Founded by Berber fishermen in the 10th century BC, the strategic port city of Casablanca has been controlled by Berbers, Romans, Arabs, Portuguese, Spanish, French, British, and Moroccan regimes, each leaving its mark on the city.

While a few sites remain from the city’s distant past, the modern city you see today is heavily influenced by the French occupation of Morocco (The French Protectorate), established after signing the Treaty of Fez in 1912. The most persistent reminder of their influence can be seen in the remaining art deco buildings built during the 1930s as part of a project to make Casablanca into a modern city.

During World War II, Casablanca became a prominent strategic location due to its proximity to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. At the same time, the city also became part of global culture as the fictional setting for the movie “Casablanca.” That’s right, “Casablanca” wasn’t filmed in Casablanca, so don’t expect Boogie to walk around in a trench coat outsmarting the Nazis. I know you’re shocked.

After World War II, Casablanca’s population grew dramatically, from about 100,000 people in 1950 to over 3 million. Along the way, the desire for independence from the French during the 1940s and 1950s put Casablanca at the center of the anti-colonial struggle.

On 2 March 1956, Morocco regained independence from France, and a new chapter in Moroccan history started.

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Perhaps the most magnificent structure in modern Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque. Built in 1993 by King Hassan II of Morocco and is one of the most recognized landmarks in Casablanca. The mosque’s design is a mix of Moroccan and Islamic architecture, with a large central courtyard, a dome, and minarets topped by a crescent moon. With four minarets on each side of the mosque symbolizing the “four corners of the world,” the mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers (but only 2,000 can pray inside at any time) and is the only mosque in Morocco that is open to non-Muslims.

Camel Caravan

Morocco camel tour activity

There’s something fantastic about camels that you never really understand until standing right in front of one. They’re big, over 6′ tall at the shoulders, and nearly 2/3 of a ton. They’re smart, remember kindness, and enjoy an affectionate scratch or pet (think of them as really big dogs with saddles). They’re also surprisingly photogenic and often will look right into the camera, ready for their closeup.

Morocco camel trekking activityRiding a camel takes no experience at all. Their size and feel resemble sitting on a felt-covered, substantial couch. Unlike the jarring up-down ride of a horse, the camel gently sways from side to side when it walks and never seems to be in a hurry. You also don’t have to steer a camel. Camels are pack animals and will follow the camel guide, who usually walks on foot in front.

If you think riding a camel is easy, you’d be right. It’s getting onto it is the adventure. You don’t mount a camel like you do a horse. The camels start by sitting down until you get in the saddle. That’s when the fun begins. Then, as the camel stands, its back legs straighten first, pitching the rider forward, then the front legs straighten, pitching the rider back. Then, when it kneels, it’s the same process in reverse. So remember, saddle up, lean back, then lean forward.

Ghost Tour of Fez

Guided tour activities at tourist attractions, MoroccoOver fourteen centuries have passed since the founding of Fez. One of the largest labyrinth cities in the world, the city has seen dynasties rise and fall, foreign invasion, conquest, bloody rebellion, and liberation. It’s an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, colored with hope, and tinted with blood. Guided tours of Fez focus on today and the city’s historical monuments and highlights, overlooking its colorful and sometimes dark past.

Now, for the first time in Morocco, SaharaTrek offers its exclusive guided Ghost Tour of Fez. Starting after dinner and just before sunset, you’ll get rare access to the places and stories left out of the tourist brochures.

Guided tour activities at tourist attractions, Morocco -1 The tour starts before sunset with a look inside the abandoned Glaoui Palace. Once a sprawling complex of twelve houses, hammams, Qur’anic schools, stables, a cemetery, and extensive gardens, it was the base of power for the Glaoui family. As powerful as they were brutal, the Glaouis’ ambition knew no bounds. They became the enforcers for the French during the occupation (1907-1956) and conspired to overthrow Sultan Mohammed V. After Moroccan independence, the blood-soaked Glaoui family was erased from history, and their multiple palaces were seized and left to rot.

Guided tour activities at tourist attractions, Morocco -2 As the sun sets, you’ll be driven to the hills overlooking Fez as the call to prayer echoes from a hundred mosques before heading down into the Madina. You’ll venture by foot, following your guide down the narrow, dark alleys before arriving at the Slave Market.

