Morocco "Tales from 1000 and One Nights" - Places to Visit with Pictures Part I

Fes, Morocco - Tanneries in the dyers district where silk, cloth, leader, wool are dyed in top of the roofs of the houses.
Fes, Morocco - Tanneries in the dyers district where silk, cloth, leader, wool are dyed in top of the roofs of the houses. | Source

Morocco history

From about 300´000 BC First traces of settlement in NorthAfrica


from about 2,000 BC Berber settle whole North Africa


146 BC destruction of Carthage by the Romans


in 40 AD Large Berber uprising


42nd AD Northern Morocco is a Roman province


2nd and 3 century Christianity


End of 3rd Century. Disintegration of the Roman domination


533 Byzantium conquered Ceuta and Tangier


622 escape of Mohammed from Mecca / Hegira), the early Islamicera


683 arabisher first foray into Morocco


711 Arab Umayyad conquer Morocco, the beginning of the Islamization


788 I. Idris founds the first Moroccan empire


1061 accession to power of the Almoravids dynasty (Moroccan first major empire)


1147 accession to power of the Almohad dynasty Morocco achieved the largest expansion in its history


1415 The Portuguese capture Ceuta


1493 fall of Granada (last Arab stronghold in Spain)


1667 start of the Alaouiten regime, the dynasty ruled until today


1830 French in Algeria


1859/1860 Spanish-Moroccan War


1903/1904 French occupy the eastern border area


1912 French colony of Morocco (the northern part of the countryis Spanish)


1930 Berber edict


1934 "appeasement" of Morocco finished


1942 The Allies land on the Atlantic coast


1953-55 Sulatn Mohammed V in exile


1956 Independence Morocco


1961 death of Mohammed V, new King Hassan II


1963 First elections, border war with Algeria


1976 occupation of the former Spanish Sahara throughMorocco, the

Polisario resistance


1977 First elections since 1963


1984 (September) elections


Tour Adventure in Morocco

1st Day, Sunday
Flight from Zürich / Kloten with Royal Air Maroc to Marrakech.Reception and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight.


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2nd Day, Monday
Safi on tour (the walled old town worth seeing, Cathedral in manueline stil, Kechia fortress from the 16th century) and El Jadida to Rabat direction. Lunch in Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, business center, the most important industrial port and the "secret capital" of the country. In addition to modern architecture, you can also find here a lively old medina and bazaars. A short tour of the Corniche (famous beach promenade) and the center. Continuation to Rabat. Dinner and overnight. Trip distance: approximately 450 km.

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Casablanca, Morocco - Moschee Hassan IICasablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Gebetsraum 100 x 200 m big room with a capacity of 25000 believers. The ceiling can be opened.Casablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Women's gallery The gallery is located, screened from male eyes, a mezzanine and can accommodate 5,000 women.Casablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan IICasablanca - Marorro Mosque Hassan II: HammamCasablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan II: MinarettAtlanticAtlanticBeach Promenade
Casablanca, Morocco - Moschee Hassan II
Casablanca, Morocco - Moschee Hassan II | Source
Casablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Gebetsraum 100 x 200 m big room with a capacity of 25000 believers. The ceiling can be opened.
Casablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Gebetsraum 100 x 200 m big room with a capacity of 25000 believers. The ceiling can be opened. | Source
Casablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Women's gallery The gallery is located, screened from male eyes, a mezzanine and can accommodate 5,000 women.
Casablanca - Marokko Moschee Hassan II: Women's gallery The gallery is located, screened from male eyes, a mezzanine and can accommodate 5,000 women. | Source
Casablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan II
Casablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan II | Source
Casablanca - Marorro Mosque Hassan II: Hammam
Casablanca - Marorro Mosque Hassan II: Hammam | Source
Casablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan II: Minarett
Casablanca - Marokko Mosque Hassan II: Minarett | Source
Atlantic
Atlantic | Source
Atlantic
Atlantic | Source
Beach Promenade
Beach Promenade | Source

3rd Day, Tuesday
After breakfast visit to the state capital. You will see the Royal Palace, Hassan Tower, the Kasbah and the necropolis Chellah. After lunch, we drive via Volubilis, an ancient city that was built by the Romans, to Moulay Idriss, holy city with the mausoleum of the patron saint and founder of the first Arab dynasty. This town can be seen from one hill, it is only available to Muslims. Continuation to Fes. Dinner and overnight. Trip around 190 km.

