Morocco Overview

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A stones throw from Europe, Morocco is by far the most accessible country in North Africa. Whether its recent colonial history or its geographical proximity to the European continent, generally speaking, Morocco is very comfortable to the western palate. The food, language and transport are easily within most peoples comfort zones, and in the big cities there more than enough familiar brands and franchises to soften any cultural blows you may be concerned about. Even venturing into the back country, Morocco is very moderate by north african standards. You'll see swimsuits at beaches, booze in the bars and surfaced roadways. But don't go thinking all the adventure and authenticity has been sanitised out of this diverse country. Take one step into Marrakesh's Jemaa El Fna Square and you'll quickly get that culture shock that travelling is all about. Morocco has something for everyone, no matter what spikes your interest odds are you'll be pleased with your choice to visit Morocco. There's beaches, mountains, desert wilderness, colonial towns, Roman ruins, mud brick citadels and some of the best souqs and old towns in the Islamic world. Plus with a decent transport network and very manageable distances, it's not difficult to experience all these options on a relatively short trip. For those wanting something that's more exotic than Europe, but still only a budget flight away, Morocco should be high on the list.

Ait Benhaddou
Ait Benhaddou
Fes
Fes
Essaouira
Essaouira
Western Sahara Desert
Western Sahara Desert
Eastern Mountains
Eastern Mountains
Marrakesh
Marrakesh
Moulay Idriss
Moulay Idriss
El Jadida
El Jadida
Meknes
Meknes
Casablanca
Casablanca
 
 

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Photography by Footside

Mountain Kasbah, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Mountain Kasbah, Eastern Mountains
City of Fes from hillside, Morocco
City of Fes from hillside
Basilica of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss
Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Western Sahara Desert
City Gate, Marrakesh, Morocco
City Gate, Marrakesh
Minaret in Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Minaret in Eastern Mountains
Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate, Fes, Morocco
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate, Fes
Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
Essaouira Town Walls, Morocco
Essaouira Town Walls
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou
El Jadida, Morocco
El Jadida
View of Ait Benhaddou from across the Ounila river, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou from across the Ounila river
View of the night market in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
View of the night market in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh
Small town with ruined Kasbah in a valley of the Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Small town with ruined Kasbah in a valley of the Eastern Mountains
Leather Tannery in the Old Medina of Fes, Morocco
Leather Tannery in the Old Medina of Fes
Capitoline Temple, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Capitoline Temple, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou
Jamaa el Fna Snake Charmers, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Snake Charmers, Marrakesh
Old Town Gate, Fes, Morocco
Old Town Gate, Fes
Bou Inania Madrasa, Meknes, Morocco
Bou Inania Madrasa, Meknes
Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Eastern Mountains
Western Sahara, Morocco
Western Sahara
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes
El Jadida Harbour, Morocco
El Jadida Harbour
Spice and Nut Vendor, Marrakesh, Morocco
Spice and Nut Vendor, Marrakesh
Essaouira Harbour, Morocco
Essaouira Harbour
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou
Ouarzazate Kasbah in the Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Kasbah in the Eastern Mountains
Essaouira Harbour and Portuguese fortifications, Morocco
Essaouira Harbour and Portuguese fortifications
Western Sahara Desert Camel Expedition, Morocco
Western Sahara Desert Camel Expedition
View of the sprawling city of Fes from the surrounding hillside, Morocco
View of the sprawling city of Fes from the surrounding hillside
View of Ait Benhaddou from the surrounding hillsides across the Ounila river, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou from the surrounding hillsides across the Ounila river
View of the Roman city of Volubilis near the modern town of Moulay Idriss, Arch of Caracalla on the left and Basilica of Volubilis on the right, Morocco
View of the Roman city of Volubilis near the modern town of Moulay Idriss, Arch of Caracalla on the left and Basilica of Volubilis on the right
Western Sahara Camel Expedition, Morocco
Western Sahara Camel Expedition
Volubilis Latin Inscriptions, Morocco
Volubilis Latin Inscriptions
Old Town Gate, Fes, Morocco
Old Town Gate, Fes
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou
Essaouira Fort, Morocco
Essaouira Fort
Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Eastern Mountains
Traditional Arch Gateway, Fes, Morocco
Traditional Arch Gateway, Fes
Meknes Minaret, Morocco
Meknes Minaret
Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Western Sahara Desert
Essaouira Beach, Morocco
Essaouira Beach
El Jadida Harbour, Morocco
El Jadida Harbour
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou
Meknes Old Town Gate, Morocco
Meknes Old Town Gate
Eastern Mountains Kasbah, Morocco
Eastern Mountains Kasbah
Meknes Alley, Morocco
Meknes Alley
Essaouira Fort, Morocco
Essaouira Fort
Ouarzazate Kasbah and walled town in the Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Kasbah and walled town in the Eastern Mountains
View of the town of Moulay Idriss and surround hills, Morocco
View of the town of Moulay Idriss and surround hills
Sunset at the Roman city of Volubilis, Morocco
Sunset at the Roman city of Volubilis
View of Ait Benhaddou from the opposite hillside, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou from the opposite hillside
The Jamaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh, Morocco
The Jamaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh

