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On this tour, you will explore the red city of Marrakech. Here, you will visit the Square of Jamma El Fna, Koutoubia mosque, and the garden of Majorelle. The tour continues to the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a Berber fortress where many famous movies were shot, and also to the studio cinema, Ouarzazate. After that, the trip itinerary passes by the grand canyons of Dades and Todgha.
Afterward, we will visit the Sahara desert of Merzouga, where you will do the camel ride and camping at Berber tents. But before, you will have full experience in the desert ” The highlight of our tours”, you will visit the nomads, the Gnaoua people and the lake of Srij where the camels go herding.
Furthermore, we will cross the high and the middle Atlas Mountains to the cultural city, Fes. There, we will visit one of the oldest universities in the world, and we will explore one of the tanneries where they make the leather stuff. Not to mention, we will visit the king’s palace and have a walk in the old medina’s souk.
The tour also includes a tour to one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco, Chefchaouen. It’s all colored with blue and it’s where many tourists easily get drugs. Eventually, the tour ends by visiting the capital city of Rabat. Here, we will visit Les Oudayas Kasbah and the Tour Hassan mosque. Afterward, we will drive to Casablanca to visit the mosque of Hasaan II, the second biggest Mosque in Africa and 7th in the world.
Itinerary for 8 days tour in Morocco from Casablanca :
Day 1: Casablanca to Marrakech:
On this day, we will explore the fourth largest city in Morocco, the red city of Marrakech, a Berber city whose name was Amur n Kush that means land of God. Here, there are many things that will amaze you, several things to do and visit.
To start with, we will visit the square of Jemaa El Fna, where you will enjoy the entertainment of the locals. Some of them make Halka, a street performance where they narrate stories or tell jokes. Also, it’s where you meet thousands of tourists shopping for local stuff. Second, we will take you to visit the mosque of Koutoubia, the largest mosque in Marrakech. It’s a twin sister of the mosque Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Great Mosque of Seville in Spain.
Then, we will visit the beautiful garden of Jack Majorelle, a place that gets more than 850,000 visitors a year. Also, we will visit the museum of Yvan Saint Laurent, it’s not far from the garden.
Last and not least, we will take you to explore the Bahia Palace, an old Ksar, or Fortress. The first day of the 8 days itinerary ends when taking you to your accommodation.
Day 2: Marrakech to Dades Gorges:
We will start the day by picking you up from the accommodation. On the way, we will visit one of the argan oil cooperatives if you are interested in oil, especially for the women. Then, we will drive across the high atlas mountains on the pass of Tichka, the fastest route to the Sahara desert.
The first interesting thing we will explore on this day is the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a Berber fortress where many movies were shot. For instance, they shot the movie Lawrence of Arabia and the British-American Drama, the Gladiator. Also, it’s a place where the Touareg Berbers used to e-commerce before leaving for Europe.
Not far from the Kasbah, we will visit the city of cinema, Ouarzazate. There, we will have a stop at the oscar studio, where they get the material to make movies in the Kasbah. After that, we will drive through the route of thousand Kasbahs to arrive at the rose valley. There, we can have a stop to enjoy a glass of tea or coffee and to visit one of the cooperative where they make rose flower products.
Before we check in the accommodation in Dades Gorges, we will make a stop to admire and take photos of the mountains shaped as the monkey toes. Then, we will visit the curves of Tissdrine, where Cadillac, the American car made a crazy advertisement.
Day 3: Dades Gorges to Merzouga Sahara:
The third day of our 8 days tour itinerary in Morocco from Casablanca will be to the highlight of our Morocco tours, Merzouga. We will take the road further south to Tinghir. Here, we will take a different road to visit the Grand Canyons of Todgha, a place where many people come to relax at the river that is passing through the mountains as a spring. Thereafter, we will make a stop at an old system of irrigation, where there are many wells that water the oasis around.
