Travelling In Morocco
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Travelling In Morocco is an agency that is specialized in organizing desert tours throughout Morocco. Offering different excursions and making travelers discover the best of our country is our main goal. As a result, we try our best to be there and help as much as we can to make our organized tours unforgettable experiences that our clients will remember their whole lives.
Not to mention that we are a group of tour guides and drivers that have a wide experience in dealing with tourists and we are recommended for that on Tripadvisor. At first, and since the very young ages, we were working as camel drives in the Merzouga desert, offering only camel tours. At that time, we had many tourists telling us that we are doing well in organizing services and that we should create a website. We thought a lot about the idea that soon enough turned to be a dream. We were very happy in the desert, as we’re getting more and more happy clients from all over the world.
Fortunately, we were among the lucky ones who had the chance to study and know more about the world. Our lives were all about tourism and nothing else, that is why we made a final decision to create a website where we can invite people from all over the world to see the beauty of our country and discover our cultures.
The Sahara deserts like never before
Morocco's historical and architectural monuments
Travelling In Morocco to discover the landmarks!
Below are some of the best and the most booked tours itineraries. We customized these road trips according to previous plans requested by our clients. However, if none of them suit what you are looking for, please fill in our contact form with your needs.
What customers say about Travelling In Morocco:
Travelling In Morocco is great!
“We are very happy to have contracted with them. We had very good advice for our tour. Always a different and friendly treatment from both Said and Mohamed. They have shown great professionalism and efficiency in their work. Everything contracted was fulfilled as planned. No doubt I will come back to consult you on our next vacation.”
Best accommodations ever!
“The places are all amazing. It's worth it thousand times over! Travelling In Morocco's agency services were impeccable, with all the people involved! Everything was excellent! Professional, organized, and careful to the smallest details. Our very friendly and knowledgeable guide Hassan assisted us at all times, even after the excursion. Very good accommodations and dinners. Totally recommended!”
Morocco in 4 days!
“We have done a 4-day tour from Marrakech to Fes through the Merzouga desert and it has been an unforgettable experience. We were lucky enough to spend those days with Mohamed, the driver, a native of Merzouga. Who made our trip more authentic. We have been able to see how the Berber people live since he has responded patiently to all our curiosities. We were very sorry to have to say goodbye to him. Surely, we would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to Morocco. ”
Thanks Youssef and Said!
“An unforgettable experience. At first, we contacted Youssef and he made the trip a unique experience. We started the tour from Tangier to Marrakech by the desert dunes, with a great guide Said. We traveled to the desert and hallucinated, especially by sleeping in the middle of the desert under the stars, we enjoyed a lot of the landscape of Morocco from north to south. Thanks Youssef & Said, you are a great family who have taught us another culture and habits, and a different way of seeing life.”
We love Travelling In Morocco!
“We had only a few days and could not make the 3 day and 2 night excursion in the desert. They offered us the option to do only one night, pick us up in Fes, go to the desert and the next day take us to Marrakech. Our private guide, Aziz, did a great job, taking us to see different places, explaining many things. Laughing and showing a lot of interest in learning many languages (he already speaks it half!). Without a doubt, this is an experience that is 100% recommended! Next time we will do more nights in the desert! Thanks Travelling In Morocco”
Best camel rides and blue city
“The truth is that the trip was better than expected. We started contacting Travelling Morocco agency and booked a trip. With absolute punctuality a lot of help from Mohamed the driver a very happy Berber boy, always with a smile, very good driver and a good connoisseur of the desert. It is spectacular how young nomads adapt to all languages, learn with people. A very long but spectacular return to visit Fez the cultural capital, go to Dades, Gorges of Todra to finish in Chefchaouen to the blue city with two young and very instructed guides we learned of their cities and of the Islamism.”
Top sites to visit with Travelling In Morocco:
There are many beautiful places and stunning activities you will experience with Travelling in Morocco. Therefore, we list them for you below so that you have an idea of what you are traveling to.
The list doesn’t contain all the details. If you would love to include any city, activity or a stop in your travel with us, please feel free to ask.