Aït Benhaddou

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View from opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from opposite hill
View from across Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from across Ounila River
View from New Town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from New Town
View of the Kasr, or fortified town, of Ait Benhaddou from surrounding hills, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of the Kasr, or fortified town, of Ait Benhaddou from surrounding hills

Ait Benhaddou is a traditional mud brick city on the edge of the eastern Atlas Mountains. Famous as the Hollywood backdrop to numerous movies including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia, this sprawling town creeps up the side of a small hill overlooking a fertile valley fed by a dwindling river. With its layer upon layer of red mud brick structures, elevated walk ways, walls and gates, Ait Behhaddou has all the feel of a remote desert outpost or Berber citadel. It will come as no surprise that this iconic set-piece has been earmarked for preservation and is only open to tourists during day light hours. Locals do still live within its walls, but for tourists, it's necessary to stay in the reasonably modern one-road town on the other side of the river. This is no great loss as Ait Benhaddou is one of the those places best appreciated from the outside looking in. Follow the winding road that connects the new town and you'll find some great vantage points to set your camera clicking. From ground level, the sheer size of the walled town is impressive. There are some neat walk ways, giant gates and watch towers at the base, but as you climb skyward these features turn into more mundane forms of dwelling. There are a scattering of shops which are open to the public, but you'll spend most of your time navigating the maze of access points, detours and stairways leading to the top. An effort that is well worth your time. Leading up to the top there are a few terraces from which to pause, take a breath and soak up the view. Push further to a small tower at the very summit of the hill for the ultimate panoramic vista of the valley. To do Ait Benhaddou as a day trip requires a bit of luck and good timing. Via public transport you need to get off at the highway and hope for a waiting share taxi to complete the journey. Obviously it's the same for the way back, with the likelihood of transport connections diminishing along with the day light hours. For any traveller with an interest in these preserved desert towns, and this is the best one in the country, staying locally is recommended. There are some fantastic hikes around the periphery of Ait Benhaddou so do yourself a favour and budget a night out here.

Close up view of town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
Close up view of town
View of farming fields and town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of farming fields and town
View of the intricate Kasbah structures, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of the intricate Kasbah structures
View from the Granary above the town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from the Granary above the town
View from the Granary above the town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from the Granary above the town
View of the intricate Kasbah structures, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of the intricate Kasbah structures
View from across Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from across Ounila River
View from Entrance Gates to town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from Entrance Gates to town
View from opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from opposite hill
View of Ait Benhaddou from across the Ounila River with tourist being transported by donkeys, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou from across the Ounila River with tourist being transported by donkeys
View of Ait Benhaddou from the hill opposite which offers great view of the preserved town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou from the hill opposite which offers great view of the preserved town
View from the New Town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from the New Town
Zoomed in view of Old Town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
Zoomed in view of Old Town
View from the Granary above the town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from the Granary above the town
View from opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from opposite hill
View of defensive walls, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of defensive walls
View from across the Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from across the Ounila River
View from opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from opposite hill
View from across the Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from across the Ounila River
View from across the Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View from across the Ounila River
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town on the right and New Town on the left with the Ounila River in between, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town on the right and New Town on the left with the Ounila River in between
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town from near the entrance gate by the Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town from near the entrance gate by the Ounila River
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town and surrounding valley from the opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Ait Benhaddou Old Town and surrounding valley from the opposite hill
View of the New Town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of the New Town
View inside the Old Town, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View inside the Old Town
View of Old Town from across the Ounila River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Old Town from across the Ounila River
View of Old Town from opposite hill, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Old Town from opposite hill
View of Old Town Walls from across the River, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Old Town Walls from across the River
View of Old Town Kasbah, Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
View of Old Town Kasbah

Fes

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Leather Tannery in Old Medina, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Leather Tannery in Old Medina
Old Town Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Old Town Gate
View of Old Town and Roman Ruins, Fes, Fez, Morocco
View of Old Town and Roman Ruins
Traditional Arch Gateway, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Traditional Arch Gateway
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate
Shopkeeper selling wares, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Shopkeeper selling wares

