Morocco—Immerse Yourself in Culture
Morocco’s imperial cities—Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes—conjure up images of silk-clad sultans, trickling fountains in palace gardens, mud-brick marketplaces full of spices, leather and all the exotic goods of Africa…and with good reason.
Each of these cities has served as the capital of Moroccan empires; kingdoms stretching down into the Sahara as far as Timbuktu and up across Spain to the Pyrenees. Rabat may be Morocco’s political capital today and Casablanca its commercial center, but these older seats of empire are the country’s soul and together they form the heart of its thriving year-round tourist business.
Superficially, Marrakesh, Meknes and Fes resemble each other with their thousand year-old ramparts encircling a warren-like maze of tiny medieval lanes. Each city has a busy souk full of artisans tapping away at copper and silver while merchants arrange their wares on open stalls. But if you scratch the surface each city has its own personality.
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