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Best Small Towns in Morocco

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The 10 Best Small Towns in Morocco

[ Pages of interest: Tangier, Morocco and Best Small Towns in Spain ]


Aït Benhaddou

An absolutely charming, all-but-deserted "fortified city" on a hill on the Ounila River, famous for its kasbahs. The entire village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a more modern village located on the other side of the river, offering a handful of visitor facilities. Aït Benhaddou has provided the setting for dozens of films over the years, among them Sodom And Gomorrah (1963), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Prince of Persia (2010).

Location: In the Souss-Massa-Drâa region in central Morocco

Population: 50


Tizi N'Tacheddirt

Location: Atlas Mountains

Population: 300


Asilah

Location: Tanger-Tétouan region in northern Morocco

Population:


Ifrane

Yep, this one's in Morocco too! An unmistakably European-style Alpine village, often described as a "colonial hill station," established by the French in 1929, and frequently enveloped in snow during winter. The town is actually a popular little ski resort, perched at an elevation of 5,460 feet (1,665 m), with a university and royal palace to boot. Visitor facilities abound, and it's hard to tell you're in Morocco!

Location: Middle Atlas region of north-central Morocco

Population: 13,000


Merzouga

Location: On the periphery of the Sahara in southeastern Morocco

Population: 1,200


Tafraout

Location: Souss-Massa-Drâa region in southern Morocco

Population: 5,000


Zagora

Location: Souss-Massa-Drâa region in south-central Morocco

Population: 34,900


Chefchaouen

Picturesque small town – and pot-smoking haven – in northern Morocco's Rif Mountains. The town sits in the heart of the Chefchaouen region, a principal producer of cannabis, with hashish commonly available all over town. Chefchaouen is nevertheless a popular tourist destination, with hand-woven blankets and woolen garments, locally-produced goat cheese, and Turkish baths among its other offerings. A couple of hundred hotels, scores of cafés and restaurants, several prominent mosques, and a 15th-century fortress add to the interest.

Location: Rif Mountains, near Tangier

Population: 35,700


Ouarzazate

Location: Souss-Massa-Drâa region in south-central Morocco

Population: 56,600


Essaouira

Location: Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz region in western Morocco

Population: 70,000

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Last updated November 11, 2013
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