The Imperial cities of Meknes and Fes are only separated by 30 minutes worth of train tracks but are easily a world apart. Both are huge sprawling cities, but while Meknes is concreted suburbia clinging to its past, Fes is a mud-brick metropolis with no interest in modernising. The medina of Fez suffers from precisely the same shortcomings as Meknes. The laneways are at times a torturous labyrinth, the mosques are closed and the Madersas afford limited access. The main difference between the two however, is that the medina of Fes is simply massive. It is guaranteed that you will get hopelessly lost within Fes. So you have the choice of hiring a local guide (which I regret not doing) or just keep on walking until hopefully you reach the outer limits and the medina walls. The walls are pierced by a number of huge domed gates, standing from the outside looking in gives the visitor the appearence of a time warp. The best known sight, and smell for that matter, within Fes are the famed tanneries. In what must be one of the world's toughest jobs, men work waist deep in huge vats of dye, tanning various animal skins, which are tailored into leather products. The smell of the dye as it simmers beneath the hot sun is indescribably foul and can be smelt from beyond the medina walls. If the immensity of the Fes medina starts to become an irritation, one of the best ways to appreciate its epic size is to head for an elevated viewing point outside the city. Borj Sud is a hill on the southern tip of the medina and provides a stunning panorama of the old town sprawling across the green valley. It is from this perspective that you really grasp how ancient and densely populated the medina is. Spending countless hours and walking far too many kilometres through the old towns of both cities, it's easy to reach the limits of your enjoyment. Sure they offer an interesting insight into life centuries ago; just make sure you have your patience shoes on. Some very comfortable patience shoes at that.

Leather Tannery, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Leather Tannery
Fes Old Medina, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Old Medina
Old Town Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Old Town Gate
Panoramic view of the Leather Tannery within the Old Medina in Fes, Fez, Morocco
Panoramic view of the Leather Tannery within the Old Medina in Fes
Panoramic of the Old and New towns of Fes from the surrounding hills, Fez, Morocco
Panoramic of the Old and New towns of Fes from the surrounding hills
Gate to the Old Medina, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Gate to the Old Medina
Roman Ruins, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Roman Ruins
Fes City Walls, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes City Walls
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Bab Bou Jeloud Gate
Traditional House, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Traditional House
The Blue Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
The Blue Gate
View of Fes Medina, Fes, Fez, Morocco
View of Fes Medina
Fes Medina Gate, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Medina Gate
Leather Tannery, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Leather Tannery
Fes Old Town, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Old Town
Fes Old Town, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Old Town
Fes Old Town, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Old Town
Leather Tannery, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Leather Tannery
Fes Old Town and Roman Ruin, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Fes Old Town and Roman Ruin
Leather Tannery, Fes, Fez, Morocco
Leather Tannery

Essaouira

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View of the Medina from the Harbour, Essaouira, Morocco
View of the Medina from the Harbour
Town Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
Town Walls
Essaouira Beach, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira Beach
Essaouira Beach, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira Beach
Town Walls and Buildings, Essaouira, Morocco
Town Walls and Buildings
Gate to the Medina from Harbour, Essaouira, Morocco
Gate to the Medina from Harbour

The western coast of Morocco is a completely different world from the rest of the country. Forget the heat, the dust and the red colour that seems to permeate everything out east, by the Atlantic it's all about fresh air, blue horizons and a palpably laid-back atmosphere. Sure the west features the big cities of Casablanca and Rabat, but it's the small towns, just out of reach of these metropolitan monsters that make the west what such great area to travel through. Essaouira is one of those places that draw you in and provide a totally different view of Morocco. Rightly seen as one of Morocco's premier tourist destinations, it boasts long stretches of uninterrupted surf beach and a photogenic blend of French era fortifications and white-washed facades. Perched right on the rocks of the Atlantic, Essaouira is a sleepy fishing town with a pedestrianised medina completely enclosed by a series of walls and turrets. The western walls feature a number of restored colonial cannons, and provide a spectacular platform for viewing the ocean sunset. Quite obviously the relaxing environment has rubbed off on its inhabitants. This is one place where the cashed up tourist wont be set upon by touts, vendors or scammers. Even souvenir shops lazily open their doors only just prior to midday and it seems the entire town doesn't get going until mid afternoon when the small harbour is once again filled with the seemingly rusted wrecks (but oddly still operational) of the towns fishing fleet. With circling swarms of seagulls, the harbour becomes a buzz with voices of fisherman selling their catch under gas powered lights and the swirling smell and crackling sizzle of small stands grilling one's fresh purchase for a small fee. Essaouria is one of the highlights of Morocco. It's refreshing, it's beautiful, but beware, it's very tempting to stay longer than planned.

