Are you looking to visit Morocco? If you are then you want to make sure it’s the best visit you’ve ever had, right? But how are you going to do that? How are you going to find the best things to do in Morocco when you get there? Well, you’re going to want to set up your travel to Morocco and then you’re going to have to set up the tours that will make this the trip of a lifetime. So, just how are you going to find the right Morocco tours? Where should you go when you book them? We’re going to take a look at everything you need to know.
Why visiting Morocco?
You want to set up a Morocco visit to make the most of everything that you’re going to do while you’re there. In a beautiful country like this (and anywhere you’ve never been) it’s very easy to miss things or to see them but not get to experience everything that they have to offer. That’s where tours can be the best way to go. Tours make sure that you get to really immerse yourself in everything that you want about the country, plus you’ll be able to do it the safe way.
The Best Cities to Visit
So, if you’re heading to Morocco just where do you want to go? You’re definitely going to have plenty of options because it’s a beautiful country that’s full of plenty of culture as well as plenty of tourist spots. That means, no matter what you’re really looking to explore, you’re definitely going to find something that you can do here. We’ll talk about some of the best Moroccan cities and definitely some of the top landmarks that you won’t want to miss.
Marrakesh is actually the imperial city and it’s one of the most well known in all of Morocco. It’s beautiful both for the city itself and for the Atlas Mountains that it’s seated at the foot of. You’ll be able to check out the night markets, street food and definitely plenty of shopping in the traditional shops or souks. Not only that but you can take a look at the Saadian Tombs and the El Badi Palace. Make your visit complete by staying right at one of the riads within the walls of the medina. It’s an experience you won’t get any other way.
Looking to explore the beauty of the Sahara Desert? Then you’re going to need to start in Merzouga. It’s actually a great place to explore the outskirts of this desert and the Erg Chebbi dune sea. Plus, you can see plenty of wildlife and the Bedouin camps. You may also want to check out a camel safari or even head out on a tour that takes you through the desert on a quad. Sand-boarding and sand-skiing are other popular activities for tourists and locals alike and offer a truly unique experience.
This spectacular city used to be the capital of Morocco and while it’s not any longer, it’s definitely a center of culture and religion. Founded way back in the 9th century, this is a perfect place for the historian in you and will showcase much of the Idrisid dynasty architecture. You can even check out the Quaraouiyine mosque and university. They’re credited as the oldest in the world. Not only that but you’ll find the Jewish Quarter, Merenid Tombs and Chaouwara Tanneries to be truly spectacular to explore.
This is another former capital city for Morocco and here you’ll find even more amazing architecture. In fact, there are amazing carvings and even huge gates that showcase what was once one of the most important cities in the country. The ruins in Volubilis are a short trek away and within the city you’ll find amazing sites like the Royal Stables and even the Museum of Moroccan Art. None of these are things you’ll want to miss out on because they’re going to make your visit even more cultural.
Visit Jebel Toubkal
This town is right in the heights of the High Atlas Mountains, which is, itself, the highest peak in all of North America. You’ll have a good hike to get up here, but you’re going to love everything you see when you do. If you’re interested in skiing while you’re in Africa this is definitely the place to do it and you’ll have no problem hiking from here all the way to the next town (though you may want to allow a few days to make sure you can do it safely). Explore this beautiful landscape and definitely enjoy the opportunity to see the mountains from right inside.
If you’re looking for a beachy town where you can enjoy everything from kite surfing to one of the best music festivals around you’re definitely going to love Essaouira. It’s right on the Atlantic coast and gets you away from the bustle of the city. Not only that but it’s a little town where you can enjoy the brightly painted houses and the beautiful views of the harbor as well. When you get hungry you’ll want to check out some of the seafood restaurants. They’re definitely some of the best you’re going to find anywhere, whether in Morocco or abroad.
This little town gives you some of the best views you’re going to find anywhere because it’s right in the Rif Mountains. In fact, it’s right in the peaks of the Rif Mountains so you can’t get a much better view. Not only that but it’s full of painters and photographers who love the serenity and the clearness of the views. There are artsy shops through the medina and you can enjoy the hiking trails if you’re looking for a little more adventure. Not only that but the architecture of the town is something to see as well, even if you’re just passing through.
In Tangier’s surrounding areas take time to visit the lighthouse at Cap Spartel, only 14 km from Tangier, where, on a good day, you can see the extraordinary meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, one dark blue and the other a lighter shade of blue. The Caves of Hercules situated 16 km from the city have an unusual opening over the ocean which is similar to the shape of Africa, this place surrounded by an aura of mythology is considered a symbol of Tangier.
