Overview for Morocco
Rabat, the capital of Morocco, is one of the four imperial cities and has a history that dates back 2500 years. It is a relaxed city with a European influence and is the hub of traditional cuisine, architecture and more. Nestled between the sea and the river is the walled medina, a rich mixture of spices, carpets, crafts and cheap shoes. Other highlights include the 12th century HassanTower, the ar-Rouah gate, the minaret and many archaeological museums.
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and main port. Here you can wander the streets and explore its unique architecture which has a distinct French influence from the late 19th century as a well as traditional Moroccan style known as Mauresque. Visitors say a trip to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau, is a must. It is a spectacular sight as it rises above the ocean on a rocky outcrop reclaimed by the sea.
Fez is the oldest imperial city in Morocco, a traditional city known by its narrow winding streets and large medina and souks. The medina is a sprawling labyrinth which is car free. The only way to get around or transport goods is via foot, donkey, carriage or motorbike. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981, this city best captures the essence of medieval Morocco.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to visit Morocco is in the northern hemisphere spring between March to May or the autumn months of September to November when the high temperatures of summer have eased.
When to go
The most pleasant seasons to explore Morocco are spring (April & May) and autumn (September & October). Midsummer can be lovely on the coast, but viciously hot in the interior. Likewise, winter days can be idyllic in Marrakech and further south, but you can be chilled to the bone at night.