, and the
    alleyways dominating in other old cities, are
    rarely found here. There is a good market here,
    but look around before you buy, shop keepers here
    know their skills. Some thousand people live
    here, and in one or two spots, true beauty
    occurs.

10
Rabat
  • Capital of the nation since independence and,
    before that, from 1912 to 1956, of the French
    Protectorate RABAT is in many ways the city
    you'd expect elegant in its spacious European
    grid, slightly self-conscious in its civilized
    modern ways, and, as an administrative centre, a
    little bit dull. If you arrive during Ramadan,
    you'll find the main avenues and boulevards an
    astonishing night-long promenade at other
    times, it's hard to find a café open past ten at
    night. Rabat, as they tell you in Casa, is
    provincial.

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Rabat Continued
  • None of this makes any difference to the
    considerable historic and architectural interest
    in the city and across the estuary in Salé
    which includes some of the finest and oldest Arab
    monuments in the country, dating from the Almohad
    and Merenid dynasties. You can spend an enjoyable
    few days looking round these, and out on the
    local beaches, and there is a major plus in that,
    unlike Fes or Marrakesh, you can get round the
    place quite happily without a guide, and talk in
    cafés with people who do not depend on tourist
    money.

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Tangier
  • Today, Tangier attracts around one million
    visitors every year. In summer, it is one of the
    few Moroccan towns that offers a degree of relief
    from the heat. Tangier also stands at cultural
    and commercial cross-roads, and is a stepping
    stone between Europe and Africa, Tangier is the
    gateway to Morocco. Tangier is the main port of
    the ferries coming from Europe, and almost no
    other place in Morocco holds more discos than
    Tangier. But they are totally different from the
    European ones. You should enter these for the
    sake of the music, but stay away if you're going
    for company. Inside you find small orchestras
    playing classical Arabic music, and if you like
    this kind of music, it's some of the performers
    here are first class. The music they play is
    rarely heard outside North Africa.

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Tangier Continued
  • The women you meet at the discos, are
    prostitutes. And they don't only stick to discos
    and night clubs, you get approached by them even
    in normal restaurants. What surprises you, is
    their bluntness, and the acceptance of ordinary
    Moroccans around. But still Tangier is a very
    nice city, close to the sea, a long beach, an
    exotic old city. But sadly, the hustlers here are
    so professional that they're organized (actually
    true!). The moment you come out of the quay area,
    they run for you. And unlike hustlers in any
    other place in Morocco, there is nothing you can
    do to get rid of them. But do remember, many of
    them are good people, as long as you don't trust
    them too much. So choose one of them, bargain a
    price (1/hour is maximum), and enjoy. If an
    experience like this doesn't frighten you,
    Morocco will be yours. Otherwise, you should
    choose another port for entering Morocco, and
    enter with air plane.

14
Essaouira
  • ESSAOUIRA is by popular acclaim Morocco's most
    likeable resort an eighteenth-century town,
    enclosed by medieval-looking battlements, facing
    a cluster of rocky offshore islands, and trailed
    by a vast expanse of empty sands and dunes. Many
    of the foreign tourists making their own way to
    Essaouira, are drawn by the wind, known locally
    as the alizee, which in spring and summer can be
    a bit remorseless for sunbathing but creates
    much-sought-after waves for surfing and
    windsurfing. In recent years, the town has gained
    quite a reputation in this respect, promoting
    itself as "Wind City, Africa" and hosting
    national and international surfing contests.

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Essaouira Continued
  • The life of the resort, too, is easy and
    uncomplicated, and very much in the image of the
    youthful Europeans and Marrakech's who come here
    on holiday. Not that Essaouira is exclusively a
    backpackers' resort these days it attracts all
    kinds of independent travelers, and increasing
    numbers of packages, with new chain hotels and
    villas springing up along the corniche. But, as
    yet, it's very far from spoilt, and remains a
    thoroughly enjoyable base to rest up after being
    in the cities, the Atlas or the desert.

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