Slavery was abolished in Morocco in 1925, but its shadow still lingers in the Fez Medina at the Slave Market. During the day, they auction animal hides from the tannery in the market. In the afternoon, it’s a market for used clothes. But it’s when the market is empty at night that you can faintly hear the wails of despair from enslaved Christians taken by the Barbary Pirates or the sub-Saharan Africans brought over the Salt Road.

A short 2 hours after the tour starts and the darkest of the night has set in, you’ll be guided back to your Raid for the rest of the evening.

Guided Walking Tours

Moroccan SoukAre you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the vibrant cities of Morocco? All SaharaTrek tours include guided walking tours of Morocco’s most famous and historical cities, so you experience the country like never before. Immerse yourself in Morocco’s rich culture, history, and beauty as you explore its bustling streets, hidden gems, and iconic landmarks on foot.

Our walking tours give you the unique opportunity to truly connect with the local communities, interact with friendly locals, and witness their daily way of life up close. Feel the city’s rhythm as you stroll through the colorful markets, savor the tantalizing aromas while sampling traditional cuisine, and marvel at the stunning architecture that tells the story of centuries past.

Rooftops of MarrakechUnlike other ways of seeing the cities, walking allows you to discover the hidden corners and narrow alleyways inaccessible to larger vehicles. You’ll stumble upon charming riads, tranquil gardens, and secret courtyards that hold the secrets of Morocco’s enchanting past.

Our expert guides will lead you through the labyrinthine medinas, sharing fascinating stories and historical insights along the way. They’ll take you off the beaten path, introducing you to local artisans, craftsmen, and storytellers who will enrich your understanding of Moroccan culture.

The best part? You’ll have the freedom to pause, take photos, and explore each city at your own pace while you soak in the ambiance. You’ll get all the sights and sounds without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. And with a knowledgeable guide by your side, you’ll have a safe and enjoyable experience that you won’t soon forget.

Walking also provides a more sustainable and eco-friendly way to explore the cities, reducing your carbon footprint while immersing yourself in the authentic atmosphere of Morocco.

So, if you’re seeking an immersive adventure that goes beyond the surface, lace-up your walking shoes and discover the heart and soul of this captivating country, one step at a time.

Hammam

One of the most unique and culturally immersive experiences you can have in Morocco is visiting a traditional hammamMoroccan Hammam, or public bathhouse.

Hammams have been an integral part of Moroccan life for centuries, serving as communal spaces for cleansing and relaxation.
Stepping into a hammam is like taking a step back in time. The intricately tiled buildings are designed around three principal rooms – the cool room to undress, the hot, humid room for sweating, and the massage room. As you move through the different chambers, the experience envelops all your senses.

The process begins in the hot room, where you will sweat profusely from the intense steam heat as water is splashed onto the tiled floors and walls. Massage in a HammamUsing the traditional black soap and coarse glove, you’ll exfoliate away dead skin cells in preparation for a vigorous full-body massage. The masseuse’s deft hands will pummel and knead your body, increasing blood flow and leaving you utterly relaxed.

After the massage, you’ll rinse off in the cool room, emerging refreshed and Brand New from this ancient cleansing ritual. Many hammams have additional services like clay masks, herbal treatments, and hair treatments to further the pampering experience.

While the hammam is an indulgent personal ritual, it’s also a social gathering place. You may find yourself amid whole families, groups of women visiting together, or men’s only sessions. Don’t be intimidated – the friendly attendants will guide you through every step.

For the complete cultural immersion, SaharaTrek will book you an afternoon at a top-rated hammam. After a day of adventure, it’s a welcome bit of rest and recovery.

Whether you visit for an hour or spend an entire day, experiencing a traditional Moroccan hammam allows you to participate in a ritual that has transcended generations. Leave every ounce of stress behind and embrace this extraordinary treatment’s warmth, aromatics, and purification.

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Hassan II Mosque

Tour the Hassan II Mosque with SaharaTrekThe Hassan II Mosque is the largest functioning mosque in Africa and the seventh largest in the world. It is a stunning example of Moorish architecture, with its intricate zellige tilework, carved cedar ceilings, and soaring minaret. The mosque is located on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and its location makes it even more impressive.

