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    There is certainly no shortage of great attractions in Morocco. The country enjoys a strong sense of culture and a long and ancient history. The cool blue water flowing over the sand of the beaches is a direct contrast with the hot white sands of the desert, while the greens of fertile valleys contrast with the browns and whites of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The country is romantic and ...

  • Heritage Sites

    Ait Ben Haddou

    It is believed that the town of Ait-Ben-Haddou was established in 757 and its founder, Ben-Haddou, still lies buried in his tomb behind this spectacular city. Most of the original inhabitants of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou have moved across the river to more modern homes. The river can be crossed by jumping the stepping stones, and some residents of the new village have small stores within ...

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    Medina of Essaouira

    The Medina of Essaouira was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Morocco in 2001. This extraordinary fishing village was once know as Mogador, but grew into a significant seaport in later years. It is a wonderfully preserved example of eighteenth century architecture and one of only a few fortified towns that have survived to this day. Today the Medina of Essaouira is considered to be a ...

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    Medina Of Fez

    The Medina of Fez is not only referred to as Morocco's cultural and spiritual center, but it is also one of the country's imperial cities. The Fez Medina was discovered in the 9th century and became prominent when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of Morocco. This all took place during the 13th and 14th century under the control of the Marinids. The Fez Medina is no longer the political ...

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    Marrakech Medina

    The Almoravids founded the Medina of Marrakech and built its walls in the 11th century. The Marrakech Medina is situated in the southwestern parts of Morocco near the Atlas Mountains, which extend for 2 400 kilometers. It is thought that the Medina's name 'Marrakech' originated from the Berber language.

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    Mazagon

    The Portuguese city of Mazagan was built in the early 16th century on the Atlantic coast and was used as a defense settlement. Later in 1769 the settlement was taken over by the Moroccans. Today, the city of Mazagan serves as a good example of how well the Moroccan and European cultural influences can mix. The interchange of influences can be seen in the technology, architecture and the town ...

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    Medina Of Tetouan

    The Medina of Tetouan is the capital of Tangier-Tetouan, a region of Morocco found in the northern parts of the country in the fertile Martil Valley. Tetouan (Tetuan, Tettawan, Tettawen) is also the cultural centre of the region and has the only open port on the Mediterranean Sea.

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    Heritage Sites

    World Heritage Sites are sites in certain countries that have been deemed by UNESCO to be of outstanding cultural or natural importance. This value is universal and so preserving such sites is seen as being beneficial to the entire world’s population. Most of the cultural heritage sites are historical in nature and provide evidence of the way early cultures lived their day-to-day lives. ...

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    Volubilis

    The Archeological Site of Volubilis was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in Morocco in 1997. Even though this wonderful site has been looted for granite and marble to build structures in the nearby towns of Moulay Idris and Meknes, the remaining structures and mosaics tell the tale of a city that once thrived. The ruins that have been spared are beautifully preserved relics of ...

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    Meknes

    Near the beautiful archeological site of Volubilis and the ancient town of Moulay Idris, lies the breathtaking city of Meknes. The Historical City of Meknes was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Morocco in the year 1996. This is a city that is steeped in history and anyone who visits the city can feel the presence of the inhabitants of the past. Although some of the buildings have ...