In the north of Morocco, on the coasts of Tangier, where the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters converge, you’ll discover a unique city bearing a multicultural heritage.
Stroll the streets of “the White City” Tangier, lined with lime-coated houses. Just like Delacroix or Matisse did their upon arrival, let yourself be carried away by the dreamy atmosphere that covers the city. At the foot of the high walls of the Kasbah, roam through the alleys of the great Socco Market, and admire the fortress that dominates the medina. A little far away, explore the “Sultan’s Palace,” which is nowadays dedicated to the arts of Morocco. Tangier is also renowned for the Spanish influence on its culture, starting with the arena that stands on the Plaza de Torros, not to mention the Cervantes Theatre built in 1913.
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.