Landmarks of Morocco, top 15 visited attractions

landmarks of Morocco

The landmarks of Morocco spread through the kingdom, the top best places and visited attractions in Morocco are a must-visit. The North African country is a treasure mine of intriguing culture, breathtaking natural beauty, and genuine views that are hard to come across anyplace else on the planet. Morocco doesn’t have a nickname, so we give it the moniker “Land of Colors.” Why? Because it’s all about the colors! Everything here is exploding with color, from the mosaics to the spices, marketplaces, residences, and even the people. Even their most well-known cities have a distinct tint.

1. Marrakech

A. Jamaa El Fna:

The Jamma el-Fna Square, which is included on UNESCO’s Representative List of Humanity’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, is the beating heart of mysterious Marrakech. The square, which dates back over a thousand years, attracts storytellers, fortune-tellers, street performers, tooth collectors (yes! ), and, of course, throngs of tourists.

The area is rather calm throughout the day. There are snake charmers and juice merchants, but that pales in comparison to what happens after dark. Jamaa El Fna comes to life as the sun goes down. Restaurant booths are set up throughout the area. Street dancers, acrobats, henna painters, and a variety of other performers arrive out of nowhere and begin their show.

Because being on the square might be overpowering, I recommend watching the transition from one of the cafes that overlook the square. Get a classic mint tea and watch one of Marrakech’s best shows!

Read more in this article: Jamaa El Fna square.

B. The Majorelle Garden:

This garden is one of the main attractions and landmarks of Morocco that tourists visit. The ability to reconnect with nature and forget about the hectic metropolis around you is a vital quality of a park or a garden for me. The teeny-tiny Jardin Majorelle is just too crowded to allow you to do so.

Regardless, as the former residence of world-renowned architect Yve Sait Laurant, this small mansion houses an impressive botanical collection as well as a miniature Islamic Art Museum. The gardens, designed by landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, are regarded as the best in Marrakech and remain the city’s most visible landmark.

C. Bahia Palace:

Bahia means brilliance in Arabic, and there is no better word to describe this magnificent structure. The Bahia Palace, probably Marrakech’s best-preserved historical landmark, provides a glimpse of 19th-century Marrakech.

The palace, which was erected for the grand vizier Si Moussa, has about 150 apartments (including a harem) and magnificent private gardens. This eye-catching structure is surely one of the must-see attractions and landmarks of Morocco, with intricately sculpted stuccos and cedarwood.

Read more here: Must-see places in Marrakech.

2. The Sahara desert

A. Merzouga desert:

The Erg Chebbi desert, which borders Merzouga, is a famous tourist destination in Morocco. Erg Chebbi is easily accessible, with meter-high sand dunes surrounding you after an hour camel ride or hours by 4×4. The dunes are pretty high here, which makes for some stunning photographs, and there are a variety of desert camps to choose from. These tent camps are quite opulent, a genuine glamping experience in the desert! Because of the city of Merzouga’s closeness, this portion of the desert has a well-organized supply of running water and power. Keep in aware that in the Erg Chebbi desert, you will always see other tourists. Because it is lovely, it is a popular tourist destination and is usually considered the highlight of all Morocco Tours and landmarks.

Read more here; Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

B. Zagora desert:

The desert of Erg Chegaga is reported to be stunning. Here, the sand dunes are lower (especially in the beginning). Furthermore, the Erg Chegaga desert is not accessible by car. You swap your regular automobile for a 4X4 for the last two hours (four-wheel drive). This implies that visiting the Erg Chegaga desert is much more costly.

We do not advocate taking a camel ride in Erg Chegaga since the distances are substantially longer, and you cannot get deep enough into the Sahara to reach towering dunes. Overall, it may appear that the Erg Chegaga is less intriguing, although this is not the case. There are significantly fewer tourists here precisely because it is more difficult to reach. So, if you’re seeking a truly isolated vacation, we propose the Erg Chegaga desert!

Read a comparison about these landmarks of Morocco( the desert) in this Article; Merzouga Vs Zagora.

3. The blue pearl Chefchaouen

It’s time to see Chefchaouen’s Blue Town, one of the most bizarre landmarks in Morocco. You’ve undoubtedly seen it on Instagram, and you’re definitely a bit hesitant. I mean, images, especially those on Instagram, don’t often reflect the genuine truth of a location. Chefchaouen, on the other hand, is the real deal.

The entire medina (old town) is painted in a light blue hue. Houses, streets, doors, and cats are all vivid blue! The cats aren’t included, but everything else is. Even the locals are generally dressed in blue.

Chefchaouen is an exceptionally distinctive and quirky Moroccan monument that is a definite must-see and a terrific discussion starter back home.

See more in this article; The blue city of Morocco.

4. Fes

A. Bab Bou Jeloud – The blue gate:

The Blue Gate, or Bab Bou Jeloud as it is called in Fes, is one of the city’s most important emblems. Bab Bou Jeloud, being one of the major gateways of the wonderful Fes medina, is painted blue to commemorate the city’s distinctive hue. Fes is the historic Moroccan capital and one of the most genuine cities in the country. Leather items and cobalt-blue ceramics are two of Fes’ most well-known products.

