Morocco Desert Tours
The ever enchanting kingdom of Morocco is a gateway to the African continent which lies within a reach of European shores. The country is a melting pot of different tribes and ethnic groups with the touch of European flare hanging in the air. This extraordinary and unique fusion of these cultures and influences creates a mosaic of a land full of history, aromas, visual effects, and natural beauty meshed in a harmony of distant past and modern present worlds… A country that will assault all your senses and make you wish to be here.
Morocco is a country where you can feast on incredibly delicious dishes, tajine is just one of the local favorites, before relaxing with a steaming glass of mint tea often accompanied by delicate sweets.
With a single journey, you could find yourself surfing across the mighty North Atlantic cities of Essaouira or Agadir, living among the nomadic mountain and desert Berbers of the spectacular Sahara and the Atlas Mountains, or navigating through souks and medinas with their complex maze of alleyways in the ancient cities of Marrakech, Rabat, Fez, and Meknes. Venture further north to visit the blue city of Chefchaouen wedged in between the Riff mountains. Cities are full of history, exotic fragrant spices, food, and extraordinary artisan merchandise on display.
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“We are really pleased to have worked with them. We received excellent guidance for our excursion. Lblar and Hassan always provide unique and pleasant service. They have demonstrated exceptional professionalism and efficiency in their job. Everything that was agreed upon was carried out exactly as anticipated. Without a doubt, I will return to discuss with you during our next holiday.”
“All of the locations are breathtaking. It's a thousand times better! All of the personnel engaged in the Morocco Desert Tours organization provided excellent service! Everything was fantastic! Professional, well-organized, and meticulous in every aspect. Hassan, our extremely pleasant and knowledgable guide, was there for us at all times, even after the tour was over. Excellent accomodation and meals. Definitely recommended!”
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“We took a ﬁve journey across the Merzouga desert from Marrakech to Fes, and it was an incredible experience. We were fortunate to spend those days with Mohamed, the driver, a Merzouga local. Who contributed to the authenticity of our journey. We've been able to observe how the Berber people live since he has patiently answered all of our questions. We were devastated to have to say good-by to him. We would absolutely recommend it to anybody planning a trip to Morocco. ”
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“An amazing adventure. We first met Youssef, who made our holiday unforgettable. Our adventure from Tangier to Marrakech began with a drive over the desert dunes with our wonderful guide Said. The desert was our objective, and we hallucinated, especially when reclining beneath the stars in the middle of the desert, and we observed a lot of Moroccan beauty from north to south. Thank you, Lblar and Bouwltof; you are an amazing family who have taught us about another country, customs, and way of life.”
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“We only had a few days and were unable to complete the three-day, two-night desert adventure. They gave us the option of doing only one night, picking us up in Fes, taking us to the desert, and then taking us to Marrakech the next day. Hamid, our private guide, did an excellent job of taking us to several locations and explaining many things. Laughing and displaying a keen interest in studying a variety of languages (he already speaks half a dozen!). Without a doubt, this is an experience that should not be missed! We'll spend more nights in the desert the next time! Feel free to contact Unique Desert Tour for Morocco desert Tours.”
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“The fact is that the vacation exceeded my expectations. We began contacting Unique Desert Tour and scheduled a vacation. With impeccable timeliness and a lot of support from Mohamed the driver, a very cheerful Berber lad, always with a smile, very competent driver and a good desert aficionado. It's amazing how young nomads adapt to various languages and learn alongside others. A very long but magnificent trip to visit Fez, the cultural capital, Dades, the Gorges of Todra, and conclude in Chefchaouen, the blue city, with two young and extremely knowledgeable guides who taught us about their cities and Islamism. It is recommended for Morocco Desert Tours.”
Top locations to visit with Unique Desert Tour
Morocco Desert Tours will take you to numerous gorgeous sites and amazing activities. As a result, we’ve included them below so you can get a sense of where you’re going.
The list does not include all of the details. If you would want to incorporate any place, activity, or stop in your trip with us, please let us know.
