Desert and city tours from Casablanca
Desert and city tours from Casablanca
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Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, and the third-largest city in Africa after Lagos and Cairo in terms of population. In fact and in 2014 it had a population of about 3,359,818. Casablanca is Morocco’s economic capital, commercial and industrial center. The city includes 60% of Moroccan companies and factories which are active in car manufacturing, aircraft, electronic manufacturing, and much other stuff. Not to mention that the city’s stock exchange is ranked third after Johannesburg and Cairo in Egypt. Casablanca was once known as Anfa that is a Berber word. However, the name Casablanca belonged to the Portuguese, who called it “Casa Branca” in reference to a white house that they found on their arrival in the sixteenth century. The Spanish called it “Casa Blanca”. Yet, the Moroccans use the name “Casa” only. The name Casablanca was used in the era of Alaouia. Muhammad bin Abdullah.
The strategical location of Casablanca
It overlooks the Atlantic coast of the western part of Morocco, making it the gateway to the Maghreb. Its strategic location is in the middle of the Moroccan industrial production line, which runs from Quneitra in the north to the Yellow Shelf in the south. Casablanca is 95 km from the Moroccan capital of Rabat and extends 60 km from the Atlantic to the Moroccan territory. While rising above sea level by 27 km. The coordinates of the city extend between 32° North and 35° West.
The history of Casablanca
It is an ancient Berber village, and it was called Anfa, but its origin is still not yet fully known. The city emerged as a major center in the 12th century when the pirates used it to launch attacks. But it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1468 before they came back in 1515, where they built a new city and called it “Casa Branca”. In 1755, it was again rocked by an earthquake that evacuated its inhabitants. However, the Alawi Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah built it in the 18th century.
At this time the Spanish and other Europeans started to arrive, and the majority of its population became French. Around the year 1907, the French forces occupied the city, put it under French protection between 1912 and 1956. During that period, it became the main port of prosperity of Morocco, which has grown rapidly. Clearly, this has put it on the global map as an important and key center not immune to global events. During World War II, the city hosted a British-American summit in 1943, and in 1961 hosted a conference led by Moroccan King Mohammed V, at which the Casablanca Group of African States was founded.
Landmarks of Casablanca with our desert, private and city tours
The landmarks of Casablanca include a large number of historical landmarks that date back to different eras and carry a long history that passed through the city. Among the most prominent of these landmarks there are:
Hassan 2 Mosque:
Located in Kasbah al-Mahmudiyah, it is the largest mosque in the Kingdom of Morocco. Its most prominent feature is its beautiful white color and its location that is close to the sea coast. This has contributed to making it the most prominent tourist attraction in Morocco.
The Sidi Abdelrahman Shrine: The shrine attracts many visitors from around the world because some of them believe it solves the social problems they face. Located on a rock in the Atlantic Ocean, the mausoleum made it a natural tourist attraction as well.
The door is the only landmark that stood after the earthquake that struck the city in the past. Therefore, it stands as a landmark. Besides, a popular market is located at the door where vendors and visitors gather to buy and sell various goods.
Port of Casablanca:
It is the largest port in the Kingdom of Morocco, and it is the port that distinguishes the city, located on the Atlantic coast, and is considered an important commercial center, receiving commercial ships from many countries in the world. The port’s opening for international trade dates back to 1906 and includes five entrances, in addition to the railway lines used to transport goods from the port to the interior.
The Old City:
It is an old Moroccan neighborhood, and it is modeled on the old Moroccan cities, and it is surrounded by a number of walls, most of which are demolished. It also includes many gates and entrances, the most famous of which is the Marrakech Gate. Today, the city has a popular market, with a number of shops, historical monuments, and mosques.
The Church of the Sacred Heart:
It is also called the Cathedral of Casablanca. The church was established in 1930 by the French, designed by French architect Paul Turnan, but stopped working as a place of worship in 1956. It is now used as a cultural center and as a tourist attraction.
