Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Free Things to Do in Casablanca

While prices aren’t quite the bargain they were during Morocco’s 1970s heyday, whether you’re on a tight budget or saving your dirhams for a special tour, there are still plenty of free things to do in Casablanca. Here are some ideas.

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April 16, 2014 by
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Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Morocco.

Five Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Morocco

From the bustling medina of Marrakech to the desolate sands of the Sahara Desert, Morocco’s prepossessing landscapes were made for the big screen, but the country’s thriving film industry has often flown under the radar for visiting tourists. Everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to Martin Scorsese have shot on location in Morocco, with the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate used for hundreds of films and international blockbusters and the annual Moroccan Film Festival in Marrakech drawing a prestigious crowd of industry insiders. Even James Bond landed on Moroccan soil, with scenes from the 1987 movie Living Daylights set in Tangier. Consider yourself a film buff? Here are five movies you probably didn’t know were made in Morocco.

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March 19, 2014 by
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10 of the Most Delicious Foods to Try in Morocco

Barbecued Kefta. Photo courtesy of Samer Farha via Flickr.

A melting pot of North African, Arabic and Mediterranean influences, Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and unique blends of spices, making eating out in Morocco a full sensory experience. Whether you’re tucking into street food in Marrakech or dining on fresh seafood in Essaouira, here are 10 of the most delicious foods to try in Morocco.

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March 5, 2014 by
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40 Unforgettable Experiences to have in Marrakech

Moroccan Tagine.

With its colorful souks and opulent palaces, and a backdrop of soaring mountains and sun-soaked desert, it’s no surprise that Marrakesh is a bucket list favorite. Whether you’re visiting as part of a multi-day tour or have a few weeks to explore the city, liven up your itinerary with these 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Marrakech.

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February 19, 2014 by
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Best Day Trips from Casablanca

Casablanca, Morocco.

As the country’s biggest city, Casablanca is well served by public transport and whether you book a guided tour or go it alone, the city makes a strategic base for exploring the rest of Morocco. Cities like Marrakech and Tangier are better visited on an overnight or multiday tour, but there are still plenty of options for day trips from Casablanca – here are a few of the best.

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February 5, 2014 by
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Five Things to Do in Tangier

The Moroccan city of Tangier stands old and proud on the coast of North Africa, just 20 miles (35 km) from Spain. Its white-washed buildings spread up the hill overlooking the water, inviting you in to explore its maze-like medina and sip tea in the sunshine. Its long history dates back to the 5th century […]

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January 29, 2014 by
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The Beaches of Casablanca

Ain dian beach, Casablanca. Photo courtesy of mararie via Flickr.

With the art hub of Tangier to the north and the surf hotspot of Essaouira to the south, Morocco’s biggest city is often overlooked by sunseekers, but Casablanca’s ample coastline is dotted with idyllic beaches. The main beaches of Casablanca lie south of the city’s crowning landmark, the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, in the Ain Diab suburb.

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January 22, 2014 by
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Art and Literature in Tangier

Tangier, Morocco. Photo courtesy of jssz via Flickr.

With past residents including William S. Burroughs and Henri Matisse, and everyone from Samuel Beckett and Tennessee Williams to the Rolling Stones passing through, there’s a long history of art and literature in Tangier and the coastal city remains an important hub for international artists and writers.

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January 8, 2014 by
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Street Music of Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech

Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech. Photo courtesy of Grand Parc via Flickr.

At the center of the medina of Marrakech, the lively public square of Jemaa el Fna is the beating heart of the Old Town, lined with street food stalls, traditional riads and bustling restaurants. Along with the maze of souks that spill over into the square, Jemaa el Fna is renowned for its colorful display of local cultures – so much that it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2008.

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December 25, 2013 by
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Exploring Morocco’s Dades Valley

Exploring Moroccos Dades Valley. Photo courtesy of tomaszd via Flickr.

Evocatively nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Kasbahs, Morocco’s Dades Valley is one of the most picturesque settlements of the High Atlas Mountains and a popular addition to multi-day desert and mountain tours from Marrakech. A breathtaking natural landscape of lush green oases and palm groves, dotted with elaborate mud-brick fortresses and rock-hewn villages, the valley is a prime spot for hiking expeditions and there are numerous scenic walking trails from which to take in the views.

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December 11, 2013 by
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