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Top 16 Things to do in Morocco

Top 16 Things to do in Morocco

Morocco is well known for its exquisite cuisine, great architecture, famous souks (local markets) and its generous hospitality. For decades Morocco has been a favorite destination for surfers, solo travelers, backpackers, couples and many more, but there is still so much to be discovered about this beautiful country. Morocco has become one of the top travel destinations partly because it is home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Whether you want to taste the diverse food, wander around in the souks, perusing the many different shades of Blue in Chefchaouen or gazing at mesmerizing land escapes, one thing is for certain, you will always be offered Moroccan Mint Tea and loads of hospitality. These are the moments that will make your trip even more memorable.

Are you HUNGRY for Adventure and not sure where to start? Buckle up and let’s dive into our summary of top 16 things to do in Morocco when you’re visiting Morocco.

1 – Marrakech, known as the Red City

Marrakech, an absolute must on every traveler and tourist bucket list. Wander around the souks and Jemaa el-Fnaa (Marrakech main square) where you can taste the sweetest orange juice you will ever have tasted. Where you will have an abundance of entertainment and shops for all kinds of leather goods and spices. Another top spot on the bucket list is The Jardin Majorelle, previously owned by the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Some other highlights to be considered are Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Madrasa and Koutoubia Mosque. If you are into fine dining and want to skip a diner with traditional food, then Nobu is a highly recommended place to go (make sure to reserve upfront and to dress fancy). There will be another article about high-end restaurants.

2 – Rabat, the Capital of Morocco

Rabat is one of the four imperial cities and it is located along the Atlantic coast. A city which is rich in culture and deep-rooted in history. One such historical treasure is the Hassan Tower built in the 12th century. Although the building was never completed its beauty is unparalleled and certainly deserves a visit. Another top spot is the Royal palace, even though it is forbidden to enter the palace you can admire this beauty from afar. Make sure you also add Kasbah des Oudaias on your to-do list, wandering around the narrow alleys will make you feel like you have entered a completely new reality.

For all those that love good food, Dar Zaki is a very nice restaurant that serves traditional dishes in a stunning setting. For those looking for a fine dining option Golden Fish is an excellent choice. The Golden Fish, a modern gastronomic hot spot serving amazing seafood as well as exquisite Mediterranean dishes.

3 – Casablanca, the Economic Capital

One of the most outstanding attributes in Casablanca has to be Hassan II Mosque. The architecture, the view and the way it’s built on top of the ocean makes it even more magnificent. Bear in mind that there are certain opening hours for the public and make sure to dress properly, as you don’t want to miss out on this beauty.

If you are looking for special and unique local goods then you must visit Quartier Habous. It’s located in the new medina and it is so big that some can wander around for hours. Make sure you remember where you walked as it is like a giant maze and you don’t want to get lost. Another good option is Bab el Marrakech, which is located in the old town of Casablanca. If you are looking to shop beyond traditional goods then Morocco mall is a one stop solution for all your shopping matters, making it the largest shopping mall in Africa. Marina Shopping is an alternative mall if you’re looking for an alternative mall. The Marina shopping mall has an astonishing view facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Stroll around the Boulevard where you have many beach clubs to choose from and in the evening it’s still very lively and families will come out.

Big city promises good food. There are various restaurants to choose from, but these restaurants are one of our favorites: Dar El Kaid, Vieilles Canailles and Moods Café-Restaurant. PS: don’t worry there will be another blog for the foodies out there who want to know the ins and outs of highly recommended restaurants.

4 – Essaouira, the laid back beach town

Long stretch of promenade surrounded the sandy beach as well as the traffic-free medina calls for sauntering around. You can walk easily everywhere as it is a very compact town. Essaouira is the perfect spot to end your holiday as many visitors come to unwind. The beach is clean and the soft sand makes you relax even more. If you enjoy stretching your legs this is a very good spot. However, there are times where the beach can be very windy and then this beauty changes from a laid back town into an adventurous windy town. It has become a very attractive place for surfers and all wind related water enthusiasts. If you are looking for non-water related activities there are options to go horseback riding camel safaris.

5 – Fes, the oldest town of Morocco

Fes is the oldest imperial city in Morocco and the oldest and largest old town in North Africa. Known for its ancient souks, iconic monuments and handicraft center. Nonetheless, did you know that the first University was established in Fes? It was a place for scholars and learning and still to this day this city attracts philosophers from all around the world. Navigating the lively yet narrow streets can be a bit overwhelming but it is all worth experiencing Fes the authentic way. Some places that should be considered including on your visit are; The Chouara Tannery, the smells can be intriguing so if you’re sensitive to smells bring something along to cover your nose. Moreover, Boun Inania Madrasa is the only madrasa (school) in Morocco which also functions as a mosque (for this reason it is not always open to the public). When entering you will find a courtyard that’s a unique masterpiece itself. The extraordinary Medina city of Fes el Bali is even more special because it is as if time has stopped and Fes remained the same, which makes you feel like you are traveling back in time.

