My Favorite Cities In Morocco

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CITY: Ait Ouglif
WHY: It is a very peaceful Amazigh village in the mountains. Its location is almost perfect: 17 km to civilization (Boumalene) and around 70 km to a bigger city, Kelaat M’gouna. Ait Ouglif itself is hidden in the mountains, among trees, nature and water.  There is a little river and all fruits that you need. The village is calm, people are sweet and kind. During the day the only “noise” you hear is the river and birds, during the night- cicadas. In big cities people have mobile phones always with them. There, everyone has a flash light after dawn. An extraordinarily different planet!

 

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CITY: Ouzoud
WHY: Stunning landscapes! Love the waterfalls (2nd highest in Africa,after Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe), monkeys that steal food from people, the trees. This city is the proof of nature’s power. One thing that bothers me is that it became quite touristy… More photos from this amazing, peaceful place here.

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CITY: Essaouira
WHY: Windy paradise! The city is very touristy (this part I don’t like). It is a perfect getaway for surfers. The beach is really beautiful and very clean. Locals are used to tourists, most of them speak English. Essaouira is also known for gnawa festival and a real paradise for reggae lovers. You’ll meet many rasta people there.

 

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CITY: Casablanca

WHY: Casa is tiring. And hectic. And time consuming. I hate it. I also love it. Love that I can find everything here. Many interesting individuals to meet, many events to attend, many undiscovered streets to discover. There is no greenery, the biggest minus for me (me, a person who grew up among trees, in a villa with a big garden, in a city where 30% are houses 70% are trees). Strange, I am still asking myself why I like Casa. I like it for its tempo and opportunities.

 

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CITY: Ifran
WHY: This is more of nostalgia, missing my homeland. First time in my life I felt like in Poland (and I was actually in the center of Morocco). For real. I am still amazed by this city. Its architecture is so Eastern European (but here they call it Little Switzerland). The city is cold in winter, it snows and gets dark quickly. There is also a lot of trees! I love the city for its nature.

 

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CITY: Marrakech

This is something between love and hate. I hate the highly developed tourism industry. Tourists all around, annoying sellers, Chinese souvenirs in the medina… On the other hand I love the hidden places of this city, traditions, beautiful riads and individuals that live there. If you come to Morocco and not see Marrakech… You haven’t been to Morocco!

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