On the edge of the valley of Fes is the spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, the city of Fes. It was founded in 789 A.D, by Idris Ben Abdallah, which was the capital of the Idrissi state. A city whose reputation has become very high for its calm nature, its beautiful scenery, its natural beauty, and the historical monuments it contains. This and more have enabled it to be an essential part of the Moroccan national heritage. For this reason, most of our desert and city tours from Casablanca include this unique city.
The history of Fes
There are many different stories about the origin of the name of the city. Some say that the name is Berber. The word Avas means the right. The location of this area for commercial caravans during its founding is on the right. However, others say that when Idris entered Morocco, he and his army settled in a certain area, and he blew an ax in it to start building. That is why the city was called “Fes” because of the ax blow.
The city of Fes is divided into three parts, the Bali – the ancient city founded by Idris I. Fes the New – built in the thirteenth century under the Marinnian state. Finally, the new city built by the French during the period of French colonization.
The city was initially greeted by two special migrations. Firstly, the exodus of Andalusian families fleeing the search and repression campaigns of the Iberian Army who lived in the Adwa district of Andalusian Calendar. Secondly, followed by Arab families from Kairouan who lived in the Awda Al-Qarawiyeen district. In addition to a large Jewish gathering where the Al-Mallah neighborhood lived. This was a cultural reaction that enriched its historical particularities and enriched its heritage.
Fes was one of the most important pillars of governance in the history of Morocco.
Landmarks of Fes with our Casablanca desert, city, and private tours
Fes is distinguished by many historical landmarks, the most prominent of that is “Fes El Bali”, which was founded in the ninth century AD and was listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1981. The city is considered a “living example” of the eastern Mediterranean, which has greatly affected the development of the arts and planning of cities, especially in North Africa and Andalusia Sub-Sahara.
The city is famous for its palaces built by the Idrisid and by the Marinids on the hills overlooking Fes on the north side. They also built a new kind of house that is surrounded by narrow courtyards and covered with pottery mosaics. Besides, the doors are adorned with carved plaster trappings, and some houses are surrounded by gardens and orchards.
Among the remaining monuments of the old city, the wall, and its eight gates. These were constructed with soil and were framed with its exquisite arches, engravings, and prominent fermentation dating back to the time of the Marinids. Although some of them were renewed in the following periods of time, they kept their unique essence. Fortunately, with our Casablanca city, private and desert tours, you will have the chance to visit most of these landmarks.
The city of Fes is considered the “spiritual capital” of Morocco, as it has many spiritual landmarks, the most important of which is the Qarawiyeen Mosque built in 859 AD during the administration by Fatima Bint Mohammed Al-Fahriya Al-Qurashi, known as “Mother of Sons.”
The Transformation of the Mosque into a Grand University:
History books say that Fatima al-Fahreya, daughter of an immigrant from Arab al-Hijaz called Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Fihri, lived in Kairouan after opening it at the hands of Uqba bin Nafe’ al-Fihri for a long time. He was a wealthy merchant, then went to Morocco to settle in the city of Fes to marry there. The mosque was named after Fatima, who originally belonged to Kairouan, Tunisia. The mosque is located in the Islamic West and is called “Al-Qarawiyeen University”.
Without any doubt, one of the best and unique places that you should not miss when you are in Fes is the Chouara Tannery. In Fes, there are different tanneries, but Chouara is the biggest and famous of all. In general, in this place, you will see people making leather products and paint them in different colors. Don’t be surprised if the place is a bit smelly because of the process of making leather. Join our Casablanca desert, city, and private tours, and enjoy the best of Fes.
Merzouga is situated in the south-east of Morocco. About 50 and 40 kilometers from Erfoud and Rissani, two small towns in the same region, and about 20 kilometers from the Moroccan-Algerian border. People say that the name Merzouga came from the Merzoug family, one of the oldest families that used to live in the area.
More than three decades ago, the region began its first tourist projects which made it shine and be an important tourist attraction in Morocco. Around the year 1986 people began to build hotels and camps in order to attract more visitors. The first tourists were the French and the Spanish. Only a few years later, the place became more famous and started to receive huge amounts of travelers. Not to mention the Moroccans who visit the desert dunes to take sandbaths and cur themselves from different illnesses that are caused by Rheumatism.
