5 Awesome Things to do in Morocco

With a history that dates over ten centuries, Morocco is an attractive choice for millions of tourists. The country offers a dazzling mix of leisure activities, cultural attractions, friendly people, and warm accommodation. A vacation in Morocco is the perfect way of escaping the rigors of the office. And with so many places to visit, you will never run out of things to do during your holiday. The following are some of the things that you can do liven up your holiday experience.

1. Hike Across the Atlas Mountains

High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

High Atlas Mountains – photo by ActiveSteve (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Towering over the country at 14,000 ft, the Atlas Mountain range offers you a reprieve from the frantic pace of urban life, in exchange for the soothing calm of nature. You can take a scenic hike across the High Atlas or travel by mule, while basking in the warm glow of the sun. Depending on the season, you can also go skiing. The High Atlas Mountain is popular for its peaceful setting and the gorgeous vista—everything that you would want for a memorable vacation.

2. Stop by Tangier

Grand Socco, Tangier, Morocco

Grand Socco – photo by Christophe Chenevier (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Considered the pearl of the Mediterranean, the northern city of Tangier is a must-stop for any tourist exploring Morocco. The city is only eight miles from the shores of Spain (separated by the Straits of Gibraltar), which makes it a popular first stop with tourists who are visiting from Europe. Within the ancient city, you will find no shortage of fascinating things on offer. The Grand Socco is a popular market, and a great place to shop for souvenirs. Other popular landmarks include the 19th Century St Andrews Church, the beautiful Mendoubia Gardens—home to an 800-year old tree, and the Contemporary Art Museum. The city is also famous for its festivals, especially its jazz festival.

3. Visit the coast

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira – photo by Rachid Lamzah (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A visit to Morocco would not be complete without a visit to some of the city’s coastal cities. They are great places to relax, soak up the Mediterranean heat, and indulge in a unique cultural experience. Some of the places worth a visit include Essaouira- a windy harbor town famous for its sandy beaches and broad offering of water sports, and Agadir- a bay city with warm beaches and attractive resorts. Another attractive destination is the Mazagan beach resort, which is located south of Casablanca, near El Jadida

4. Tour the Desert

Erg Chebbi, Sahara, Morocco

Erg Chebbi – photo by Rosino (CC BY-SA 2.0)

You have not experienced Africa until you enjoy the thrill of a Morocco desert tour. A desert tour is made up of 4×4 rides and camel treks across the desert’s high sand dunes. You get to watch the beautiful vista of the sunset, enjoy a night of singing and dancing with Berber nomads and a delicious dinner at a hotel or a desert campsite (which comes complete with electricity and modern amenities). Most desert tours involve a trip to Erg Chigaga in Mhamid or Erg Chebbi in Merzouga.

5. Visit the Imperial cities

Bab Bou Jeloud, Fes, Morocco

The Blue Gate into Fes – photo by David Harmantas (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Centuries ago, cities such as Rabat, Fes, Marrakesh and Meknes were the economic hub of the country. Today, these old capitals are considered imperial cities and home to many UNESCO world heritage sites. Within Fes, you can visit the Walled medina city, which comprises of over 9,000 streets, alleys and dead ends, while the city of Marrakech offers iconic landmarks such as the Jamma El Fna Square, a theatrical  center where musicians, acrobats and dancers group or the 12th century Koutoubia mosque. Other great places to visit include the Palmery, the Dar Si Sad Museum, the Saadian Tombs, and the El Bahia palaces.

The Best Time to Visit Morocco

Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

The fortified city Ait Benhaddou – photo by Annabel Symington (CC BY 2.0)

Deciding on the best time to visit Morocco will depend on what you like to do. If you fancy a trek across the Atlas Mountains, then the best time to visit is between the months of April and May when the unpredictable mountain weather is slightly less wild. However, if you are planning to tour the cities, then the months of April to June and Sept to November are the best periods because the weather is milder.

Spices in Marrakesh, Morocco

Spices in Marrakesh – photo by Michal Osmenda (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The city experiences the bulk of its festivals between the months of June and July, with festivals such as the Gnaoua World Music Festival and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. This makes it a great time to visit if you are looking for a festive experience. And if you wish to experience the full power of a desert sandstorm, then a visit during the months of March and April will get you a front row seat.

Johanna BergstormAbout the Author
Johanna Bergstrom is a blogger and enthusiastic traveler, especially of Asian countries. She writes for Tiket.com, a one-stop solution for vacations at Bali, Indonesia. A linguist, she takes frequent part in translation projects, specializing in travel itineraries and human resources policy.