The country weathered by history and nestled within the blue waters of the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic Ocean has been enthralling travelers for ages. With rich scents of spices, vibrant colors and bustling markets, Morocco’s diverse cities are mesmerizing. Check out five of our favorite cities in Morocco.
You may have seen the desert city featured in several Hollywood films including The Mummy (1999) and Gladiator (2000). The gateway to the Sahara has been a haven for Hollywood directors since the 1960s, and movie buffs will relish in visiting movie sets and the world’s largest film studio, Atlas Film Studio. Be sure to visit Ait Benhaddou, which is the most famous Ksar (traditional pre-Saharan habitat) in the Valley.
Highlights: Atlas Film Studio, Ait Benhaddou
Stay: Le Berber Palace
The Imperial city, both rich in culture and history, is an integral part of the country’s trade and the fourth largest city in Morocco. If you are looking for excitement and don’t mind crowds, you will love Marrakech. The magical Jemaa el-Fnaa offers everything you may envision in this exotic land: snake charmers, storytellers, dancers, and so much more.
Highlights: Palais des Congres, Theatre Royal, Koutoubia Mosque
Stay: La Mamounia
The sleepy little seaside town comes alive in the summer with European sun-seekers. A taste of paella and Rioja reminds visitors of the town’s Spanish roots, dating back to the 16th century. In a sharp contrast to the crowds of Marrakech, Asilah is more about relaxing days along the beach and admiring art. Spend the day sipping wine at seaside cafes and basking in the effervescent colors encapsulated of the murals on the medina walls.
Highlights: The Cultural Moussem of Asilah, Paradise Beach, Church of San Bartolome
Stay: Asilah 32
Dubbed the Blue City for its blue-washed buildings that jet out against the emerald Rif mountainside, the beauty lies in both the contrast of colors and the warmth of the people. Explore the medina, an enchantment of Moroccan and Andalusian influence, chat with locals and sit and savor the Insta-worthy views. It’s a great place to reset and relax, especially with a traditional Moroccan massage before your next stop.
Highlights: Hike to the waterfalls of Akchour, Kasbah museum, Hammam El Haras
Stay: Banyan tree Tamouda Bay
Don’t let the fact that you may not have heard of the northern Morocco city deter you from visiting. One of the four imperial cities, Meknes is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which dates to the 11th century. A perfect blend of old and new, the city’s rich architectural detail is surrounded by nine gates securing beautiful entrances into the city. With the Royal Palace, stunning mosaic-tiled Bab Mansour Leleuj, and exotic vibe it’s worth a visit.
Highlights: Bab Mansour, The Mausoleum to Sultan Moulay Ismail, Dar Jamai Museum, Heri es-Souani, Agdal Basin
Stay: Hotel Michlifen Resort & Golf