Fortified Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
Fortified Walls
Moroccan Dry Dock, Essaouira, Morocco
Moroccan Dry Dock
Shoreline, Essaouira, Morocco
Shoreline
Harbour Scala, Essaouira, Morocco
Harbour Scala
Harbour Gate to Medina, Essaouira, Morocco
Harbour Gate to Medina
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
View from Essaouira Beach of the Medina and City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
View from Essaouira Beach of the Medina and City Walls
View of the City Walls of Essaouira during sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
View of the City Walls of Essaouira during sunset
View of the Harbour Gate to the Old Medina on the left and the Genoese built Citadel on the right, Essaouira, Morocco
View of the Harbour Gate to the Old Medina on the left and the Genoese built Citadel on the right
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
Town at night, Essaouira, Morocco
Town at night
City Walls sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls sunset
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
Fishing Boats, Essaouira, Morocco
Fishing Boats
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
Defensive Structure, Essaouira, Morocco
Defensive Structure
Old Canon, Essaouira, Morocco
Old Canon
Harbour Sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
Harbour Sunset
Essaouira Beach, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira Beach
Sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
Sunset
View of City Walls and daily life in Essaouira, Morocco
View of City Walls and daily life in Essaouira
View of the beach, harbour and citadel at sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
View of the beach, harbour and citadel at sunset
Essaouira Beach, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira Beach
Harbour, Essaouira, Morocco
Harbour
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
City Walls, Essaouira, Morocco
City Walls
Inner Square, Essaouira, Morocco
Inner Square
Sunset, Essaouira, Morocco
Sunset

Sahara Desert

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Village in Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara, Morocco
Village in Dadès Gorges
Camel Expedition, Western Sahara, Morocco
Camel Expedition
Near Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara, Morocco
Near Dadès Gorges
Camel Expedition, Western Sahara, Morocco
Camel Expedition
Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Large Sand Dune, Western Sahara, Morocco
Large Sand Dune

It takes a good day of driving hard east to the middle-of-nowhere town of Merzouga, only 20 kilometres from the Algerian border. Boasting a pocket of the Saharan desert at its heels, this massive sea of sand has rolling dunes that are near picture perfect. This is 'the' jumping off point for camel trips into the desert and a night in Berber tents under the stars. The itinerary is purpose built for tourists, a couple hours (not too much to hurt or become boring, but enough to say "I rode through the Sahara") on a camel into the setting sun, before coming to a fairly comfortable camp site where dinner is ready and waiting. The night is a low key affair, and with an absence of anything to do, it was early to bed. Morning sunrise is obviously a must, especially when going to bed so early. Some pretty high dunes make for great vantage points to appreciate the clear blue sky and golden sands. Looking around you could certainly fool yourself into thinking you were in the middle of the Sahara, and in reality the desert is the desert no matter where you are. It's just nice that this part is so accessible. Indeed to prove this point, those aforementioned independent travellers (who only begrudgingly accepted this tour) and I decided to cast off the shackles of our guides and walk back from the camp to the starting point. I gotta say, this was probably the best part of the trip. There was a kind of intimacy with the landscape that you lose when you're inside an air-conditioned minivan or riding on top of a camel with 20 other people. Walking with sand in your shoes at ground level you appreciate the sound of silence, the heat of the sun and you notice the little things the desert has to offer. The small scorpions and dung beetles tracking their way across the sand reminds you of the harshness of your surroundings. With the fear of straying across the very sensitive border just over our shoulders we barely managed to keep in view of our party's camel train. Fortunately it wasn't so far and the position of the sun was a constant, I think we arrived at the staging point less than an hour after the camels which wasn't bad. After this, it was back to the reality of tour-life. Back in the van and a long drive back to where we came from. Still, as much as I bemoan the tour, like it or not, it's the only reasonable way to get to these far reaching areas without private transportation.

Sand Dunes, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sand Dunes
Highway to Sahara Desert, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Highway to Sahara Desert
Bedouin Camp, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Bedouin Camp
Ruined Kasbah, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Ruined Kasbah
Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
A small village in the Dadès Gorges area on the way out to the Sahara Desert, Western Sahara, Morocco
A small village in the Dadès Gorges area on the way out to the Sahara Desert
Western Sahara Desert Camel Expedition, Western Sahara, Morocco
Western Sahara Desert Camel Expedition
Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Camel in the Desert, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Camel in the Desert
Gorge on road to Sahara, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Gorge on road to Sahara
Bedouin Camp, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Bedouin Camp
Desert Highway, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Desert Highway
Bedouin Camp, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Bedouin Camp
An area of the Dadès Gorges on the road out to the Sahara Desert, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
An area of the Dadès Gorges on the road out to the Sahara Desert
A small village in the Dadès Gorges area on the way out to the Sahara Desert, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
A small village in the Dadès Gorges area on the way out to the Sahara Desert
View of a traditional Bedouin Camp from surrounding sand dunes, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
View of a traditional Bedouin Camp from surrounding sand dunes
Road to Sahara, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Road to Sahara
Dadès Gorges, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Camel Expedition, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Camel Expedition
Bedouin Camp, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Bedouin Camp
Bedouin Camp, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Bedouin Camp
Sand Dunes, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sand Dunes
Small Oasis, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Small Oasis
Sand Dunes, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Sand Dunes
Desert Highway, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Desert Highway
Todgha Gorge, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge, Western Sahara Desert, Morocco
Todgha Gorge