In the afternoon, we will arrive at Merzouga, the Sahara desert. Here, we will take you on a camel ride adventure, they will be waiting parked once we arrive, you will leave your luggage in the car, ride the camels and cross the dunes of Erg Chebbi. On the top, you will stop to enjoy the dunes and to enjoy the sunset. Later, the camel man will take you to the Berber camp where you will spend the night experiencing the nomadic life. You will be amazed by the starts, the Milkyway at night. Not to mention, our team of Berbers will entertain you with Berber music played on drums, and also will tell you stories about the desert.
Day 4: Merzouga desert tour :
On this day, you will have full experience in Merzouga. We will take you to explore the best things to do here. To start with, in the morning, we will take you to visit the nomadic Berbers, we will see how they live their life. Afterwards, we will drive to visit one of the mines where they used to get Mascara and salt from, it’s at the small village of Mifis. After that, we will take you to the small town of Khamlia where the dark skin people live. Here, we will take you to one of the families of Gnaoua, they will entertain you playing music using drums and Krakebs “Castanest”.
Afterwards, we will take you to visit the market of the desert, Rissani. There, we will take you to visit the parking of the donkeys and the sheep. Also, we will take you to visit the mineral fossils museum. For lunch, we will take you to one of the restaurants where they serve Madfouna “The Berber pitta bread”.
In the afternoon, we will take you to visit the small oasis of Hassi Labied, where most of the locals have their agriculture. Then, we will take you to your accommodation at a local Berber hotel.
Day 5: Merzouga to Fes:
On the fifth day of our Morocco 8 days itinerary from Casablanca, we will be driving through the high and the Middle Atlas Mountains. Before we will make a stop at Erfoud, we will visit the market so that you try the fruits of the date. Then, we will drive to arrive at the Valley of Ziz, where the source of dates is coming from, a stop will be made at a panoramic view.
Before we start driving in the mountains, we will make a quick stop at the dam of Errachidia, the biggest source of water where the whole province gets the water.
The other stop we will make will be at the cedar forest. There, we will feed the monkeys of the Barbary Macaque, a unique animal that is still living in the Atlas. Afterward, we will drive to arrive at Ifrane, we will stop to take some pictures with the curved atlas lion statue.
Eventually, we will drive to Fes, and we will take you to a riad to spend the night.
Day 6: Fes city tour:
We will visit Fes on this day. Therefore, we will hire a local guide with our driver to take you to visit the best things to do there.
Firstly, we will take you to visit the King’s palace, a beautiful Ksar with 7 golden gates. Then, we will visit the Mellah, the Jewish quarter. Thereafter, we will take you to a panoramic view at top of Borj Nord, from there, you will have an overview of Fes El Bali. When we finish, we will drive to the ceramic cooperative if you are interested to take some, Fes is famous for that.
We will start the walking tour in the old Medina also called Fes El Bali. We will enter from the blue gate “Bab Boujloud”, the main gate to the Medina. From here, you will visit the Al Karaouien university, the oldest existing in the world. Then, we will visit Al Bou Inania Madrassa, an old school with beautiful architecture.
We will not only visit the Safarin spices square but also the Madrassa of it. It is also an old school where they teach children the holly Quran. We will end our Fes city tour by visiting one of the 7th tanneries in Fes called Chouara. Here, they make leather and they also sell it. After that, we will take your accommodation.
Day 7: Fes to Chefchaouen:
We will continue our 8 days tour in Morocco by visiting the blue city, Chefchaouen. This city is far about 3h driving from Fes, it’s in the rif mountains, between two big chances shaped like horns of a goat. Therefore, Chechaouen is coming from the Berber word Iskaouen which means horns. When we are there, we will visit the Kasbah Museum, the first building of Chaouen, we will enter to see many pictures of the city and to read some information about it.
After that, we will have a walk in the medina to admire the blue-colored walls and to the square of Wtat Lhmam. There, many people come to relax at the restaurants to enjoy tea and the people playing music around. Eventually, we will have a walk to the river of Ras El Ma, where local women wash blankets and clothes. Then, we will hike the mountain to see the sunset before we take you to your accommodation.
