Morocco is a land of warm colours and hidden truths.
Sited in the north-west of the African Continent, the Muslim country is suspended between myth and reality. Its legendary cities evoke fragrances of spices and mysterious atmospheres enchanting the traveller.
The starting point to visit Africa, Morocco is a friendly country attracting both a cultural tourism (Berber, Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Spanish and French civilizations have settled there) and tourists looking for natural beauties (ranging from the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert), or in search of the Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches where surf, windsurf and kite-surf may be practised.
Elegant imperial cities as Rabat, Meknès, Fès and Marrakesh (the Pearl of the South) make it a very refined country while dynamic cities like Casablanca, with its Hassan II Mosque (the second by volume after the Mecca), highlight its modernity. The Hammam, the well-known Arab baths, are fundamental steps for the ones who seek a wellness holiday. Not to be missed are also the spectacular Ouzoud falls, among the highest in the region.
Apart from the special atmosphere which can be breathed during religious events like the Ramadam or l’Aid al-Adha (the Sacrifice Feast), there are numerous typical cultural, musical and sports events which cannot be missed: the Agadir Timitar Festival, the Marrakech Festival Internacional de Cine, the multinational sports competition “La “Tansmarocaine”.
Tangier, in particular, is the meeting point of civilizations far apart, lying between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic.
Full of charming, interesting spots, it is the favourite destination for a wide range of different tourists who can start their tour from the famous Kasbah walking along the narrow alleys of Medina to the panoramic terrace on the Gibraltar Strait, or choose a visit of the Sultan Palace surrounded by magnificent gardens or the numerous contemporary museums, including Malcolm Forbes’ one, and then drop at the peculiar Hafa Cafè.
From Tangeri tours start to Cape Spartel, the farthest tip of Africa close to the famous Hercules Grottos, and to Cape Malabata as well.
Not to be forgotten, Tangier is also place of interest for scuba diving, thanks to the Barrier Reef.
By Grimaldi Lines Tangier may be easily reached leaving from Livorno and Barcelona. Throughout the year, every Saturday at 23.30, a Grimaldi Lines ship sails from Livorno to reach Tangier, calling at Barcelona on Sunday. The return voyage instead sails from Tangier port on Tuesday at 17.00 calling at Barcelona on Wednesday at 8.00.