As part of a SaharaTrek tour, you can visit the Hassan II Mosque and learn about its history and significance. You will also have the opportunity to explore the interior of the mosque, which is open to non-Muslims. Our tour guides will ensure that you have a respectful and informative visit.

Here are some of the things you can expect during your visit to the Hassan II Mosque:

  • Be dazzled by the mosque’s exterior, with its white marble walls and towering minaret.
  • Marvel at the intricate zellige tilework in the interior, which is made up of millions of pieces of colored tile.
  • Stand in the prayer hall, which can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers.
  • Take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the mosque’s terrace.
  • Learn about the history of the mosque and its significance in Moroccan culture.

A visit to the Hassan II Mosque is a truly unforgettable experience. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Islamic architecture or Moroccan culture.

Here are some tips for visiting the Hassan II Mosque:

  • The mosque is open to non-Muslims, but you will need to be respectful of Islamic customs.
  • Be sure to dress modestly.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the mosque.
  • Tours are available in a variety of languages.
  • The mosque is busiest during prayer times, so it is best to visit outside of these times.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon in MarrakechExperience the magic of Marrakech from new heights on a breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon adventure. Gently ascending above the ochre-hued rooftops,  you’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the region and the rugged Atlas Mountains beyond. As the first golden rays of the sun peek over the horizon, witness the city slowly come to life, with the villages and lush palm groves unfolding beneath you. This serene, one-of-a-kind experience offers an unforgettable bird’s-eye perspective on the timeless beauty and vibrant culture of Morocco. Soar over this enchanting Moroccan destination as the day dawns, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Marrakech with SaharaTrekWith 30 years in operation, SaharaTrek has chosen Maroc Montgolfière to provide our clients with this magnificent experience. Early in the morning, well before sunrise, a vehicle will pick you up at your riad and transfer you 20 kilometers north of the Marrakech palm grove. Once the balloon is prepared, you’ll board the comfortable gondolas with separate compartments and spend the next hour floating over Marrakech and beyond. Upon landing, you’ll be taken to a local village for breakfast before returning to your riad by mid-morning.

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Ksar el Khorbat

Ksar el Khorbat Museum is located in the south of the Atlas Mountains. Originally built in the 17th century as a fortress to protect the surrounding area from invaders. Over time, it became a center of trade and commerce and was eventually transformed into a kasbah museum.

Oasis museum: pottery in southern Morocco.Today, the Kasbah Museum is a fascinating place to visit, filled with artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the people who lived there. You’ll have the chance to see everything from traditional Berber clothing and jewelry to weapons and tools used by the local tribes.

In addition to the museum, the restaurant offers traditional camel meat dishes as delicious as it is authentic.

A visit to Ksar el Khorbat Kasbah Museum is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Its fascinating history, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits. S

Moroccan Cooking Class

SaharaTrek Cooking ClassMoroccan cuisine is a rich tapestry of flavors influenced by Arab, Mediterranean, and Berber cultures that have shaped the country over centuries. From the intricate spice blends to the vibrant colors and ceremonious way of eating, experiencing an authentic Moroccan meal is truly a feast for the senses.

One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in Morocco’s culinary traditions is by taking a cooking class. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get hands-on as you learn the techniques and ingredients that make Moroccan food so distinctive and delicious.

Moroccan Cooking Class with SaharaTrekYour lesson begins at a local market, winding through the labyrinth of stalls piled high with pyramids of spices, mounds of colored olives, and aromatic bunches of fresh herbs. Your instructor will guide you in selecting the brightest veggies, the plumpest dates, and the most fragrant spice blends like the famed ras el hanout.

From the market, you’ll head to a traditional riad or home kitchen to begin cooking. Prepare a chermoula marinade fragranced with saffron, garlic, and lemon to marinate fish or meat. Chop aromatics like cilantro and parsley to mingle with spices like cumin, ginger, and turmeric for vegetable tagines or salads.

Learn how to knead and roll outriru dough for the flakiest msemmen or flatbreads. Master the patient art of folding plump cigars of vermicelli and spiced meat to make bastilla, Morocco’s iconic savory-sweet pie.

