Morocco

Casablanca

on Friday, 19 August 2011. Posted in Morocco

Casablanca, Immortalised through the eponymous Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman movie and forever associated with honorary citizen Sir Winston Churchill, Casablanca is a sprawling, vibrant metropolis. 

Though not the seat of government, Casablanca is Morocco's undisputed commercial capital, an enigmatic meeting place of western modernity and Arabic tradition. Its suburbs contrast sumptuous villas with dreadful slums, while its downtown mixes the dowdy with the exquisite. You take it as you find it in Casablanca. Tourism is welcome but, essentially, Casablanca is a commercial hub that goes about its life in its own way at its own breakneck pace.

Fes

on Friday, 19 August 2011. Posted in Morocco

Fes Bordered by the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and located on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes, Fès is one of the world’s best preserved medieval cities.

Over 1,000 years old, the most ancient and impressive of Morocco’s four imperial cities, Fès is still considered the country’s cultural and spiritual centre.

Fès (also spelled Fez and in Arabic, Fas) has three distinct parts but most tourists are drawn to Fès el-Bali (Old Fès), a continuously inhabited, medieval city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its legendary medina is a labyrinthine maze of more than 9,000 narrow, sun-dappled, twisting alleys where mules jostle for space with playing children, men dressed in floor-sweeping jellabas (hooded robes) and street sellers. Heavily studded wooden doors, the warble of the muezzin’s call to prayer and the smell of freshly-cooked food are among the myriad intoxicating sights of smells of the medina.

Fès el-Jdid, south of the medina, is a 13th-century ‘new' town while the Ville Nouvelle is the city's modern centre with wide French-style boulevards, hotels, restaurants, cafés and bookshops

Marrakech

on Friday, 19 August 2011. Posted in Morocco

Marrakech, Snake charmers, magic potions and hidden palaces: Marrakech brings the most outlandish travellers' tales to life. The pink city has waylaid desert caravans since the 11th century, as visitors succumb to the charms of its bluesy Gnaoua trance music, steamy hammams and multi-course feasts.

Visitors to Marrakech often disappear down a maze of winding alleys and emerge days later, relaxed and refreshed from their stays in spectacular riads (courtyard guesthouses).

Adventure awaits in the medina (old city), with its fondouks (artisans' workshops), seven zaouias (saints' shrines) and stalls ladling up steaming bowls of snails and sheep's head soup.

The focal point of Marrakech is its celebrated square, the Jemaa el Fna. Towering over the scene is the stately Koutoubia minaret, a template for Hispano-Mauresque architecture and a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city's residents.

Always a byword for the exotic, the city that lured hedonists and idealists in the 20th century now attracts fashionistas and trendy couples in search of the souks, spices, spas, chic bars and clubs and riad life.

Morocco

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Morocco

Morocco is a heady mix of languages, cultures, religions, ancient traditions and modern sensibilities.See for yourself in Tangier, the elegantly faded port-town, which has become the playground of international thrill-seekers, aristocratic tax-exiles, authors and spies.

Further down the western coast there’s movie-famous Casablanca, then Essaouira with its stunning historic medina (fortified old town). Inland lies cosmopolitan Fez with its high-sided streets and a maze of stunning riads (traditional houses built around a central courtyard). Explore the grandiose sprawl of Marrakesh, a vibrant and chaotic imperial city with a magnetism that’s drawn visitors for centuries.

Yet Morocco has wilderness at its core, from the rugged peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, scattered with ancient Berber villages, to the terrifying, empty majesty of the Western Sahara Desert. Morocco is a country that can often feel like a whole new world waiting to be explored.

Tangier

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in Morocco

Tangier or Tangiers Tanja, archaic Berber name: Tingi, Arabic:anja) is a city in northern Morocco with a population of about 700,000 (2008 census). It lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. It is the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan Region and of the Tangier-Azila prefecture of Morocco.

The history of Tangier is very rich due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a Phoenician town to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a place—and, sometimes a refuge—for many cultures. However, it was not until 1923 that Tangier was attributed an international status by foreign colonial powers, thus becoming a destination for many Europeans, Americans and Indians alike.

The city is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new 5-star hotels along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Centre, a new airport terminal and a new soccer stadium. Tangier's economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Tanger-Med port.

Tangier's sport team I.R.T. (or Ittihad Riadi de Tanger) is the main football club and has the most followers. Tangier will be one of the host cities for the 2015 African Nations Cup soccer championship, played at the new Ibn Batouta Stadium and in other cities in Morocco

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