Eastern Mountains

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Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Unknown Kasbah on Highway, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Unknown Kasbah on Highway
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Minaret, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Minaret
Ouarzazate shop, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate shop
Highway Mountain Pass, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway Mountain Pass

The primary staging point for the eastern mountains and anything beyond is the provincial town of Ourzazate. For the independent traveller on a tight time frame, this is pretty much the end of the line, being one of the last places from which you can latch onto a tour into the desert. If you want to push on yourself, expect slow and infrequent transfer times and don't expect to get exactly where you want to, when you want to. Think more general vicinity than bang on target. And if your ultimate hope are the sand dunes of Merzouga, then know that the Berber cartels that run all the camel tours and own all of the hotels in this outpost, also hold all the cards. I was reliably informed by travellers who had gallantly made it that far, that an independent traveller can expect to pay through the roof for these services… think of it as half punishment, half protectionism. The idea is if they don't get their money out of you from the tours, they'll more than make up for it once you get there. And guess what, once you're there, there's no other options. Having made it that far, and being so close to the Sahara there's no way you're going to turn and head on back and they all know it. Have a look around and crunch the prices and times that work for you then it's time to jump on a tour. Well, tour is being generous. It's a minivan with a disgruntled driver and a couple of other budget travellers who also thought they could make it solo. But before this, there's a few points of interest in Ourzazate worth exploring. Too many tours from Marrakesh shoot straight on through, but those with a bit of time can easily walk to the eastern edge of town and check out a pretty decent Kasbah. Although impressive in size, only a small section of its towers are open to the public, but nonetheless, the surrounding grounds and alleys are open and free to explore. A short drive away and you'll find the picture perfect kasbah of Skoura, so picture perfect that it makes the 50 Dirham bank note. Unfortunately the restoration job was so extensive that it actually looks like some modern construction you'd find on the hotel strip of Las Vegas. Further east, the drive takes you through the Rose Valley, famous for its amazing rock formations and landscapes of the same colour. Dotted through this region are an enormous number of crumbling Kasbahs, either standing sentinel high on cliffs or occasionally surrounded and incorporated into new smaller townships. The roads over these mountains are surprising good. Massive looping switchbacks take you up to heights where literally your ears pop and even in summer there's snow in the distance. And this is the road to the rolling dunes of the Sahara Desert which gives you a good indication of the altitude of these roads. Pushing north-east to the Todra Gorge was a strange experience. Having gone through an entire day of driving and seeing very few other vehicles I expected to be somewhere in the middle of nowhere. To my surprise the Gorge was literally filled with families picnicking and socialising. There was kind of a carnival atmosphere, kids running around, music being played from portable speakers and photographs being taken. There is no doubt the Gorge itself is deep, but it's the narrowness that produces a feeling of claustrophobia. Walking through the Gorge is definitely a worthwhile experience, but as with all tours there's little time to sit and appreciate your surroundings.

Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Highway Mountain Pass, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway Mountain Pass
Todgha Gorge, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Remote Mountain Valley, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Remote Mountain Valley
Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Highway Mountain Pass, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway Mountain Pass
Todgha Gorge, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
View of the well preserved Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
View of the well preserved Ouarzazate Old Town
View of a section of the Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
View of a section of the Dadès Gorges
View of a section of the Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
View of a section of the Dadès Gorges
Highway Mountain Pass, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway Mountain Pass
Highway Mountain Pass, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway Mountain Pass
High Atlas Mountains, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
High Atlas Mountains
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Ouarzazate Shop, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Shop
Village in Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Village in Dadès Gorges
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Village in Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Village in Dadès Gorges
Todgha Gorge, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
View of the well preserved Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
View of the well preserved Ouarzazate Old Town
Ouarzazate New Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate New Town
Todgha Gorge, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Highway, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Highway
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Ouarzazate Old Town, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Ouarzazate Old Town
Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Dadès Gorges
Todgha Gorge, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Todgha Gorge
Dadès Gorges, Eastern Mountains, Morocco
Dadès Gorges

Marrakesh

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Bab Agnaou Gate, Marrakesh, Morocco
Bab Agnaou Gate
Snake Charmers in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Snake Charmers in Jamaa el Fna
Nuts and Spices in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Nuts and Spices in Jamaa el Fna
Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh, Morocco
Koutoubia Mosque
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Medina Walls, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Walls