Marrakech was established in 1071 by the Almoravid dynasty’s ruler Youssef Ibn Tachfin. That is to say, because of Almoravids were a particularly devout people, the city of Marrakech saw fit to erect several mosques with minarets in its streets during the time. In addition to pointing to the sky, there are Koranic schools that teach future imams. Parallel to the development of religious structures. Also, many of the city’s craftspeople arrived from Cordoba or Seville, Spain, during this time period. The city was created with monuments that are today synonymous with Marrakech, including the red ramparts and different city gates.
In the hands of Almohads:
The Almohads took control of the city in the eleventh century. From the High Atlas, who exterminated the Almoravids and demolished their many constructions. The renowned Koutoubia mosque from this time still stands in Marrakech. Furthermore, the strength of its external construction elevates it to one of the most stunning Moroccan representations of Moorish art. At the same period, the Bab Agnaou gate was built.
Following the Almohade dynasty, numerous peoples succeeded one another at the helm of the red city. For many years, Marrakech was ignored. Marrakech would not regain its splendor until the sixteenth century, following the capture of the city by the Saadians. The majestic El Badi Palace, located in the Mellah neighborhood, is still one of the most attractive sights to see in the ochre city. Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Dhahbi constructed it to commemorate his army’s victory over the Portuguese adversary at the “Battle of the Three Kings.” This effectively put an end to Portugal’s aspirations to conquer Morocco. You also think that the Saadians’ tomb dated from this epoch…
During the Alaouites power:
As the Alaouites seize control from the Saadians, the city of Marrakech will lose appeal to these people, who will instead pick Meknes as their imperial capital. It will therefore take until 1912 and the French protectorate for the city to evolve again, with the appearance of the new district of Guéliz. Companies and banks have their headquarters in this neighborhood. The city government, as well as prominent luxury brands and retail boutiques. There are also numerous global eateries and legendary cafés there.
Marrakech is not just a popular tourist destination, but it is also the starting place for our Unique Desert Tour Morocco Tours.
Fez’s history is intertwined with the history of Morocco, as it is the country’s first Muslim metropolis. For a long time, the capital was a competitor to Marrakech, Meknes, or Rabat. Today. Fez is the country’s spiritual capital.
Foundation of Fez:
This region was inhabited by Berbers prior to the advent of the Arabs. It is also after. The Arabs, then, are city inhabitants, but the Berbers are more rural.
Fez was founded in 788 by Idriss ben Abdellah, the founder of the first Muslim dynasty in the Maghreb, the Idrissides.
The chosen location will be at a crossroads where multiple trade routes intersect:
– From the south (Sijilmissa and Mali) to the north (Ports of Tangier and Ceuta).
– East (Marrakech) and west (Tlemcen, Tunis, and further on Cairo and Mecca or Damascus).
The river Oued Fez and gushing springs flourish in the future Fez. Furthermore, the surrounds are excellent for agricultural production and include building resources like as stone, clay, and wood from the Middle Atlas Mountains.
Families banished from Cordoba (now Spain) and Kairouan (now Tunisia) progressively inhabit both banks of the river, resulting in two distinct cities:
- The Karouanais bank is on the right bank.
- The Andalusians’ bank on the left bank (little tourist today).
Fatima el Fihriya, a Kairouanese aristocrat, founded the Quaraouiyine mosque in 859. Furthermore, it will be the first Muslim university in the world, maybe even before Bologna in Italy. The Al-Andalus mosque is situated on the opposite bank.
The banks are united in a walled enclosure (1069) with the Almoravides dynasty: the modern Medina of Fez.
Under the Almohad rigorists, the city grew and became an important intellectual center.
The Golden Age of Fez:
The emergence of the new Merinid dynasty is a watershed moment.
In 1276, Abu Youssef chose to abandon the Kasbah Nouar in the Medina and create a new neighborhood farther west: Fez la Blanche, la Neuve, or Fez El Jedid in Arabic.
A palace was constructed, the region was home to troops (the Mellah), and residential sections were soon fortified. The increased power was not universally welcomed by the populace. As a result, it was critical not to take any chances.