Marrakech was founded in 1071 by the sovereign Youssef Ibn Tachfin of the Almoravid dynasty. That is to say, Because the Almoravids were a very religious people, it is already at that time that the city of Marrakech sees in its streets to build many mosques with minarets. Pointing to the sky as well as Koranic schools to train future imams. In parallel with the construction of religious buildings. Also, because many of the city’s craftsmen came to this period from Cordoba or Seville, Spain. Monuments that are now typical of Marrakech such as the red ramparts and various gates of the city, were built in the city.
In the hands of Almohads:
In the twelfth century, the city passed into the hands of the Almohads. From the High Atlas, who exterminated the Almoravids and destroyed the many works of these people. From this period, there remains in the city of Marrakech the famous Koutoubia mosque. In addition to that, the power of its exterior architecture makes it one of the most beautiful Moroccan expressions of Moorish art. The Bab Agnaou gate was also erected at this time.
While several peoples succeeded one another at the head of the red city after the Almohade dynasty. Marrakech was neglected for several years. It was not until the sixteenth century and the seizure of the city by the Saadians that Marrakech regained its luster. The magnificent El Badi Palace, located in the Mellah district, remains one of the most beautiful sites to visit in the ochre city. It was erected by Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Dhahbi in honor of the victory of his army over the Portuguese enemy during the “Battle of the Three Kings”. Which put an end to the plans for the conquest of Morocco by Portugal. You also suspect that the tomb of the Saadians dates from this great era…
During the Alaouites power:
As the Alaouites take power from the Saadians, the city of Marrakech will lose interest in the eyes of these people who will choose Meknes as their imperial city. It will then wait until 1912 and the French protectorate for the city to evolve again and see the new district of Guéliz appear. It is in this neighborhood that we find the headquarters of companies and banks. Also, major luxury brands and fashion stores, the city administration. Even more, several world restaurants and mythical cafes can be found there.
Marrakech is not only a top city to visit but also a starting point of our Travelling In Morocco agency’s tours.
The history of Fez marries the history of Morocco of which it is the 1st Muslim city. For a long time capital then rival of Marrakech or Meknes or Rabat. Today. Fez is the spiritual capital of the country.
Foundation of Fez:
Before the arrival of the Arabs, this territory was populated by Berbers. It is also after. Schematically then, the Arabs are city dwellers, the Berbers more rural.
Fez was founded in 788 by Idriss ben Abdellah, the founder of the first Muslim dynasty in the Maghreb: The Idrissides.
The chosen place will be at the crossroads of several trade routes joining:
- – The south (Sijilmissa & Mali) to the north (Ports of Tangier and Ceuta).
- – East (Marrakech) and west (Tlemcen, Tunis, and further on Cairo and Mecca or Damascus).
The future Fez abounds in water with the river Oued Fez and gushing springs. Moreover, the surroundings are suitable for agricultural cultivation and contain materials necessary for construction: stone, clay, and wood from the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Families expelled from Cordoba (now Spain) and Kairouan (now Tunisia) gradually populate both banks of the river in two separate cities:
- The bank of the Karouanais on the right bank.
- The bank of the Andalusians on the left bank (little tourist today).
The Kairouanese aristocrat Fatima el Fihriya founded the Quaraouiyine mosque in 859. Further, it will become the first Muslim university and maybe the first in the world before that of Bologna in Italy. On the other bank is built the Al-Andalus mosque.
With the dynasty of Almoravides, the banks are unified in a fortified enclosure (1069): The current Medina of Fez.
Under the Almohad rigorists, the city grew and became an important intellectual center.
The Golden Age of Fez:
The arrival of the new Merinid dynasty marks a major turning point.
Cramped in its fortifications, Abu Youssef decided to leave the Kasbah Nouar in the Medina and to find a new district further west in 1276: Fez la Blanche, la Neuve or Fez El Jedid in Arabic.
A palace was built, the district was home to soldiers (the Mellah) and residential areas were soon protected by fortifications. The new power did not meet with unanimous approval among the population. Thus, it was important not to take risks.
