Our journey across Morocco continued to three different cities and to the coastal regions, where the landscape was green and lush. The sky was very blue and we drove alongside first the Mediterranean sea and later the Atlantic. Here are some pictures from the final stops on our great Moroccan tour.
Not only desert and mountains! This is also Morocco, green fields and lush landscape.
We reached the capital of Morocco and political city Rabat on the Atlantic coast. There is almost two million inhabitants in the greater region and it was founded in 1146. This is the fourth, and last, royal city on our tour and it is the city where the king of Morocco spends most of his time. The medina of Rabat is small and not so commerical as the ones in Fes or Marrakech.
The medina of Rabat consists of basically a couple of shopping alleys, one for arts and handcraft and another one for utilities and food. There is a fortress overlooking the city and the harbour with some nice fish restaurants. The main attraction is the unfinished mosque, the Hassan II tower. Rabat is a beautiful little city overlooking the ocean.
Rabat on the Atlantic coast, the capital of Morocco since 1912.
The fortress in Rabat, it was built in the 12th century as launching point for attacks on Spain.
The mausoleum of Mohammed V, completed in 1971, contains his tomb together with the tomb of his son Hassan II who died in 1999.
The beautiful Bab Oudaia Gate is the entrance to the historic kasbah.
Colourful alley in the medina
Disco and Per both enjoyed their visit in the capital.
Chella, an old roman ruin site blended with newer arabic ruins, is worth a visit! Just a short drive outside Rabat.
After Rabat we continued to Casablanca. Let's be honest, the only romantic and mythical thing about Casablanca is the name of the city, that is shared with the classical Bogart-Bergman-movie from 1942. Casablanca is a big, industrial port with boring buildings and not very much to see. The best restaurants seem to be found in the five star hotels.
The film Casablanca was shot 100% in Hollywood but there is a replica of Rick's Cafe if you are a fan of the movie and that is a huge tourist attraction of course. Here you also find the only mosque in Morocco open to non-muslims, the beautiful Hassan II mosque.
Classic Bogart, art at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche hotel.
Hassan II mosque in Casablanca that was completed in 1993 is the world's second largest mosque. However the 210 meter high minaret is the largest in the whole world.
In Casablanca there is a cathedral called Sacre Coeur, build by the French but is not in use anymore. Approximately 1% of the population in Morroco are christian.
Five star Sofitel was one of the best things with Casablanca. We can strongly recommend it and they also welcome dogs.
Final stop on our great Morocco tour was the coastal town El Jadida, a beautiful genuine little pearl that we fell in love with. The medina of El Jadida is small and surounded by an old Portugese fortress. The breeze from the ocean is lovley and there are some nice restaurants as well. The pace is slow and not many tourists find their way here. There are good waves for surfing and long nice beaches.
We would actually like to go back and look at some small property in El Jadida, it would be great to have a place on the Atlantic coast when the heat hits Marrakech!
A touch of Tuscany, just 5 minutes outside El Jadida.
An underground water cistern from 1514, originally used as weapon storage
We had a truly amazing tour across Northern Morocco, it is a fantastic country with impressive and dramatic nature as well as very nice cities. This is without a doubt one of the best trips we have ever made, right into our top list next to Galapagos, Kenya, Borneo and Peru.
After a long trip and many new impressions we returned to our beloved Marrakech, still our favourite city, and met up with two Swedish friends for some fun days in the Red City.
Now we are back to our daily routines in Marrakech, have a great week!