In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Kingdom of Morocco
Morocco is a country that has everything required of a typical Mediterranean destination in Europe, but it has an African twist of its own, and a price tag that’s pretty fair. Please, don’t stop at just these five places. They should serve for merely dipping your toes into your Moroccan adventure.
In the north, Meknes is a 9th-century medina surrounded by a 21st-century city. One of Morocco’s earlier capitals, it still holds some of the major historical venues: Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Bab Mansour (one of the most well-preserved gates), the Dar Jamai Museum with amazing exhibits, and just an hour from Volubilis, a magnificent set of Roman ruins.
The old city of Fez has one awe-inspiring attraction: the behemoth medina. A UNESCO World Heritage site spanning an astonishing 2.4 square miles, it is one of the most well-preserved old cities in the Arab-Muslim world. The Fez medina is one of world’s most complex mazes with treats and treasures down every little side alley. People do get lost here, but there is always a local to point the way.
Don’t be alarmed if you’ve never heard of this remote gem. It’s the gateway village to an overnight experience, a night in the Sahara Desert: the dune covered, sand in the wind, bare desert. It’s breathtaking and worth the journey to this remote corner of Morocco. The travel arrangements can be organized by the accommodating Kasbah Mohayut.
Have you ever wondered where Hollywood gets those perfect desert scenes from? From Morocco. It’s been welcoming Hollywood directors since the ’60s, and Ouarzazate has been at the center of it all. From here you can take tours through famous blockbuster hits: Cleopatra, Kingdom of Heaven, Sahara, Lawrence of Arabia and even the HBO series Game of Thrones.
No trip to Morocco is complete without visiting the city at the heart of Moroccan tourism. The city holds the modern soul of Morocco, the country’s most intriguing sites and museums, and the fiercest medina of them all. Don’t forget to haggle, because you’re going to need it. Marrakech appears to unfold before your eyes every dusk on the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, a UNESCO site which has to be seen to be believed.