Several measures were taken to reduce the opposition of the population:
Sumptuous colleges (Medersa) were established in Medina to erode the religious influence of major mosques opposed to the government. Poor students from all around the realm come to train under the sultan’s lavish sponsorship. They will grow into appreciative and loyal citizens and civil servants.
The discovery of the grave of the founder, Idriss ben Abdellah, is a good cause to relocate the Jews from Medina to the ancient Mellah fortress. 1 stone, 2 blows: The new holy site will be kept safe from unbelievers. Above important, the monarch will divide the influence of Fez’s merchants by keeping the Jews under his command.
It is the golden era of Fez, and the Christians’ reconquest of Granada draws the Muslims into the city, bringing with them their know-how as a legacy.
Fez will become a storehouse of Arab-Andalusian culture, particularly in architecture, music, and gastronomy.
The decline of Fez:
- Fez deteriorated under the Ouattassides (or Wattassides), and in 1522, the city was devastated by a devastating earthquake.
- The Saadians chose Marrakech as their capital, and erected the El Badi Palace there. The new monarchy will encircle Fez with castles because it is distrustful of the populace.
- For a while, Fez was the capital under the Alaouites. Then it’s Meknes’ turn for a while.
Many independence rebellions spring out under French protectorate, challenging the sultan’s power: Rabat becomes the new capital, safer.
Fes is one of the highlights of our Unique Desert Tour Morocco tours. From this cultural city, you can start your journey towards the Sahara desert or to any destination in general.
Merzouga is most likely the greatest and most memorable of our Morocco vacation sites. A metropolis that appears to be floating in nothingness, remote from everything and everyone, and enveloped in a dreamlike stillness. Merzouga is a desert stretch in the Sahara. Crossing its dunes is a lively experience, one not to be missed on your Morocco holiday.
Sahara is an Arabic term that means “loneliness,” but viewing some Moroccan landscapes gives you a sense of anything but solitude. On the contrary, there are locations where the spirit and heart may be filled. Merzouga is among them. Seeing the sun rise and set among the sand dunes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The tallest dunes in the Sahara desert, some of which are over a hundred meters high, may be found in this beautiful location. Merzouga’s dunes, known as Erg Chebbi, are located in the southeast of Morocco.
The region is made up of a small cluster of dwellings divided by two streets: one that runs from the desert to Rissani and one where tourists may purchase food from the few businesses that exist. From Merzouga, you may go on some amazing adventures, such as riding a camel or a dromedary across the desert and appreciating the sunrises and sunsets, as well as the starry sky at night. Those who do not enjoy this type of experience. Even more daring is the trip with a 4 x 4 off-road vehicle, during which you may cross the dunes and visit a Berber family when you are tired.
Merzouga and its dunes put up a spectacular performance. The sensation you have in front of this natural wonder is nearly helplessness. The stillness that envelops you, the breeze that caresses your hair, and the sun that warms not only your body but also your heart.
This is Merzouga, a location where you feel alone in the middle of nowhere while still being surrounded by wonderful feelings that only nature can provide. Unlike other regions of the Sahara, the Erg Chebbi is defined by a thirty-kilometer-long cordon of golden dunes. Merzouga’s dunes, which exceed 150 meters in height and dominate the oasis of the same name, are among the tallest.
During the day, the hue of these dunes changes from pink to gold to red. In the winter, you may witness an even more thrilling display. In fact, a tiny lake, the Dayet Srji, emerges among the dunes, attracting hundreds of pink flamingos and storks.
Chefchaouen is a tiny hamlet in northern Morocco’s highlands that offers a magnificent Mediterranean backdrop. It has big legendary whitewashed blue corridors and a genuine and friendly ambiance. This city is a respite for tired travelers, a source of inspiration for photographers, and a treasure for the curious traveller.
We encourage you to explore this unique medina with a sense of nostalgia. This is a historic city where you will be served as much mint tea as marijuana and where you will be able to converse in both French and Spanish. This is a place where you can take your time to relax and experience the cultural variety of northern Morocco.
