🐫 Morocco 🇲🇦

Where Moroccan hash comes from, of course, but Morocco has so many other things to offer. Let's cover some basics: kasbahs and medinas are much of what you'll be seeing throughout Morocco.

A kasbah was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack.  A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows. Sometimes, they were built on hilltops so that they could be more easily defended. Some were placed near the entrance to harbors. They've been re purposed and are now very much like medinas, which is to say, old parts of town. Architecture differentiates the two.

Woman walking towards the ksar at Aït Benhaddou

The medina is typically walled, with many narrow and maze-like streets. The word "medina" (Arabic: مدينة‎‎ madīnah) itself simply means "city" or "town" in modern-day Arabic.

The medina in Fez, Morocco

It doesn't matter which city you find yourself in, you'll have to wander both. It doesn't matter which city you find yourself in, it will have both.

And now Riads. This is truly a relevant concept for travelers out there: a traditional Moroccan house that now operates as a hotel. They are definitely worth checking out.

A view of the pool in the Riad Bad Firdaus in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque at La Corniche Beach in Casablanca, Morocco.

A.K.A. Kaẓa - It's the largest city in Morocco, and it just so happens to offer the widest variety of experiences you'll find in any Moroccan city. Visit La Corniche Beach if you're looking to dine, see the Hassan II Mosque, go to the beach, surf, etc. Long story short, visit La Corniche Beach.

La Corniche Beach in Casablanca, Morocco.

Also, in Casablanca you'll get to experience the medina on "easy mode" that is to say, before you adventure into the many kasbahs and medinas which can prove to be a little (or a lot) hard to navigate, you could try Casablanca's medina since it's fairly easy to get by on that one. You'll get the hang of it.

Marrakesh

Jmaa El-Fnaa, a traditional market in Marakesh, Morocco.

It's the capital city of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. The most essential attraction here is Jemaa el-Fna. During the day it will be filled with snake charmers, and during night time it'll be filled with traditional lamb heads and orange juice.

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Once you've done that you should try checking out Jardin Majorelle, visit a hammam (local bathhouse) and the Koutoubia Mosque.

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Imlil, Marrakesh-Safi

Imlil, a village situated in the High Atlas mountain range in Morocco

So, my first thought was "this must be between Marrakesh and Safi", but it's not. That's the name of the region. At 1,800 meters above sea level, Imlil is a village in the High Atlas mountain range. It's the hiker's paradise. Plenty of single day hikes, multi-day hikes, and, if you're up for it, you can tackle Mount Toubkal.

Mountain Toubkal, one of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco

Imlil is a truly great starting point for exploring the High Atlas mountains, which you definitely should.

Aït Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou, a village commonly used as location for filming

This one's more of a "if you have the money and the time to spare, you might find this interesting". The cool thing about Aït Benhaddou is that it's been used as a filming location for many big name Hollywood productions. It's basically just there for that. Only four families live there. Most locals live on another village at the other side of the river, with more modern accommodations, so yeah, it's just basically there to look cool, so looking at it might be worth your while. If you're into that.

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