The keystone arch, carved cedar and intricate tile work reflect the artisanal traditions rooted in Moroccan tradition.
Your private guide will lead you through the critical elements of medina architecture and the importance of color and materials.
Perhaps more than anything else, Morocco is known for its distinctive architectural style. High walls have keyhole doorways that are passages to a private world, leading to lush interior courtyard gardens with bubbling fountains. Intricate tile mosaics called zellij adorn holy places as well as public spaces, the beautiful result of the Islamic tradition to avoid human or animal representation. Even the winding souks of the medina have their own architectural charm, a chaotic puzzle to be solved on foot. Exploring Morocco through the lens of its architecture with our expert guides offers an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the country.
For some travelers, a visit to the kasbah is a must. Some prefer to simply to wander the souks, getting lost (and found again) amid the vibrant bustle. For others, the charm of the ville nouvelle, with its wide boulevards and 1930s Art Deco style, is irresistible. Whether your interest is in the ancient walled medinas of the oases or the cosmopolitan cafes of Casablanca, our expert guides will lead you to the architectural gems of the country and provide valuable historic insight into their development.
Cobblestone recommends: Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate ; Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech; Cinema Rialto and the Art Deco buildings surrounding Plaza V, Casablanca