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Landmarks in Morocco

Morocco is a North African country that has many interesting Landmarks. Landmarks in general are places of historical, natural, or aesthetic importance. Moroccan Landmarks range from ancient Roman ruins to the modern-day buildings in Casablanca. In this article, you will find information about some Landmarks in Morocco worth visiting!

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Historical Landmarks in Morocco

Jemaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech

Jemma el-Fnaa Square is the heart of Marrakech (capital of Morocco). The square is more than a thousand years, has been inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A square is a gathering place of storytellers and fortune-tellers. During the day you can get here refreshing orange juice, while in the evening. Restaurant stalls open all around the plaza after the sun goes down – so you can try various Moroccan food and watch with street performers and henna artists appearing soon after the light comes to life. If you don’t like crowds or visiting Marrakech with kids, the best way to experience the square is to sit in one of the rooftop restaurant terraces overlooking the Jemaa el-Fna. 

Marrakech landmark

Ait Ben Haddou

Visit in Aït Benhaddou and nearby Ouarzatze was high on our must-see in Morocco list. I saw the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou in many movies and really wanted to see it. The fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou was build in the XVII century. It’s connected houses and other dwellings partly builder partly carved in the rock. We spent the whole afternoon wandering around the labyrinth of small streets. Ait Ben Haddou was a backdrop to many movies: like The Gladiator, Game of Throne,

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Kasbah in Ait Ben Haddou

Chefchaouen Medina

Moroccan town of Chefchaouen is famous for the blue colour of its buildings. It is a small charming town that is a famous Moroccan tourist destination, especially among Instagram lovers.

Chefchaouen is called the “blue city” because of its blue housetops. The paint comes from a former Moroccan tradition of whitewashing houses with lime, water and indigo blue dye. I think this tradition is one of the most beautiful and unique things about this city.

Chefchaouen is a town in Morocco near the border with Spain ( Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla – check facts about Spain). It is situated at about 2,200 metres (7,218 ft) elevation within the Rif Mountains in the northern region of the country.

Chefchaouen is one of the Blue Cities around the world.

Medinas of Morocco - morocco blue city Chefchaouen

Medina of Essaouira

Essaouira was our favourite place when we were exploring Morocco with kids. the Medina in Essaouria is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s easy to see why. With its preserved medina and impressive fortifications, it is one of the most beautiful places by the Atlantic Ocean. Some of you will recognize Essaouira Ramparts from the series Game of Throne.

essaouira medina

Read more about the beautiful medinas of Morocco and what to do in Essaouira.

The archaeological site of Volubilis

Volubilis is the archaeological site of the famous Roman town of Volubilis, located in Morocco. It was once a flourishing town with marble-lined streets, but today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and largely in ruins. When Rome controlled the area, the city thrived, but it was deserted as the Western Roman Empire collapsed. Nevertheless, the ancient ruins are still visible and often visited by tourists who see this once vibrant city.

It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an interpretive trail that includes mosaics recovered from excavations on site.

it’s a great day trip from Meknes or Fes

Hassan Tower, Rabat

In Rabat, you can see the Hassan Tower, a square minaret built in 1190 by Sultan Yacoub el-Mansour as part of his mosque complex.

The tower is 44 metres high and accessible to visitors at an additional fee. It has been restored several times during its history, most recently being done in 2003-2004.

It’s a must-see when in Rabat.

Hassan Tower Rabat Landmark

Medina and Blue Gate, Fes

Blue Gate – Bab Bou Jeloud in Fes is the main gate to the ancient Fes Medina. Medina in Fes is the largest pedestrian area in the world and one of the largest medieval cities in the world. The whole medina is one big market where you can buy everything starting from camel meat to delicious honey, Moroccan spices and leather goods – which are treated in the nearby tannery – Chouara Tannery, Fes.

Fes Medina is a perfect place to pick up some souvenirs from Morocco.

Fes is as well home to the oldest university in the world is al-Qarawinyyin which was founded in 859.

While in Fes, you should visit Al Attarine Madrasa, which was established by Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif in 1679 for Islamic education. The madrasa has a library with over 20,000 books.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The Hassan II Mosque is a landmark in Casablanca. Mosque Hassan II is one of the largest mosques in the world and one with the highest minaret (210 meters). It was designed on the order of King Hassan II and finished in the year 1993. It the only mosque in Morocco which can be visited by non-muslim travellers. It was built in 1993 by the King Hassan II of Morocco. There are 26,000 square meters of hand-carved marble inside the mosque. There are also some mosaics that were designed by artist Pablo Picasso.

Mosque Hassan II Cassablanca

This mosque contains one of the largest prayer rooms in all of Africa and one of the largest Qur’anic libraries anywhere on Earth with 247,000 books. The mosque also has a library for children with over 30,000 books in different languages to promote international friendship and understanding among young people from different backgrounds.

The Hassan II Mosque is a landmark in Casablanca, and it is one of the most beautiful mosques in Morocco with its structural, architectural and aesthetic features.

Majorelle Garden, Marrakech

Majorelle Gardens is a popular tourist attraction. The gardens are considered to be the best in Marrakech. The former home of the world-renounced designed Yves Sait Laurant features an impressive botanical collection. It is also the home of a mini Islamic Art Museum and features a miniature Islamic art gallery.

Natural Landmarks in Morocco

Morocco’s natural landmarks are as diverse and impressive as its cultural heritage.

Morocco is a country with rich history, culture and amazing landscapes. The Moroccan landscape includes desert, mountains, beaches, forests and rivers. All of these aspects make Morocco an ideal destination for any traveler who wants to experience nature in all its beauty.

Sahara desert

The most obvious Natural landmark in Morocco is the Sahara desert. Sahara desert lies in North Africa and stretches over 11 countries. Only a small part is located in Morocco, but sand dunes around Erg Chebi or Marzouga are spectacular.

The Saharan region covers North Africa and includes the following countries: Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Niger. Morocco is a country that is annexed within this large region.

Both Ouazzane and Erfoud have a lot of natural beauty, with sand dunes and palm trees to be seen in both towns, respectively.

The High Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountain is also a Natural Landmark in Morocco; it extends to Southern Spain and Western Algeria. It has an altitude of up to about 4000 meters or 13000 feet.

The tallest mountain in the Atlas range and in North Africa is Toubkal which measure 4165 meters (13,665 feet). And its peak is often covered with snow. It’s hard to believe, but in Morocco, you can go skiing.

The High Atlas area is inhabited by Berber people who live spread around in villages and small towns.

The High Atlas is as well home to The Todgha Gorges, which is a great destination for outdoor sports such as hiking, rock climbing and rafting.

Todgha Gorge valley offers some of the best trekking in Morocco with its stunning landscapes that include waterfalls and sheer cliffs of Todgha Gorges. During the summer the gorge is dry, but in the rainy season, it can be totally flooded.

Ouzoud Falls

The Ouzoud Falls is situated in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The 110-meter-high, vigor waterfall is a rare sight in the hot and dry North Africa region. It is surrounded by small, charming Berber villages.

Argan trees with Goats

Goats on Argan trees may not be on the typical list of Moroccan landmarks, but whoever visits Morocco would like to see them. Argan trees grow in Morocco, mostly around Agadir and Essaouira.

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Ania James

photographer, traveller, mother of twin girls, wife, worldschooler, rulebreaker

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