What to Do When You Travel To Morocco? Here Are 12 Things You Should Not Miss!

By Alice Ross | AFRICA

May 10
Travel To Morocco

Located in between of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco is a country in North Africa that offers a range of activities perfect for travelers of any budget. Planning a travel to Morocco is something you would never regret. From century-old structures to the modern verve of seaside resort and colorful metropolitan, Morocco’s history and wildlife make it one of the most visited destinations in Africa.

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With these facts, it should not come as a surprise that there are endless things to do in Morocco for anyone who wants to go there for a vacation. Here are some of them.

1. Wander around Marrakesh’s Djemma El Fna

Marrakesh’s Djemma El Fna square is a centerpiece of the country. Inside this square, you will find talented performers, food stands offering amazing food, and other little shops selling interesting goodies. Djemma El Fna square is a full meeting place in Marrakesh that is a hotspot for delicious Moroccan foods, culture, and arts.

Wander around Marrakesh’s Djemma El Fna

2. Explore Aït Benhaddou

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aït Benhaddou is a village that looks like a carved inside the mountain itself. This little village is recognized locally as an Ighrem that was formerly used as a hub for dealers through the desert.

Even though only a few people are living here now, it is still an extremely stunning village to check out. Just see to it that you will get there early in order to avoid the heavy flow of people.

Explore Aït Benhaddou

3. Visit Tanneries

Tanneries of Morocco offer a chance to see one of the historic industries of the country. The tanneries are a place where the animal skin is removed, tinted in colorful baskets and stitched into different products. The tanneries site is extremely iconic, with containers of dyes making courtyards smell pungent due to bird manure and dye stinging the nose. You can easily find a tour guide who will show you the whole process of dyeing, as it’s been done for many years.

4. Get sand on your feet in the Sahara Desert

the Sahara Desert

What to do in Morocco that you can’t easily do somewhere else, you asked? Well, go to the desert! Leave the city life for a while and spend some of your time in the Sahara Desert.
The famous desert is a cold barren area of a landscape – just how it is it is shown in the movies. Taking a tour to the desert may include a trip with locals in the area, which you are able to explore by camel or 4x4.

5. Check out the Blue Village of Chefchaouen

Blue Village of Chefchaouen

About 60 kilometers south of Tangier, Chefchaouen is a beautiful village you will have likely seen throughout the internet. It truly is an iconic location and another reason why you must travel to Morocco.

The old town is overflowing with blue buildings which make it unique. Don’t forget to check out the medina. You will find this place a lot calmer and more relaxing compared to the marketplaces of Marrakech.

6. Drop by Meknes

A smaller city stop in Morocco, Meknes protected from the chaos of the city. It’s peaceful and genuine in its wide range of ancient historical places. If you are looking for a place where you won’t feel like a “tourist,” then this is the place to go.

Meknes

Meknes Morocco is a place that has kept its royal and grand beauty. After all, it has a special place in the history of Morocco as it is one of the four imperial capitals of the country. During his time in power, Sultan Moulay Ismail dreamed about having the largest palace of the whole empire to be constructed within this city. That dream might be considered by tourists these days to be a blessing, as this town has kept its easygoing charm, discerning it from tourist crowded and busy cities of Casablanca and Fes. 

7. Walk around Rabat

Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, is definitely one of the places to go when you visit the country. On top of its status, Rabat has a pleasing Medina and beautiful neighborhoods that will be really interesting to see especially for those who are traveling to Morocco for the first time. This city is very tourist friendly and navigating it should not be a problem.

Rabat

Once you arrive in Rabat, you’ll see that it is surrounded by water. This truly adds to the amazing atmosphere that it has to offer. First of all, Rabat is located on the Atlantic Ocean. This just adds to the fact that it is a big tourist destination to visit. Not just that, but Rabat also happens to be located at the edge of Bou Regreg River. Due to its beautiful surrounding, one of the main livelihoods here comes from the tourism industry.

8. Eat Tagine

Tagine dish

Your trip to Morocco is incomplete without trying out the signature dish of the country, tagine. This Moroccan iconic dish merely refers to the container wherein all the ingredients are cooked, even though it has become identical with the contents as well. Even though locals tend to think that the best tagine is tasted at home, Morocco doesn’t lack restaurants that serve this delicious dish.

Tagine is a common local dish that’s cooked in a clay pot cooked on a fire. During the process, all the ingredients are bake at the same time and are served together with bread that can be eaten without the use of an eating utensil.

9. Appreciate the Beauty of Casablanca

the Beauty of Casablanca

Casablanca is another city you must check out, and if you do so, make sure you don’t miss the Hassan II Mosque. It is astoundingly beautiful and a site you need to see if you happen to have the time to visit.

If you’re interested in some leather goods and local pottery, go to the Quartier Habous where you will find many souvenirs you can take back home. You will also find some nice few spots in the old medina, as well.

On the other hand, if you’re in search of a good food location, you may want to check out Al Mounia who serves up some of the most delectable local dishes. While foods here are quite more expensive, it is extremely worth it.

10. Shop at the Local Markets

Souks or traditional markets are one of the main highlights of local Moroccan life, and among the greatest attractions of the country for those who are planning to travel to Morocco.

Morocco local market

Every town and city has its own souk quarter. Bigger cities such as Marrakech and Fez have mazes of souks that fill up most of the streets, and even in the countryside, you will find hundreds of souks setting up their booths weekly selling unique products.

Whether you’re a big shopper or not, visiting a Souk is a cultural experience that shouldn’t miss during your trip! 

11. Splash Around On the Coast

beach in morocco

From west coast beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean within the Spanish-influenced north of the country, Morocco would be a perfect destination for those who always want to incorporate beach scenes to their vacation.

A lot of beaches in Morocco have the exotic vibe and outstanding windsurfing experience you have in Essaouira, a remarkable walled village that attracts tourists from coastal part of Marrakech.

12. Discover History in Fez

Fez is an old city of Morocco, and most of the architecture it showcases this fact. The Medina is filled with character and history, and taking a trip this area of the city allows you to really understand how more of the country’s culture.

Fez Morocco

Fez is known for its interesting historical scene – it is full of everything that you’ll probably find fascinating. This includes museums, galleries, and other astonishing crafts. It is a city you truly should not miss.

If you find buildings fascinating, then you must head over to the ancient Tombe dei Merenidi or to Bou Inania Medersa. You will surely fall in love with its charm and it’s definitely one of the best things to do in Morocco.

And there you have it – 12 things to do in Morocco! As you can see, this beautiful country has a lot of things to offer. This list only gives you a quick insight of what you must expect, there are surely more things to do and more reasons why you must book your flight right now.

Hopefully, this article has convinced you to push through with your plan of traveling to Morocco. If you have any questions relevant to this article or suggestions that will make this article better, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment below! Also, don’t forget to share this with your family and friends to also give them a reason to travel to Morocco!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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