Morocco Top 4 Places to Visit
The Top 4 Places to Visit in Morocco
Morocco feels like a place stuck in time, where it’s possible to get oﬀ the traditional beaten tourist track and experience the country for yourself, instead of the regurgitated culture that is typically presented in such tourist havens. Whatever it is you are looking for, you can ﬁnd it here, a country where you can bargain for goods at a traditional marketplace in sight of brand new high rises, and where the arid desert rolls into the sea.
One of the more unique sites within Morocco, the mud-brick city of Ait Benhaddou rises above the surrounding countryside, perfect for defending itself as part of its former role along the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, or for its more modern use as a backdrop in numerous movies and tv shows, including Gladiator, Babel, and Game of Thrones. However, the city is beautiful in its own right, providing an excellent example of traditional Moroccan architecture.
The Medina of Fes
Also known as Res el Bali, visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is like taking a step back in time, as it is typically believed to be the largest urban zone in the world to be completely car-free. The wonder begins the moment you start walking through the massive and elaborately decorated gates that guard the entrance, acting as a buﬀer to the urban noise pollution from outside. The awe only continues as you get lost wandering through the labyrinthine streets of the old city, feeling the weight of generations on every stone upon which you step. While here, make sure to visit the University of Al-Karaouine, the oldest continually operating university in the world, having been founded in 859 as a center of Islamic learning.
There are many more traditionally picturesque areas of Morocco, whether along the sea, within its craggy passes, or its lush rolling ﬁelds. However, no place is able to bring about the spiritual sense of awe as the vast, arid nothingness of the Merzouga Dunes, where little, if anything, lives, and you are alone with your thoughts. This is particularly true at night, where the dry desert air mixes with the lack of urban light pollution in order to produce some of the most beautiful starry night skies in the world.
From a Berber town to a Roman outpost on the fringes of its empire, to the seat of the Idrisid Dynasty, these ruins have seen many iterations, weathering all these changes to be inhabited for millennia, while its ruins have survived for over two. Jutting from the middle of scenic grasslands only makes this ancient city more beautiful, its stark contrast providing the perfect photo opportunity, and allowing you to see why this town has been settled by so many civilizations throughout the ages, and why UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.
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