6 – Chefchaouen, the blue city

Chefchaouen, known for its beautiful shades of blue, isn’t a hidden gem. Receiving many tourists from all over the world just to stroll around the narrow alleys of this iconic village. Chefchaouen is small, but make sure you wear a good pair of shoes as you will make a lot of steps and ensure you listen to your body when you need to rest. Wear colorful clothes if you want your pictures to stand out even more. In comparison to the big cities, the vibe of Chefchaouens Medina is more calm which makes your stay even more relaxed. Chefchaouen is perfect to combine it with other cities, where you can escape the crowdedness and relax a bit.

One thing you don’t want to miss out on are the sunrises and sunsets. Enjoy these magical moments from higher up, get to the rooftop of your stay or go on a hike into the Rif mountains. A popular place to see the sunset is from the Spanish Mosque, which has a panoramic view. It is a 30-minute hike to the top. Bear in mind it can be a bit crowded, as many want to capture this moment.

7 – Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains unfold as a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The Atlas Mountains stretch across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. It is characterized by rugged peaks and deep valleys. The highest peak is Toubkal, making it also the highest peak of North Africa. This is a highly favored destination for hikers and trekkers. It is near Marrakech which makes it perfect to combine these two spots. If you prefer to stay only in the Atlas Mountains you can extend your stay by visiting the Amazigh villages, where indigenous people live and where they stay loyal to their traditions and way of life. If you are invited to someone’s house and you end up sleeping on the ground, please try to be respectful. For you it may be nothing, but for them it’s sharing all they have with a stranger. If you want to experience the most authentic feeling and a meaningful experience through travel try not to change or harm the local way of life. It is worth it this immersive experience with

For those with more time to spare, the week-long Toubkal circuit unveils ancient trails winding through remote Amazigh villages. This immersive experience crosses fertile valleys with high plant and animal diversity, rugged massifs, and stunning sceneries, providing a deeper connection with the region. Make sure to check the weather before you plan a trip as the climate in the Atlas Mountains can differ a lot.

8 – Merzouga Desert, gateway to a wonderland of sand

Yet another magical place you simply cannot skip, because of its beauty and serenity your inner wanderlust will come out. The beauty and serenity of the desert are unparalleled when the wanderlust comes out. Imagen the magnificent scene of the sun sinking on the horizon and the great realization of the true meaning of the famous saying of COCO CHANEL “The best things in life are free”.

If you come from Marrakech it’s recommended to stay overnight as the drive can take up to 10 hours to elevate your journey. Make sure to go with someone who is experienced in that area and knows all the ins and outs. Nestled in the dunes makes it perfect for camel rides, bike rides, desert camping and stargazing. Book 3 nights so you will not get tired of the long rides, which can be overwhelming and you will get the best out of this trip.

Located in the eastern part of Morocco, the quaint village of Merzouga beckons.

9 – Ouzoud Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in North-Africa

Most choose to go on a day trip from Marrakech which is approximately a 6 hour drive. You will be amazed by the amazing scenery and lovely villages during your drive. This natural wonder is 110 meters high (330 feet) making it the tallest waterfall in North-Africa. It is considered as one of the most beautiful and romantic falls in the world. Although it is very tempting to swim, it is not recommended due to the strong current, there are some pools where you can swim right at the bottom of the Ouzoud waterfalls, just make sure your safety is first. Nonetheless, you can also take a small boat ride, enjoy the breathtaking cascades and the beautiful surroundings and if you’re lucky you might spot a Barbary macaque (monkey).

10 – Legzira Beach, the kiting and surfing spot

Legzira Beach, known for its huge rock arch caused by erosion. Originally there were two arches but one collapsed. Nevertheless, it remains a gem to visit! There are perfect things in the sea that touch the soul. Even though it’s a popular place among the tourists and locals (especially on the weekends), this place gives you a feeling as if you are alone in your own bubble admiring this gorgeous place. A beautiful scenery is when the sunset hits the huge arch, the rock turns into a glowing red color and you will be staring in awe. Make sure to consult a tide table to ensure the tides are low enough, because some spots are covered during high tide.

A good reason to stay overnight is due to public transportation that is not ideal to Legzira Beach. Another good reason is to have a romantic sea view dinner, as mentioned before even though you are surrounded by other people it is as if you are really in your own zone.

