A Gateway Between Europe and Africa, this Country is Overflowing with Diverse Wonders
What piques your curiosity, really awakens your inner wanderlust? Vast, sweeping landscapes of high desert and mountain peaks? Ancient cities that still wear their traditions on the sleeves of their intricate robes? Modern, sky-scraping metropolises that pulse with the energy of progress? Foodie havens, where the experience is multi-sensory and reaches beyond the plate? The answer to all of these question marks is one, complex country. Morocco, Europe’s gateway to Africa and long the source of creative, spiritual and commercial inspiration. The world’s romance with Morocco began long before Bogie and Bergman set foot in Casablanca, with its ancient medinas and important seaside ports shaping commerce and control for centuries.
On Crystal voyages exploring Morocco, you’ll find that the country is, in fact the answer to many of your most captivating travel desires. From rich natural wonders like Saharan dunes, forested coastlines and Atlas Mountains to the mesmerizing display of the traditional souks that line the streets of medinas, juxtaposed with cosmopolitan quarters and seashores dotted with sun-seekers and resort amenities. Three destinations featured on Crystal itineraries illustrate the complex and diverse character of the place…
A popular destination for sun-worshipers, Agadir’s stunning beach – and the bustling promenade that lines the sand – is the hub of this holiday haven. It is the center of the Barbary Coast’s chic resort area and enjoys a glorious 300 days of sunshine per year. A modern city, Agadir was completely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake struck in 1960. In sharp contrast, the nearby antique city of Taroudant makes a pleasant destination for explorers.
With visions of Bergman and Bogart filling the imagination, it’s easy to explore the French-colonial design and narrow alleyways of the old Medina, and bargain-filled souks are reminders of mysterious days past. Yet this gleaming city has a firm grasp on the 21st century and today encompasses broad palm-lined boulevards, attractive public parks and soaring high-rises. Casablanca is Morocco’s all-but-official capital. Its port bustles with more activity than most in Africa. Head downtown for a comprehensive point of view on the clash of cultures that have influenced the city for the past 500 years, and the modern, energetic vibe it holds today.
This is a city cloaked in the figurative robes of its past, with glimpses into its colorful history and enduring traditions at every turn. Founded by Carthaginian colonists in the 5th century BC, Tangier later fell under Roman rule, the Byzantine Empire, Arab control and eventually found itself at the center of a tug of war between Portugal and Spain. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites feature ancient ruins and archaeological sites attesting to its layers of history. Long considered the gateway to Africa, Tangier has attracted interest and intrigue of global power players and commerce. Today, it attracts the culturally curious as one of Morocco’s most eclectic destinations.
Crystal invites travelers to plan your future journey with added flexibility as we look ahead to sailing together again.