About Imperial Cities
Rediscover the World offers a great selection of hotels, riads and excursions in the cities of Morocco. The ancient and historic capitals of the country are Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech a little further south. Casablanca is included here because of its importance as a city in modern Morocco, although it is not strictly an "Imperial City".
Fez is large and bustling but not as busy a tourist destination as Marrakech, Meknes is more relaxed but still bursting with history and both are ideal bases for the Mid Atlas Mountains and the impressive ruins and mosaics at the Roman site of Volubilis. Rabat is one of our favourite cities in Morocco as it has the stately monuments and palaces of the capital plus a great relaxed atmosphere, particularly in the kasbah. Casablanca, although it has little of the charm or history of the other cities, is a very convenient stopover for first and last nights in Morocco and we highly recommend a visit to the very impressive Hassan II Mosque and maybe even Rick's Cafe (although this has NO direct connection to the film).
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Cities to visit
Not strictly an Imperial City but Casablanca is an important gateway to Morocco, a thriving business centre with an old medina, Art Deco buildings & the Hassan II Mosque is simply incredible.
Fez offers an abundance of history, tradition and dramatic topography; no city encapsulates Morocco's heritage to such a great extent. An ideal base from which to tour the sights of Northern Morocco.
Marrakech nestles on a large plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains; a perfect introduction to Morocco or an ideal base for exploring the mountains, Sahara & Atlantic coast.
Meknes became capital in the 17th century thanks to Sultan Moulay Ismail (the Louis XIV of Morocco); its grandiose and extravagant monuments are often compared with those in Versailles.
Hotels to visit
S Mullen, December 2019
S Mills, February 2019