The existing Roman ruins of Volubilis began as the Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Volubilis was later to become the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrisid dynasty, buried at the nearby village of Moulay Idris (not open to non-Muslims).
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.