11 – Beach at Agadir, sea side resort

The long white sand beach of Agadir surrounded by numerous high-end hotels, makes Agadir stand as Morocco’s premier beach resort. A perfect stay for people who really want to relax and soak up the sun. Whether you are looking for an all-inclusive, a family friendly or an adults only hotel you will find exactly the one to your liking. If you are looking for a perfect getaway make sure to reserve your accommodation in time, as more and more tourists are going to Agadir. There are several beach clubs, bear in mind for most you need to cover an entrance fee, look at the prices upfront to avoid disappointment.

12 – Tangier, the cosmopolitan city

This dynamic and culturally diverse city in northern Morocco has everything you want from a city: a sense of exotic mystery, unspoiled beaches, very interesting history and beautiful artistic eye-catching sights. Therefore, it is a good travel destination if you want to have the complete package for travelers. You can easily spend a few days in Tangiers without getting in regardless if you want to walk around in the medina and browse its markets, gaze at stunning views or enjoy history. This city has it al. Get lost in the old Kasbah, with its tiny, narrow end endless paths. It can be a bit confusing or at times overwhelming but it is part of this experience. If you are into architecture the Kasbah Museum is highly recommended to pay a visit. Another museum that you should add to your list is American legation, a cultural center and research library that holds historical and artistic artifacts. The most famous café in Tangier is café Hafa. Located along the cliff top overlooking the Bay of Tangier, it is definitely worth visiting as it offers you a stunning view. If you prefer to visit when café Hafa is less crowded, the mornings are the way to go.

13 – Marrakech, Hot Air Balloon

As mentioned before Marrakech is a must-visit city. If you want to make your trip extraordinary, make sure to include the hot air balloon. You will experience an unforgettable flight over Marrakech where you can admire this beautiful and magical city from above. Seeing the magnificent sunrise over the Atlas mountains, as most rides are being scheduled early in the morning.

In the morning you will be picked up very early. Most hot air balloon companies welcome you with tea. After this you will get loads of information, this will make you calm down (in case you are very nervous). The duration of the hot balloon ride is approximately 1 hour, that will be accompanied (by most companies) with breakfast. You could always add additional things to do such as camel ride, quad ride or an ATV tour.

Ps: more and more guests of ours are planning romantic proposals these days.

14 – Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah

A.B.H.K. (Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah) might have crossed your vision many times without you even knowing this. This historical place is a favorite shooting for loads of films and series such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator and The Mummy.

Nowadays, it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient city dates back to the 11th century where it played an utmost role as a stopping spot on the caravan trade routes.

This majestic desert fortress is one of those experiences you will never forget. The entire scene is so amazing that you feel like you are looking at a movie set instead of real life. The sea of palms surrounding the walls add to the exotic feeling. There are still some people living here and you can buy handicrafts made by them. Certain spots will give you grand views across the desert landscape and make sure to drink some tea with a view. If you really want to enjoy this place make sure to stay overnight as driving to and from this place takes up several hours.

15 Volubilis, Roman Ruins

Volubilis is Morocco best preserved Roman ruins that were established in the 3rd century BC. It is situated near Meknes, making it a good day trip if you stay in Meknes. Stroll around this massive archeological site, travel back in time and see for yourself how well preserved the homes, temples, statues and mosaics are. You can wander around by yourself or hire a guide as you wish. Some of the interesting sites that you must visit are the Arc de Triomphe, the mosaic houses, the olive presses, and the Baths of Galen.

16 – Hammam

Not sure why this is the 16th on the list of things to do, but a trip to Morocco without experiencing the traditional Hamam will make your stay incomplete. You will experience a baby-soft skin and a cleanliness that you never had before and you will see how much dead skin will come off your body. There are so many bathhouses varying from traditional to modern where they will offer you all kinds of options to choose from.

What a typical hammam day looks like: You will pay an entrance fee and in case you don’t bring your own shower equipment you can buy it at the entrance. Some traditional products you need to buy to elevate your entire hammam experience (whether in the hammam or from the souks) are: Sabon beldi (Moroccan black soap), a kessa (scrub glove) and ghassoul (cleansing clay). Once you enter you will have the changing area where you have lockers, make sure you bring your bathing flip flops. The steam of the hammam will make your dead skin loosen up, which results in seeing a lot of dead skin after scrubbing. You can scrub yourself but most of the time there are workers who will scrub you (of course this is not for free). For some it can be an unpleasant experience as they are not used to this, just make sure you give instructions to the person who is scrubbing you.

Some tips: If you will be soaking up the sun and want to get the best tan, make sure you go to the hammam at the beginning of your trip. Plan your hammam visit at the end of the day as it will make you feel very sleepy. Make sure you will drink enough water before visiting the hammam, as it is very hot and steamy inside

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