just their names and it will be
like stirring a hint
of spice in
your nostrils. Morocco
has long been a favorite
among travelers and
there is no
wonder why. Visitors adore the country's unique living history, its
unique light and
its fantastic art and
architecture. Morocco is the
perfect African starting point
for any traveler, and the
photographer's paradise. It is
almost unbelievable it
is so close and easy
to reach from Europe
and yet so
incredibly different. Life in
many Morocco's medinas hasn't
changed much since the Midlle
Age; It is hectic but
friendly at the same time, and definitely exciting. Throughout the
country, the open-air markets are
brimming with rugs, woodwork, jewelry and,
said to be the
best and softest in the world.
Here there are some of the pictures I've taken in my
three trips to Morocco. Apart from the pictures of the cities mentioned above
which probably are the most well-known and tourist I am also
in love with the ones I
took in the blue medina of Chefchaouen and in beautiful Asilah.
known as the "Pearl of the South," has the largest
berber market (souk) in Morocco and also hosts the busiest square in the
entire continent of Africa, called Djemaa el Fna. Like many Middle
Eastern cities, Marrakech has two main divisions: the médina
and the modern city.
still retains its faded charm. Not entirely Moroccan, European or
African but a heady mix of all three - and the old world of bazaars is
still intact in the form of the Grand Socco with its makeshift shops,
snake charmers, musicians and storyteller.
saw its golden age as the imperial capital of
Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672 –
1727), before it relocated to Rabat. A Berber tribe
called the Maknassa settled there in the 10th
century, and a town consequently grew around the
resembles many a place in Greece, with whitewashed
houses, broken by some blue wall painting or door. Asilah is much of a
hangout for artists, and walking around the place you will spot many traces of
their activity, like paintings on house walls.
Xaouen is an
enchanting town sitting at the foot of the Rif Mountains. It is a unique place
to visit. It is small and manageable yet friendly to tourists; the mountain air
and atmosphere are relaxing; and one can catch a glimpse of rural life while
just kilometres inland from the Spanish coastal enclave of Ceuta was once the
capital of Spanish Morocco, this pretty city has a tangible connection with
Andalucía: balconies and windows framed by iron grilles, shaded squares and
isn't only the title of one of
the most famous films of all
time, it is Morocco's largest
city and is home to the
Hassan II Mosque,
the largest religious monument in the world after Mecca. It has space for 25,000
worshippers inside and another 80,000 outside. The 210-meter minaret is the
tallest in the world and is visible day and night for miles around.
is the capital of Morocco and its wide avenues and modern buildings show off. It
is cleaner and probably safer than anywhere else in the country and western
citizens will find it easier and more relaxing than say, Fez or Meknes.
Nevertheless, it has lots of history and stories to tell, there is blue
everywhere in the old medina, the blue of the houses, the blue of the sky and
the blue of the ocean. The Royal Palace and the necropolis of the Chellah, the
old Salé, are a must see.
is the third largest city in Morocco, after
Casablanca and Rabat. It is one of the four so-called "imperial cities" Fes is
separated into three parts, Fes-al-Bali, Fes-Djedid and the Ville Nouvelle.
Fes-al-Bali, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the largest
contiguous car-free medieval area in the world.
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