Tangiers is a major port of entrance from Spain to Morocco . It’s a bustling port on the North African shore on one of the most important waterways in the world, the Strait of Gibraltar. The Grand Socco is the main square (great for a coffee): probably the best place to start a walking tour of the city. Although the old city is quite run down, it certainly has a lot of charm. Just wander around the maze of alleys and find your way to the old Sultans Palace overlooking the strait of Gibraltar. There are some decent beaches nearby, both on the Mediterranean side and on the Atlantic coast.
Chefchaouen (also known as Chaouen) is hanging like a crescent from twin mountains, the town is a 15th century relic of the Muslim civilization of Andalusia. Nestled into a fold of the Rif Mountains the walls of the town are painted a pale ochre in order to diminish the intensity of the sun. The roofs are covered with brown tiles and resemble those found in southern Spain. The alleyways climb to little squares often crossed by Andalusia arches. A scenic drive to the ancient village in the mountains as if you had been transported in a time machine back to past. A charming day out, a true insight into Morocco not to be missed.
Asilah is an enchanting fishing village 40 km south of Tangiers with its own Medina and fabulous sea views and scenery. A pleasant trip to sample yet some more of Morocco's diversity. Asilah feels and looks like a Spanish town in Andalusia. It is a lovely, old, very clean white-washed town on the Atlantic. The town has a very quiet feel, and makes for a good stop. The ramparts and towers of the town give you the impression time has stood still here, and if you walk down the small alleys at lunch time you can't help but wonder at the tranquility.
The architecture of the medina is dominated by an Hispanic influence, as it was built by Muslim refugees from Spain in the 15th century. The Mellah, or Jewish quarter, is an interesting place with its tall, square houses and iron balconies with ornately decorated windows. The fascinating, winding disorder of the Andalusia medina contrasts well with the Spanish new town. There is a reasonable beach town 10 km from Tetouan Called Martil .
A religious town : Ouezzane is to this day an Important Religious center , with many of its “chorfa” considered to be descendants of the prophet Mohammed . The city is well known in Morocco and throughout the Islamic world by being a spiritual capital for it was home for many of the pillars of”Sufism”. It is also a place of pilgrimage for Moroccan Jews. Every year they come in the Thousands to pay homage at the tomb of the “Rabbi Ba Amrane” , an 18th Century miracle-worker and the religious leader of Ouezzane’s Jewish community .he is buried at Aajen , five miles northeast of the town.
At 2hours and half drive , Rabat is the capital of Morocco, a city of parks, flowers and monuments. The tour includes visits to the Roman ruins of Chellah, The Kasbah of Oudayas, and Hassan's Tower ,Mohammed V Mausoleum, the Mechouar Palace, and the Medina. Through the labyrinth of souks and artisan shops visit the Place Souk el- Ghezel (the Wool Market Square). Take note of the ornamental motifs and moldings arranged on the doors of the residential area. Walk the famous and lively “Rue des Consuls” . visit the Mellah :the Jewish quarter . Continuation to the city “Sale”, a former shelter and port of the corsairs in the 12th century :visit the famous pottery. Optional fish lunch . back to Tangiers
After 3 Hours drive, Start your tour by visiting the Merenid Tombs of Fez. Continue along the old curtain wall of the medina and make a stop at the “Musée des Armes”, a fortress that once protected Fez. Next, enter the Fez el- Bali through the symmetrical horse shoe arches at Bab Boujeloud (The Blue Gate). Visit the Kisseria in the old medina and witness the colorful Tanneries,, Berber Weaving, Wood working and Metal smiths. Stop for lunch at one of the fine Moroccan palace restaurants . Within the medina :many historical sites such as Medersa Bou Inania; Kairaouine Mosque( Morocco’s second largest mosque) University of Al- Karaouine, Batha : A Hispano-Moorish palace dating from the end of the 19th century that houses admirable collections of traditional art from Fez. Return to Tangiers by the end of the day.
Before getting to Meknes have a brief visit of Moulay Idriss, a Sacred Islamic town then continue to Volubilis (roman ruins) :a nearby Roman settlement that has slumbered in the Moroccan countryside for over 2,000 years. Dating back to Pre Roman times Volubilis was a thriving city, complete with a forum, a capitol, basilica, triumphal arch, oil presses and spas. Settled on what was probably a Carthaginian city date from the third century B.C.Volubilis was a central administrative city for this part of Roman Africa. After we head to Meknes was founded in the 11th century and was chosen by Moulay Ismaïl in 1672 as capital of his empire. Moulay Ismaïl's creation was to be much talked of in the East and in Europe, most especially at the French court of King Louis XIV. There are some coveredstreets where you find leather, djellaba's, carpets and silver. The great monuments, massive walls, huge gates, elaborate gardens, Integrated neighborhoods, bustling markets, and unique arts and crafts point to layers of history compacted and superimposed in every corner of the city. Back to Tangiers( 3 H drive )