Moroccan cooking class with SaharaTrekAs you cook, you’ll gain insight into the cultural traditions and ceremonies surrounding Moroccan cuisine. When it’s time to eat, dine as Moroccans do – digging your hands into the communal dishes for a truly immersive experience.

Whether you’re a novice home cook or a seasoned chef, you’ll walk away from this cooking class with a deeper appreciation for the layered, labor-intensive processes and signature flavors of Moroccan cuisine. More importantly, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to recreate these delectable dishes at home for family and friends.

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Self-Guided Adventure

Free time in Morocco with a SaharaTrek TourSaharaTrek offers a unique opportunity for travelers to experience Morocco’s vibrant culture and history beyond the tour. Our guided tours provide you with a comprehensive exploration of the country’s most iconic sites, including the bustling marketplaces, ancient ruins, and breathtaking landscapes. But we also understand that sometimes, you want to explore on your own, without the constraints of a guided tour. That’s why we offer free time after our guided tours, ensuring that you have the flexibility to explore the cities and discover their hidden gems.

Self-guided adventure in Morocco with SaharaTrekWith free time on your hands, you can take advantage of the many attractions in the city, such as the bustling markets, historical sites, gardens, and charming cafes that aren’t covered during the tour. You can also dine at local restaurants, shop for souvenirs, or simply wander through the streets and soak up the vibrant energy of the city. With SaharaTrek, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – a guided tour that provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s highlights and free time to explore on your own, allowing you to truly experience the culture and spirit of Morocco.

Shopping

Discover Morocco’s vibrant and exotic shopping world, where centuries-old traditions meet contemporary trends. Morocco offers a unique and unforgettable shopping experience for travelers with its bustling markets, artisanal craftsmanship, and a kaleidoscope of colors and scents.

Medina Souks: A Shopper’s Paradise

  • Moroccan SoukExplore the enchanting medinas (old city centers) of Marrakech, Fez, and Essaouira, where you’ll find labyrinthine alleys filled with a treasure trove of goods.
  • Discover handmade rugs, intricate ceramics, dazzling lamps, and intricately designed textiles.
  • Bargain to your heart’s content and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of these ancient marketplaces.

Traditional Souvenirs: Moroccan Keepsakes

  • Shopping In MoroccoBring home a piece of Morocco with traditional souvenirs like ornate tea sets, decorative tagines, and beautiful mosaic works.
  • Handcrafted leather goods such as bags, belts, and shoes are also popular choices.
  • Don’t forget to pick up some argan oil, known for its nourishing properties and unique to Morocco.

The Art of Haggling: Bargaining Tips

  • Haggling is a cultural norm in Morocco, so embrace it with a smile and negotiate for the best prices.
  • Be friendly and respectful during negotiations, and don’t be afraid to walk away if a deal doesn’t feel right.
  • There are four steps to successful Moroccan negotiating:
    • First Price: That’s the price you’ll be given with a smile. It’s more of a suggestion (or wishful thinking) for the shopkeeper.
    • First Offer: Knowing how much you want to pay is essential. A good way to educate yourself is to stop by the Centre Artisanal (a government-run, no-haggle shopping plaza). The prices and quality are the price to beat, so make your first offer lower than what you’ve seen there.
    • The Yelling Phase: The shopkeeper will become outraged at the price you’ve offered and begin to toute the quality of the products and how he won’t make any money at the price you offered and will make a counteroffer.
    • Make or Break: As the asking price decreases, the offering price increases (but not past what you want to spend). At this point, you’d better be sure you want that item at the price you say because if the shopkeeper agrees, then you MUST pay the price you offered (it’s offensive not to).
  • During serious big-ticket haggling, you’ll be offered mint tea from the shopkeepers, a gesture of goodwill during negotiations and a way to keep you longer. There’s a joke: every glass of tea adds $10 to the purchase price.

Fashion and Jewelry: Moroccan Elegance

  • AShop for Moroccan Jewelry on a SaharaTrek tourdmire the craftsmanship of Berber and Tuareg jewelry, often adorned with semi-precious stones and intricate silverwork.
  • Don’t miss the vibrant kaftans, jalabiyas, and djellabas, traditional Moroccan garments with modern twists.

