Morocco travel story
The experience of travel in Morocco is associated with a classical tour of "imperial Cities" which is proposed by several Italian and foreign tour operators. Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakech, these are the 4 cities that have had, at different times and different ways, the frieze of have been capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. All these tours refer to Casablanca arrival city and restart from Morocco.
Casablanca is the largest city of the kingdom, center of the industrial, economic and commercial importance not only for the Morocco but also for a good part of west Africa. All this is well evident to the visitor, you just have to turn a little to observe palaces modern, western architectures, large and wide streets, shops at a very good level luxury cars so as to give the impression of being in a modern European city. Casablanca has no monuments of importance to the Mosque of Hassan II, building impressive desired strongly from the homonymous sovereign and built between 1987 and 1993 with no expense spared.
After Casablanca the coach leads us to Rabat political and administrative capital of Morocco. The program brings us to the visit to the Royal Palace, which in reality is only visible from the outside, and without getting too not to irritate the guards who are stationed at the main entrances. Large and very well looked after, and the garden in front of the Palace, a true green heart in such a big city. From here we transfer to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V father and liberator of the kingdom, the sultan very revered by Moroccans. The mausoleum, with its tomb has a architecture very refined always in iberian-moorish style that characterizes many buildings. In the same area you can admire a unfinished mosque that Hassan wanted was erected in honor of the city. This work has been stopped at the time of his death and now remains a tower (the minaret) at mid-height than anticipated and 360 columns that had to support the mosque.. The Oudaya's casba of Rabat is a work worthy of a visit, fortified city has been restored recently consists of a series of narrow streets and alleys where the houses are painted in blue to a certain height (about 2-3 meters) and then return of the classic white color in the most high.
Meknes is our third stage, capital city of the kingdom for only 55 years much has lived the alaouita Sultan Moulay Ismail. Known for its well preserved walls, visit leads us to some entrance doors very beautiful and well cared including the famous Bab Mansour. Interesting and the barn always wanted by Moulay Ismail, huge silos covered by a vaulted ceiling jobs within a grandiose construction underground. Followed by a visit to the tomb of Moulay Ismail, valuable building finely decorated with arabesques.
In the transfer toward Fes is scheduled to visit archaeological site of Volubilis placed on a hill overlooking a broad valley. The remains of this roman city are the most great witness of ancient architecture today present in Morocco. The city is equipped with all the typical buildings that the Romans introduced their provinces, walls, hole, the capitol, basilica of the court, etc. Unfortunately, the site manifests a certain carelessness and the ruins more valuable as the mosaics are left to the degradation of the storms.
Fes is regarded by Moroccan city noble, among the most prestigious in the Muslim world. It is the oldest imperial city, cultural center and religious of Morocco. The most famous monument and the Royal Palace, which is not open to the public, but it is well visible its main door. Admirable, and harmonious, this work forces you to get close enough to appreciate the finishes of its decor, its geometric designs, its majolica and the arabesques and the doors finished in brass. Visit the largest medinas of the Arab world and fascinating, the hustle and bustle and confusion, as well as the life that thrives, the hawkers in the midst of the alleys, the barrows, the animals, the artisans and much more you thrill. Fes has a medinas divided in districts identified by craftsmen who work there including the famous tintori often depicted in the photographs. You can admire the complex and multifaceted stages in the leather processing, operations conducted by hand to the inside of tanks with the soda and the colorants, hard work and tiring with risks to health. You endorse two madrasa (religious schools) is no longer used by the religious and open to visits, valuable achievements with wood finishes worked and arabesques, though still very similar to each other, a central courtyard surrounded by the cells of the religious on the first floor,
Transfer to Marrakech (a day trip by coach) and the visit to that which is the most fascinating cities of Morocco. It is possible to visit the tombs of sultans they are Sadean chateaux very venerable, the bahia, example of fine residential architecture made by vizier Ba Ahmed with spacious courtyards and rooms richly decorated, and then go to the mosque of Kutubbiyya with its famous minaret that dominates the Jemaa el Fna square present in all the pictures and postcards of Morocco. Unique in its kind, of day the square is occupied by hawkers of every type, snake-charmers, trainers of monkeys, dentist, jugglers, bearers of water, tattoos, etc. , but at sunset of the sun on his face is transformed. In very little time is occupied by sellers of dried fruit, kiosks on wheels that offer snails cooked, flying kitchens for the preparation of typical dishes, tables for eating and much more. Life in this city concludes at night thanks to the presence of so many nightclubs, taverns and restaurants. The souk and another strong element of tourist attraction and is very large and formed by a continuous interweaving of narrow streets and alleys offers it all. Flowing through it well it is discovered that the part closest to the great square is occupied by sellers only for tourists while the innermost part and far one finds the true suk, the most genuine of the market.
Marrakech is experiencing strong expansion in a district not far from the historical center. A recently-built and constructed in accordance with a Arabian architecture but with modern standards, very well maintained and clean, with wide streets and avenues. Here you will find great hotels, theaters, convention centers and other important institutions, a sign of the desire of this city to occupy an important position at the international level.
Before returning to Casablanca is the time for a short hike through a valley nearby with a strong presence berbera, the valley of Ourika Valley creeps in the mountains of the High Atlas Mountains and the road to reach an area with a certain height (almost 1000mt) where the landscape resembles that of the Pre-alps. Here you will find some berber villages that manifest as this people live in a condition of simplicity but also poverty. A condition very dignified fruit of an ancient culture that tends to preserve traditions and models of life of the past and just wants to do with modernity. A quick tea with local herbs as berber tradition and a quick visit to the villages then the return. The tour concludes with a return to Casablanca from where it starts to go back home.