Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Tangier
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Morocco's capital, Rabat is a modern city with wide boulevards, gardens and light, white buildings, but still steeped in history with its origins going back to the 7th century. The King of Morocco lives in the extensive Royal Palace which dominates the centre of Rabat. Being an administrative capital, the city is somewhat conservative and serious, but there is some local colour to be found in the old part of the city, the Medina, and the Kasbah. As far as golfers are concerned, it's main importance is that Royal Dar es Salam golf course is a few minutes drive outside the city. Rabat sits on the Atlantic coastal plain at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, opposite to its twin city of Sale.
Immortalised through the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman movie and forever associated with honorary citizen Sir Winston Churchill, Casablanca is a sprawling, vibrant metropolis of close to 6.5 million inhabitants, 3.5 million of them living in the city itself. Casblanca is Morocco's commercial capital, a meeting place of western modernity and Arabic tradition. Casablanca was a tiny Berber settlement that became a home port for privateers, before turning into a trading post with Europe. Whilst a French protectorate at the dawn of the 20th century, it mushroomed into what is today one of Africa's four largest cities.
Fez is the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. It was founded in 790 AD by Moulay Idriss II and is the oldest of the three imperial cities. The main attraction in this ancient city is the medieval Medina, the old part of the city. The Medina of Fez is the most complete medieval city still in existence, it's preservation having been instigated under French occupation, and it forms a working model of the way life was lived when the world was younger. The more modern part of the city is known as Ville Nouvelle, and has a decidedly French influence. Apart from Royal Fez Golf and a 9 hole course at Meknes, another 18 hole course is being built alongside the wall of the old Medina.
Tangier is probably as well known for it's shady past as for being the closest point of Africa to Europe. However, with it's good climate and the building of 3 new courses just south of Tangier and 3 more near the Algerian border at Saidia on the Mediterranean coast, it will interest golfers more and more.
From Al Jadida just south of Casa up to Tangier, possibly the most striking thing you notice is how unexpectedly green the area is unless you go well inland.