B. Chouara Tannery:

The Chouara Tannery is the most popular attraction in Fes and one of the most well-known landmarks in Morocco. It has been in operation since the 16th century and is the largest of the city’s various tanneries. Not only that, but the tannery employees follow their predecessors’ leather-dying procedures.

The mix of hard manual work, vivid dye jars, and foul odor act as a time machine (far better than the jacuzzi) transporting you to ancient Morocco. If you’re in the region, you should absolutely stop over and see it. Just make sure you have a mint stalk on hand to place under your nose.

C. The attarine Madrassa:

Al Attarine, which stands in front of Fes’ spice and perfume souk, is the country’s most magnificent madrasa (at least until Marrakech’s Ben Youssef Madrasa reopens).
But what exactly is a madrasa?

In the past, madrasas were the primary places of religious instruction. They are renowned tourist attractions in Morocco because of their ornate patterns. The Marandi sultan Abu Sa’id Uthman II established Al Attarine Madrasa between 1323 and 1325. He is one of Morocco’s most illustrious sultans, recognized for his anti-war stance and patronage of the arts and crafts.

D. The royal palace – Dar El Makhzen:

Dar al-Makhzen in Fes translates to ‘House of the Makhzen’ in Arabic. It is the King of Morocco’s official royal home.
It is enclosed by thick walls to protect the Moroccan Royal family and covers a space of 195 acres if you can believe it!
A mosque, a cooking school, lodging for the Moroccan Royal Guard, a library, and the College Royal may all be found inside the castle! This college is where members of the Moroccan Royal Family receive their education.

Along with all of those structures, there are also extensive designed gardens inspired by both Arabic and Berber influences.

Read more here; Fes in Morocco.

5. Ait Benhaddou

All of the attractions and landmarks of Morocco described here are stunning, but nothing compares to the mythical desert fortress known as Ait Ben Haddou.

The kasbah, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, was once a key station on the caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. It’s formed of red clay brigs and is a great example of South Moroccan architecture from the 17th century.
Hollywood has taken note of Ait Ben Haddou’s fairy-like appearance. The kasbah has appeared in a number of well-known films and television shows, including Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’ and HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’

Read more here; Ait Benhaddou Kasbah.

6. Toudgha Gorges

The natural wonders and landmarks of Morocco are summed up in the Todra Gorge. This beautiful canyon, located on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains, is not the simplest to reach. Nonetheless, its allure is so strong that it has become a well-known tourist destination. Tinerhir, a neighboring Berber village, has a population of 35,000 people, but during peak tourist season, it swells to 90,000! Not bad for a point of interest in the middle of nothing.

7. Essaouira Magador

The medina of Essaouira was originally known as Mogador (not to be confused with Mordor), and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco. Essaouira, located on the Moroccan coast about 350 kilometers south of Casablanca, was originally a peaceful fishing village that blossomed into the important seaport town it is today. Essaouira is the greatest destination in Morocco to enjoy a beach holiday, thanks to Mogador Island, which shields the port from high waves and strong winds.

8. Ouzoud waterfalls

The Cascades d’Ouzoud is Morocco’s most famous waterfall. The Ozoud Falls, a popular Marrakech day excursion, present a spectacular scene with a 110-meter-high powerful waterfall — a rarity in the hot and dry North Africa region. The falls are surrounded by picturesque Berber villages and are home to a large number of macaque monkeys.

Because the monkeys are accustomed to tourists, exercise extreme caution when engaging with them. Check that your phone and sunglasses are secure, and that you don’t have any loose goods on you. The macaques are well-known for their thievery abilities. The Ouzoud Falls are a beautiful escape from Marrakech and one of the most well-known sites in the Atlas Mountains.

9. The Atlas mountains

When you think about Morocco, you expect a desert environment with velvet dunes everywhere. You will be amazed when you discover that the country’s desert area is rather limited, with mountains dominating the scene. It’s unsurprising that a mountain range — the High Atlas Mountains – is one of Morocco’s most famous features.

The Berbers call the tallest mountain range in North Africa Idraren Draren, which means Mountain of Mountains. It operates as a weather barrier, dividing the sweltering heat of the Sahara from the temperate climate of the Mediterranean north.

There are three types of Atlas mountains in Morocco. The longest is the High Atlas mountains, it stretches through three countries and has the highest peak, Toubkal. Secondly, there are the Middle Atlas mountains known for being the coldest range. The last one is the Anti Atlas mountains.

10. Meknes

A. Volubilis:

The ruined Roman city of Volubilis, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Monument since 1997, is Morocco’s best-preserved archeological site.
The historic Mauritanian capital was established about 2,000 years ago and served as a major Roman commercial center. The affluent metropolis is thought to have had a population of more than 20,000 people in its heyday. Some of their opulent mansions still stand today, revealing in exquisite detail what life was like in one of the Roman Empire’s most isolated places.

Read more here: Volubilis in Morocco.

