Morocco - Detail of Ourzazate town

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It is a town where the history started with the invasion of the Carthaginians, after arrived the Romans, the Portuguese, Spanish and for 2000 years its events were lucky and unlucky. From the 17th century and till the Morocco independence the town was under the Spanish control.
Would you like to discover the town? Walk along its streets discovering the wonderful light blue and white houses, surrounded by high walls; every Thursday the local farmers arrive in the town for the weekly open market, wearing traditional and colorful clothes.

Larache
The influence of the Spanish history is very strong here, in the town you can visit an Archeological Museum, built close to a rampart that belongs to the 16th century.
The Fortress of the Stork belongs to 1578, it was built from some Portuguese prisoners, wanted by one Saadian Sultan, it was restored during the 17th century. The souk is located between towers, domes, walls and arches, from the town you can admire a fantastic landscape on the sandy beach.

Tangeri
Meeting point of different civilizations between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
It was built on green hills, but its bay on the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most beautiful of the country.
A visit around the town permit to discover the old Sultan Palace, its Kasbah, the narrow streets of the Medina, and the wonderful belvedere on the Straits of Gibraltar. Would you like to make some excursions? Go to discover Cape Spartel the extreme part of Africa, close to the Hercules Caves, or to Cape Malabata.

Chefchaouen
Mysterious town where the Spanish and Moorish culture interlaced for centuries. The first thing that you will do is to go around the village to discover the light blue houses with their pink roofs, here the life is very calm, Chefchaouen is a place that will stay in your heart forever.

Tetouan
Hue, warmth, shades, those three words explain the meaning of this town: white houses and back to them a green valley surrounded it, the light blue hue of the Martil wadi (river), and the Rif Mountains that dominate the town, that is Tetouan.

Al Hoceima
Fishermen town, is a pearl setting between the cliffs, it is famous because here they live a lot of settlements of turtles, dolphins and nun seals.

Saidia
Fishermen village and a touristic destination on the sea; there is a wonderful beach here, where you can relax yourself and swim in its crystal- clear light blue water.

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In the pastime there was a large community of Jewish people, ant this town was an important business and handicraft center.
The wonderful Medina is part of the World Heritage of the UNESCO; during a visit around the town you can’t forget to discover its Kasbah, the fortress on the harbor with the embattled walls, nowadays you can admire the Spanish cannons on the Atlantic Ocean (17th and 18th centuries).
Walking along the narrow streets you can see a lot of handicraft shops where the inlayers work the cedar and ebony wood, the smell will keep company.
You can’t forget a visit to the Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum with one of the most important ethnographic section dedicate to the musical instruments, carpets, wood paintings, drawings and jewels.
Don’t forget the yearly Arts and Music Festival (in June and July), highlights the trance – like Gnawa music of Morocco and features the fusion of many international artists from Africa and abroad.

El Jadida
During the 2004 the town was declared World Cultural Heritage of the UNESCO, El Jadida is the perfect example of cultural mix between Morocco and Europe.
The fortress it is a wonderful example of the local architecture and its huge rampart dominate the port; in the “heart” of the town you can discover the Portuguese water cistern, nowadays a location for international movies productions.

Taraoudant
The old capital of the Sous Region, surrounded by longest walls made in copper dyed clay and outside from cultivation of olive- trees and orchards. Walking around the town you can discover its fantastic souks (Souk Arab Artisanal markets or shops), where you can buy handmade carpets, jewels, pottery and leather. Unforgettable the Berber Market: tradition, hues and  scents: these are the words that explain a walk to visit it, if you want to buy handmade textiles, fresh vegetables or spices.

Tafraout
It is an oasis at 1200 meters high, surrounded by huge granite rocks, where you can admire a wonderful nature show. We can suggest to come here during Spring, when the almond trees are in flower and their pink hue contrast with the red, ochre and brick red of the traditional houses.

Ouarzazate
This town is surrounded by many hued rocks, is an oasis in the middle of the erg desert, with a lot of date palms and oleanders, it is a well known touristic destination, famous for its large number of Kasbahs and for the local handicraft production.
From a long time Ouarzazate is one of the best location for the movie production as for example Lawrence of Arabia, The tea in the desert, and a couple of years ago The Gladiator.

Safi
One of the most important ports of Morocco, it is an well known fishery business center. If you go to discover its hills you will find a lot of ceramist shops, and even nowadays you can admire them, while they are made their valuable handicrafts.

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