All Other Destinations and Attractions in Morocco
Valley of the Ziz
The Valley of the Ziz from the High Atlas into southern Morocco.
Erfoud is the principal town in the Ziz Valley. There is a small square with fruit and vegetable stalls and some handicraft shops.
The Fiancee Festival, Imilchil
The Fiancee Festival in Imilchil is held in September. It draws thousands of tribespeople to arrange marriages and have a great time. Much of the festivities take place in the town's excellently preserved Kaidal kasbah. The festival runs for approximately three days.
The Erfoud gate opens on one side to a million palm trees and on the other to the Sahara desert.Each October, a traditional and highly colored festival of the date takes place.There are wells in the desert area that have been tunneled beneath the sand. These were built by the slaves.
Sidi Salim Medersa
The Sidi Salim medersa is named after the wise man who had the extraordinary gift of being able to make a return trip to Mecca every Friday.
Along the Wadi Ziz, you will encounter the Ifri kasbah, the Hassan Addakhil dam and women who do their washing in this river.
In the Ammeln region, Tafraoute is hidden by the pink granite mountains that surround it. It is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and see the wonderful fig trees.
Essaouira is a coastal resort town with excellent beaches. The town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is, as UNESCO states "an example of a late 18th century European fortified seaport town". The narrow streets, arched doorways with blue doors, intricate carved detail on the buildings, all contribute to the old town atmosphere of Essaouira.
Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah Museum
The Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah Museum in Essaouira is located in the former residence of a pasha and houses regional art, a fascinating ethnographic collection and a history of the local musical traditions. There are documents on Berber songs and stringed instruments decorated with marquetry (guembris), which Gnaouas musicians use to accompany their dances.
Safi lies on Morocco's central Atlantic coast and has been an important port since Roman times. Then it was known as Asfi, and its people were among the first Moroccans to embrace Islam. The Almohades surrounded the city with ramparts and made the city an intellectual and spiritual center. In 1508 the Portuguese occupied the city, built a citadel and renovated the kasbah area before withdrawing under the Saadian onslaught in 1541. Under the Saadians, Safi's trading was developed and the city's Jamaa Masjid, or Grand Mosque, was built. Their Alawite successors restored the old city and opened Safi to foreign traders.Under French control, the port facilities were developed for the export of phosphates mined in Youssoufia. After independence Safi's importance as a port city continued to grow. In 1964 the Moroccan government constructed new facilities for the processing of phosphate rock into fertilizer and expanded its export capacity. Fish canning is another major industry. Safi is also Morocco's most famous ceramic center, featuring an ancient potter's quarter and artisans of international reputation.
National Ceramics Museum
Safi is the center of Morocco's rich and ancient ceramics tradition and this wonderful museum is housed in the spectacularly-located 16th century Kechla citadel built by the Portuguese. The finest Safiot traditional ceramics - molded, engraved, stamped and sculpted - can be viewed here.
Located in the northeast of the country, near Morocco's border with Algeria, Oujda was founded by Berbers of the Zenata tribe in A.D. 944. The history and character of the city has been formed by its proximity to Algeria. The city was claimed for centuries by both the rulers of Fez and Tlemcen in Algeria. Oujda was taken by the Almohade sultan Youse ben Tachfine in 1206 and later taken by the Ottoman regent of Algiers. Under Sultan Moulay Ismail, Oujda returned to Moroccan control in 1687. The French occupied Oujda in 1844 and again in 1859 and, after an insurrection led by Bou Hamra, took the city again and retained it as part of the French protectorate until independence in 1956.Today Oujda remains a trading center for traffic between Algeria and Morocco. Citrus fruit, grapes, wheat, barley, vegetables, tobacco, sheep and wool are traded from the city. Lead, coal, and manganese are mined nearby.
Saidia - Mediterranean Coast
At this seaside resort of Saidia you will find endless beaches and an ancient kasbah. To the west there is an ornithological reserve to enjoy thousands of birds at the mouth of the Moulouya river.
Al Aioun, Morocco
Layounne is an artificial oasis town built in 1938 by the Spanish government as an administrative center for the Spanish Sahara. The town remained under Spanish control until Moroccan troops invaded and occupied the area on December 11, 1975, forcing Spanish troops to withdraw nine days later. To reinforce its claim to the area, the Moroccan government initiated a large-scale development program and resettled thousands of Moroccan citizens in the town. Phosphate deposits have been discovered to the south, providing the town with some revenue.
Layounne is the site of a bird sanctuary, the Colline des Oiseaux.
Saharan Cultural Museum
Layounne is the site of a museum of Saharan culture.
Nador is a town (pop. 62,040) south of Melilla in the sheep-herding region. Nador is not a recommended tourist stop.
Melilla - Three Forks Cape
North of Nador is Melilla and Three Forks Cape. At the cape there is plenty to feast your eyes on as you gaze out, over the turquiose waters. From the lighthouse you can see the many small beaches and great blocks of anthracite that rise out of the waters.
Sebkha bou Areq Lagoon
The superb Sebkha bou Areq lagoon, not far from Nador, can only be reached by foot across an almost uninhabited coastal strip strewn with many beautiful seashells.
Kenitra lies on the Sebour River near the Atlantic Ocean on the route between Rabat and Tangier. It was established in 1912 by Marshal Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyauteyin, Morocco's first French resident general, as a military fort to replace Larache which had been incorporated into the Spanish zone.The French built a new town and an artificial harbor. In 1933 the town was renamed Port-Lyautey, after the Marshal. After independence in 1956 the port was renamed Kenitra.Today the city is still an important naval base and major port exporting grains, citrus fruits and vegetables as well as zinc from the Midelt and cork from the Mamora forests. The city is also has textile milling, fish and tobacco processing, and fertilizer industries.
The inhabitants of Rabat travel to Mehdiya to purchase freshly caught fish which holds pride of place at their tables. Mehdia also boasts a beach several kilometers long.
The Mamora Forest is located southeast of Kenitra. This forest represents 50% of the cork trees in Morocco: 134,000 trees.
Had Ouled Jelloul - Souk
Kamouni - Souk
The Souk Larbaas is held on Tuesday.
Souk, Sidi Allal Bahraoui
The Sidi Allal Bahraoui souk is held on Sunday.
Camel Festival, Guelmim, Morocco
The Camel Festival in Guelmim is held in July. It features hoards of camels, Touareg nomads and guedra dancing.
Guelmin - Tan-Tan Moussem
The Tan-Tan moussem takes place in July. This desert outpost draws nomadic "Blue Men" from neighboring tribes for prayer, guedra dancing, and the ritualistic slaughtering of she-camels.
Mediterranean Coast, Figuig, Morocco
Figuig is a beautiful old Berber village and the last Moroccan town before you get out the Algerian border. There are thousands of palm trees set to a back drop of baked clay walls in which grow fig trees and pomegrantes.
Located at Azemmour is the El Jadid Portuguese reservoir where the water casts a wonderful reflection of the gothic architecture. This setting was used in Orson Welles film "Othello". A walk around the ramparts gives splendid views over the surrounding country.
Souk, Boulemane, Morocco
The Boulemane souk is held on Wednesday.
Al Hoceima, Morocco
Al Hoceima is a modern town located on the Mediterranean coast between Tetouan and Melilla. It offers many beaches and a exciting nightlife.
It is a wonderful stay at this little Kala-Iris cove about 45km/28m from Al Hoceima.