The Kasbah of Chefchaouen:
The kasbah is one of the primary historical attractions of the medina, and it is accessible via the location Outa el Hammam for a fee of 10 Dh at the entry. It is unlikely to be the most magnificent of the kasbahs you will have the opportunity to visit during your time in Morocco. However, it is still a fascinating landmark to find. Inside these walls, which Rachid Ben Ali constructed in 1471, you will find a lovely garden and a glimpse of an extremely amazing building.
Throughout your Morocco Desert Tours travel, you will find an old jail as well as the ethnological museum of the town of Chefchaouen, which houses a vast collection of folk art and handicrafts from the country’s north. Make sure you don’t leave the premises without going to the top of the kasbah tower, which will provide you with a 360-degree view of the surroundings, particularly the grand mosque.
The gates of the medina:
Chefchaouen is no exception. The Medina is coated in many colors of blue, yet some elements stand out strongly from this magnificent blue. These are the doors. Throughout my time in this city, I was obsessed by the many doors of houses, riads, and shops. They might be a striking and vibrant hue, or they can be neutral with distinctive and glossy handles.
The Spanish Mosque:
We confined ourselves to the Spanish mosque located on the route leading to the Ras-el-Ma waterfall and the kif fields, despite the fact that there is a great range of treks to do in this region of the nation. The Ras-el-Ma water spring is a wonderful spot to take a breather and appreciate the residents’ animation as well as the wilder scenery. In terms of hiking, it is a very pleasant ascent that lasts about 15 minutes. When you arrive at the mosque, you may take some time to rest and enjoy the wonderful view of the city. The show is really stunning!
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If you want to visit Chefchaouen on your trip to Morocco, we recommend that you book a tour with us. Morocco Desert Tours local guides can provide you with a comprehensive exploration of everything this city has to offer.
History of Meknes:
The Inter-Governmental Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization designated Meknes as a World Heritage Site in December 1996.
It is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. It enjoyed a time of tremendous wealth during the reign of Moulay Ismail, and what remains of this age of grandeur and prior eras makes this city a vital stop on any journey with Morocco Desert Tours. Meknes was chosen as Moulay Ismael’s capital for strategic, political, and geographical reasons. Remember that Louis XIV was the reigning monarch of France at the time. The well-known tale is Moulay Ismael’s marriage proposal to one of Louis XIV’s daughters, which did not take place since the suitor already had three wives. Louis sent him three Comtois clocks, which are still visible in the mausoleum!
In addition to its apparent architectural attraction to even the most casual tourist, the Meknes Kasbah is significant since it represents the Alaouite dynasty’s first great effort. A Moroccan dynasty that has ruled for almost 300 years. The Ismaili Kasbah is an important piece of Moroccan architectural heritage. Its monuments captivate the mind due to their apparent variety as well as their essential uniformity.
On the ornamental plan, a specific number of doors are marked (Bab Mansour Laalej and Bab Errih). Allow entry to a palace, a sub-assembly, or even the entire Kasbah. It is primarily these doors that deserve the moniker “Meknes, capital of magnificent doors.”
Gate of Bab El Mansour:
The city of Meknes was built in the 10th century by the Zenet Meknassa tribe from Morocco’s east. She was drawn to the region by the fertility of the land, the quantity of water, and the beauty of its gardens. This tribe was also responsible for the establishment of the city of Taza. Prior to its construction, there were just a succession of villages with no ramparts that coexisted peacefully in an agricultural existence based on Berber customs.
The Almoravids fortified the city in the 11th century. In the twelfth century, the Almohads repopulated it and erected mosques and hammams (Moorish baths). Mohammed An-Nasir, the fourth Almohad ruler, renovated the grand mosque and added a mihrab (around 1203). Abu Yusuf constructed a Kasbah, and Meknes became the home of the viziers.
Many monuments were erected by Abu Youssef and Abu El Hassan during the Merinids’ reign in the 13th century. Meknes will really become a Hispano-Maghrebian metropolis under the Merinids.
