Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman may have given the world Casablanca. Still, there is much more to see in this North African country than its largest city. Morocco offers travelers the opportunities to experience life in ancient culture, relax on sunny beaches, or snow ski in the snow-covered mountains. Whether wandering through the ancient medinas, sampling Moroccan cuisine at fine restaurants, or relaxing in the sun at a quiet seaside town, there are many attractions to see and visit in this colorful country.
Top 12 Places to Visit in Morocco
Here are 12 places you will want to consider when planning your trip to Morocco.
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Agadir is a pleasant looking city with a beautiful beach. Climb to the top of the hill to see an old kasbah’s remains and see the most incredible views over the city. Finish off the evening, eating some food while you are watching the sunset at one of the many beachside restaurants.
This fascinating city has the oldest medina in the world, dating back to the 9th century. If you love to get lost in a city, then with over nine thousand four hundred streets, Fes won’t disappoint you. it’s basically a giant market cross between a market and a maze. You can visit one of the tanneries and see how leather is made. If you want a break from the medina, head to the hill for amazing views over the city.
One of the most fascinating cities in Morocco is Chefchaouen, also known as the blue pearl. I just can’t get enough. Stroll around the charming medina full of blue-painted houses and colorful shops and feel the relaxed vibe. I recommend listening to the call to prayer from the top of the hill, and from that same location, you can also watch the sunset. Chefchaouen is located in the Rif Mountains, which means you can go hiking for a day. Immerse yourself in nature, see some monkeys, waterfalls and luscious green mountains.
Number four is Morocco’s capital city Rabat. Pay a worthwhile visit to the beautiful Andalusian gardens and explore the medina and vibrant souks. Then take a relaxing break from the city and visit the ancient Oudaya Kasbah and Hassan Tower. Finish the day at the beach watching the sunset.
Located in the Anti-Atlas Mountains is Tafraout, a city I highly recommend. The locals are some of the best, and the scenery is something out of a movie. If you love cycling, you will love Tafraout as there are hardly any cars on the roads. The feeling of freedom is unreal. Ride out to Ait Mansour Gorge and see the Oasis. Check out the nearby Aday village and see how the local Berber people live. Pick a mountain and climate for panoramic views. Tafraout is perfect for adventure but also great for chilling out.
6 The Atlas Mountains
Number six is the impressive, stunning, and picturesque High Atlas Mountains. It is a pleasant break from the city, experience Morocco’s nature, and hike through valleys past water wolf through tiny Berber villages.
You won’t want to miss out on Marrakech. How can you go to Morocco and not visit Marrakech? Not quite as crazy as Fes, Marrakech will still overwhelm you with sounds, smells, and colors everywhere. Embrace the feel of Jemaa El Fna. When you start walking around, you will get absorbed by the busy atmosphere and the crazy experience. One of the best things to do here is to taste a glass of Morocco’s mint tea in one of the many rooftop terrace restaurants. At night-time, things get our whole lot crazier. Marrakech is also the perfect place to base yourself for Marrakech desert trips and to explore the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic coast. Marrakech is a must for anyone traveling to Morocco.
8 Legzira Beach
Located further down the south of Morocco’s coast is the natural arch at Legzira beach, A fascinating sight and certainly worth a visit. Make sure you visit soon before it collapses.
9 Merzouga Desert
Found in Morocco’s famous Sahara Desert, Merzouga has some of the best sand dunes in North Africa. Here an epic experience awaits you. A sunset camel ride to the summit of the dunes is surreal. And an overnight under the stars listening to Berber music is a memory that you will cherish forever. Wake up early to climb up the sand dunes and watch the sunrise from the top of the wind-swept dunes. This will be a moment I will never forget.
Known as little Marrakech and less touristy, Taroudant is definitely a lot calmer and less busty. If you are keen on markets but with less hassle, Taroudant is for you. You will find that prices are lower than the more famous Marrakech. You will still be able to find absolutely anything is literally go everything in here.
A short bus trip from Agadir lies Taghazout. Most famous for surfing, this cool little town has some of the most hospitable locals. Taghazout offers beautifully scenic sunset and sunrise spectacles from its rooftops. People flock over from all over the world to ride the waves. Restaurants are looking out to the sea, a perfect spot to grab some food turn to the top of the hill to be greeted with amazing viewpoints. Take some time to chill and gaze at the gorgeous coastline.
Essaouira is another coastal city to consider. Another one for Market lovers that aren’t too keen on crowds. In the town, there are local co-operatives making argan oil, which is only found in Morocco. Essaouira has a fresh fish market. So, you can select freshly caught fish and get it cooked for you on the spot. While you wait, you can also visit the ancient fortress with a view out to the stunning ocean escape.Marrakech offers an inspiring selection of day trips to Essaouira.
Morocco is a country you will find hard not to fall in love with. Locals that would treat you like family, diverse landscapes that will blow your mind, delicious food that will make you want more, and the most colorful markets where you can find just about anything and culture that will fascinate you. We hope that this article was useful to you and we hope you will enjoy your visit to Morocco. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to hear from you!