Must-Do’s In Morocco: Part 2

BY WENDY HUNG

 

MERZOUGA – What’s up, Sahara

Golden. Limitless. Hushed. Peaceful. Truly, there’s nothing like it.

Stay at Auberge Kasbah Tombouctou.

Boutique luxury in the middle of the desert is all we ask for!

Catch the sunrise via a camel ride.

Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, it touches 10 countries including: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia. Some are mountain people, some are water people. I’m forever a desert girl.

Drive through the Road of the Kasbahs.

Roadtripping between Merzouga and Ouarzazate, you’ll pass by the Road of the Kasbahs, and Valley of 1,000 Kasbahs which were old fortresses with high walls and very few windows. By the High Atlas mountains where people settled in kasbahs and lived off of the fertile river plain.

OUARZAZATE – Door to the Desert

Along the previous caravan route between Marrakech and Sahara.

Covet Hollywood? Visit Atlas Film Studios.

Here is a taste of Hollywood in North Africa. The first film studio located in this part of the world was the set to Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Game of Thones…and so many more!

Check out Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou.

The world famous fortified village is one of the most important landmarks in Ouarzazate. The site draws enormous tourists due to the historical dwellings, merchant houses and the four families who still live in the village. Made up by earthen clay, the architecture makes a fun stroll like wanderlust in a maze.

Eat Tagine, until you overdose on them.

Beef, lamb, chicken slow cooked in clay pots with potatoes and vegetables. Lots of spices are added, and placed over coals. You’ll eat it until you can’t handle anymore of it!

MARRAKECH – Red City

As the fourth largest city, Marrakech is a favorite among jetset Europeans as the perfect destination for weekend getaways.

Shop ’til you drop at Jemma el-Fnaa square.

Jemaa el-Fnaa is one of the most famous squares in Africa, situated in Marrakech’s medina or old city quarter, the markets are is frequented by locals and travelers.

Take a carriage ride for a different kind of experience.

You know, it’s one of those things where it looks like a good idea at first, but once I got on, it just felt kind of cruel. So I wouldn’t recommend this to animal lovers, but plenty of travelers want a different kind of experience to see a new city, so you might find this far more enjoyable than I did.

Stroll & gaze through the glamour of Bahia Palace.

Built in the 19th century by sultan Si Moussa, Palais Bahia was meant to be the greatest palace of its time. The name itself means “brilliance” and is also the name of one of his wives. But there are even rooms for concubines. The beautiful palace showcases the best of Islamic and Moroccan designs.

Get a little history lesson at El Badi Palace.

There are plenty of palaces in Marrakech, another renowned one is El Badi Palace, which was funded by a ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings. Today, this is home to many festivals, and you can check out a museum, and different exhibitions.

Indulge in local bread, they’re delish!

When you’re on the road, you’ve gotta indulge in the local Mama Bear of all carbs. Moroccan cuisine comes with various types of bread, flat bread, pan cakes. You’ve gotta try them all.

Snap that perfect pic of Koutoubia Mosque.

The symbol of Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque, it’s also the largest one in the city. You can snap the perfect photo from its gardens.

CASABLANCA – Financial Center

One could say, the largest city in Morocco is the Manhattan of northern Africa.

See through the glass floor inside Hassan II Mosque.

The number one attraction in Casablanca is absolutely Hassan II Mosque. Completed in 1993, the 210 meters (689 feet) mosque rises above the Atlantic Ocean which you can also see through the glass floor inside the magnificent building. It welcomes 105,000 worshippers for prayers at once. The walls are made from hand-crafted marbles with the minaret at 60 stories in height. If you’re only in town for a day, this is a total must-see.

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