Day 8: Chefchaouen to Casablanca:
This will be the last day of our 8 days tour from Casablanca. We will spend the day driving to visit the capital city, Rabat. Here, there are two main things we will visit. First, we will visit Les Oudayas Kasbah the first milestone of Rabat. Second, we will visit the mosque of Hassan Tower or Tour. The mosque intended to have the tallest minaret in the world.
Afterwards, we will drive to the starting point Casablanca, we will take you to visit the mosque of Hassan II. This mosque is the biggest in Morocco with a minaret of 210 metres, and it’s one of the mosques that allows tourists to explore inside.
Reviews about the 8 days tour in Morocco:
Opinion about 8 days in Morocco
We were looking forward to visiting northern Morocco in August with our three young children ages 9, 5 and 3. We love to travel but it is a destination that a priori "scared" us to go with the kids. But I was discovering Omar and believing in him from the first moment and without a doubt, it was a success.
Not only was he attentive to our needs when choosing accommodation (complicated as it is 5 people), but he helped us with all the procedures and was always available via whatsup for any questions that arose. We are very far-sighted so imagine! We gave it a lot of war;) And the trip ... that I can tell you ... that the destination is INCREDIBLE, the contrasts of smells, colors and flavors ... another world very close to ours ... The destination enchanted us and the children normalized the differences in a brutal way ...
And of Youssef, of the organization, of the logistics, of the drivers and of the guides who accompanied us, I can only say that it is better than impossible and that I will always recommend it, wherever I go ... An exquisite treatment .. In fact I want to share with you two photos, not of the destination that you will find a thousand on the internet, but of the proximity of the guides who accompanied us. In the photos you see my 3-year-old with the two-day guides ... and it is difficult for my little one to gain the trust of the people ... A very special and very affectionate mention to the driver who accompanied us. That with his "champion get in the car", he also conquered my little one. Thank you very much for bringing your country closer to us !!
Very good trip
From the first moment the attention received has been excellent. Omar has been waiting from Seville for our trip, attentive to everything and providing us with everything we needed, with infinite patience. Upon arrival at the airport, Mohamed greeted us and explained the basics of our trip. The private excursion to Morocco was excellent, thanks to the assistance of our driver, who discovered the day to day life of the Berbers and the people of the desert and the towns we visited. The only downside was the cold in the haimas, but that is beyond their scope and, on the other hand, we were already prevented. Likewise, the riad Ben Brahim was a discovery, well located with a Larbi who took great care of us, always with a smile. Thank you all for making the trip for us.
Best family tour in Morocco!
My partner and I have made a trip from north to south of Morocco. We contracted everything with the agency and a large part of the trip was with Ahmed as driver. He adapted to our needs and even one day when I got sick he waited for a visit the next day starting an hour ahead of schedule. He helped us with what we needed, he took us to eat at clean places that don't charge you stupid things for the local price, he taught us a little more about the culture we went to meet ... It is true that it was made simple because both my girlfriend As I speak English, which is the language he speaks, but it has been about 1500km of good vibes, music and laughter. Ask for him if you are looking for a trip of this type.
The tour is full of stunning views. Therefore, we will try to make the stops at the best panoramic views, gardens, and many more. You can ask our driver to stop if you see any worthy place to look at.
Our trip from Casablanca will start by picking you up from the Airport, our driver will be waiting with the name of the agency or your name on a card. Also, the tour includes a drop off service at the airport at the end of our 8 days tour itinerary.
You will be accompanied by one of our professional local drivers with a rich background about the country. Moreover, we will book a local guide for you in Fes and Marrakech.
If you are a photographer, surely Morocco has to be on your list, there are many stunning places to take pictures at. For instance, when touring with us, you will visit the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, the biggest dunes in Morocco. Also, we will take you to take pictures of the blue city Chefchaouen.
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Overview of the destinations you will see with our 8 days in Morocco:
Marrakech is the tourist’s city, it’s the first city that gets around 3 million visitors per year. It was founded by Abu Bakr ibn Umar ” the dynasty of the Almoravids” in the 11th century.
