Morocco is a very beautiful country which is rich in history, tradition and culture. Its official religion is the Islam. The Berbers are believed to be the original inhabitants around 8000 BC, and still make up a large part of the population today. But we can find also Arabs and nomads. The country was under French and Spanish protectorate lasting until 1956 when Morocco gained its independence from France. There is much to discover in Morocco. In particular, these three cities should pay you a visit. Look for a good travel agency in Morocco, so you can get to know the most beautiful places and learn a lot about the country.
Agadir, City of Sun
Agadir city is blessed with bright sunshine for about 300 days of the year. The beaches of Agadir are the perfect location to catch some sun, go sailing, wind surfing, horse riding; you can have a great stay at one of the hotels in town and take day trips to some interesting sites nearby such as Taghazout, Tiznit lgzira and Essaouira.
Essauouria – Windsurfers Paradise
Located on the windy Atlantic coast, about two hours southwest of Marrakesh and three hours north of Agadir, is the small city of Essaouria. “Swerah,” as locals call it. Or its Old Portuguese name “Mogador”, Known as the ‘Wind City of Africa’, Essaouira attracts plenty of windsurfers between April and November, but the majority of visitors come here in spring and autumn. In this beautiful city you can relax in some of the country’s best hotels and watch the panoramic view of fishing nets being mended and traditional boats being constructed in the hugely atmospheric port.
Marrakech – The Red City
No trip to Morocco is complete without a visit to Marrakech known as the Red City. Marrakech is one of the four largest cities in Morocco. Due to the fact that Morocco is in the north of Africa, you’ll find many places in Morocco that have a really exotic atmosphere. Out of all the exotic cities, Marrakech is the most favorite one. If you are searching for tour around Marrakech, you’ll find many travel agencies with great tour plans within and outside the city and even to the grand Sahara. The heart of the medina is the Jamaa el-Fna quare, a vibrant marketplace. The food stalls at the Jamaa el Fna are a must try that offer many inexpensive Moroccan style traditional cuisines. Nearby you’ll find the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.
The Best Time of the Year for a Visit to Marrakech
First of all, you need to know the right time of the year to visit Marrakech. Since this city is on the African continent, it is sunnier than other places in the world. Therefore, it’ll be a bad idea to visit it in the summer. The ideal time to visit is around spring or autumn. Spring time is from April to June, while autumn is between September and November. In those periods, the weather is nice and yet not too hot. You’ll get the perfect weather to walk around.
The Three Most Beautiful Sights of Marrakech
Now, let’s start with a nice tour that you definitely do when you go to Marrakech. There are many tour agents that offer a Marrakech-Medina walking tour. This is a nice tour through the Medina, the popular labyrinthine in the city. Usually, the tour agent will also include Bahia Palace and Photography Museum in the tour plan. These tours, take place together with other people in one group. It’s probably the best way to enjoy a tour, since not many people in Morocco are fluent in English. You can get a quick help from the people in the tour group.
The first place that you’ll visit in Marrakech is the medina labyrinthine. You’ll visit the maze of souqs or we can say it’s like a big market. The local guide will escort you through the alleyways that are actually kind of confusing. You’ll find small streets after small streets as you go on. But, you don’t need to worry about getting lost since you have a local guide. Around the alleyways, you’ll find many small shops such as carpet shop, spice stalls, and many more. You can experience the interaction with local people in the shops.
Of Sultans and Palaces
Afterwards, you will probably go to Bahia Palace or Palais de Bahia how locals usually call it. This is where the sultans and their wives lived. The local guide will tell you their story. You’ll see mosaics, numerous rooms with wide courtyards, natural fountains, and woodwork. Your next stop could be the Photography Museum of Marrakech. This museum is the most popular museum of the city. It has a collection of 4,500 photos. Those photos give you a glimpse of what the city looked like century ago. You will see the history of the city through the picture portrait.
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