Morocco is a fantastic place to visit, and in recent times increasing numbers of tourists have been making trips to the country in order to revel in the breath-taking scenery, including its beautiful beaches and magnificent mountain ranges, as well as exploring two of the most intriguing cities in the world: Marrakech and Casablanca.
Marrakech in Morocco (photo by Wikipedia)
Since the number of visitors to Morocco has increased in recent years (something which the local government can take credit for, with a number of hugely successful campaigns aimed at improving the level of tourism in the country), the ways and means of reaching the area have also vastly increased. It’s now possible to find cheap airline tickets from virtually any major airport in the world.
The good news is that despite increased tourism, none of the allure and mystique of the country has been lost, particularly where parts of Marrakech and Casablanca are concerned.
The Corniche of Casablanca (photo by Wikipedia)
The mystique of Marrakech
The main streets of Marrakech are lined with boutique hotels, hammams and world-class restaurants. Look a little further behind the contemporary sheen of the high-street, however, and it’s possible to end up on an adventure throughout the old quarters of the city, known as the Medina. Whilst some may want to soak up the glitz and glamour of the new town, those who prefer the road less travelled will find all sorts of excitement and experiences through the meandering streets and souks of old Marrakech, which are highly regarded as some of the most exotic places in the world to shop.
Those wishing to experience culture will not want to miss the Saadian Tombs. Having recently been discovered, the tombs are the original resting place of the Saadian princes, and provide a powerful insight into the opulence of ancient Morocco.
The Casablanca Twin Center (photo by Wikipedia)
Casablanca: Morocco’s jewel
Similarly, Casablanca is a sprawling city with a diverse history, and is one of the wealthiest areas of the country. The city is also culturally rich, with all manner of art galleries, fashion houses and historical landmarks drawing visitors in.
Like much of Morocco, some areas of Casablanca have a notable French influence, and there are fewer simpler pleasures than taking in breakfast in one of the fantastic French bakeries dotted in and around the city.
Sightseers will not want to miss the Hassan II mosque, which is the third-largest in the world. Designed and built in the 1980s, the mosque borrows from French architectural aesthetics and receives up to 25,000 worshippers inside every day.
Of course, no adventure would be complete without some relaxation time, and the Boulevard da la Croniche proves popular amongst both tourists and Morocco’s younger generations, featuring a whole host of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, all of which boast Morocco’s unique charm.
With so much to do in and around Marrakech and Casablanca, it’s hard not to fall equally in love with both cities whilst on a Moroccan adventure.