A fast-growing playground for the well-off of Casablanca, the city the Portuguese City of Mazagan (now El Jadid) is one of the early settlements of the Portuguese explorers in West Africa on the route to India – is a small, yet an outstanding example of the interchange of influences between Renaissance European and Moroccan cultures, well reflected in architecture, technology, and town planning. The most famous site in the city is the Portuguese cistern.
In Morocco, religion is the culture. From holy sites, restored Madrasas, and the calls to prayer that fill the air 5 times a day. As you see Morocco, you’ll be surrounded by it every moment. And if you have questions, just ask, Moroccans enjoy talking about it.
Before the foundation of the first Moroccan state by Idris I in 788 AD, Morocco was home to Romans and Phonecians. Since then, Moroccan empires rose and fell, followed by colonial powers, wars, and independence. Each era left its mark on Morocco; French art deco new towns, imperial palaces and tombs, and Roman ruins are everywhere, waiting to be discovered.
Moroccan crafts are world renown for their quality and uniqueness. They’re also getting harder to find. Half of what you’ll find while walking in the Medinas are usually made in China now, and only an expert will know where to find the genuine article. So if you’re looking for real Moroccan crafts, tell your guide and he’ll know where to go.
The best way (and sometimes the only way) to see the cities of Morocco is on foot. Either on your own or with a guide, you’ll be walking for hours so be ready for it. Medina streets and alleys, some too narrow to even fit a car are old, uneven, sometimes slick, and often dirty. So good, closed-toe walking shoes are a must.