Morocco is the gateway to Africa, and is steeped in diversity with welcoming hospitality, sandy beaches, antiquated cities, endless deserts, and rocky mountain ranges. On top of these stunning landscapes, the area is packed full of cultural and religious significance, as a predominantly Islamic country. Therefore, upon visiting, you’ll be exposed to all manner of Islamic customs, such as Ramadan, Eid, and Qurbani. Morocco is home to some of the most exciting cities on the entire continent of Africa and should be right at the top of any traveler’s bucket list. So, where should you be visiting when you find yourself in Morocco?
Marrakesh is perhaps the most popular destination when it comes to visiting Morocco, and it’s no wonder why. Marrakesh is abundant in all manner of sights and sounds that simply can’t be experienced elsewhere. In fact, Marrakesh’s main square can be compared to that of a circus, due to its extravagance and bustling nature. The square, that is otherwise known as Djeema El Fna, is populated by acrobats, snake-charmers and, bizarrely, dentists with jars of pulled teeth. However, once the sun sets, around 100 restaurant stalls get going with a grilling competition, which is closely followed by music jam sessions.
Although the Fez medina is often regarded as a chaotic maze, you can’t be afraid of getting stuck in. It’s difficult to get lost due to the large volume of people, as the flow of them will typically lead you towards a main entrance. Alternatively, you can always ask a shopkeeper to guide you in the right direction. The Fez medina is a real adventure filled with colorful markets, plentiful workshops, and even hidden medieval squares. During this time, you need to be sure that you don’t get so lost in the chaos that you’re unable to appreciate the Arabic calligraphy, mosaic tiling, ornate carvings, and impressive plasterwork.
High Atlas Mountains
Any thrill-seeking adventurer needs to make time for the High Atlas Mountains, as this is the tallest mountain range in all of North Africa. The range runs for roughly 620 miles and separates the mild Mediterranean climate of the north and the harsh temperatures of the Sahara to the south. Regardless of the time of year, the High Atlas Mountains are regarded as a trekkers paradise and should never be overlooked by those who use vacations as an excuse to explore and adventure. On top of this, the views are incredible, and you won’t be able to match the spectacular views of Morocco elsewhere.
Chefchaouen is unbelievably instagrammable for those who are particularly conscious of their social media presence. The blue walls and stairs look incredible when paired with the red rooftops, colorful plant pots, and even the wrought-iron balconies. This is the perfect spot for people-watching, with plenty of cafes nearby to enjoy an authentic tea. Otherwise, you can embark on a riverside walk, browse the market stalls, or even visit the nearby mosque for a cultural experience. Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest locations that you’ll ever encounter on any one of your travels and it’s not to be missed when in Morocco.
Skoura is filled with life and greenery, making it a refreshing contrast to the industrial nature of the main Moroccan square. Here, you’ll find copious amounts of palm trees, almonds, alfalfa, figs, dates, pomegranates, mint, and tomatoes. This is one of the most historical locations of Morocco and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed and unhurried mode of life. From exquisite guesthouses to authentic eateries, Skoura will never disappoint.