#14 best destination in the world

Marrakesh

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  • Old fortified city packed with vendors and stalls
  • Has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Majorelle Garden

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  • 2 and 1/2 acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden
  • Created by French Orientalist artist for forty years starting in 1923
  • Features a Cubist villa

Essaouira

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  • City enclosed by fortress walls
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Tree Goats of Morocco

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  • Grown almost exclusively in Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco, the Argania is a rare and protected species after years of over-farming and clear-cutting
  • The tree produces an annual fruit crop, and it is this that attracts legions of local goats who hop up into the branches to pick out the fruit
  • See in June, when the fruit ripens and the goats are attracted to the blooms
  • Local farmers condone and even cultivate this bizarre feeding practice, keeping the goats away from the trees while the fruit matures and releasing them at the right time

Agadir Beach

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  • Highly rated spacious beach providing a sandy shoreline and volleyball courts

Tin Mal Mosque

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  • Mosque located in the High Atlas mountains
  • Built in 1156 to commemorate the founder of the Almohad dynasty, Mohamed Ibn Tumart
  • One of the two mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslim
  • The prototype for the Tin Mal mosque was the Great Mosque of Taza, also built by Abd al-Mu’min

Kasbah du Toubkal

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  • Hotel that offers traditional foods or mint tea, and rides on muleback to visit the mountains, nearby village, and Toubkal National Park, located in the middle of the Atlas Mountain range

Aït Benhaddou

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  • Ancient fortified village
  • Great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rabat

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  • Rabat was founded in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu’min as a military town
  • The city steadily grew but went into an extended period of decline following the collapse of the Almohads
  • In the 17th century Rabat became a haven for Barbary pirates
  • The French established a protectorate over Morocco in 1912 and made Rabat its administrative center
  • Morocco achieved independence in 1955 and Rabat became its capital
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Meknes

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  • Founded in the 11th century as a military settlement
  • Spanish-Moorish style architecture: surroundings of high walls with great doors
  • Combines Islamic and European styles of the 17th century
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Medina of Fez

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  • One of the best conserved historic towns of the Arab-Muslim world
  • Founded in the 8th-9th centuries
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Chefchaouen

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  • City with blue walls of which there are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue.
  • One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away, another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s
  • The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life
  • However, according to some locals, the walls were mandated to be painted blue simply to attract tourists at some point in the 1970s

Hassan II Mosque

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  • Largest functioning mosque in Africa
  • Completed in 1993
  • The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca
  • The mosque stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean; worshippers can pray over the sea
  • A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer

Costs

Number of Days: 20 days

Best Time To Fly: mid-March-May, Sept-Oct

Airline ticket: $1,857

Seattle -> Marrakesh (one way) = $941
Casablanca -> Seattle (one way) = $916

Food: $10/day x 20 days = $200

Rental Car: $31/day x 17 days = $527

Gas: $168

Entertainment: $347

Airbnb: $79 x 18 days = $1,422

TOTAL: $4,521