Planning a trip to Morocco and not sure which cities to choose? Add these 7 places to your list and you won't be disappointed.
Get lost in magical Moroccan streets
Officially the Kingdom of Morocco, this wonderful North African country is home to a huge variety of cultures, languages and people. With vast deserts, a long stretch of coast, close connections to mainland Europe and cities filled with bustling street markets, it is no surprise that most of Morocco's capital comes from its tourism industry. Here are the seven best cities to visit while you're there!
Marrakesh is a popular tourist destination in western Morocco. Famous for its bustling markets that sell spices, tea, lanterns and other delights, this city is one of the busiest in Africa. Stay in a riad (a Morrocan mansion) for a very affordable price while you explore the narrow, winding streets of the Medina. Make sure to visit the beautiful Majorelle Garden and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
Although it's neither the largest nor the most populated city in the country, Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. It's home to the Hassan Tower, the minaret of an uncompleted mosque in the northeast of the city. Previously controlled by Barbary pirates, this city is rich with history, so much so that its Medina quarter is even a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other sites worth visiting are the Roman ruins and gardens at Chellah and the viewpoint at the Kasbah of the Udayas.
The bright, cobalt blue colour of Chefchaouen's buildings is one of the main reasons why this city is so popular among tourists. Situated just inland from the northwestern coast of Morocco, there are many different myths about the original reason for Chefchaouen's blue walls, such as to keep mosquitos away or to represent the sea or heaven. Regardless of the real reason, it is undeniable that this is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places to visit in Morocco.
This western, coastal city is officially Morocco's largest. It's home to the Hassan II mosque (pictured), which is the country's tallest building, and is open to the public for tours outside of prayer hours. While in Casablanca, explore the streets of the Habous Quarter where you will find the stunning Royal Palace which, although closed to the public, is an essential part of most tours of the city.