Al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyyah or “Kingdom of the West,” the official names for Morocco in Arabic and English, is located in the northern part of Africa. This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to set foot on the continent of Africa for the first time. WOAH. I know. I still cannot believe it.
Morocco, a country filled with tracts of desert and rugged mountains, is as beautiful as you would expect it to be. The three cities that I visited were Assilah, Tangier and Chefchaouen (the blue city). To get to Tangier, we took a bus from Almeria to Tarifa, Spain – this took about 5 hours, including one stop at a rest area for 15-20 minutes. Then, we took a ferry – which took about 40 minutes – to arrive in Tangier. From the moment you get off of the ferry in Tangier, you see a ginormous castle and a city filled with culture.
All of Friday was dedicated to touring Assilah (which was about a 1.5 hour drive from Tangier by bus). Before arriving to Assilah, we stopped at the Caves of Hercules in Cape Spartel, near Tangier. A picture speaks for a thousand words. Below you will find pictures of Assilah.
The next day we dedicated to touring Chefchaouen, also known as Morocco’s blue city. I have never seen so much BLUE in my life. There are many theories as to why the walls of this city are almost all blue. Some say that the color blue kept away mosquitos, others say that blue paint was cheap, while some say that the Jewish, as refugees from Hitler’s control, introduced the color blue to the cities in the 1930s. To the Moroccans, the color blue symbolizes heaven and the sky. I didn’t think that I would enjoy seeing everything in blue, but Chefchaouen is really spectacular and by far my favorite of the cities we visited in Morocco.
Along with both nights for dinner, the last day in Morocco was spent in Tangier.
….and that concludes my weekend in Morocco. I highly suggest going and visiting this magnificent kingdom. I would be happy to share my trip details on accommodation, transportation and/or suggestions, if you are planning a trip to Morocco. Feel free to reach out to me.