The cities of the north lost prominence under the Saâdyines’ reign. Meknes did not become the first imperial city until the end of the 17th century, with the arrival of the second Alaouite sultan. Moulay Ismael, the governor at the time, gave it remarkable growth; he wished to make it a magnificent capital. As a result, he made it his permanent home and adorned it with several spectacular structures: opulent palaces, mosques, madrasas (schools) with harmonic ensembles, towering gateways, formidable fortifications, vast gardens, ponds…
Prison of Kara:
Moulay Ismael died in 1727, and his son Moulay Abdellah continued and completed portions of his father’s work. Several monuments were added to Meknes during his rule, which lasted from 1757 until 1790. He constructed mosques, mausoleums, and the Dar Beîda mansion, which is currently home to the Royal Military Academy. The Alaouites have not stopped being king builders to this day, and the Kasbah of Meknes is consequently of great importance.
Meknes now consists of a historic and contemporary city divided by the Boufekrane wadi valley. The new city offers a stunning perspective of the medina, with its numerous minarets, walls, and imperial city.
Morocco Casablanca sprang established atop the ruins of an ancient city called Anfa. It was significant in Moroccan history toward the end of the seventh century. Also, it is the beginning of the eighth century. Anfa was a rich city with a prosperous agricultural hinterland. It was also a former fishing harbor.
Destroyed by Portuguese invasions in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah will then rebuild the city in the 18th century (1757-1790). The white city had just a thousand residents at the middle of the nineteenth century.
The city’s port gradually connected it to the rest of the globe. It piqued the curiosity of Europeans, who were motivated by commerce. Then it established itself as the European counter-point of North Africa, and it became Morocco’s first export port.
The port’s traffic is propelled by the advancement of steam navigation and the expansion of the textile industry. Following that, it will become one of the Mediterranean basin’s biggest suppliers of wool.
They established a regular marine route between Marseille and Casablanca in 1862.
The port of Casablanca, the kingdom’s first big modern port, was built in 1912 and boosted the city’s and region’s economic activities. As a result, it drew a large number of investors and workers.
Casablanca, the economical capital city:
It so determined the fate of the little city of Dar al Baida, which grew to become the country’s main economic center, metropolis, and financial capital.
Between 1910 and 1950, the city experiences a prosperous period of establishing large construction sites, including the planning of large avenues, the construction of large buildings, the organization of regular shipping lines… It is also the period of the beginning of the electric car, with the Euro-automobile Rally Casablanca in 1920.
The invasion of the Allies in North Africa in November 1942, particularly the American landing in Casablanca, Operation Torch, which is still fresh in the minds of elderly Casablancais, will be remembered as a watershed moment in the history of the Second World War.
Two months later, at the historic Anfa conference in January 1943, the leaders of the Allied powers (Roosevelt, Churchill, Giraud, and de Gaulle) gathered in Casablanca to plan their post-war strategy.
Casablanca between 1953 and 1965:
Casablanca is a city that stands up against oppression. It was the birthplace of the resistance to the French Protectorate. It was the collective effort of all Casablancais. Great resistance warriors perished. During Sultan Mohamed V’s expulsion by French authorities in 1953-1955, Casablanca the Resistance fighter erupted into flames. When the Sultan returned, the women left their cloister to greet their king.
A great patriotism was restored during the Green March (1975), a nonviolent march, an epic at King Hassan II’s request, to liberate the Sahara from Spanish control. Casablanca had the biggest delegation, with 35,000 volunteers.
The Casablancais were forced to escape to the countryside as a result of the Protectorate, Operation Torch, and the ensuing German reprisal.
The resistance, the Casablancais’ revolt against Sultan Mohamed V’s deportation, and the protest riots of 1965 and 1981 reinforced this population’s unity, establishing a strong commitment to the monarchy, the nation, and the city.
Casablanca was the epicenter of the protectorate’s opposition. The ancient medina, the Habous, Derb Sultan, Derb Al Kabir… were the armed resistance’s districts.
The “fidayeen” fought to restore the country’s political independence. “Al Fidaa,” means “Redemption.”
This nationalist drive lives on through the city’s major arteries, which bear its name. The Bd Al Fida runs through resistance fighters’ neighborhoods. The Bd of Resistance, which is led by Bd Zerktouni (the resistance leader), encircles the whole city.
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