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  • Make the most of your trip to Morocco with visits to its major cities

    2013-03-26

    Morocco offers a travel experience that few other countries can provide. The North African nation exudes a combination of European atmosphere mixed with its own unique culture and is home to many cities that will certainly stand out as highlights during your trip. While most people may think that Casablanca is the only bustling hub that Morocco has to offer, you should make a point to check out the country's many other thriving cities.

    Marrakesh
    Home to more than 794,600 people, Marrakesh comes in as Morocco's fourth-largest city and has something for everyone. The city is especially appealing to visitors who want to get a first-hand experience of the country's famous markets. The city is home to many souks - open-air marketplaces - that provide the opportunity for a unique shopping experience. There are a large number of souks, but one of the best is Souk Semmarine. Not only is it among the largest street fair, Semmarine is home to throngs of vendors selling beautifully decorated footwear, jewelry and everything in between.

    Marrakesh is famous for reasons other than its open-air marketplaces. It is also home to one of the most thriving city squares in Africa, known as Jemaa el-Fnaa. A popular tourist destination, Jemaa el-Fnaa never offers the same experience on two days. The bustling hub of activity welcomes food vendors from cities all over and when the sun sets, the square is peppered by dancers and street performers, helping create an atmosphere you can't find anywhere else.

    Fes
    While Marrakesh stands a testament to the fast-paced activity of Morocco, Fes is a testament to the rich culture and history that's evident around every corner. The city of about 1 million people offers a glimpse at many traditional buildings and monuments that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression long after you've left the country. One of the most famous structures in the city is the Bou Inania Madrasa. Built in the 14th century, the madrasa has been a place of religious significance for centuries and stands as one of the only such places in Morocco that's open to non-Muslim visitors.

    Fes may have more to offer than Marrakesh, however. Many tourists prefer to visit the Merenid Tombs, not only for their historical significance but also because the ruins offers one of the best views of the city you can find.

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