Several measures were taken to reduce the opposition of the population:
Sumptuous colleges (Medersa) were created in the Medina to weaken the religious power of the large mosques hostile to the government. Poor students from the far reaches of the kingdom come to train there under the generous patronage of the sultan. They will become grateful and faithful citizens and civil servants.
The discovery of the tomb of the founder Idriss ben Abdellah is a good reason to move the Jews from the Medina to the former garrison of the Mellah. 1 stone, 2 blows: The new holy place will be preserved from infidels. But, above all, the king will divide the power of the merchants of Fez by keeping the Jews under his control.
It is the golden age of Fez, the reconquest of Granada by the Christians pushes the Muslims towards the city with their know-how as a legacy.
Fez will become the repository of Arab-Andalusian culture in architecture, music, and cuisine in particular.
The decline of Fez:
- Under the Ouattassides (or Wattassides), Fez declined and in 1522, Fez suffered a terrible earthquake.
The Saadians preferred Marrakech as their capital where they built the El Badi Palace. Distrustful of the population, the new dynasty will surround Fez with fortresses.
- Under the Alaouites, Fez became the capital again for a while. Then it is temporarily the turn of Meknes.
- Under the French protectorate, many independence rebellions break out and challenge the power of the sultan: Rabat safer becomes the new capital.
Fes is one of the highlights of our Travelling In Morocco’s agency’s tours. From this cultural city, you can start your journey towards the Sahara desert or to any destination in general.
Probably the best and the highlight of our Morocco tours destinations is Merzouga. A city that seems suspended in nothingness, far from everything and everyone, immersed in a dreamy silence. This is Merzouga, a desert expanse in the Sahara. Crossing its dunes is a vibrant experience, an emotion not to be missed during your vacations in Morocco.
Sahara is an Arabic word that indicates loneliness but admiring some Moroccan landscapes the feeling you feel is anything but isolation. On the contrary, there are places that fill the soul and the heart. Merzouga is one of them. Admiring the sun rising and disappearing among the sand dunes is a unique experience to live. In this enchanting place, you will find the highest dunes of the Sahara desert and some of them are over a hundred meters high. The dunes of Merzouga are called Erg Chebbi and are located in the southeast of Morocco.
The area is formed by a small group of houses cut by 2 streets, one that runs from the desert to Rissani and one where tourists can get food in the few stores that are there. From Merzouga you can make some fantastic excursions, riding a camel or a dromedary you can cross the desert admiring sunrises and sunsets, and the starry sky at night. For those who do not like this kind of experience. Even more, adventurous is the tour with a 4 x 4 off-road vehicle, during which you can cross the dunes, and when you are tired you can visit a Berber family.
Merzouga and its dunes give an incredible show. The feeling that you feel in front of this spectacle of nature is almost impotence. The silence that envelops you, the wind that blows gently through your hair, and the sun that warms not only your body but also your heart.
This is Merzouga, a place where you feel alone in the middle of nowhere, but at the same time full of incredible sensations that only nature can give you. Unlike other areas of the Sahara, the Erg Chebbi is formed by a cordon of golden dunes that extend for about thirty kilometers. Among the highest dunes are those of Merzouga, which reach 150 meters and dominate the oasis of the same name.
These dunes change color during the day, changing from pink to gold to red. In winter you can admire an even more exciting spectacle. In fact, among the dunes, appears a small lake, the Dayet Srji, which attracts hundreds of pink flamingos and storks.
Chefchaouen is a small town perched in the mountains of northeastern Morocco offering a most magical Mediterranean setting. It is a place with large mythical whitewashed blue corridors and an authentic and welcoming atmosphere. This city is a balm for the weary traveler, a muse for the passionate photographer, and a jewel for the adventurer eager to discover.
It is therefore with a touch of nostalgia that we invite you to discover this strange medina. This old city where you will be offered as much mint tea as Marijuana and where you can juggle between French and Spanish. This destination where you can take the time to let yourself go and calmly enjoy the cultural diversity of northern Morocco, which is very different from the rest of the country.
