Four Moroccan cities bear the “imperial” name which they owe to the Sherifian Empire, appellation that the Kingdom of Morocco has had for long periods of history. These magnificent cities have their roots in the History of Morocco as they were the capitals of the Sultanate and the Empire during a period of history.
A tour in the Imperial Cities is the best way to explore the rich and colourful culture of Morocco. The country is known in the Arab world as” El Maghreb” – country of the setting sun and powerful extremes, where the traditional and the modern prosper hand in hand. Morocco is considered the most westernized country in the Arab-Muslim countries.
Marrakech is the second largest city of Morocco and is known as the Red or Ocre City. It is the capital of the south of Morocco and an imperial city that once lent its name to Morocco.
Bustling metropolitan, city of glorious history and mystic charms, radiant Marrakech is both splendid and mysterious. Bordered by the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas, surrounded by robust ramparts and century-old palm trees, magnificent gardens, colorful vibrant souks, and uninterrupted entertainment in the famous Djema El Fnâa square, Marrakech leaves visitors with the impression of being soaking in a fairy-tale world.
Impressive landmarks in Marrakech include majestic palaces: Royal Palace, Bahia and Badi palaces; the stunning Koutoubia mosque; Medersa Ben Youssef, the largest theological college in Morocco; Saadian Tombs; Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts; Majorelle Gardens; the huge Menara garden etc…
Spiritual, religious and cultural capital of Morocco under various reigns, Fes has been the capital city of Morocco many times since its founding. Between 1244 and 1465, it was the capital under the Marinid dynasty, before returning to the Idrisid dynasty between 1465 and 1471. The Wattasid dynasty used Fes as its capital from 1471 to 1554, after which the Dila’ite dynasty designated the city as its capital from 1659 to 1663. Fes served as the capital city of the Alaouite dynasty from 1666 to 1672 and again from 1727 to 1912.
The holy city, as splendid as its secrets, testifies to a creative and imaginative spirit. A visit to Fes is worth a try to explore the authenticity of its medina, the spectacular architecture of its medersas, its effervescent Souks with captivating sounds, aromas and enchanting colours. The famous Belghazi Museum, the Medersa and Bou Inania and the historic Karaouine Mosque, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘oldest existing educational institution in the world’, never fail to amaze visitors. The inhabitants of Fes will amaze you with their hospitality and boundless generosity.
Dating back to the 7th century BC, Rabat has been the cradle of different civilizations: Berber, Carthaginian, Roman, and finally the Arab-Muslim civilization.
Today Rabat has become the political and administrative capital of Morocco and the main residence of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
Rabat is the city of the Maghreb infinite varieties, amalgam of all the contrasts of Morocco, the fragrance of various scents involving tradition and modernity. A visit to Rabat is the opportunity to enjoy wandering the Chellah excavation area and exploring the lovely Oudaias Kasbah; the beautiful Hassan Tower displaying sophisticated motifs and design; the Mausoleum of Mohammed V; Rabat Archaeological Museum and the Musée Mohamed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain.
Capital of Morocco between 1672 and 1727, this city located southwest of Fez is renowned for its ancient monuments dating from the 14th to 18th centuries, for its walls with magnificent doors (Bab El Mansour), and for its Dar Jamaï museum.
Meknes is a city soaked in a history that speaks for itself. It is a city of architectural splendour and artistic genius, a city where the vestiges of the two greatest civilizations which conquered it (Roman and Islamic) coexist, and where history will take you back to the first Arab-Muslim dynasties founded by Moulay Idriss. Among the Roman remains, the ancient city Volubilis and the main archaeological site of Morocco.