Morocco is a North African country that’s only a seven-hour flight from the United States and lies in close proximity to Spain (separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar). Those who choose to relocate abroad to this country usually do so to experience a completely new culture and lifestyle, and to do so in a highly convenient location. You are a short trip away from both Europe and North America if you are in Morocco. When you visit, make sure to hit these hot spots so as not to miss out on any of the great features this country has to offer!
Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is the fourth largest city in Morocco, located just north of the Atlas Mountains. The Marrakech Medina is one of the best known squares in Africa, and you will see plenty of activity, markets, and trade. You’ll see musicians and snake charmers and towering mosques in this city center, as well.
Located in Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. The garden was created by French painter Jacques Majorelle, and it took him 40 years to complete. It is full of trees, streams, exotic plants, water lilies, and lotus flowers.
Take a day trip from Marrakech to visit these proud falls, and enjoy the company of the monkeys, too! They are located within the Atlas Mountains, and they feature falls that plunge from a 360-foot drop down rugged cliffs. You can tour the caves surrounding the falls where the watermills are and watch for the local Barbary apes.
Located near the Kasbah Mosque in Marrakech, the Saadian Tombs are extravagant, to say the least. The Saadian Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Eddahbi imported Italian Carrara marble and pure gold to make the chamber for his splendid mausoleum. You can also see his mother’s mausoleum in the courtyard, which overshadows all other tombs.
Also located in Marrakech is the Bahia Palace. The palace and set of gardens here was built in the late 1800s, with the goal of being the greatest palace of all time. It captures Islamic and Moroccan style with its display of decorated ceilings, multicolored stained glass window and intricately decorate columns.
Hassan II Mosque
Travel abroad to Casablanca to see the Hassan II Mosque, a grand symbol of Morocco itself. It’s a large mosque covered in intricate detail and design, which took the work of 10,000 artisans to complete. You will admire the marble pieces, the mosaics, and the tile details, which all encompass traditional Islamic architecture.
In Morocco’s capital city of Rabat, there is an incomplete mosque that was originally intended to be the world’s largest mosque. The Hassan Tower is an incomplete minaret of this mosque. Construction of the mosque stopped when the Sultan of the time died, and the tower reached 140 feet. The beginnings of several walls and 200 columns were constructed, and the tower itself is made of red sandstone. Although it was never finished, this mosque is still a popular tourist attraction.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V
Located on the opposite side of the Hassan Tower, you’ll find the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This is where the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons are located. The decorated mausoleum is patterned with mosaic tilework and carved plaster. The ceiling is decorated in gold leaf, and visitors who are respectfully dressed may look down into the tomb from a gallery.
In the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, you’ll find the Todra Gorge – one of the most impressive canyons in the world. It’s situated on the east side of the mountains and is outfitted with hiking paths and dirt roads for visitors to traipse. You can also travel on the paths via camelback among the other pack animals on the trails.
While exploring the Atlas Mountains, it’s imperative that you visit Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in the mountain range. Climbing this mountain sits atop the bucket lists of overseas travelers the world over, but you can also visit just to appreciate its beauty.
Caves of Hercules
In Tangier, Morocco, you can go and see the caves where Hercules was said to have rested during his labors. Although the caves themselves are known to be quite beautiful and awe-inspiring, it is the archaeological, historical, and mythological significance of them that brings travelers from all over.
Morocco boasts many appealing qualities for overseas travelers and expats alike. If you’re headed this way, be sure to read up on Moroccan culture, lifestyle, and cost of living. This way, you won’t skip a beat.
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