Marrakesh is the untamed cultural animal of Morocco. Try as the tourist authorities have to soften this city's style, it remains raw, and above all, it remains legendary. This is the place you come to see snake charmers and magic shows, or dine in the rows of outdoor food stores simmering with smoke and the flavour of north african spice. All this can be had on the cheap within the confines of the famed Jemaa El Fna square. This square is without a doubt the centre piece of Marrakesh. After sunset is when Jemaa El Fna comes into its own and erupts into a heaving mass of humanity. This is where commerce meets the spectacular; where food stalls, tea carts and any number of wild performances compete for the attention (and Dirham!) of a crowd all too eager to lap it up. This is after all why you come to Marrakesh, and apart from being right in amongst it, the next best place to enjoy this outdoor circus is any of the primetime rooftop restaurants that surround the square. While Jemaa El Fna is the throbbing heart of the medina, the maze of alleys act as the arteries to funnel both goods and pedestrians to the outer reaches. As with most medinas, navigation by the newcomer is a problem. Made even more difficult by the high and narrow alleys that block the sight of any natural landmarks. Each turn, bend and dead end all look remarkably the same and forget the presence of street names. The medina is enclosed by red earthern walls, which are run down and a bit tatty. There really is no reason to go beyond these walls as the gateways merely open out onto a further unimpressive new town. This new area is complete with all the litter, graffiti and insane drivers that characterise most industrialised centres in north Africa. Having said that, one large portal, the Bab Er Rob, is worth pushing out to. Keeping to the medina there are a number of decent, but not blockbuster, sites to occupy yourself. The Badi Palace is merely a shell of its former self, having been laboriously (and near completely) destroyed and dismantled over 25 years. The Bahia Palace, although restored, remains unfortunately bare, except for a few exquisite tile mosaics. And the Koutoubia Minaret provides a towering display of islamic architecture. In addition to these, it's the hidey-holes of souqs, tanneries and hammans that otherwise give life to the medina and can themselves be drawcards. But have no doubt, the jewel in the crown of Marrakesh, as it has been for hundreds of years, is the Jemaa El Fna. This square alone, should put a night or two in Marrakesh. Definetly at the top of anyone's Morocco to-do list.

Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Medina Alleyway, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Alleyway
Bahia Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco
Bahia Palace
Medina Gateway, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Gateway
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
El Badi Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco
El Badi Palace
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Bab Agnaou Gate, Marrakesh, Morocco
Bab Agnaou Gate
Nuts and Spices in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Nuts and Spices in Jamaa el Fna
The Jamaa el Fna Square which is the focal point of Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
The Jamaa el Fna Square which is the focal point of Marrakesh
The Bab Agnaou Gate one of the most famous in Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
The Bab Agnaou Gate one of the most famous in Marrakesh
Small gate to Medina, Marrakesh, Morocco
Small gate to Medina
El Badi Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco
El Badi Palace
Bab Agnaou Gate, Marrakesh, Morocco
Bab Agnaou Gate
Medina Walls, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Walls
Sunset, Marrakesh, Morocco
Sunset
El Badi Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco
El Badi Palace
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
Tea in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Tea in Jamaa el Fna
Snake Charmers in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Snake Charmers in Jamaa el Fna
Tea in Jamaa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
Tea in Jamaa el Fna
Medina Alleyway, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Alleyway
Bahia Palace, Marrakesh, Morocco
Bahia Palace
Medina Alleyway, Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina Alleyway
The Bab Agnaou Gate one of the most famous in Marrakesh, Marakech, Morocco
The Bab Agnaou Gate one of the most famous in Marrakesh
Jamaa el Fna Night Market, Marrakesh,  Marakech, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna Night Market
View of the Medina Walls, Marrakesh, Marakech, Morocco
View of the Medina Walls

Moulay Idriss

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Moulay Idriss from nearby hillside, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Moulay Idriss from nearby hillside
The Capitoline Temple, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
The Capitoline Temple, Volubilis
Basilica of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis
Moulay Idriss Town, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Moulay Idriss Town
Volubilis Mosaic, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Volubilis Mosaic
Basilica of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis

Only 20 minutes from Meknes, the whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss proudly looks down upon a vast green landscape of rich plains and rolling hills. Until the mid 20th Century it was forbidden for non-muslims to stay overnight in this religious settlement. Home to the mausoleum of its namesake, Moulay Idriss was the great grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. There is a certain air of purity and serenity here: the town sits atop a glorious hilltop, with fresh white painted housing offsetting the clean blue sky above. Unfortunately the mausoleum remains closed to non-muslims, who are only afforded a narrow peak of the entrance via the approaching alley. A pleasant 4 kilometre walk back down the hillside not only enables a stunning panoramic view of a sundrenched Moulay Idriss, but just happens to be the location of the ruined Roman city of Volubilis. The term 'ruin' is certainly adept, however it is by no means intended as a derogatory description. The majority of the site is rubble, with only the foundations remaining. Even so, the general layout of the city is obvious and some well preserved mosaics have been unearthed. Portions of the main colonnade are still standing; however the centre piece is the basilica. The adjacent Capitol, originally dedicated to Jupiter, consists of a stepped platform with columns, topped with nesting storks. To the north stands the solidly built Triumphal Arch which during its heyday acted as the gateway to the city. Volubilis attracts few tourists, and outside of popular tour bus times, the site stands as peacefully isolated as Moulay Idriss. Whilst basic compared to other Roman ruins, the spectacular backdrop of fertile hills and deep sunsets gives Volubilis the aura of an abandoned outpost. Though an easy day trip from Meknes, Moulay Idriss is best appreciated without time constraints and is highly recommended as a destination in and of itself.