The Sites You should visit
There are plenty of different historical sites that you’ll want to take a closer look at and it’s all going to be about the type of trip that you want to take. There’s a Morocco vacation package for any type of traveler, whether you’re adventurous, a hopeless romantic or a history buff (or anything in between). There’s going to be a whole lot of great experiences available to you, so let’s take a closer look at some of the sites you might want to include on your Morocco visit.
Visit Medina of Marrakesh
The medina, or marketplace, is definitely a great place to add to your must visit list. You’ll find more handicrafts here than you even know what to do with, and you’re definitely going to love the vendors themselves. You’ll even find musicians, acrobats and snake charmers throughout the market, which makes it even more authentic and makes sure you can see just what this country is all about. It’s bustling with people and you can buy just about anything you could imagine. Not only that but you’ll be able to experience it all day and even into the night (though you may need some help getting back out of the sea of stalls).
Visit Hassan II Mosque
Located in Casablanca, this beautiful mosque is a destination point even for those who don’t partake in the local religion. It’s a relatively modern mosque, but it’s completely covered with amazing artwork and artistic displays. You’ll find mosaics, zellige tile and carved marble throughout the interior and exterior that make it easy for anyone to see why this is such a destination. Each piece showcases a true love for the culture and the country itself while also creating a mix of modern and contemporary that you won’t find anywhere else.
This is the place to go if you want to really see the ruins of the country. You’ll find columns and remnants of the ancient temples here. Not only that butyou’ll still be able to see mosaics and of course the beauty of the scenery around. These ruins are located right in the middle of some beautiful hills and countryside, so as you’re exploring just what it must have been like here so many centuries ago you can also enjoy frolicking in the hills. Even better, these ruins are located conveniently near both Fez and Meknes, so you can add them to your travels easily.
Visit Ait Ben Haddou
The beauty of this fortress (or kasbah) can definitely not be overstated. It’s made completely of adobe, in a brilliant gold-stone tone and it’s covered in turrets and lanes that make exploring it even more unique. Not only that but there’s the amazing landscaping around the outside. For those who really want to enjoy the culture and have the experience of a lifetime you can sleep within the structure. It’s important to note that you’re not going to get a lot of the ‘comforts of home’ if you decide to stay inside.
Visit Dades Valley
Here is where the adventurous ones should be having the time of their lives because you’re going to find great hiking throughout this valley. You’re going to have options for short hikes or long ones and you’ll be able to see fields, orchards, desert and plenty of birds as you’re traveling through. Make sure you take a tour guide with you so you also don’t miss out on any of the souks and small villages along the way. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an amazing experience or the ability to test your metal with the wilderness.
Visit Erg Chebbi
This is another place where you can showcase your own skills and your enjoyment of all things outdoorsy. You’ll be able to go dune-surfing or dune-bashing, quad riding or even camel trekking. The best thing here is that you’re going to have the opportunity to explore the sand dunes and the desert itself and you can even take a camping trip out here. Just make sure you have a professional with you who can make sure that you and your family are going to be safe out in the desert. This is a great time to put a check next to your visit to Morocco.
Visit Rif Mountains
These mountains are definitely unique to the area, because they have plenty of greenery, palm groves and even arid plains. You’llfind steep peaks and slopes covered in snow, however, if you continue to work your way around and throughout the mountains. For those who want to enjoy a good hike, you can travel the lower reaches of the mountains or you can venture upward and really experience relief from the heat in the way of some beautiful (but freezing cold) snow-capped mountains. You’ll also find gorges, valleys and plenty of forested areas.
Visit Ouzoud Waterfalls
Located in Tanaghmeilt, which is also within the High Atlas Mountains, these falls are some of the best around and have drops of 600 meters or more. They also have plenty of monkeys wandering through, amazing valleys, steep cliffs and an amazing array of waterfalls. You’re definitely never going to see anything like it and you’re going to want to come right back to check out what’s here. These falls and the mountains they spill down over are definitely the kind you want to just keep watching forever.
No matter what your plans are when you visit Morocco, hopefully these cities and specific locations to visit will help you along. You want to have a great time whether you’re just vising for a short while or whether you’re actually staying there for an extended period. It’s going to be entirely up to you, but if you take some Morocco tours you’re going to see that your opportunities are even better than ever. You can (and will) experience all that Morocco has to offer. You just need to know your Morocco itinerary tours, and that’s going to available quickly and easily through our department, because we know that getting on that trip is important to everyone in your family.