Visit The Imperial Cities

FES + MEKNES + RABAT+ MARRAKECH

We will drive you to Fez, the center of the religious and cultural life of Morocco, we will also go to Meknes to visit his fabulous palace of Sultan Moulay Ismail, we will then go through Rabat and visit its magnificent monuments and the old Medina , we will go to see the Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca and finally, we will visit the city of Marrakech, called Red City.

Fès

Fès is one of the largest medieval cities in the world. Its narrow streets and medieval-looking Islamic schools, restaurants, shops, markets, shops and old palaces, make this city a special and magical place, although sometimes chaotic.

Fes, capital of the north, was founded a few years after the Arabs traveled to this region. Around 800 BC J.C., King Idriss II continues the wish of his father who was to build a new capital. Thus Fez was born, moving from a modest Berber city to a major residential city with an important shopping center thanks to the arrival of 8000 Al Andalouse families who quickly mixed with the few Arab families from Qayrawan, in Tunisia.

Fes is a city that has a lot to offer its visitors. You will be able to visit a considerable number of monuments as well as royal palaces, narrow streets with local bazaars and shops. You can also visit the old dye houses and tanneries and lose yourself in the old medina.

Meknes

Meknes and the Roman remains of Volubilis

Meknes is one of the imperial cities of Morocco. It is a hundred kilometers from Fez. Meknes is probably the quietest of the imperial cities. It is a city that reflects its heritage very well since it was at other times the center of the Moroccan Sultanate. This is still visible in the various palaces and castles that surround the ancient Medina.

The Berber Meknassi tribe settled in the area in the 10th century or so, but it was only from the 17th century that the city began to grow in size and importance as an imperial city. It was when the Alawite dynasty established the capital of power of Moulay Ismaïl. In 1755, the great tidal wave of Lisbon had repercussions on Meknes whose monuments were destroyed and lost forever. Despite this, and after many reconstructions, Meknes is today, one of the urban spots of Morocco.

Rabat

This great capital is an interesting point if one wants to escape the imperial cities very visited by tourists. Rabat is a rather modern and cosmopolitan city even if it remains a city full of palaces and old medinas facing the Atlantic. Rabat is a city where there is a lot to see, from its magnificent palaces, Mohammed V mausoleum, the old Kasbah of Oudaias and the Andalusian gardens.

Rabat has many ancient Phoenician and Roman buildings, but it was only in the 10th and 12th century, with the arrival of the Almohads that the city gained importance. Then, Yacoub Al-Mansour began his conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and, a few years later, Ribat al-Fatah aka Rabat became a prosperous center. Rabat was the capital of Morocco for many years until the French decided to transfer the government to the city of Fez.

Marrakech

Marrakech is the capital of the south. It is a unique city, even though today it has become a very touristy place. Marrakech was, twice, the capital of Morocco and it is she who gave the western name of “Morocco”. Marrakech was founded in 1062 by the Almohad sultan Youssef Ben Tachfinand. It quickly became a prosperous city and one of the most important Islamic and artistic centers, after the conquest of Spain by the Almohads.

Marrakech is a city that offers a lot to travelers and that is why we recommend to go to two days in this amazing city. Its famous Jma El-Fna Square is one of its attractions. It’s a place with “booths”, where you will meet snake charmers, monkeys, acrobats, fire-eaters, live music and countless doors overlooking the souk. Without doubt a must of Morocco.

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