The name of Marrakech is constructed of the Berber word Amur N kush. That is to say, the land or the area of God. There are several other names of Marrakech. For instance, there are some people who call it the red city, that’s because the ground’s colour there is red, they paint the houses with the red, and became the red city.
There are several things to do and see in Marrakech:
Jemaa El Fna:
Probably when you speak about Marrakech, what comes to the mind is the big square of Jemaa El Fna. Here, you can meet many people from different countries besides locals. They come here to entertain themselves either by watching the locals playing with the monkeys, the snakes and many other animals. Actually, some people call them the snake charmers. Moreover, there is another activity that they do here which is the gather people in a circle and they narrate funny stories or jokes. This has been here for million years ago, and it’s a job for some people. Furthermore, there are some people who gamble, they have different games where they sometimes use magic to trick people. Therefore, once you are there, be aware of what you are doing. Not to mention, at Jemaa El Fna, many people come to shop local stuff like rugs, traditional clothes…
Koutoubia mosque is not far from the square of Jemaa El fan. Actually it faces it. Therefore, once you walk and explore the square why not walk there. Just be aware of the motorbikes because they do not respect the traffic lights and sometimes they steal people, especially their phones. Koutoubia mosque has many names, Kutubiyya, and booksellers referring to the front yard where they used to sell books. This mosque is very unique is one of the sister mosques of Hassan Tower and the grand mosque in Seville Spain. Not to mention, the mosque is built to reach 70 meters high with a spire of 8 meters.
You don’t want to be in Marrakech without heading to visit the garden of the French artist Jhon Jack Majorelle. It was built in 1923, and it took the artist almost 40 years to establish it. After he died, the other artists Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge took the responsibility of the garden and built a museum around it. Also, they are the ones who opened it for the public with a ticket of 70DH. However, certain IDs decrease the price.
The garden of Menara is further southwest of Marrakech, it’s where most of the locals go to enjoy the view of the lake in front of the room they call by the lighthouse.
Ait Benhaddou :
Morocco is famous for many Kasbahs. However, the most admired and visited by tourists is the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. It was built in the 11th century by the family of Thami Glaoui during the power of the Almoravid dynasty.
The word Kasbah is coming from the word Kasab which means bamboo in Berber and Arabic. You may find the word Kasar written on sings at the entrance of the Kasbah. However, that’s a mistake because Ksars or palaces are different than Kasbah and their rooves are not built with the bamboo.
This Kasbah is a fortified village that is known for the Berber Touaregs. Those who used to trade across the world, from South Africa to Europe. Here at the Kasbah, they used to trade slat mascara cole and other goods. Usually, there used to live about 90 families here at the Kasbah. Lately, the amount decreased to 5 families, most of them now are the locals who are selling stuff on the streets of the Kasbah. The Kasbah is one of the UNESCO world heritage since 1987. There, there is a mosque, two cemeteries, Muslim and Jewish, and an area where the trash grain outside the ramparts.
One of the families who live at the Kasbah now offers an experience of the Touareg lifestyle by opening a cafe. Therefore, when you are there we recommend you get there.
Movies made at the Kasbah:
The fortified Kasbah is famous for the Tv shows and the movie series they made here. To start with, when you are in Morocco, many people will shout Lawrence of Arabia, that’s because it was made here at the Kasbah in 1962. Then, another movie that the kasbah is known for is the Gladiator, the British-American drama that was made in 2000. Here is a small video of it on youtube, click here. There are many other famous movies that were made here. For instance, the movie Marco Polo 1982, The Jewel of the Nile 1985, and The mummy 1999. Therefore, the kasbah is a worth to visit with our Morocco 8 days tour itinerary from Casablanca.
Ouarzazate is the gate to the Sahara. The word Ouarzazate means the city without noise in the Berber languages. Although, the city doesn’t represent anything that is quite.
Driving from Marrakech to the desert or the opposite, you will have to pass by this city. Therefore, why not stop to discover it and see the best things to do here.