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Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V, Hassan Turm-in the foreground, the pillars of a former prayer hall.Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed VThe Guards - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed VRabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed VRabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V with the GuardsThe Guard - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed VMoulay Idriss - Moulay is a term roughly equivalent to "Prince" or "Lord". Idris founded both Fez and the city that bears his name. His tomb, located in Moulay Idriss, is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. The mosque, however, is off limits to non-MuslimKasbah and the necropolis Chellah. Roman ruins of Chellah, Rabat, Morocco
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V, Hassan Turm-in the foreground, the pillars of a former prayer hall.
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V, Hassan Turm-in the foreground, the pillars of a former prayer hall. | Source
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V | Source
The Guards - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V
The Guards - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V | Source
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V | Source
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V with the Guards
Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V with the Guards | Source
The Guard - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V
The Guard - Rabat - Marocco Mausoleum Mohammed V | Source
Moulay Idriss - Moulay is a term roughly equivalent to "Prince" or "Lord". Idris founded both Fez and the city that bears his name. His tomb, located in Moulay Idriss, is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. The mosque, however, is off limits to non-Muslim
Moulay Idriss - Moulay is a term roughly equivalent to "Prince" or "Lord". Idris founded both Fez and the city that bears his name. His tomb, located in Moulay Idriss, is a pilgrimage site for Muslims. The mosque, however, is off limits to non-Muslim | Source
Kasbah and the necropolis Chellah. Roman ruins of Chellah, Rabat, Morocco
Kasbah and the necropolis Chellah. Roman ruins of Chellah, Rabat, Morocco | Source

4th Day, Wednesday
The day is to visit the city of Fes: there are three districts from different eras with thick walls and mosques in and around the old town, the gardens of Sidi Boujida and the famous "Blue Gate". Lunch. Continuation of sightseeing in this fascinating city. The rest of the afternoon is at free leisure. Dinner and overnight.


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Fez, Morocco - Bab Boujloud famous (blue gate). Entrance to the Medina, BazaarsThe Wall of FezKings palace in Fez, MoroccoDunkey load transportationMain  street of Fez Bazaars
Fez, Morocco - Bab Boujloud famous (blue gate). Entrance to the Medina, Bazaars
Fez, Morocco - Bab Boujloud famous (blue gate). Entrance to the Medina, Bazaars | Source
The Wall of Fez
The Wall of Fez | Source
Kings palace in Fez, Morocco
Kings palace in Fez, Morocco | Source
Dunkey load transportation
Dunkey load transportation | Source
Main  street of Fez Bazaars
Main street of Fez Bazaars | Source

5th Day, Thursday
Ride from Fez to Meknes. The city is divided by the Wadi Boufekrane in two parts, the Old and New Town. Meknes was the former residence of kings. We see among other things the grand gate of Bab Mansour, the surrounding walls of the Old Town with big Mosque and the bazaar streets. In the new town, modern busines buildings were erected. After lunch continue drive to Kenifra. This town has about 30,000 inhabitants. Known Berbertown in the mountains. Dinner and overnight. Trip distance:approximately 220 km.

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Gate of Bab Mansour, Meknes, MoroccoMeknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Imperial Gate Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay IsmaiMeknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay IsmaiMeknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay IsmaiMeknes, Morocco - horses' stables - They were built to keep 12,000 horses. Unfortunately the 18th century earthquake tore down its roof.Meknes, Morocco - horses' stablesMeknes, Morocco - horses' stablesMarket, Morocco -  Medina, Meknes, Morocco
Gate of Bab Mansour, Meknes, Morocco
Gate of Bab Mansour, Meknes, Morocco | Source
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Imperial Gate
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Imperial Gate | Source
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai | Source
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai | Source
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai
Meknes, Morocco, mausoleum of Moulay Ismai | Source
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables - They were built to keep 12,000 horses. Unfortunately the 18th century earthquake tore down its roof.
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables - They were built to keep 12,000 horses. Unfortunately the 18th century earthquake tore down its roof. | Source
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables | Source
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables
Meknes, Morocco - horses' stables | Source
Market, Morocco -  Medina, Meknes, Morocco
Market, Morocco - Medina, Meknes, Morocco | Source

6th Day, Friday
Drive through the fertile valley of Beni Mellal. Panoramic view of the road. For lunch we reach Marrakech. Then first city tour: Kutubiya Mosque with its 67 m high Minareti.Saadi Tombs (tombs of the ruling sultans from the 16th and 17th century). Ruined Badi Palace, tannery. Return to the hotel. Dinner in the restaurant of an ancient Moroccan palace (with folklore). Overight. Trip distance: approximately 280 km.