B. Bab Mansour:

Located in front of El Hedim Square, it is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful gates. Sultan Moulay Ismael built Bab Mansour, which was completed by his son Moulay Abdellah (1732). According to legend, this door was created by a Christian who converted to Islam and went by the name “the Victorious Renégat,” also known as Mansour Laalej. Bab Mansour has an arc-shaped opening with an opening of 8 meters in height.
This one is framed by a huge bandeau comprised of a relief trellis on a polychrome mosaic background with the prominent color being green. It is supported by large white marble columns that are topped with antique-style marquees. Come together to enjoy the ornamentation’s elegance and complexity.

C. Qara prison:

This place is one of the ancient landmarks of Morocco. It originates from the early 18th century and is well known as a massive dark subterranean design as a maze, is located in the interior of the Ismaili Qasba. The name Habs Qara stems from the surname of a Portuguese prisoner who was promised liberty by the Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail if he could create a jail with more than 40,000 inmates. This jail is divided into three rooms by a series of arcades supported by vaults in lowered drums and resting on pillars with an average size of 1.40 m by 3.46 m. Koubet Al Khayatine is reached through a stairway. This jail was temporarily converted as a silo and food warehouse after the sultan’s rule.

D. Lhdim square:

Lhdim Square is a huge esplanade that connects the city’s old town and imperial quarters. It was given the term “site of destruction” when masses of rubble were placed there during the city’s restoration. It contains a covered market that comes to life after twilight, with storytellers, animal trainers, and boatmen creating an exotic ambiance.

Read more here; Meknes in Morocco.

11. Akchour Waterfalls

If you ever find yourself in the vivid blue city of Chefchaouen, make time to explore the Ackchour Waterfalls, one of Morocco’s most attractive waterfalls.

This isn’t just a single stream of water, either. The name alludes to a succession of little springs and waterfalls that are all located in the same lovely little region.

However, there is a major stream that flows in from a height of 100 meters. It cascades over rugged red rocks and cascades down the mountainside before seeping over the stone’s edge, just beyond the grasp of the lush, poolside foliage that graces the inlet’s walls.

12. Agadir

Agadir is the capital of the Agadir-Ida Ou Tanane province, which is located on Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains. It is a popular tourist attraction featuring golf courses, a long crescent beach, and a coastal promenade dotted with cafés, restaurants, and bars. The hilltop kasbah of Agadir was damaged in a 1960 earthquake, but the medieval wall still stands.

A. Paradise valley:

One of Morocco’s most beautiful waterfalls may be found 56 kilometers from Agadir on the western side of the country.

It’s named Paradise Valley, after all. I can assure you that it is safe to get your hopes up.

This little enclave of nirvana has a very laid-back vibe, which caters to the type of tourist who comes here from the nearby town of Taghazout. It’s a beach town that’s known for its surfing. The laid-back attitudes are carried over to Paradise Valley.

It actually does resemble a utopian ideal watering hole. A parameter of reddish-brown boulders cradles a pot of deep blue-green water.

13. Rabat, the capital

Rabat is a historically rich cultural city. Its streets and squares are adorned with several masterpieces. Visit the Kasbah des Oudayas, which is a stately and magnificent structure surrounded by gardens. The towering walls of the Chellah, a necropolis from the period of the Merinids, are not far from the walls. Walking amid historical remnants, gardens, and storks is like entering another universe as you cross the walls.

Rabat, with its green areas, is also a contemporary eco-responsible metropolis. It has a spectacular coastline, with miles of well-equipped beaches stretching all the way to Casablanca on the Atlantic Ocean.

Rabat is a lively city, with contemporary infrastructure and a variety of events. The airport, tram, retail malls, cafés, and restaurants are all within walking distance. Enjoy the busy sounds and rhythms of music that Rabat celebrates like no other city; from Mawazine to Jazz au Chellah and many more that fill the air with sounds and rhythms from over the world!

Rabat is a city where historical treasures mingle with cutting-edge technology and environmental stewardship.

14. Casablanca

Casablanca is a port city and economic hub on the Atlantic Ocean in western Morocco. The downtown Mauresque architecture, a mix of Moorish design and European art deco, reflects the city’s French colonial past. The massive Hassan II Mosque, which was finished in 1993 and stands partially over the sea, features a 210m minaret topped with lasers aimed at Mecca.

A. Hassan 2 mosque:

The Hassan II Mosque is one of the best and amazing landmarks in Morocco. It is Africa’s second-largest operating mosque and the world’s seventh-largest mosque. With a height of 210 meters, it has the world’s second-highest minaret. It is partly built on the ocean.

Read more here; Things to do in Casablanca.

15. Tangier

Since Phoenician days, Tangier, a Moroccan town on the Strait of Gibraltar, has served as a crucial gateway between Africa and Europe. The Dar el Makhzen, a sultan’s palace that is now a museum of Moroccan antiques, is located in the whitewashed hillside medina. In an 1821 Moorish-style former consulate, the American Legation Museum, also in the medina, chronicles early diplomatic contacts between the United States and Morocco.

Read more here: Tangier in Morocco.

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