Morocco’s Atlantic Coast is dominated by the country’s elegant, orderly administrative capital Rabat and the dynamic commercial capital Casablanca. If you keep heading south you’ll encounter some delightfully low-key coastal resorts, including El Jadida, Oualidia and Essaouira. Taken from the The Rough Guide Snapshot to Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast, these are the highlights of the Moroccan Atlantic Coast:

1. Hassan Mosque, Rabat: Never completed, the minaret of this Almohad mosque is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.

2. Chella, Rabat: As beautiful a ruin as you could imagine, with Roman remains and royal tombs from the Merenids.

3. Colonial architecture, Casablanca: Downtown Casa is a living monument to French 1930s Art Deco styles.

4. Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca: Second in size only to Mecca, Hassan II’s great mosque can (unusually for Morocco) be visited by non-Muslims.

Rows of blue boats in Skala Du Port, Essaouira, Morocco

5. Cité Portugaise, El Jadida: Walk round the ramparts of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site and check out the cistern where Orson Welles filmed Othello.

6. Oualidia oysters: North Africa’s finest, best eaten fresh at one of this friendly coastal town’s lagoon-side restaurants.

7. Essaouria: Morocco’s most relaxed seaside town, with a Medina that’s easy to explore and a wide bay perfect for kite and windsurfers.

Use our Morocco destination guide to plan your trip, check out these things not to miss, and then you can download the The Rough Guide Snapshot to Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast for your device here – only £1.99.

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