Hassan II mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

The Hassan II mosque, inaugurated in 1993, is located in Casablanca and is built partly on the sea, it is a religious and cultural complex, built on nine hectares and includes a prayer room, a room of ablutions, baths, a Koranic school, a library and a museum. It is the fourth largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is 201 meters. Hassan II had the wish to connect the building to the air, considered one of the four elements beneficial to life with earth, fire and water, that’s why there is a large sunroof that moves in five minutes thanks to a self-propelled wheel bearing system. It is adorned with 124 fountains and marble vanities, it has more than fifty chandeliers and there are some from Murano; it has 18 exterior doors and is equipped with a laser beam indicating the direction of the Mecca with a range of 30 kilometers. On one side and on the other of the central nave, there are two granite columns that have inlaid in gold lettering the pedigree of King Hassan II.

Tips

To visit the mosque, you can buy tickets on site.

Removing shoes is mandatory at the entrance to the prayer room (plastic bags are available to the visitors).

Video cameras, and any kind of radio receiver and / or sound equipment is forbidden inside.

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Agadir, Souss, Morocco

Agadir is a city in southwestern Morocco, located on the Atlantic coast, in the Souss region, 508 km south of Casablanca, 173 km of Essaouira and 235 km west of Marrakech. It is a city where there are three languages; Arabic, Berber and French. From 1950, Agadir is a dynamic city with the aperture of a new commercial port and good activities such as fishing, agriculture, canning, mining and tourism course which feels attracted by its mild climate throughout the year and its beautiful hotels. In 1952, the Grand Prix of Agadir was held and after the Grand Prix of Morocco. In 1960, there was a great earthquake that has ravaged the city and it was completely rebuilt with mandatory earthquake standards. The beach is over 10 km with a beautiful seafront promenade of 5 km with the best hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes,white houses or buildings of condominiums, etc. There are 340 sunny days per year and the temperature let you swim at any time, with mild winters and a summer heat that does not choke. Agadir is also the first port of Morocco and it has the role of argument to be the first tourist site in the country with Marrakech. It is a modern, dynamic city with tourists throughout the year.

Tips

It is an ideal city to spend long stays, rent an apartment, there are even with food service and cleaning, staying in a hotel with just breakfast or all inclusive. There are lots of activities to do but it is more pleasant to walk along the sea; the promenade is very wide and you have plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants if you prefer to stop a little bit at any time of day. For the best view of Agadir, go to the Casbah, where the old fortress was. A visit to the souks is also the discovery of a culture. You can buy your souvenirs, spices, typical handicraft products, etc., there.

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Diwane Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

Hotel Diwane is located 2km from the center of Marrakech. It is a hotel that was completely renovated in 2008. There are 115 rooms, a large patio, wi-fi, mini bar, private balcony, air-conditioning and bathroom with hairdryer and courtesy toiletries . There is a restaurant with a party-exterior that gives to the beautiful patio with the pool back where you can have coffee at the bar. There is also another restaurant outside which serves Moroccan dishes. The reception is open 24 hours a day, there is a car park, a terrace, a hairdresser, a beauty salon, a business center, a souvenir shop, a fitness center, a spa center with solarium, a health center and Turkish steam baths. The hotel is 5 km from Marrakech-Menara Airport and a 10-minute walk from the central station.

Tips

The hotel is very well placed to reach the cultural district by walking. The Kasbah Mosque, the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs are nearby. In the vicinity of the hotel you will find many shops, bars, restaurants and even a cinema.