Artisan Workshops: A Glimpse into Craftsmanship

  • On our guided tours, you’ll visit artisan workshops and witness the skillful creation of Moroccan goods.
  • Learn about the art of pottery, weaving, metalwork, and woodworking from skilled craftsmen.
  • Purchase one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artisans.

Markets by Region: Diversity in Shopping

  • Explore the uniqueness of each region’s markets, from thuya wood and argon oil in Essaouira to hand-tanned leather in Fez.
  • Discover regional specialties, like hand-painted ceramics in Safi or carpets in the Middle Atlas region.

Shopping in Morocco is an adventure in itself, where you can immerse yourself in this enchanting country’s rich culture, artistry, and history. Morocco offers a shopping experience that will leave you with not just souvenirs but lasting memories of a unique and diverse culture.

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Spas & Riads

SaharaTrek offers a wide range of tours and activities to help you explore the best of this beautiful country. We understand that your accommodation is an important part of your trip, and we only partner with the best riads and hotels in Morocco.

SaharaTrek clients stay in top quality riadsA riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Riads are typically located in the medina, or old city, of Moroccan cities. They are known for their beautiful architecture, intricate zellige tilework, and relaxing atmosphere. Riads offer a unique and authentic Moroccan experience.

In addition, many of our riads offer an optional luxury hammam (spa) experience because they know that their guests will appreciate the benefits of this traditional Moroccan experience. Hammams are a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing or exploring. They are also a great way to connect with Moroccan culture and tradition.

Taste of Morocco

Morocco's top food attractionsHere’s a joke: What do Moroccans call traditional Moroccan food? Answer: Food! And traditional Moroccan food is everywhere you go, surrounding you with the smells and tastes of the exotic. With our Taste of Morocco, you’ll experience the adventure that is Moroccan street food. In Marrakech and Fez, your tour guide will not only show you the sites of Moroccan culture and history, feeding your curiosity and desire for adventure. But also stop by the small shops and workingman’s cafes where you’ll get to sample the local delicacies feeding your stomach simultaneously. Think of it as a city-wide roving buffet that can easily replace a sit-down lunch.

As you tour the cities, keep your eyes (and noses) on the lookout for some of the specialties Morocco offers, and you’ll regret missing them.

  • Shebbakia: pasta ribbons with hot honey and grilled sesame seeds, commonly found during Ramadan.
  • Briouats: sweet filo pastry with a savory filling, like a miniature pasilla.
  • Morocco's top food attractions -1Briouats au miel: sweet filo pastry envelopes filled with nuts and honey.
  • M’hencha: almond-filled pastry coils, often covered in honey or syrup.
  • Cornes de gazelle: marzipan-filled, banana-shaped pastry horns.
  • Pastilla: sweet pigeon or chicken pie with cinnamon and filo pastry (a specialty of Fes).
  • M’laoui: flat griddle bread from dough sprinkled with oil, rolled out, and folded several times.
  • Bissara: thick beans soup, usually served with olive oil and cumin.
  • Olives: come in numerous varieties,
  • Almonds, walnuts, and dates.
  • Bread: almost always round like a cake and tears easily by hand. It’s usually homemade and cooked in the public oven.
  • Morocco's top food attractions -2Khlea: small pieces of beef or lamb marinated in light spices, then dried in the sun (gueddid) before being cooked and preserved in fat for up to 2 years. Still a homemade staple in rural areas, these days, many Moroccan families resort to buying it as it is so readily available everywhere.

Todra Gorge Hike

Enjoy an adventure-filled 3-hour hike along the stunning Todra Gorge!

Todra GorgeNestled in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains, the Todra Gorge is a must-see destination for anyone who loves nature and outdoor activities. With towering rock walls that reach over 300 meters high, this gorge is a sight to behold.

On our 3-hour hike (included with the cost of your tour), you’ll get to explore the beauty of the Todra Gorge up close. Our experienced guides will lead you on a scenic trail that winds through the gorge, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos and learn about the local flora and fauna.

At SaharaTrek, we pride ourselves on providing safe and enjoyable experiences for all.  Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, we guarantee that you’ll have a great time exploring the Todra Gorge with us. If hiking is too strenuous, donkeys are available at an extra charge to make the adventure accessible to all.