Magical Medinas Adventure, Details
Join us in this magical Medinas adventure
Travel with Marrakesh Journeys and live a memorable holiday in Morocco’s most attractive Medinas, departing from everywhere in the kingdom, and with efficient local guides smoothing the way.
Keep in mind: you can even plan your itinerary to suits your interests, time and budget.
During this tour trip you will know the worthy culture of Morocco and the hospitality of Moroccan people. Also, you will have several visits to the most attractive sites including: Fez and its traditional architecture, the great Roman ruins of Meknes, the preserved heritage Volubilis, the charmed medinas of the red city Marrakech, and the small beautiful Berber villages set in the High Atlas Mountains.
This tour of magical Medinas adventure can be edited or changed to suit your time, budget and needs. Plan your itinerary tour with us.
Marrakesh Journeys tour: A Magical Medinas Adventure
- Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites of Meknes, Fez, and Volubilis
- Admire some of the world’s most remarkable architecture, including iconic Moorish towers, sacred Islamic shrines and preserved Roman ruins
- Journey taking you in a magical world of breathtaking landscapes
- Explore Marrakech with its dynamic medinas, colorful spice Souks (markets) and well-designed street performers
- Live a unique experience by joining a Berber local family whom they will welcome you with tea and enjoying a conversation in their simple houses made of clay
Magical Medinas, Summary
DAY 1 ARRIVE CASABLANCA, MOROCCO (Starts of the Magical Medinas Adventure)
Arrive in Casablanca, where you are met by a Marrakesh Journeys representative, transferred by private vehicle to your hotel, and assisted with check-in. Starts of the Magical Medinas Adventure in the next day.
DAY 2 CASABLANCA | Magical Medinas Adventure
In the first Magical Medina, you will discover vibrant Casablanca, visiting the ornate Hassan II Mosque, the tallest religious structure in the world. Drive to Fez and check in to your hotel.
HASSAN II MOSQUE
The highlight of Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque overlooking the sea (two-thirds of the mosque is built over the sea.) Completed in 1993, the Hassan II Mosque is the second tallest religious building in the world. The minaret, 210 meters above sea level, can accommodate up to 100,000 worshippers.
Public Access to the Mosque
The grandeur of the Hassan II Mosque is certainly most notable. But that is not the only reason why this monument is so imposing. The Hassan II Mosque is also an architectural masterpiece. Decorated with marble, wood carvings, and greenery, the Hassan II Mosque is a place to visit with eyes wide open. Yes, the Hassan II Mosque is open for tours.
CATHÉDRALE DU SACRÉ COEUR
PLACE MOHAMMED V
MUSEUM OF MOROCCAN JUDAISM
BEACHES AIN DIAB AND LA CORNICHE
Stretching for several kilometers, Ain Diab is a popular area for locals and tourists alike. From Hassan II Mosque to El Hank Lighthouse, Anfaplace and Morocco Mall, this seaside neighborhood offers a wide range of daytime and evening entertainment. Cafes, restaurants, discotheques, swimming pools and private clubs line the wide sandy beach, offering visitors pleasure and entertainment.
PALAIS ROYAL DE CASABLANCA
PLACE DES NATIONS UNIES
DAY 3 FEZ | TIMELESS MEDIEVAL CITY (Magical Medinas Adventure)
In this day of your tour ‘Magical Medinas Adventure’, you will join your private guide on a journey back in time when you visit bustling Fez el-Bali, Fez’s timeless walled city and endless maze of markets. Once a renowned center for learning, this ancient quarter is home to the University of Al Karaouine — one of the oldest still-functioning universities in the world — as well as the 14th-century Medersa Attarine (Koranic college), a jewel of Hispano-Moorish architecture. Take a walking tour from Bab Boujloud to the former home of Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the marvelous Talaa el-Kabira to Nejjarine Fountain and a converted fondouk (inn) exhibiting carpentry artifacts. Later, a panoramic view of the Royal Palace greets you before you continue to the Museum of Moroccan Arts, which houses artistic wood carvings, tribal carpets and ceramics.
JEWISH CEMETERY & HABARIM SYNAGOGUE
ROYAL PALACE DAR EL-MAKHZEN
MERENID TOMBS AT BORJ NORD
JNAN SBIL GARDEN
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Fez, this little hideaway is for you. With beautiful French-influenced gardens and a lovely waterfall, it is a relaxing place to spend some time.
The Qalawiya Mosque was first built in 859 by Fatima el-Bint Mohammed bin Abdellah el-Fihri, a pious woman from Kairouan. converted in 933 into a mosque also considered the oldest university in the world, the sanctuary originally consisted of a prayer hall, four naves running parallel to the qibla wall, and a north wall. It included of a large courtyard with a minaret; it was enlarged in 956 during the Zenitic period, and several outer walls were added during the Almohad, Malini, Saad, and Alawite periods (library, qat’a, ablution rooms, etc.). Its capacity is more than 20,000 prayer.
You will pass through a blue gate called Bab Bu Jeroud, and we highly recommend that you have a guide to take you around and tell you the history of the gate. There are also many restaurants in the area where you can have lunch or refreshments.
EL MOKRI PALACE
Built in the 20th century by the Pasha of Casablanca, the palace is a fine example of Moroccan architecture and a well-known filming location that also holds a music festival. Although the palace is a private, its magnificent design and exterior are well worth a visit.
