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Planning a trip to Morocco and not sure where to start? In this article, we are going to tell you what are, for us, the 20 best things to see and do in Morocco.
Morocco is one of the most exotic and interesting destinations on the planet, and we Europeans are lucky to have it close to home! We spent a few years planning a small tour there, but it wasn’t until 2019 that we finally visited – big mistake! Don’t ask us why, we have no justification, especially when this country offers everything we love: rich gastronomy, street life, palaces that seem to come out of an Arabian Nights story, landscapes amazing people and warm Muslim hospitality.
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20 things to see and do in Morocco
Whether for a trip of several weeks or a getaway of a few days, Marrakech is a must in Morocco. Lose yourself in the chaos of its medina, join a free tour, bargain in its souks and find yourself on a rooftop, enjoying one of the best sunsets of your life with mint tea in hand . Here we tell you everything to see and do in Marrakech. Trips to Marrakesh
2. Ait Ben Haddou
Come to Ait Ben Haddou, the most famous, most photographed and most beautiful ksar in the country. There were filmed blockbusters like Gladiator or Game of Thrones (Cersei!). And no wonder walking inside its walls, among its narrow streets of adobe and stone, is like catapulting into a completely strange time and place. In this article we give you some tips for visiting Ait Ben Haddou.
3. Sahara Desert, one of the best places to see in Morocco.
Spending at least one night in the Sahara Desert is one of the great experiences that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. When the sun sets behind the dunes and the stars begin to multiply above your head, you will feel tiny and lucky. The desert has the power to enchant even the toughest. In Morocco you will also have the possibility of sleeping in a bivouac in the dunes of the Sahara in several places: the most famous are the Erg Chebbi desert (in Merzouga), and the Erg Chigaga desert (in Zagora). You can visit them by yourself (hire overnight at the bivouac), but there are also Marrakech desert tours 3 days
The city of Fez is undoubtedly one of the most interesting in Morocco. Not only for its complex and labyrinthine medina (it is said to be the largest medina in the world), the Jewish quarter seemed super authentic and to top it off, we stayed in a magnificent riad, where we felt like two Sultans XD. It was our last stop on the trip and it couldn’t have been better! Here are 25 things to do in Fes.
Another of the best things to see and do in Morocco is delving into its distant past at the Archaeological Park of Volubilis, possibly the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. This is where the Roman Empire extended its dominions, and one would never expect to find remains of Roman mosaics, columns, baths or arches in the middle of Morocco. We tell you how to visit Volubilis.
6. Moulay Idris
A few kilometers away and on a hill, is Mulay Idris, a sacred city (and nothing touristy) which can be visited in a few hours. There is a curious circular minaret, a few viewpoints that offer sublime views of the city and the mausoleum of Idris I, recognized as the great-grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a very important figure in the history of the country. Here we tell you what to do in Mulay Idris in a day.
South of Meknes, one of the five imperial cities of Morocco and certainly worthy of a stopover if your steps take you to this part of the country. The best is to enjoy the sunset on the rooftop terrace of the Pavillon Des Idrissides, with the incredible Bab El Mansur gate and the bustling Plaza El Hedim in front of you. And when the sun goes down, the minarets of all the mosques begin to flood the city with the call to prayer, for us the most magical moment of the day. Here we tell you everything to visit in Meknes.
Casablanca is usually a bit out of the way on a typical trip to Morocco, but it has one very important incentive: you can visit a mosque open to tourists, the King Hassan II Mosque, which is quite rare in the whole country. The most incredible thing is its location, right next to the sea… although its more than 200 meter high minaret also commands attention.
9. Todra Gorge
Renting a car in Morocco is an adventure and will give you the freedom you need to visit spectacular places inside the country. One of them is the Todra Gorges in the Atlas Mountains. Don’t miss the 300 meters through a massive crack, which looks more like a giant ax cut into the rock than the river eroded down the mountain. Here we tell you about our visit to the Todra Gorge.
