Morocco got its independence back in 1956. From Rabat north to Fez is green and when I was there many of the wheat crops had been harvested.
There are huge changes happening in Rabat with a tram system being put through the center of the city going and there is a construction of apartment blocks going from the sea all the way into a new mariner. This will certainly be something to see when completed.
The Palace in Rabat has an impressive wall surrounding it and you cannot enter. The king has five palaces in Morocco. The walled Medina is great. Stroll through here and have a coffee.
Wander down along the river and sit watching the boats ferry people across the river just as they did hundreds of years ago. There are cafes all along here so join the relaxed atmosphere of Rabat and do what the locals do. Taking of coffee, as my Moroccan friend calls it, can take an hour.
There are taxis everywhere and the smaller ones are used when there are only 2-3 people and the bigger ones for 3-5 people. There are museums and galleries to visit and Rabat has one McDonalds that I saw. I found that Moroccan food has good taste, in fact, I thought it tasted as good as NZ. There is plenty of variety of fruit and vegetables, and so many shops that sell cakes and sweets. But I now hate almonds. It seemed to be on or in everything.
It is the worlds 3rd largest mosque and the largest in Morocco. Many of my friends have marveled at my photographs. This was a great few hours and so worth seeing. It has caused controversy in Morocco because of the cost but my friend I stayed with thinks it was worth the price. Many of the locals go there every day to worship. The worshipers can be viewed through a glass floor.
Check out Lonely Planet’s website for all the statistics on this awesome structure. Casablanca itself is a little dirty but I think it seemed more so because of all the old crumbling buildings. There is a lot of Art Deco influence in the city.
Tour buses trying to squeeze down narrow streets and people and donkeys. Get the money out and spend it if you have some way of getting it home. Apart from the very favorable exchange rate, there are the carpets to die for. I love them with there amazing designs and colors.
Old Fez is the largest medieval Islamic city in the world and nothing looks like it has changed from when it was first created. It is a maze of satellite dishes and nearly everyone has the ‘cell phone’. It just seems so odd when down in the narrow streets there are the donkeys and mules hauling the produce from a to b.
Travel Tips for Morocco
Ready to fill in on your immigration form but also when you leave the country. You have to put the address of where you stayed when leaving which I didn’t have on me so just wrote out what I could remember of it. They do get annoyed if you don’t fill it in.
Make a point of visiting Rabat. with lots of interesting history and things to see.
Try to choose the chorus if you haven’t before. It would be best to go with someone who can speak French or have a friend living there then you can experience Morocco in an exceptional way. I did not come across many Moroccans that spoke English other than the guides at the mosque.
Take the trains here as they aren’t too bad, better than Italy and faster.
Respect this country’s customs. Public affection is frowned upon.
The exchange rate helps. ATMs are easy to find but take cash if heading to very small.
If there are only two of you waiting for a taxi and they keep driving past you are probably trying to flag down a bigger sedan vehicle, wait for a smaller one.