To start with, many tourists visit the city because of its atlas studios. Here, many actors come to rent materials to shot movies at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, and also at the Kasbah of Taourirt, the one in the center of the city Ouarzazate. At the studios like Oscar studio, you will find many stories about the movies they shot and so pictures of them. Also, you will find cars made out of wood and dolls they use to shot the movies.
Second, Ouarzazate is famous for the Kasbah of Taourirt, a maze built by the Glaoui Thami in the 19th century during his power. Taourirt could be the second beautiful Kasbah to visit after Ait Benhaddou, that’s because Taourirt requires a ticket to enter. Also, it’s because Ait Benhaddou is famous for the series of movies that were made there.
Ouarzazate is famous for the biggest solar station in Africa. As mention before that Ouarzazate is the gate to the Sahara. Therefore, the city climate is very hot during the summer, and to benefit from that, the country built a solar station here. However, that doesn’t mean that Morocco lacks oil, but the sun’s power is clean and free.
The rose valley:
The rose valley or Kalaat Mgouna, a beautiful city with many cosmetic products from the roses. Therefore, this city is famous for the international festival of Rose flowers, many tourists or visitors travel here to enjoy the music and to buy products.
With our tours in Morocco, we will be passing by this beautiful city, we will make a stop at a cooperative of the rose, you can buy some products and it’s a stop to relax as we will be driving 2h before we arrive here.
Dades Gorges "valley":
Dades Gorges is another beautiful place we will discover with our 8 days tour itinerary in Morocco. Therefore, we will take you to have a look at the beautifully shaped mountains at the gorges. We will be driving to spend the night here in Dades, on our way, we will make a quick stop to take some pictures.
The other stop we will make will be driving about 8km away on the same gorges to the curves of Tissdrine. Here, we could either walk if you are not tired or we could drive with the car. The most interesting thing about these curves is that the American company of Cadillac made an advertisement for its car. As seen in the picture attached, they are dangerous curves that are not easy to drive at. Therefore, the Cadillac made the record of climbing 3 times up and down in 03:19sec.
The grand canyons of Todgha Gorges:
Morocco is also a country where there are a lot of canyons. However, the best of them all is the canyons of Todgha gorges, they are about 20km away from the center of Tinghir. Many people head there to enjoy the view of the river passing through the mountains. That is to say, the power of nature “water” that could be spring and destroy the rocks to make its own way.
The canyons are about 300 meters=984 feet. Therefore, a lot of people have the passion of climbing even the dangerous situation. The area is worth walking at, taking pictures and maybe having a picnic there.
Merzouga, the Sahara desert:
The Sahara desert of Merzouga is the highlight of our 8 days in Morocco itinerary. Merzouga is the name of an Arabic family who lives there, the original name is Marzoug. It’s located in the southeast of Morocco in the region of Daraa Tafilalt. Also, it’s not far from the border of Algeria, about 50km.
Merzouga is a small city that is surrounded by the biggest Erg Chebbi Sand dunes in Morocco. Therefore, many tourists come here to enjoy its wonderful activities.
Camel trekking in Merzouga:
Probably the best thing to do in Merzouga is the camel ride or trekking. Many tourists come to experience the ride on the dunes to either see the sunset and the sunrise or to go spend the night at Berber tents. A picture is attached.
Camping at Berber tents:
Besides the camel ride in Merzouga, the second best thing to do is to experience overnight at Berber tents. Many tourists desire to spend the night glamping in the dunes. Therefore, if you are in Merzouga Sahara, don’t hesitate to spend the night here, it’s an experience of the nomadic Berber life.
A visit to Srij lake:
With our 8 days in Morocco, we will have a full day experience in Merzouga. Therefore, we will take you to visit Srij lake. It’s where the camels go herding during the day, they are used for tourists mostly for the sunrise or the sunset. Moreover, here ar the lake, you will find the immigrants birds of the flamingos.
Khamlia, a visit to Gnaoua:
One of the amazing and interesting things to visit is the small town of Khamlia. With our Merzouga desert tour, you will be lucky to travel with us to visit the dark skin people who live in Khamlia. They originally come from the south of Mali and Gabon, they have such a great sense of playing drams and Krakebs “castanet”.