Definitely, what makes the desert unique are the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. As well as the people and their culture. Some of the other things that attract tourists are the camel rides and the desert camps. People kept their Berber unique touch and built traditional camps that offer you a chance to live like a local.
Main activities with our desert and city tours from Casablanca
The Merzouga tourism site provides rich spaces that attract hobbyists and practitioners of desert sports, camping, and camel riding, especially foreign tourists. While some Moroccans spend their time on treatment. Many of them who visit the region are returning to take sand baths in a form of traditional treatment of chronic bone diseases and rheumatism. Because they believe that the pure, clear sand dunes have the capacity to relieve their pain.
Many Merzouga visitors are unable to express their admiration or what impressed them. Probably, this what makes the Merzouga desert very unique and makes tourists want to visit it over and over. Perhaps, this one of the main reasons why Merzouga was able to become a major tourist attraction in the Moroccan region of Tafilalt. In the last periods of time, the number of tourists from one year to the next was being steadily increasing.
Landmarks in Marrakech with our private, desert, and city tours from CasablancaThere are many different landmarks that you will visit when booking our city, private and desert tours from Casablanca. Have a look at them!
Jamaa El Fna squareJamaa El-Fana Square is considered one of the most important tourist sites in Marrakech since it is one of the oldest sites. It was built at the same time as the city. This construction dates back to the fifth century A.D. So every history-loving person will find an important source of his enjoyment from the square. You will find many ways to entertain yourself. Clearly, the most important is watching the beautiful snake shows, music players, and many other different things. These interesting shows attract thousands, especially foreign tourists. You will also find a group of storytellers, who tell interesting stories, and in the arena, a number of concerts, so don’t miss it. It’s actually one of the best places in Marrakech that you will not miss with our desert and city tours from Casablanca when passing by the red city.
Souks( Market)Marrakech Market or “Dwar Al-Mawasin” contains a variety of stores. For example, shops that offer rare antiques, such as those that display popular clothes, accessories and shoe vendors, and a number of cafes. We advise you to stop for a little while and get Moroccan distinctive tea and take a number of photos with vendors in traditional clothes.
Majorelle GardenMajorelle Garden is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Marrakech. This beautiful Garden attracts lovers of rare plants and flowers. It contains a variety of plants. The most important of which are different forms of cactus, which you may see for the first time in the park. The Majorelle Garden is located in Gueliz and was founded in 1924. The French painter decided to establish a special garden in the city of Marrakech, making it different from the rest of the city. He painted the Garden in blue, which made visitors pay attention to it.
The Secret GardenFar from the city’s noise, to enjoy and relax you will definitely need to head to the secret garden in Marrakech. It is indeed a secret jewel hidden in the city of Marrakech, attracting lovers of tranquility and nature. Not to mention those who are interested in getting to know about different flowers and plants. The most prominent thing in this garden is the stump of cactus in its forms, as well as the corner of the lantern. The garden is also a living example of Moroccan architecture. It was home to some prominent figures in Morocco before it became an important tourist attraction in Marrakech.
Menara GardensThe tourism in Marrakech will take you to Al-Manara Gardens, those gardens built in the Unified Age, but they were not built for tourism as they are now. They were a training center for soldiers to swim. The United Nations was interested in protecting the country, so their conservation training was diverse. Menara Gardens are a deep pond that gets water from the Atlas of the Mediterranean mountains. Besides, the garden is decorated with a set of trees. You can take a collection of photographs of this beautiful nature, which certainly reflects the beauty of Morocco. The gardens are about three kilometers away from the city of Marrakech, but they deserve to be visited when you have a full day in Marrakech.
Bahia PalaceTourism in Marrakech is famous for its diversity. After we became aware of the most famous markets, squares, and gardens, now it is time to know about an important tourist landmark in Marrakech “Al-Bahia Palace”. The palace is a landmark of the city that was established by the Alawite dynasty in the 19th century. The walls of this palace bear the scent of history. The walls are decorated with prominent inscriptions, which have a distinctive eastern touch, in addition to the beauty of the engravings and the accuracy of their manufacture. The palace consists of several wings and halls.