10. Dades Gorges
In the roadtrip, impossible to miss the Dadès Gorges, where you have to catch what you can to climb the famous winding road that culminates at the restaurant-hotel Timzzillite Chez Mohamed. It was our passage through the Dades gorges.
11. Chefchaouen, an amazing place to see in Morocco
One of Morocco’s most famous and photogenic villages is Chefchaouen, with its blue walls and labyrinthine streets. This is another of the big debts we have with Morocco…hopefully we can visit it soon because everyone who has been there is clear: it is one of the best things to see and do in Morocco. Morocco.
12. Ouzoud Waterfalls
The Ouzoud waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural sites in Morocco. And yes, if you wonder if you can swim… you can (even if the water is freezing!). There are tours from Marrakech that take you there and back, but the ideal would be to rent a car and take the opportunity to do more sightseeing.
13. Moroccan gastronomy
Something to do almost involuntarily in Morocco is to enjoy its gastronomy. Even if careful, we were a little disappointed: it’s true that we loved the flavors but we found it a bit repetitive. In almost every place there was always tajine, couscous or sandwiches and of course eating that for 3, 4 or 5 days is fine, but doing it for 3 weeks, phew, it was a little heavy. I’m sure it was our fault, perhaps, for not knowing how to look for it well. What we do know is that tajines are delicious and that right now we would eat one (well, that lamb with apricots and almonds).
14. Stay in a riad
Another experience to have in Morocco is to stay in a riad. It doesn’t matter where, as they can be found in almost every tourist location, although it is clear that some of the most impressive are in Marrakech and Fez. These are typical Moroccan hotels, with an interior courtyard around which the rooms are distributed (generally no more than 4 or 6). We fell in love with Riad Meyssane, where we spent 5 wonderful days in Fez, even though we were very comfortable in all the accommodations: the hospitality of Muslim countries is priceless.
15. Route of the Thousand Kashbas
Another highly recommended route is known as the “Route of the Thousand Kashbas”, which crosses some of the most suggestive places in the heart of Morocco. The stops will be endless, especially to get to know a good handful of kasbahs, fortified constructions typical of southern Morocco. For us the three must-sees are: the Kasbah of Amridil near Skoura, the Kasbah of Taourirt in Ouarzazate, and the Kasbah of Telouet in the Ounila Valley (in addition to the already mentioned Ait Ben Haddou).
Some call it “The White City”, others simply Tetouan, which until 1956 was the capital of the Spanish protectorate. It’s not a very touristy enclave, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it: strolling through the medina, strolling through the souks and discovering one of the most interesting cities in northern Morocco, this is what awaits you.
And how can we forget Tangier, the gateway to Morocco on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Cosmopolitan, full of personality and with a very important plus: it has cheap flights and shipping! So you have no excuse to start your trip to Morocco from here 😉.
We haven’t been there (yet) but it is clear that Essaouira is one of those stages not to be missed during a trip to this country because it is, without a doubt, one of the best things to see and do in Morocco. It is the pearl of the coast, home to many expats who have fallen in love with its beaches and its atmosphere and our big earring! It’s not far from Marrakech and there are tours that take you there in a day.
And if you’ve made it this far, why not travel a bit further south? You will cross the popular Agadir, one of the epicenters of seaside tourism, the village of Sidi Ifni, which was Spanish territory until 1969, and the beach of Legzira with its impressive arches.
Want more? Continue along the Atlantic coast on a slow and leisurely journey into the journey. Passing by cliffs of reddish rocks, endless and wild beaches and fishing villages and other big cities like El Jadida or Assilah. If possible in a caravan (if that’s not too much to ask) 😛
We have surely left out many other things to see and do in Morocco, such as visiting the capital, Rabat, disconnecting in a hammam or getting lost in the palm grove of Zagora… But these 20 are a good start, right? Have you been to Marocco? What are the must-haves for you?
Oh, and one more thing: take a look at this article full of tips for traveling to Morocco. This will surely be useful to you (at least we hope so).