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Al-Maghreb Al Aqsa, "farthest land of the setting sun", as Morocco was called by Arabs, used to be for a long time the window through which Africa and Europe were looking at each other. The image you get looking at Africa in this way, maybe is not the sheer reality about a very diverse and exotic continent but for a long time, the kingdom of Morocco was the "most African you can get" for the Europeans clogging the Parisian salons at the end of the last century. But the exoticism of the country is genuine and even today, the spectacular markets, the medieval cities, the fortified villages across the Atlas mountains, the gorges and Saqqara desert are enchanting for their charm and uniqueness even for the most demanding traveler.

The country is split by the Atlas Mountains in two parts that are extremely different. On the western coast are the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes and Fes that together with Casablanca, the most important city of the country, represent the traditional and expected destinations for tourism. But if you cross the Atlas Mountains, the landscape and the architecture is changing in such a degree that you do not think anymore that you are in the same country. The citadels, 'kasbah', and the fortified villages, 'ksours', made of adobe with their flat roofs, have an architecture which you may imaging to see in Mali or Mauritania, not here at no more than 300km from Europe. Around them the palm tree groves bringing the charm of desert's oasis are puncturing the landscape. Some interesting destinations are towns that were old French garrisons, forgotten outpost in the desert, reminders of a time of warfare between the Europeans and the Berbers. Merzouga, Ouarzazate, Zagora are this kind of cities.

Come with us and visit them all in our travel video. We go from Rabat to Meknes, one of the first capital of the kingdom that has nearby the holy city of Moulay Iddriss and the greatest Roman ruin in the whole Africa at Volubilis, and continue to the winding streets of the medieval city of Fes. From there we cross the Atlas Mountains and we go for a sunrise to the ergs of Saqqara, and to the village of Rissani, outpost of the Arab commerce not too long ago, to Goulmina, Todra and Dades Gorge, to Ouarzazate and, on the Vale de Draa, to Zagora, where a famous sign shows that from there, there is only a 52 day camel ride to the legendary Timbuktu. 
Coming back, we go and visit the magnificent Marrakech, one of the most alive places we ever encounter with its fascinatingly alive square Djama El Fna. From there we drive to the coast to Essaouira, the white houses Portuguese colony of Mogador and finish at Casablanca, the new bustling city, a real link between Europe and Africa.

Come with us and visit them all in our travel video and you will never forget these places!

 

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Morocco Stock

4 hours of SD stock footage from these locations:

Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss, Fes, Sahara, Risani, Erg Chebi, Merzouga,  Todra Gorge, Dades Gorge, Tinehrir, Ouarzazate, Agdez, Zagora, Vale de Dra, Marakech, Essaouira, Casablanca

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