The landscape of Morocco varies greatly from the golden sand dunes of the desert to the green coastal plains to the great Atlas mountains. Somewhere in the north of Morocco, it seems a bit distant from anywhere else. At this point, Chefchaouen or Chaouen is located in the Rif Mountains — a blue spot in a country that is predominantly green and brown.
It takes about 2h drive to get to Chefchaouen from Tangier, and more than 3h from Fes. However, Chefchaouen is not the easiest Moroccan city to reach. Moreover, it’s not a place where you spend your days checking the list of “things you can do in Chaouen.”
Instead, the Blue Maghreb is a place where you have to be in order to take a break from a lot of tourists in other cities. Furthermore, it is a place where to watch the sunset from the surface or your sport. Not to mention, it is a place to check yourself into the wonderful shapes that adorn almost everyone.
Why is Chaouen blue?
Chefchaouen is now one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. It was established in 1471 as a point of defense against Portuguese invaders. Just two decades later, the city expanded with the arrival of Muslim and Jewish refugees fleeing the forced transition to Christianity in Granada, Spain. After that, these new residents built Chefchaouen’s iconic white houses and citrus trees, giving the city its European character.
Some people say that the Jewish community brought with them a tradition of painting buildings in blue. Because it reminds them of heaven and God’s existence. However, a different version of the story attributes the blue to the Jewish community, this time to the Jews who arrived in Morocco. Those fleeing Hitler’s incursion across Europe. A third version — radically different — says, Chefchaouen became the blue city in Morocco in an effort to ward off mosquitoes and malaria. No matter where it came from, mimicking blue graffiti. Today’s residents continue this practice by regularly updating the colors of gorgeous walls and doors to preserve their unique color.
What to do in Chefchaouen with our Casablanca desert and city tours
Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Morocco. Unlike Marrakech or Fes or other places where you might spend some time on a trip to Morocco. What makes Chaouen unique is that there are no specific places to visit, because the city itself as a whole is a site. Just walking around is the best thing you do.
Taking pictures in Chefchaouen is a dream come true for some people.
Largely insulated from the world for more than 400 years, starting in the 15th century, the city looks like it’s from another time. The streets and the small alleys are quiet, and not crowded with shops and the bustling energy that characterizes other cities in Morocco.
At every turn, there’s a new resolution of shades of blue, a new mosaic pattern that can surprise you. Light and color change all day, making it possible to walk the same streets over and over and see something new every time. Even, when it is raining, the paint makes the city bright. This and more makes Chefchouen one of the unmissed cities that tourists visit when booking our Casablanca desert and city tours
Kasbahs and Ksours are a unique architectural and engineering specificity in Morocco. It is what makes our country unique from other countries. Indeed, it is an example that reflects traditional human gatherings and highlights important stages of Morocco’s development. Not to mention the Moroccans interaction with the environment and heritage around them.
Ait Benhaddou is one of the most prominent tourist attractions that foreign and Moroccan tourists prefer to visit, while they touring Morocco with our Casablanca city and desert tours. This Kasbah with high towers is about 30 kilometers from the city’s center. The village is made by a collection of mud-brick, high-precision brick buildings surrounded by walls.
The Kasbah, located in the village of Ighrem, covers an area of 1,300 square meters. It was listed as a World Human Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and was subsequently listed as a national archeological site.
Built during the 18th century as a fortified village for security and economic reasons. It overlooks the Ounila Valley, where a small river which is known as the “Salt River” runs.
Ait Benhaddou, with its great engineering charm, has been able to stay strong and resist various conditions and natural factors to maintain the strength of its various parts. However, it was reconstructed in 1977, while filming the series of “Jesus of Nazareth”.
This heritage site has not only attracted the attention of Moroccan and foreign tourists but also has attracted the attention of a large number of international film producers and directors. International films such as “The Kingdom Of Heaven”, and series such “The Gladiator” and “Game Of Thrones” were filmed here.