The birth country of Ibn Battuta, Morocco is a mesmerizing place to visit located in North Africa. The Islamic expansion in the country began in the seventh century and since then Morocco has seen a lot of changes at the political end. Predominantly a Muslim country, Morocco is a beautiful place to visit and learn more about the Islamic history. Here is a Muslim traveler guide for those looking for a Halal friendly travel to this scenic country.
The hometown of Ibn Battuta, Tangier is located in northern Morocco at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The acclaimed traveler was born to a Berber Muslim family in 1304 and set out on his journey from Tangier in 1325. The city has a rich history that can be dated back to the 5th century BC and since then several cultures and civilizations have inhabited the area.
Famously known as the ancient walled city, Fez is often compared to Jerusalem. The medieval capital of Morocco, Fez is where Ibn Battuta returned to in 1349 after Hajj. He then left Fez again to visit the lands of Niger across the Sahara Desert. The city was founded in 790 AD by Moulay Idriss II and has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century.
Ibn Battuta set out in the autumn of 1351, leaving Fez and traveling across the High Atlas Mountains, to arrive at Sijilmasa. The city was located in present day southeastern Morocco, the ruins of which can be found along the river Ziz in the Tafilalt oasis. The city served as the terminus for the Trans-Sahara trade route till the 14th century and was one of the most important centers for trade during the Golden era of the Berber dynasties.
A seemingly sleepy city, Taza is an interesting stopover. After departing from Sardinia, Ibn Battuta traveled across Tenes, Tlemcen before reaching Taza in Morocco. This lovely hillside city is located in the northern part of Morocco and is about 120Km from Fez.
Adventure Time at the Sahara Dessert with Sand Adventure at Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes, Morocco
Located close to the Algerian border towards the south east of Morocco are the Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes. The unusual natural formation and the plateau with black stones appeal visitors. The dunes can easily be visited from Merzouga in Morocco. You can either opt for a camel ride or hire a 4x4 drive.