Attractions of Morocco

Cascades d’Ouzoud
Cascades d’Ouzoud is a 100 metre waterfall found in Grand Atlas village, 366 kilometres from Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It is the most scenic waterfall in Morocco surrounded by lush woodland containing the indigenous Barbary macaque monkey and rural atmosphere.

Todra Gorge
The Todra Gorge is a canyon on eastern side of the High Atlas Mountains near the town of Tinerhir which is 474 kilometres from Rabat. The gigantic rock walls run the High Atlas Mountains creating an absolutely magnificent spectacle. There are more than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8 have been bolted in the canyon.

Erg Chebbi
Erg Chebbi is one of two Morocco’s Saharan ergs, the other being Erg Chigaga. It is a large dune, rising to about 150 metres formed by wind-blown sand, 416 kilometres from Rabat and located near the town of Merzouga. A Moroccan legend says that the Erg Chebbi sand dunes were sent by God as a punishment for turning away a weary traveler from Morocco’s Sahara desert.

Erg Chigaga
Erg Chigaga is a sand dune is located in the Souss-Massa-Draa area of Morocco about 832 kilometres from Rabat. It is the largest and wildest of Morocco spreading to about 40 kilometres and rising up to 300 metres.

National Park of Al Hoceima
Located on the mediterranean coast in Al Hoceima city about 500 kilometres from Rabat is the National Park of Al Hoceima. It covers both an inland and offshore area. The offshore part is home of populations of dolphins, groupers and red coral. The coast, spotted with wild beaches a succession of cliffs up to 700 m high falling in the sea.

Agadir Bay
Agadir Bay consists of golden sand stretches for about 9 kilometres with relatively calm Atlantic waters lapping on the shore. The bay is 615 kilometres from Rabat.

Oualidia Lagoon
Oualidia Lagoon, home to Morocco’s small oyster-farming industry 267 kilometres from Rabat is a crescent-shaped lagoon bordered by golden sands and protected by a naturally formed breakwater. It is a perfect place for fishing, sailing, surfing, and swimming.

National Park of Souss Massa
The National Park of Souss Massa is located south of Agadir, 575 kilometres from Rabat. The Park includes seven Berber traditional villages and is renowned for particular ornithological species, including the famous bald ibis (who is only present here) and other species of ibises, flamingos, white spatulas and black-headed tchagras.

Djemaa el Fna
Djemaa El-Fna, a square in Marrakesh’s medina quarter is one of the top tourist attractions in Morocco. It is located 328 kilometres from Rabat. The square is filled with snake charmers and people with monkeys during day, story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines in the afternoon and dozens of food-stalls and crowds in the night.

Chellah
The Chellah necropolis is the site of the ruins of the ancient Roman town known as Sala Colonia found in Rabat after the Ville Nouvelle. It is the oldest city in the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. Abandoned in 1154 AD, a necropolis, towers and defensive wall were added in the 14th century. A lot of fruit trees and wild flowers can be found here.

National Park of Tazekka
Located in the Eastern part of the Middle-Atlas 287 kilometres from Rabat is the National Park of Tazekka south of Taza city. The characterisitic animal of the park is the Berberian deer which was reintroduced in 1994. The park also has some beautiful oak tree forests (evergreen oaks, zen oaks, cork oaks) and presents an interesting and rich flora and fauna.

Marrakech Museum
The Museum of Marrakech housed in a 19th century building in Mnebhi Palace,326 kilometres from Rabat. The museum possesses archeological objects from the 8th century up until the 20th, ethnographies, historical documents from the 9th until the 19th century and very famous Moroccan contemporary art works. Mnebhi Palace is a beautiful palace from past centuries with all its perfectionist details and its specific architecture.

Kasbah of the Udayas
Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat about 3 kilometres from the city centre at the mouth of Bou Regreg river. A Kasbah is a barrier that was used to shield royalty from attacks. Kasbah of the Udayas was built during the reign of the Almohads in AD 1150.

Rabat Archeological Museum
Built in 1932, this museum has housed the National Museum collections since 1986. The Museum is found in Rabat at 23 rue Ifni al Brihi. The collected items bring together history and culture with exhibits of pottery, tools, jewelry, and many other artifacts dating as far back as pre-historic time.

National Park of Ifrane
National Park of Ifrane is located in the Middle Atlas Mountains, 187 kilometres from Rabat. There are 200 species of birds (including storks, flamingo, ducks and woodpeckers), 30 species of reptiles, Barbary apes and sheep. Ifrane is home to the world’s largest population of Barbary macaques. Ifrane is also known for its huge water reserves, deserving the name “the water tank of Morocco.”

Friouato Caves
The Friouato Caves or Gouffre de Friouato found in Tazekka national Park 287 kilometres from Rabat make up the largest known cave system in Northern Africa. The Caves stretch for about 3.8 kilometers underground, with the deepest cavern being 150 feet deep. They are decorated in beautiful stalagmites and rock features. Water, a large family of bats and many slimy rocks and stones are also found in the cave.

National Park of Toubkal
National Park of Toubkal is situated south of Marrakesh 401 kilometres from Rabat. The park is home to an exceptional biodiversity marked by populatings of thujas and holm oaks, a big diversity of herbaceous plants, and symbolic sorts (species) as the mouflon with cuffs (headlines), the gazelle of Cuvier and the bearded lammergeyer.

El Bahia Palace
El Bahia Palace is located in Marrakech 327 kilometres from Rabat. The palace sits on 8 hectares and it has 150 rooms. It is believed to have been built as a home for Bou Ahmed’s four wives and 24 concubines. It has a delightful collection of paved courtyards, arcades, pavilions, reception halls with vaulted ceilings and walls decorated in traditional Moroccan zelije tiling, with sculpted stucco and carved cedar wood doors.

Saadian Tombs
Hidden and mostly forgotten until 1917, the Saadian Tombs are situated just outside Marrakech about 329 kilometres from Rabat. They are the final resting places of the around sixty of the rulers and members of the Saadi Dynasty including Sultan Ahmed El Mansour (the sixth sultan of the dynasty) and his family. The enclosure consists of two main mausoleums, with 66 tombs laid out within them and over 100 more outside in the gardens.

Atlas Mountains
Atlas Mountains are a series of mountain ranges stretching 2,400 km through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia 890 kilometres from Rabat. In the High Atlas, the Jbel Toubkal at 4,167m is the highest mountain in North Africa and it is found in Morocco. The mountains have great castles, harsh deserts and breathtaking gorges.

Additional reading
http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-morocco/
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/morocco/642756

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