A visit to a nomadic family:
On our Merzouga desert tour, we will take you on an adventure to visit one of the Berber families who live in tents. We will show you where they live and who they cook, how they manage to travel from a place to another with their herds.
Ziz Valley and Errachidia dam :
Morocco is full of valleys for rich agriculture and dams to restore water. With our tour itinerary 8 days, we will pass by the valley of Ziz, one of the biggest sources of dates palm trees. Also, it’s the longest river in Morocco that passes also through Algeria, it’s about 282 km. However, where there are the dates is about 50 km, 30 miles. The river flood comes from The High Atlas Mountains.
Not far from the valley of Ziz is the dam of Errachidia, it’s the source of water for the Sahara. Actually, it’s evidence that the actual king is smart to build those dams because before, people didn’t have water in the desert, they used to get it from the wells. The dam is called Hassan Addakhil, it’s named after the founder of the Alaouite dynasty.
Cedar Forest :
The cedar forest is one of the worthy places to stop at for a picnic and to play with the monkeys.
With our 8 days Morocco itinerary, we will pass by this cedar forest, we will make a quick stop to discover the monkeys which live here. They are the type of the Barbary Macaque or also known for the Barbary apes and magots.
There are many other animals who live here. For instance, there are deers, wild pigs, wolves, and many more. However, the only animal we will see with our tour is the monkey, they like to play with people and they always expect food and water.
Ifrane, the switzerland of Morocco:
Ifrane, the cleanest city in Morocco with the European architecture. The word Ifrane is coming from the word Ifri, plural Ifrane which means caves. However, there aren’t actually caves around the city. It was built by Sidi Abd al-Salam in the 16th century. However, the modern city was established in 1928 when the French colonized Morocco. Many tourists visit Ifrane during the wintertime, mostly the locals, they come here to snowboard as it snows here a lot because of the elevation of the city.
One of Morocco’s best and most expensive universities is here at Ifrane, it’s called Al Akhawayn University. Also, it was inaugurated by King Hassan II. However, it was built by the king Dhahir. That’s why it’s called Al Akhawayn which means two brothers. Not to mention, it was funded by the Arabian Saudi king, Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Our stop at Ifrane will be at the statue of the Atlas lion. It was carved by a German prisoner during the colonization of the French, which was to gain his freedom.
Fes is one of the most visited cities in Morocco, it attracts many tourists for its several admired cultural sites. First, it was built in 789 and founded by the Idrisid Dynasty. Also, it was the first capital city of Morocco before Marrakech, Meknes, and the actual Rabat. Now, it’s listed as one of the 4th imperial cities in the country. Fes El Bali or the old Part of Fes is the incident where you can find most of the visited attraction.
The king’s Palace:
With our Morocco 8 day itinerary, we will take you to visit one of the 12 palaces or Ksars of the king. Also, you may hear different names of the palace like Dar al-Makhzen. It was built in the 1960s with 7 golden gates, doors, and that’s a great opportunity to take great pictures.
For an overview of the old Medina, we will take you on a panoramic view at the Borj Nord fort. It was built by the Saadi dynasty in 1582 and it was modeled in the 16th century after the Portuguese forts.
Poetry “Mosaic” cooperative:
We will head to the cooperative of the Mosaic after the visit of the Nord Borj. It will be mind-blowing for you to see how they make the ceramics, and if you are interested to take some of it with you, Fes is famous for it.
Bab Boujloud, the blue gate:
There old Medina of Fes or Fes El Bali is surrounded by a wall and with 11 gates. The main gate is called Bab Boujloud or the blue gate, the name came from Abu al Junud which means the father of the troops. Not to mention, the gate was built in 1913.
Attarine Madrassa is a school that was built in 1323 by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said. Its design made it famous and it’s one of the biggest architectures that the Marinid achieved. The word Attarine is coming from the word Attr which means spices sellers.
