Mohammed V Mausoleum drawing in Rabat. This sight is next to the Hassan Towers as well in Rabat.Guarded at all times by elaborately dressed royal guards and fez-topped security personnel, Rabat’s two most visited sites stand opposite each other along the magnificent Bou Regreg river. Hassan Tower (or Tour Hassan) and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V are two of Morocco’s most mystical places: one is an incomplete project of majestic proportions and the other stands as a masterpiece of modern architecture, holding inside the grand tombs of past kings. Wander through the ruins of columns and enter the ornamental grandeur that is the exquisite mausoleum to discover a part of Moroccan history that will forever remain incomplete.
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When my family moved into a rammed-earth house in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the majestic beauty of our host valley was overwhelming. In time it remained awe inspiring, but was sometimes shadowed by the immensely different lifestyle I experienced while living there. Two years into our stay I finally grasped some cultural etiquettes, while others remain elusive – maybe even to the Moroccans who practice them because that’s just the way it is.

Insights to Rural Morocco

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Kasbah des Udayas (Oudayas Kasbah) in Rabat Morocco. This is an illustration of this fortified part of the city.Set in Morocco’s capital on the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, the Udayas Kasbah (or as it’s also known, Oudayas Kasbah) is one of the country’s most unique sites. Originally built in the 12th century and renovated many times since throughout the centuries, it has been home to Arab tribes, Andalusian immigrants, and some of Morocco’s most powerful sultans. Walk up the steps leading to the imposing gate of Bab Oudaya and discover the winding streets of the Kasbah that will take you to Rabat’s oldest mosque, beautiful gardens, and an exquisite museum.
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Rural Morocco, the Best Taste of Moroccan Culture

Morocco is a land known for its exotic appeal and incredibly varied cities like Tangier, Rabat, and Fes. While beautiful, chaotic Marrakesh is a must-visit city for anyone going to Morocco, the best taste of the culture is found in her rural cities. One of the special treats of getting away from the typical tourist path is finding places that haven’t adapted their culture to an onslaught of foreign visitors. You get to see an image of daily life as it really is.

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6 Best Handicap Accessible Locations in Morocco

If you’re planning a visit to Morocco but have disabilities it can seem like a daunting challenge to find places to stay and things to do that meet your needs. While Morocco hasn’t come as far as other countries in regards to providing accessible options for travelers, you might be surprised to discover there are options for people of all ability levels.

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Accessible Tourism in Morocco: An Overview

Accessible Tourism in Morocco photo of a walkway in Rabat

The definition of accessibility and disability can vary greatly from person to person. Whether it is a physical disability meaning a wheelchair is needed to a sight and/or hearing impairments and everything in between it is possible to visit Morocco and have an amazing experience. Morocco is still a developing country and therefore does not have the same legal requirements as places such as the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Visitors with accessibility needs will have to do a bit more research to ensure their needs are met.

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Merenid Tombs in Fez Morocco
Everyone loves a little mystery, and that is exactly what you will get when you visit the enigmatic ruins of the Merenid Tombs (also known as Marinid Tombs). Located on a hill just above the bustling city of Fez, there is very little that is actually known about these tombs besides the fact that they were built in the 14th century. The time period suggests that these were built during the Merenid dynasty, but it is not certain who specifically was buried there and why. All of this mystery only entices us even more, and the tombs are one of the most visited sites in Fez. The spectacular panoramic views of the city and mountains may also have a little something to do with it. Continue reading…

Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh
Hidden from the world for roughly 200 years, the Saadian Tombs were found a short distance from the bustling city center of Marrakesh, and are a truly rich architectural gem. Housing two lavish mausoleums with approximately 60 tombs and over 100 more in the beautiful gardens, the Saadian Tombs are one of the most elaborate and best preserved resting places in Morocco today.
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A spate of celebrity weddings and the recent honeymoon of actor George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, have put Marrakesh firmly on the map as a romantic destination. However, Morocco offers much more than just the city of Marrakesh for honeymooners. There are plenty of locations and destinations which will encourage your romantic side and create hundreds of joint memories for the happy couple!

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Hand-drawn illustration of Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, Morocco

For over 1200 years, the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (or al-Karaouine) has been one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim World. With a history dating back to the 9th century, this mosque and university have been the selected congregation space for various Muslim saints and scholars throughout the centuries.

Today, the university continues to function as an excellent school of religious and physical sciences, and the mosque is considered Morocco’s holiest place, governing the time of all Islamic festivals across the country. On your next visit to Fez, make sure you head into its old town and take your time discovering this magnificent treasure chest of history that has much more to it than meets the eye. Continue reading…