With approximately 340 days of sunshine a year and six kilometres of soft white-sand beaches, Agadir is Morocco’s premiere beach resort. Nestled among the verdant valleys of the Great Souss and with the majestic range of the Anti-Atlas rearing up behind it, this modern, cosmopolitan city has all the attendant pleasures, thrills and luxuries you could ask for.
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Agadir’s top attraction is the six-mile crescent shaped beach. There are many places in Agadir that are well suited for surfing, like Devil's Rock, Imesouane Bay and Ankhor Point. If you are interested in learning to surf, there are a number of schools and camps to help you get started.
Built in 1540, all that remains of the old Kasbah are the fortified walls, however, the trip up the hill to this historic site is worth it for the view alone. Engraved into the hill in Arabic are the words God, King and Country; Moroccans are forbidden from speaking ill of any of the three. If you are interested in history you can easily find a professional guide to take you on a tour.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Agadir’s walled souk and get ready to haggle for souvenirs. A "souk" is a local market selling spices, textiles and jewellery. If you take a taxi to the Souk al-Had do specify it by name, since some taxi drivers might instead take you to a different souk. You'll recognise the real souk by its ochre wall and the numbered gates.
Casablanca is a hefty mix of architectural treasures that glisten with gold in the sunshine and near-decrepit old buildings. A sprawling city that brims with a cosmopolitan flair, Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and most hectic port.
Sitting on the country's Atlantic coast, it blends a frenetic lifestyle with stylish restaurants and vibrant shopping opportunities, opening up in a destination that slowly starts living up to its Western counterparts.
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Hassan II Mosque
This outstanding mosque stands on a promontory looking towards the Atlantic. With its great capacity it can accommodate over 100,000 worshipers inside and on its courtyard. Its minaret, with its 210 metres, is the world's tallest, and its floor is entirely glass-covered.
The Old Medina
The Old Medina is also called Old Town or Ancienne Medina. This is a labyrinth of narrow streets decorated with tall, dusty buildings where locals bustle about and traditional knickknacks and curiosities can be purchased.
Cinéma Rialto dates all the way back to the 1930’s, making it one of the most suggestive cinemas for watching a film. The Art Deco-style is beautiful and the cinema seems to have been taken straight out of the movie Casablanca.
Known as one of the imperial cities of Morocco, the opulent city of Fès is the country's oldest city, and it is split into two areas – Fès-el-Bali (old Fès) and Fès-el-Djedid (new Fès) – as some mystical fusion of an ancient Islamic past and the French-influenced present. The endless Medina, which contains 9,500 streets, sells everything from jewellery to furniture, crafts, carpets, leather goods and spices.
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The 14th-century Jewish quarter of Fès has currently 160,000 inhabitants that live among and along its 9,500 streets. The various sites of Jewish heritage are well worth a visit but due to the maze of streets, it is wise to explore the mellah with an official guide.
Jewish Cemetery & Habarim Synagogue
In the southwest corner of The Mellah and next to the Habarim Synagogue, a sea of white tombs stretch down the hill, and it is easy to spot which are the graves of rabbis. As this is one of the oldest cemeteries in Morocco, you will find here Rabbi Vidal Hasserfaty, who died in 1600 already.
Synagogue Ibn Danan
In the southwest corner of the Mellah, and past the Habarim Synagogue, Ibn Danan is an intimate synagogue with a fascinating atmosphere and a traditional ritual bath in the basement. Head here for getting an authentic feeling of religious experience.
A medieval city of drama, myth and mystery, Marrakesh will captivate all who venture inside its ochre-coloured walls. Step in and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the Medina and the sights, sounds and smells of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background all make Marrakesh Morocco’s crown jewel.
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El Badi Palace
El Badi Palace was built in the 16th century and reputed to have been one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Originally there it had 360 rooms, a grand court yard and a pool which was 90 m x 20 m.
The Royal tombs of the Saadian dynasty are beautifully adorned with domed ceilings, intricate carvings and ornate plasterwork. This is a popular sight in Marrakesh, so prepare to stand in line when going there.
built in the 12th century, the Menara Gardens have a wonderfully tranquil location set amidst olive groves and with the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.