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MOROCCO, A JEWEL OF AFRICA

Anamaria Ștefania Balaș



Morocco is the country where you can truly come in contact with the traditional, at the same time while you’re keeping yourself anchored in the modern world.

During the last year, the number of tourists who visited Morocco increased, especially in Marrakech where the city recorded a growth of twenty percent so it isn’t a surprise that the country became one of the top destinations for the year 2018.

There are a lot of famous cities among the tourists such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fès, Essaouira and Tanger. Most of the people who decide to visit Morocco, especially the ones whose holidays are short, choose Marrakech. Indeed, it is an iconic city for the country, but if you want to truly experience a bigger part of what Morocco can offer you, then I will suggest you another itinerary. The main cities I recommend are Fès, Rabat, Casablanca and a village called Merzouga.


A village in the desert

Fès is probably my favorite city. I think it is way too underrated for what it really is. It is wonderful how the old, the traditional, merges into perfect harmony with the modern. The city is known as the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco and also because there you can find the biggest medina quarter in the world which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. As well, Fès is also the home of the oldest university in the world and leather tanneries from which one of them is around 1000 years old. There you can enjoy a walk in the labyrinthine medina, appreciate the work of the artisans, whether we talk about the ones who work with leather or about the coppersmiths and weavers, you can enjoy the amazing islamic architecture, to visit the Royal Palace or to take a walk in the jewish neighbourhood. If you have enough time, you can also visit Volubilis, the best preserved archaeological site in Morocco, which is about 90 km away, or Ifrane, known as moroccan Switzerland, which is approximately 60 km away.


Medina Fs  Rcif Square

The next two cities that I think are worth to be seen are Casablanca and Rabat. The first is the largest city in Morocco. It is a very developed city, where the new dominates the old. If you decide to visit it, you will be amazed by the beautiful Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest mosque in the world and one of the few open to people of any religion, and getting mesmerized by watching the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean. Moving to Rabat, if you arrive there you can’t miss particularly three monuments: the Hassan Tower, which was intended to be the largest minaret in the world but the construction of it stopped when the tower reached the half of the wanted height, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, where you can find the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, and last but not least Chellah, which was at first a phoenician settlement, then a roman colony known as Sala Colonia and after that, in the Middle Ages, it was a fortified necropolis.


Hassan Tower Rabat

The last place I advise you not to miss visiting is Merzouga. I recommend it because it is close to Erg Chebbi, an erg in Sahara desert. You can’t leave Morocco without taking a walk in the hot sand, without admiring the stars that seem closer to Earth than in any other place and without enjoying the silence and the infinity of the desert.


Merzouga

These being said, I recommend Morocco as a travel destination because of its diversity. There you can enjoy mountain hiking, surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea or watching the sunrise and the sunset near a tent in the desert. It’s a country where history lays in front of your eyes at every step you take and where you can see how the modern and the traditional meet and perfectly blend together.

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