The Kasbah of Chefchaouen:
Possible to access it via the place Outa el Hammam at the cost of 10 Dh at the entrance, the kasbah is one of the main historical attractions of the medina. It will certainly not be the most impressive of the kasbahs that you will have the chance to visit during your stay in Morocco. But it is still an interesting monument to discover. Inside these walls built-in 1471 by Rachid Ben Ali, you will find a magnificent garden and the view of an absolutely splendid structure.
During your visit with Travelling In Morocco agency, you will discover an old prison as well as the ethnological museum of the town of Chefchaouen where a large collection of folk art and handicrafts from the north of the country is presented. Make sure not to leave the premises without climbing to the top of the kasbah tower which will give you a 360-degree panorama of the surroundings and especially of the great mosque.
The gates of the medina:
Each place has its particularities and Chefchaouen is no exception. The place is covered with different shades of blue throughout the Medina but has some details that stand out vividly from this incredible blue. These are the doors. Throughout my stay in this city, I had a fixation on the different doors of houses, riads, and stores. They are sometimes of a contrasting and bright color, but sometimes they are rather neutral with unique and shiny handles.
The Spanish Mosque:
Although there is a beautiful diversity of hikes to do in this part of the country, we limited ourselves to the Spanish mosque located on the path leading to the Ras-el-Ma waterfall and the kif fields. The Ras-el-Ma water spring is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the animation of the locals as well as the landscape a little wilder. As far as hiking is concerned, it is a very pleasant ascent to do and lasts about 15 minutes. Arrived at the mosque, it is possible to take time to relax and admire the magnificent view of the city. The show is absolutely breathtaking!
A Morocco trip with Travelling In Morocco agency:
If you are willing to visit Chefchaouen during your Morocco trip, we recommend you book a tour with us. Travelling In Morocco’s local guides can get you a full experience discovering everything this city has to offer.
History of Meknes:
Meknes was classified in December 1996 as a World Heritage Site by the Inter-Governmental Commission of the U.N.E.S.CO.
It is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. During the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672 – 1727) it experienced a period of great prosperity and what remains of this era of greatness and previous eras makes this city an important stop on any trip with Travelling In Morocco agency. Moulay Ismaïl chose Meknes as his capital for strategic, political, and geographical reasons. To situate you the time, remember that it was Louis XIV who reigned in France. The known anecdote is the proposal of marriage of Moulay Ismaïl with one of the daughters of Louis XIV which did not take place, the suitor having already 3 wives. Full of humor Louis sent him three Comtois clocks that are still visible in the mausoleum!
In addition to its obvious architectural interest to even the least discerning tourist, the Meknes Kasbah is of singular importance because it is the first great work of the Alaouite dynasty. A dynasty that has reigned in Morocco for over 300 years. The Ismaili Kasbah is an integral part of the history of Moroccan architecture. Its monuments strike the imagination both by their apparent diversity and by their fundamental homogeneity. A certain number of doors particularly highlighted on the decorative plan (Bab Mansour Laalej and Bab Errih). Give access to a palace or a sub-assembly or even to the Kasbah as a whole. It is essentially these doors that justify the name of “Meknes, capital with beautiful doors”.
Gate of Bab El Mansour:
The city of Meknes was founded in the 10th century by the Zenet Meknassa tribe from the eastern part of Morocco. She came to settle in the region attracted by the fertility of the soil, the abundance of water, and the charm of its gardens. Part of this tribe also founded the city of Taza. Before its construction, there was only a series of villages without ramparts, which coexisted peacefully in an agricultural life of Berber traditions.
In the 11th century, the Almoravids fortified the city. The Almohads in the twelfth century repopulated it and built mosques and hammams (Moorish baths). The fourth Almohad sultan, Mohammed An-Nasir, had the great mosque rebuilt and added a mihrab (around 1203). Abu Yusuf built a Kasbah, and Meknes became the residence of viziers.
In the 13th century, under the reign of the Merinids, many monuments were built by Abu Youssef and Abu El Hassan. It is under the Merinids that Meknes will truly become a Hispano-Maghrebian city.
