Extended Tour to Morocco via Cordoba
15 September - 26 SeptemberFree
Join this fantastic trip being organised by Eleonora Lungu. In summary we will all meet up in Cordoba between 15/17th September. We will then depart to Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ourzate, Zagora (in the desert) and then Fes. Departure home will be via Gibralter on the 25th September. For people who cannot spend the whole time with the trip then there will be the possibility to join later or leave earlier.
Here is the detailed Itinerary.
15/16/17 September Assemble in Cordoba.
A city with one of the richest histories in Spain, Córdoba is home to many notable pieces of Moorish architecture such as the Mezquita, which was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and is now a Cathedral. The UNESCO status has since been expanded to encompass the whole historic centre of Córdoba. Alcazar (which housed the largest library in the West) and the impressive Roman Bridge, or Puente Romano are also worth visiting.
17th September Cordoba to Casablanca/Rabat (2 nights in Riad)
‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.’ (Rick, Casablanca 1942)
Let’s see what is all the fuss about all those ‘gin joints’ in Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and home to some of the best restaurants in Morocco. Also the largest city in the Maghreb region, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco, although the national political capital is Rabat. In contrast to the dynamic Casablanca, we’ll discover Rabat going for a peaceful walk on the beach, admiring the intact and evocative kasbah, and the attractive walled medina.
19th September Casablanca/Rabat to Marrakesh (2 nights)
Prepare for your senses to be slapped in the walled medieval city. Marrakesh’s heady sights and sounds will dazzle, frazzle and enchant. Put on your babouches (leather slippers) and dive right in. Everywhere you look in the Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, you’ll discover drama in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) has been non-stop here ever since this plaza was the site of public executions around AD 1050 – hence its name, which means ‘assembly of the dead’. By mid-morning the soundtrack of snake-charmer flutes has already begun, but the show doesn’t kick off until sunset when restaurants fire up their grills, cueing musicians to tune up their instruments.
21st September Marrakesh to Ouarzazate (1 night)
Crossing the Altas mountains, we arrive at Ouarzazate – the ‘door of the desert’ For centuries, people from the Atlas, Draa and Dadès Valleys converged to do business at Ouarzazate’s sprawling Taourirt Kasbah. The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs (locally known as: iɣeṛman) and buildings for which the area is known. The fortified village (ksar) of Aït Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ouarzazate area is a noted film-making location: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), Hanna (2011),The Hills Have Eyes (2006), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot here, as was part of the TV series Game of Thrones.
22nd September Ouarzazate to Zagora (1 night in luxury camp in the desert)
The original, iconic ‘Tombouctou, 52 jours’ (Timbuktu, 52 days) sign, featuring a nomad with a smirking camel, may have been swept away in an inexplicable government beautification scheme, but Zagora’s fame as a desert outpost remains indelible. The Saadians launched their expedition to conquer Timbuktu here in 1591, and desert caravans passing through Zagora gave this isolated spot cosmopolitan character. These days Zagora remains a trading post and meeting place, hosting a regional souq on Wednesday and Sunday and putting on a variety of lively festivals.
23rd September Zagora to Fes (2 nights)
Fes is Morocco’s cultural capital.In its heyday, Fez attracted scholars and philosophers, mathematicians and lawyers, astronomers and theologians. Craftsmen built them houses and palaces, kings endowed mosques and medersas (religious schools), and merchants offered exotic wares from the silk roads and sub-Saharan trade routes. Although Fez lost its influence at the beginning of the 19th century, it remains a supremely self-confident city whose cultural and spiritual lineage beguiles visitors. Something of the medieval remains in the world’s largest car-free urban area: donkeys cart goods down the warren of alleyways.
25th September Fes to Europe via Gibraltar
And here is the routing proposed.
Extended Tour to Morocco via Cordoba
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