Arch of Caracalla, Volubilis, Morocco
Arch of Caracalla, Volubilis
View of Moulay Idriss, Morocco
View of Moulay Idriss
Basilica of Volubilis, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis
View of surrounding hills from Volubilis, Morocco
View of surrounding hills from Volubilis
Sunset at Volubilis, Morocco
Sunset at Volubilis
Roman Tablet at Volubilis, Morocco
Roman Tablet at Volubilis
Road to Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Road to Moulay Idriss
Moulay Idriss at Night, Morocco
Moulay Idriss at Night
View of Moulay Idriss, Morocco
View of Moulay Idriss
The Capitoline Temple in the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Morocco
The Capitoline Temple in the Roman Ruins of Volubilis
The Roman Ruins of Volubilis at sunset, Morocco
The Roman Ruins of Volubilis at sunset
The town of Moulay Idriss at dusk, Morocco
The town of Moulay Idriss at dusk
Arch of Caracalla, Volubilis, Morocco
Arch of Caracalla, Volubilis
Volubilis Latin Inscriptions, Morocco
Volubilis Latin Inscriptions
Basilica of Volubilis, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis
View in Moulay Idriss, Morocco
View in Moulay Idriss
Volubilis Mosaic, Morocco
Volubilis Mosaic
Basilica of Volubilis, Morocco
Basilica of Volubilis
Moulay Idriss from the road, Morocco
Moulay Idriss from the road
Arch of Caracalla inscription, Morocco
Arch of Caracalla inscription
Capitoline Temple, Volubilis, Morocco
Capitoline Temple, Volubilis
View of the Basilica and Capitoline Temple in the Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Morocco
View of the Basilica and Capitoline Temple in the Roman Ruins of Volubilis
View of the town of Moulay Idriss, Morocco
View of the town of Moulay Idriss
View of the Roman city of Volubilis near the modern town of Moulay Idriss, Arch of Caracalla on the left and Basilica of Volubilis on the right, Morocco
View of the Roman city of Volubilis near the modern town of Moulay Idriss, Arch of Caracalla on the left and Basilica of Volubilis on the right
Roman Ruins of Volubilis at sunset, Morocco
Roman Ruins of Volubilis at sunset
Arch of Caracalla on the right and Basilica of Volubilis in the centre, Morocco
Arch of Caracalla on the right and Basilica of Volubilis in the centre
Road to Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Road to Moulay Idriss
Volubilis Roman Ruins, Morocco
Volubilis Roman Ruins
Moulay Idriss at Night, Morocco
Moulay Idriss at Night

El Jadida

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City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
City Walls
View from City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
View from City Walls
Entrance to Harbour, El Jadida, Morocco
Entrance to Harbour

Sharing the same coastline and being only a few hours north of Essaouria, its easy to draw unfair expectations that El Jadida is an Essaouria II. Perched overlooking the Atlantic, El Jadida has sweeping open beaches, a small Portuguese fort and a run down harbour. But even these comparisons are generous. A swimming beach this certainly is not. Maybe it was just bad timing but the seaweed was up and the surf was down, in either case the prospect of jumping in was just not appealing. Truly the biggest let down was the old fort. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, I was shocked to see its serious state of disrepair. Whilst the walls and ramparts remained accessible and in good condition, the outside was littered with rubbish, debris and graffiti. Don't get me wrong, there are some unique aspects to the old town of El Jadida, for instance there's a strange cohabitation where European inspired churches sit within a short distance of traditional mosques. Ultimately it was rather small and in some parts depressing. Some of the buildings were crumbling and abandoned and there was a real lack of life within the town walls. Few tourists and fewer locals. Still, it was peaceful and perhaps appropriate given the graveyard of rusted fishing trawlers in the adjacent harbour. The rest of El Jadida is a small and simple town. Easily walkable but rather featureless. Again there's a relaxed atmosphere, but this is probably more to do with its deserted feel. It certainly doesn't have the credentials of Essaouria, but for an easy stop along the west coast, in retrospect it wasn't as bad as I initially thought.