Al Qarawiyyin university:
If you are in Fes. Then, you shouldn’t miss visiting the university of Al Qarawiyyin, also written as Al Karaouine. It’s a university and a mosque of teaching the holy Quran. Also, it’s one of the oldest existing universities in the world, even before the Alma Mater Studiorum in Bologna, Italy. It was built by a woman whose name is Fatima El Fihri in 859 as a mosque. Then, it’s been changed to a university.
Tannery of Chouara:
The leather stuff is made here at Fes, there are 3 main Tanneries. However, the best and the most visited is the Tannery of Chouara. It was built in the 11th century, and it’s where they tread skins in dyeing pit barefoot.
The blue pearl Chefchaouen:
Chefchaouen, Chaouen, the blue city in Morocco. It was built in 1471 and was founded by Sherif Moulay Ali Ben Rachid. The city is in the Rif mountains, between two big hills shaped like the horn of a goat. Therefore, the name Chefchaouen is coming from the Berber word Iskaouen which means horns.
The first building was about a Kasbah, it was built to protect the invasion of the Portugaise. Chefchaouen turned to be a blue in 1492 by the Ghomara “the natives of Rif”, the Jewish, and the Spanish. There are many stories about why Chefchaouen was colored with blue, some people say it was to protect from the mosquitos. On the other hand, others say it was colored as the color of the sky.
There are many things to visit in Chefchaouen, it’s one of the best places to visit in Morocco.
Ethnographic Kasbah museum:
This site was the first building of Chaouen, it’s an art museum where you can find many pictures of Chefchaouen. Also, it’s where you will find much historical information about the invasion of the Portugaise. It has about 11 towers, some of them can be climbed for a panoramic view of the city. Not to mention, it’s located at the square of Wtat Lhmam.
Ras El Ma river:
Ras El Ma is a waterfall of about 5 meters in height. It’s an amazing place to relax, it’s also where some local women come to lend tourists their traditional clothes for pictures.
Walking the city:
Still, the best thing to do in Chefchaouen is to wander around its city, there are many shops where you can get local stuff. Not to mention, many tourists come to easily get drugs at Chefchaouen.
Hiking to the Spanish Church
If you like hiking and to see the sunset, you should climb to the church of the Spanish. There is a way to get there from the river of Ras El Ma. At the top, you will not only see a panoramic view of Chaouen but also a beautiful sunset.
Rabat, the capital city:
Rabat, the capital city of Morocco and one of the 4th imperial cities in Morocco besides Fes, Marrakech, and Meknes. It was built in 1146 by the Almohad dynasty. Also, it’s the 7th largest city in Morocco with a population of 580,000 at the year 2014 when they made the statistics. There are 12 regions in Morocco, Rabat is at the region of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra. For travelling purposes, there are many things to visit and explore. To start with, the mosque of Hassan tower is an admired attraction to visit, it was built in 1195 by the third caliphate of Almohad, Yaqub al-Mansur. This guy intends to build it to be the largest mosque in the world with 86 minaret. However, he died in 1199 and he couldn’t complete it. Now, it’s only 44 meters, about half of what he expected and it’s one of the UNESCO world heritage.
The second things to visit in Rabat is Les Oudayas Kasbah, it was originally built in the century of the 12th. It was a home for the Arab Andalusians and some of the Arab tribes. Also, it’s one of the protected sites by the UNESCO.
Casablanca, the economic city:
Casablanca is settled in the 7th century as the economical and the largest city in Morocco with 220 km². Also, Its population in 2014 was 3.36 million. As Morocco was under the control of French, most of the cities in Morocco including Casablanca are constructed as the Morish style in its building.
Casablanca is famous for its mosque of Hassan II, the biggest mosque in Morocco, the second in Africa, and the 7th in the world. It has one of the tallest minarets in the world, it reaches up to 210 metres=690 ft. It was built in 1989 by the French Bouygues. Also, it was Architected by Michel Pinseau. Furthermore, most of the mosques in Morocco do not allow tourists to visit inside of it. However, this mosque allows visitors to go in and discover it.
Casablanca is the last city you will explore with our 8 days in Morocco itinerary from Casablanca.