At the time of the Saâdyines, the cities of the north lost their importance. It was not until the end of the 17th century and the advent of the second Alaouite sultan that the city of Meknes became the first imperial city. Moulay Ismaïl, who had been at first the governor, gave it an extraordinary development; he wanted to make it a great capital. He, therefore, made it his usual residence and enhanced it with many grandiose buildings: sumptuous palaces, mosques, madrasas (schools) with harmonious ensembles, monumental gates, imposing ramparts, vast gardens, ponds …
Prison of Kara:
After the death of Moulay Ismaïl in 1727, his son Moulay Abdellah continued and completed some of the work undertaken by his father. Meknes was enriched by several monuments during his reign from 1757 to 1790. He built mosques, mausoleums, and the palace of Dar Beîda, now occupied by the Royal Military Academy. The Alaouites have not ceased, until today, to be kings builders, and the Kasbah of Meknes thus takes a particularly significant value.
Currently, Meknes comprises an old and modern city separated by the valley of the Boufekrane wadi. From the new city, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the medina with its many minarets, its ramparts, and its imperial city.
Casablanca developed on the site of an ancient city named Anfa. It played an important role in Moroccan history at the end of the 7th century. Also, the beginning of the 8th century. A prosperous city because of its agricultural hinterland, Anfa was also a former fishing port.
Destroyed by the attacks of the Portuguese in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Then, the city will be rebuilt in the 18th century by Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (1757-1790). In the middle of the XIX° century, the white city had only a thousand inhabitants.
Little by little, the city was connected to the world thanks to its port. It first aroused the interest of Europeans, motivated by trade. Then, it asserted itself as the European counter of North Africa and became the first export port of Morocco.
The progress of steam navigation and the growth of the textile industry propels the traffic of the port. After that, it will become one of the largest suppliers of wool in the Mediterranean basin.
In 1862, they established a regular maritime link between Marseille and Casablanca.
Built-in 1912, the port of Casablanca, the first large modern port in the kingdom, intensified the economic activity of the city and its region. Therefore, it attracted many investors and workers.
Casablanca, the economical capital city:
It thus shaped the destiny of the small city of Dar al Baida to become the largest economic center of the country, metropolis, and financial capital.
Between 1910 and 1950, the city is in a prosperous period of setting up large construction sites,
including the planning of large avenues, the construction of large buildings, the establishment of regular shipping lines … it is also the period of the beginning of the automobile, with the Euro-automobile Rally Casablanca of 1920.
The landing of the Allies in North Africa in November 1942, especially the American landing in Casablanca, Operation Torch, still present in the memory of the old Casablancais, will mark a turning point in the course of the Second World War.
Two months later, it was in Casablanca that the leaders of the Allied powers (Roosevelt, Churchill, Giraud, and de Gaulle) met to prepare their post-war strategy at the famous Anfa conference in January 1943.
Casablanca between 1953 and 1965:
Casablanca is a city of resistance. The resistance against the French Protectorate was born in Casablanca. It was the work of all Casablancais. Great resistance fighters gave their lives. During the deportation (1953-1955) of Sultan Mohamed V by the French authorities, Casablanca the Resistance fighter burst into flames. On the Sultan’s return, the women left their cloister to acclaim their sovereign.
A strong patriotism, recovered during the Green March (1975), a peaceful march, an epic at the call of King Hassan II, to liberate the Sahara under Spanish domination. The delegation from Casablanca was the largest, with 35,000 volunteers.
The Casablancais suffered from the Protectorate, Operation Torch, and the subsequent German retaliation, causing them to flee to the hinterland.
The resistance, the uprising of the Casablancais against the deportation of Sultan Mohamed V, and the protest riots of 1965 and 1981 consolidated the solidarity of this population, creating a strong attachment to the monarchy, the nation, and the city.
Casablanca was the cradle of resistance to the protectorate. The old medina, the Habous, Derb Sultan, Derb Al Kabir… were the neighborhoods of the armed resistance.
The “fidayeen” worked for the redemption of the political independence of the country. “Al Fidaa”, literally the “Redemption”.
Important arteries of the city recall this nationalist impulse and honor it by their name. The Bd Al Fida crosses neighborhoods of resistance fighters. The Bd of Resistance which continues by the Bd Zerktouni (leader of the resistance) surrounds the entire city