City Walls and Harbour area, El Jadida, Morocco
City Walls and Harbour area
City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
City Walls
City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
City Walls
Guard Tower, El Jadida, Morocco
Guard Tower
El Jadida Beach, El Jadida, Morocco
View from City Walls
Tower in the Medina, El Jadida, Morocco
Tower in the Medina
Portuguese Architecture, El Jadida, Morocco
Portuguese Architecture
Old Town Defenses, El Jadida, Morocco
Old Town Defenses
Old Church, El Jadida, Morocco
Old Church
Harbour at low tide, El Jadida, Morocco
Harbour at low tide
Outer Harbour, El Jadida, Morocco
Outer Harbour
View from City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
El Jadida Beach
View from City Walls, El Jadida, Morocco
View from City Walls
Entrance to Harbour, El Jadida, Morocco
Entrance to Harbour
Entrance to Harbour, El Jadida, Morocco
Entrance to Harbour

Meknes

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Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
City Gate, Meknes, Morocco
City Gate
Meknes Old Town Walls, Meknes, Morocco
Meknes Old Town Walls
Deserted Alleyway, Meknes, Morocco
Deserted Alleyway
Old Town Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Old Town Gate
Traditional Architecture, Meknes, Morocco
Traditional Architecture

The Imperial cities of Meknes and Fez are only separated by 30 minutes worth of train tracks but are easily a world apart. Both are huge sprawling cities, but while Meknes is concreted suburbia clinging to its past, Fez is a mud-brick metropolis with no interest in modernising. Although Meknes was the seat of power for the legendary Moroccan ruler Moulay Ismail and was subsequently endowed with a formidable perimeter of protective walls, there are disappointingly few historical sites of interest in the city. The premier attraction, Bab El-Mansour, is an enormous gateway to the southern part of the Medina. More reminiscent of the grand arches of Central Asia, the fine detail and colouring of the Bab Gate is somewhat faded, however it comes to life in the afternoon sun. A few hundred meters behind the gate lies the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. The tiled entry leads through a series of chambers to the tomb itself. The simple fountain in the centre is in stark contrast to the intensely detailed woodcarvings and tiled mosaics that line the room. The northern section of the medina is typically uninspiring and quite standard when compared to others. As with most medinas in Morocco, the cobble stone alleys wind their way unpredictably through a repetition of small shop fronts and laneways. Traditionally the medina was the lifeblood of a settlement, with heaving souqs and markets trading all of life's essentials. Unfortunately in Meknes and most other medinas, these elements have given way to a tiresome overkill of multi-lingual schemers. These greasy operators sole purpose is to offload extortionately priced trash to the unrelenting swell of tourists that funnel through. Of course, there are small pockets of peace and authenticity, just don't expect to find them easily. With most mosques closed to non-muslims, the only other sources of interest within the medina are the religious schools or Madersas. The Bou Inania Madersa is one of the oldest in Meknes, though unfortunately only the front courtyard is open to the public, which again features a small fountain and extensive tile work. Spending countless hours and walking far too many kilometres through the old towns of both cities, it's easy to reach the limits of your enjoyment. Sure they offer an interesting insight into life centuries ago; just make sure you have your patience shoes on. Some very comfortable patience shoes at that.

Bou Inania Madrasa, Meknes, Morocco
Bou Inania Madrasa
Old Town Minaret, Meknes, Morocco
Old Town Minaret
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
Old Town Walls, Meknes, Morocco
Old Town Walls
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Bou Inania Madrasa, Meknes, Morocco
Bou Inania Madrasa
Traditional Architecture, Meknes, Morocco
Traditional Architecture
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
Dar El Makhzen Palace, Meknes, Morocco
Dar El Makhzen Palace
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
City Walls, Meknes, Morocco
City Walls
Bab Mansour Gate, Meknes, Morocco
Bab Mansour Gate
City Walls, Meknes, Morocco
City Walls

Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque

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Hassan II Mosque and Great Square, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan II Mosque and Great Square
Entrance to Mosque, Hassan II Mosque, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Entrance to Mosque
Mosque on Water, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Mosque on Water

As the airline transport hub of Morocco, Casablanca was scheduled merely as a transitory blip and afforded less than half a day. One would think this would severely narrow down one's touristic options, but you would be surprised how little there is to actually do here. Sure there are some nice beaches and it's a big city so there are all the big-city things to do, but none of that is really why you come to Morocco. With time running short, it's hard to go past the monumental Hassan II mosque. This is 'the' icon of Casablanca. More like a giant lighthouse, this epic construction sits upon a rocky outpost of land jutting into the Atlantic. At night the whole thing lights up and shoots a green lazer beam in the direction of Mecca. A few kilometers up the road is the 'corniche' entertainment district. It's all flashing lights and restaurants. I went through there and didn't take my camera out once. Enough said.

Grand Doors to Mosque, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Grand Doors to Mosque
Outside hallway of Mosque, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Outside hallway of Mosque
Fountain, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Fountain
Entrance Doors, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Entrance Doors
Mosque at night, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Mosque at night
Great Square, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Great Square
Entrance Doorway, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Entrance Doorway
Mosque and Minaret, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Mosque and Minaret
Covered Arches, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Covered Arches
Great Square, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Great Square
Great Square, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Great Square
Side of Great Square, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Side of Great Square
Great Square, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Great Square
Entrance Area, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Entrance Area
Entrance Area, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Entrance Area
Massive Doors, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Massive Doors
Mosque on water, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Mosque on water
Mosque at night, Hassan II Mosque, Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Mosque at night