Attractions

Top Choice Mosque in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque

This flamboyant building was built at enormous expense to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the city's major landmark, …
Top Choice Area in Essaouira

Medina

Essaouira’s walled medina dates from the late 18th century and was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2001. It is an outstanding and well-preserved example of European military architecture in North Africa. Fo…
National Park in Moulay Bousselham

Merja Zerga National Park

One of the great pleasures of Morocco's Atlantic Coast is spending half a day on the calm Merja Zerga (Blue Lagoon) with an expert bird guide. The 73-sq-km Merja Zerga National Park (4 sq km of water and the rest ma…
Archaeological Site in Larache

Lixus Ruins

Set on a hill overlooking the Loukos Estuary, the Carthaginian and Roman ruins of Lixus are evocative reminders that settlements on this coast are among the oldest in the country. Megalithic stones found in the vici…
Area in Rabat

Medina

When the French arrived in the early 20th century, this walled medina by the sea was the full extent of the city. Built on an orderly grid in the 17th century, it is small enough to be easily explored in half a day,…
Historic Site in Rabat

Chellah

The Phoenicians were the first to settle on this sloping site above the Bou Regreg river, and the Romans took control in about 40 CE, renaming the settlement Sala Colonia. Scattered stones from their city remain, bu…
Historic Site in El Jadida

Cité Portugaise

Inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage list in 2004, the Cité Portugaise was one of the early settlements built by the Portuguese in West Africa. Dating from the early 16th century and originally called Mazagan, it is…
Fortress in Rabat

Kasbah les Oudaias

Rabat's historic citadel occupies the site of the original ribat (fortress-monastery) that gave the city its name. Predominately residential, its narrow streets are lined with whitewashed houses – most of which were…
Area in Salé

Medina

Retaining an almost medieval flavour, this 13th-century walled medina is visited on a regular basis by the city's pious, who come to worship in the Grand Mosque and three important shrines. Local housewives are also…
Area in Asilah

Medina

Asilah’s largely residential medina is surrounded by sturdy stone fortifications built by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Within the walls are tranquil narrow streets lined by white houses with blue or green dec…