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Marrakech, Morocco, Kutubiya Mosque with its 67 m high Minareti, Bahia Palace, a beautiful view of the patio with its fountain and its arcades. fertile valley of Beni Mellalfertile valley of Beni Mellalpanorama view in the hillspanorama view
Marrakech, Morocco, Kutubiya Mosque with its 67 m high Minareti, Bahia Palace, a beautiful view of the patio with its fountain and its arcades.
Marrakech, Morocco, Kutubiya Mosque with its 67 m high Minareti, Bahia Palace, a beautiful view of the patio with its fountain and its arcades. | Source
fertile valley of Beni Mellal
fertile valley of Beni Mellal | Source
fertile valley of Beni Mellal
fertile valley of Beni Mellal | Source
panorama view in the hills
panorama view in the hills | Source
panorama view
panorama view | Source
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Badi Palace RuinsBadi Palace RuinsTanneriesTanneriesSaadi Tombs
Badi Palace Ruins
Badi Palace Ruins | Source
Badi Palace Ruins
Badi Palace Ruins | Source
Tanneries
Tanneries | Source
Tanneries
Tanneries | Source
Saadi Tombs
Saadi Tombs | Source

7th Day, Saturday
We experience the hustle and bustle of the people of Marrakech, the "Pearl of the South". The famous souks of the dyers, the merchant district with all kinds of crafts, who join in the huge Djemaa el Fna, on the oriental market bustle (storytellers, magicians, snake charmers, jugglers and musicians). Lunch in a Berber tent and participate in a famous "Fantasia" (equestrian Games). The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

The famous souks of the dyers, the merchant district with all kinds of crafts, who join in the huge Djemaa el Fnaa

Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna und the Souks
Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna und the Souks | Source
Marrakech - Marocco Ciew from Caf Glacier: Gaukler in thePlace Djamaa el-Fna
Marrakech - Marocco Ciew from Caf Glacier: Gaukler in thePlace Djamaa el-Fna | Source
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand | Source
Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna Background is the Mosquee Quessabine. In front are stands of orange juice seller.
Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna Background is the Mosquee Quessabine. In front are stands of orange juice seller. | Source
Marrakech - Marocco view from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna
Marrakech - Marocco view from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna | Source
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand | Source
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand Left Cordula, right Teddy und Teddine.
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Foostand Left Cordula, right Teddy und Teddine. | Source
Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna
Marrakech - Marocco View from Caf Glacier: Place Djamaa el-Fna | Source
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Monkey
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna: Monkey | Source
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{{Information |Description= * '''Beschreibung''': Platz Djemaa el Fna, Schlangenbeschwrer * '''Datum''': fotografiert 2000 * '''Fotograf''': Hans Peter Schaefer * '''Lizenz''': |Source=Originally from [http://de.wikipedia.org de.wikipedia]; descripti
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna
Marrakech - Marocco Place Djamaa el-Fna | Source

Folklore Dinner

Restaurant reception
Restaurant reception | Source
Washing hands to eat Koskos.
Washing hands to eat Koskos. | Source
Folklore begins
Folklore begins | Source
Wedding ceremony - Morocco tradition
Wedding ceremony - Morocco tradition | Source
Belly dance
Belly dance | Source
Belly dance
Belly dance | Source
Belly dance
Belly dance | Source
Folklore
Folklore | Source
Fashion Show - traditional Morocco Dresses
Fashion Show - traditional Morocco Dresses | Source
Fashion Show - traditional Morocco Dresses
Fashion Show - traditional Morocco Dresses | Source

8th Day, Sunday

After breakfast transfer to hotel in Agadir. Spa vacation for a week with half board.


15th day Sunday
Transfer from hotel to airport Agadir. In deadline at the airport.Departure from Agadir Royal Air Maroc via Geneva to Züprich /Kloten.

My great thanks to Mr. Jürgen Reichmann for allowing me to use some of his wonderful pictures of the beautiful places in Morocco.

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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Dear writer20. Sorry your comment was cancelled as i edited this hub. As to your question pants is a choice, and i prefer to travel with pants and there is no problem to visit and getting inside the mosques.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Part II will be coming. I have to edit it. Coming soon.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

PART II is online.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Good Morning carolp! It is a very interesting hub with all those beautiful photos. It must be a very long time ago you have visited there. I have never been to Marokko. It reminds me always of Casablanca film with Ingrid Bergman and Humprey Bogart. Thanks for sharing.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Hi Thelma. Morocco is part of my earlier travel adventure, when i was still single. I love Morocco and the tanned handsome men...psst...

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