Morocco's dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures—with a dash of African and European influence—is at once strange and romantic, alluring and disconcerting. It's little wonder that Morocco has regularly drawn seekers of the exotic.
The country is one of Africa's most popular travel destinations. No matter how well-seasoned a traveler you are, you'll find plenty to see and do: fine Atlantic and Mediterranean beaches, desert excursions, wondrous imperial cities, Islamic landmarks, Joujoukan and Gnaoua trance music, Roman antiquities, resort facilities, mountain villages, oases and towering sand dunes.
Just be aware that the combination of heat, dust, spicy flavors and intrusive touts can be overwhelming at times. However, this can be avoided by picking the right destination and time of year to travel.
Morocco's attractions include colorful markets brimming with local handicrafts, the cities of Marrakech and Fez, antiquities, beautiful architecture and design, shopping, beaches, diverse scenery, religious shrines, great food, watersports, Atlas Mountain scenery and Tuareg culture.
Morocco will appeal to the somewhat adventurous and experienced traveler who wants to see an exotic culture and lie on nice beaches.
Morocco has many spectacular sights ranging from the World Heritage Roman ruins at Volubilis, which are more than 2,000 years old, to the architectural splendor of the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world, in Casablanca.
Natural wonders include the Atlas mountains and the breathtaking Dades Valley, which is sometimes referred to as the "Valley of a Thousand Casbahs" because of the oases and casbahs found along its length.
In addition to Volubilis, Morocco boasts seven other World Heritage sites: Fes El Bali; Meknes' Imperial City; the medinas in Essaouira, Tetouan and Marrakech; the Portugese port of El-Jadida; and the mud-brick architecture of Ksar of Ait Bebhaddou to the south of Marrakech.
What to see and do in Morocco
Morocco has so much to offer any visitor, no matter whether they’re interested in culture, food, adventure or relaxation. Explore the winding streets of Marrakech and the ancient palaces and gardens that are scattered within its walls. Enjoy a traditional meal of tagine and mint tea from a rooftop garden, looking out over the city. Travel into the breathtaking desert and watch the sunset over the highest dunes in the world. Why not give camel riding a go while you’re here? For more active travellers, Morocco’s various mountains offer hiking and trekking for all levels and with stunning views, these will be hikes that you’ll remember for years to come. Have dinner with a local family and learn about everyday Moroccan life, immersing yourself in a truly authentic Moroccan adventure.
What are the most common things to do in Morocco?
There is such a vast range of interesting things to do in Morocco; from history, culture, to sightseeing and adventure. In 10 days, travellers can discover a diverse and fascinating country.
A visit to the Sahara is unmissable and this alien will blow you away.
Chefchaouen, in the north, is known as the ‘blue city of Morocco’, where you can enjoy beautiful architecture, all coloured with a striking, deep blue.
For history-lovers, the cities of Fez and Marrakech showcase the real history and culture of Morocco, dating back thousands of years. Stroll through ancient palaces and gardens and enjoy the intricate Islamic architecture and decoration.
Adventurous travellers will love visiting the Atlas Mountains, which are accessible for all travellers, no matter your level of fitness or age.
What is the most unique off the beaten track experience in Morocco?
Both Merzouga and Zagora are located deep in the Sahara desert, and offer visitors the chance to stay overnight in the desert, under the incredibly clear night sky and desert stars. Travelling into the Atlas Mountains is also an off-the-beaten-track experience that you won’t forget. Visit the highest peak in North Africa; Toubkal or the Rif mountains and look out over Morocco.
Even in the major cities, there are so many hidden treasures and experiences to find within the winding streets or old parts of town that you can spend a whole day in Marrakech and only experience off the beaten track sites. Morocco’s geography means that wherever you are, even if you are in the centre of Marrakech, you need only travel one or two hours to be in a small village, eating traditional food with a local family and enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.
Morocco 4x4 tours
Starting in Agadir, you will then travel to Tafraout, rich in Berber culture and onwards via the oasis settlement of Tata.
You will then come to Taroudant, ana ancient walled city, known as ‘the grandmother of Marrakech’, before travelling upwards via Taliouine where traditional carpets are being sold on every corner.
After buying a few souvenirs, you will travel on to Aït Benhaddou, an ancient village which you may recognise from films and television, such as Game of Thrones.
Keep travelling to see, Ouarzazate and the great canyons of Morocco, as well as Todgha Gorge and Dades Gorge.
Move up to the Sahara and depending on the length of the trip, carry on towards the region of Fez.
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