The family business has been making ceramics for generations and is known by local residents for its beautiful products. This authentic store offers everything from vases to plates and cups. Please take your time to browse the mosaics and painted ceramics.
The Al-Qarawiyyin Library, the oldest library in the world, founded in Fez over 1000 years ago (9th century), has recently completed restoration work and opened to the public. The library is still in use as the library of the University of Qarawiyyin and is the oldest continuous library in the world.
BOU INANIA MEDERSA
Medersa Bu Inania is a religious and educational building in Talaa Kebira, a remarkable work of art in itself.
Ask for a guide to help you better understand Medersa and its history, and you will be fascinated by its atmosphere.
DAY 4 VOLUBILIS & MEKNES | MAGICAL MEDINAS ADVENTURE
Depart for Volubilis to see its triumphal arches, basilicas and skyline peppered with some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco. You also view superbly preserved mosaic floors — arguably the city’s greatest treasures — with some of its most enthralling examples depicting Orpheus charming animals with his lyre and Amphitrite in a chariot drawn by a seahorse. Continue to Meknes, one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Impressive monuments recall the splendor of a city built by a powerful 17th-century sultan, such as the great Bab Mansour gateway and the royal stables. Later, travel to Rabat, where you check in to your boutique hotel.
DAY 5 RABAT | CHARMING CAPITAL
From the medina’s busy and colorful alleys and the peaceful Chellah necropolis to the buzzing marina, you will discover Rabat’s full complexity.
In contrast to the maze of streets, the historic city center is linear and impressive. A walk through Rabat’s medina might look something like this. From the Bab el-Had gate, walk down Suik Street, the largest and busiest street in the medina. You will arrive at al-Sabat, a reed mat-covered shoe market selling baboush (leather slippers), silver and gold jewelry. Then, on the partially glazed Consular Street, artisans make wool rugs, textiles, and copper objects. The medina also offers cheap local food, so don’t hesitate to try mint tea, marshmallows, tagines, and more.
KASBAH OF THE UDAYAS OUDAYAS
A cobblestone path leads to El Attica Mosque, the oldest mosque in the city, and up to an old traffic light. From here and from the terrace of the adjacent Café de la Moret, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Rabat, the nearby town of Salé, and the Bourreg River flowing into the sea. Further up, the Udayas Palace, now a national museum, has retained its characteristic simplicity and serenity, while retaining its original period design. The Andalusian-style gardens are an oasis of serenity, with fruit trees, oleanders, and cascading bougainvillea.
The magnificent Bab Rouak, or “Gate of the Winds,” is monumental. The richness of the ornamentation is remarkable, and it also serves as an exhibition hall: under the ornate arches of its four square halls are placed works by famous Moroccan artists.
Built on the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Sala Colonia, the necropolis, described in guidebooks as “the most romantic place in Morocco,” did not always have the charm it has today.
Destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and robbed of its best materials by marauders, it remained in a state of ruin for several hundred years.
At 10:45 a.m. daily, visitors may enter the courtyard of the Royal Guard Barracks to watch the raising of the national flag. You may also participate in the changing of the guard on horseback, which takes place in front of Hassan Tower at 7:00 a.m. daily.
MOHAMMED VI MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI), which showcases the work of some 200 Moroccan artists, opened in 2014 and was named after the King of Morocco, offering delightful architecture and a variety of temporary exhibitions.
DAY 6 MARRAKECH | THE RED CITY
EL BADI PALACE
El Badi Palace was built in the 16th century and is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. It originally had 360 rooms, a large courtyard, and a 90 x 20 meter swimming pool.
The Saadi Dynasty royal tombs are beautifully decorated with vaulted ceilings, intricate carvings, and elaborate moldings. It is a very popular place in Marrakech, so be prepared to wait in line.
The 12th century Menard Gardens are surrounded by olive groves and set in a beautiful and tranquil setting with the Atlas Mountains in the background.
Stroll through this maze of markets and let the sights, smells, and sounds overwhelm your senses. If you feel the urge to shop, be prepared to bargain.
The 12-kilometer-long Marrakech Wall was built more for its outward beauty than for its defensive function. Today, it is the perfect place to spend a romantic moment with a loved one. Horse-drawn carriages are available for visits to the medina and walls. It is recommended that these visits be done in the evening.
Jemaa el-Fna is a square and market in the bustling heart of the medina. Especially at dusk on hot days, life in Melaka is at its most colorful and vibrant. Stores sell freshly squeezed juices and restaurants appear (as if they didn’t exist) in the evenings.
MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
Located in the heart of the city, the museum presents the history of Morocco through 3,500 photographs taken between 1870 and 1950. From its rooftop, one of the highest in the region, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view while having a light meal.
ALI BEN YOUSSEF MADRASA
Madrasah Ali Ben Yousef is an old Koranic school built in the 14th century. At its peak, it had 900 students and was the largest seminary in North Africa; it was closed in the 1960s and reopened as a public place in 1982. Although it does not look like much from the outside, inside you will be amazed at its beauty.
KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE AND MINARET
Built in 1120, the Koutoubiya Mosque and its minaret stand 70 meters high and are a spiritual landmark in Marrakech. Unfortunately, only Muslims are allowed to enter, but the building itself is impressive from the outside.
When you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, relax in this garden. Stroll through the shade of the palm trees and observe the beautiful plants, fountains, and birds, and when you tire, relax at the Garden Café.