Narrowing down a long list of magnificent destinations in Morocco into the 10 most popular places in Morocco is quite tasking but, a trip to Morocco is incomplete without a visit to at least two of the imperial cities. For a pack full of colorful bazaars, bustling town squares, and breathtaking palaces, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to explore Fes, Marrakesh, and Meknes in particular.
Morocco is famed for its natural beauty, from the spectacular landscape of the Sahara Desert to the golden beaches of Essaouira. You could go for a camel-back trek through the Sahara, climb to the highest peak in North Africa, or even spend a few nights in the traditional Kasbah in Dades Valley. So, with that in mind, here are the 10 best places to visit in Morocco:
Located amidst the scenic peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen (also known as the blue city) is a small town in a large landscape. It’s known as a center for creativity because it attracts lots of visitors especially photographers and painters, who come to explore the city with white and blue houses. When you visit Chefchaouen, you could explore the local arts and crafts shops in the medina, try out Morocco cuisine at the Riad restaurant, or a drink while exploring the stunning architecture of Uta el-Hammam square. If you want some adventure, you could explore the excellent hiking trails that surround the city.
Located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is one of the most popular travel destinations in Morocco with a big bustling medina. From trying out Moroccan street food at the night market in Djemma El-Fna to shopping for artisan jewelry and spices in the souks of the medina, there are a lot of things you could do in Marrakech. You could also learn about the city’s rich history when you visit the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace. To crown your Moroccan experience, you should consider staying in a traditional Riad within the walls of the medina.
Alongside Marrakesh, Fes is a medieval city bursting with historic buildings and rich cultural experiences. Here, you could explore Fès el-Bali which is the historic heart of the city that is home to a mysterious labyrinth of lanes and staircases lined up amongst colorful tanneries and cottages. You would be blown away when you explore this destination on foot, but try not to get lost in the city. You could also visit the elegant boulevards of Ville Nouvelle, which has refreshing fountains and stunning palm avenues with Parisian-flavored streets and luxury hotels.
Morocco is home to a lot of beautiful ancient cities, but one location that stands out is Rabat’s Oudaias Kasbah neighborhood, which is Morocco’s most picturesque destination. Oudaias Kasbah is a peaceful and quaint destination that attracts a lot of visitors. You will find white and blue houses rimmed with colorful flower pots on both sides of a neat lane in the walls of this old fortress.
Hassan II Mosque is not just Casablanca’s landmark building or point of interest but a luxury symbol of Morocco. This Mosque, which is the biggest Mosque in Morocco has a detailed decoration that covers the entire two-hectare site with intricately carved marble pieces, vibrant mosaics, and zellige tiles. The mind-blowing details might feel contemporary but still shows the mastery of Moroccan craftsmanship and traditional Islamic architecture.
Don’t miss an opportunity to visit Aiit Ben Haddou when you are in Morocco. During your tour of the ancient village, you will have a chance to explore several houses built on the hillside. This destination is a fairy-tale place with orange-hued turrets and the curvy lane that are fast becoming favorite film locations for Hollywood movies Such as Hollywood Blockbuster Gladiator. Aiit Ben Haddou, which is one of the most beautiful places in the country, has been left for tourists to explore. You should get a tour guide when visiting this destination to have an immersive experience.
Essaouira is a small, laid-back seaside town in Morocco with an old hippie haunt that was built in the 1970s but still retains its unique authenticity. Essaouira is famous for its astonishing sea winds, which attract a lot of visitors from the medina towns inland during the hotter months of the year. The colorful lineup of fishing boats on the water, formidable shore-side fort walls, and twisty lanes of the ancient town make Essaouira a destination worth visiting. If you want an active adventure, you could consider a walk along the beach to a neighboring village or go surfing on the beach. Don’t miss the spectacular seafood menu when you visit Essaouira.
Merzouga is a small town located at the edge of the Erg Chebbi dune sea in Morocco. Merzouga is a perfect destination for adventure seekers who want to access the dramatic wilderness of the Sahara Desert. You could go dune surfing, four-wheel-drive dune bashing, or a much more authentic camel trekking, which could last for a few hours to several days. For those who want something less active, sitting on the sand dune splendor would be worth it. The highlight for most visitors that come this far is usually spending the evening at the desert camp.
Jebel Toubkal is located on the High Atlas Mountains (also known as the mountains of mountains), which is the highest peak in North Africa. This destination is a paradise for trekkers, especially during spring and autumn. Climbing to the 4,167 meters’ snow-dusted summit is not an easy feat, but the spectacular scenery will be worth the effort. Its highly recommended that you allow three days for this adventure, to give you enough time to explore the effects of the high altitude. After this experience, you could visit Ouikaimeden (the only ski resort in Africa), which is just 81 kilometers away.
10. Dades Valley
For an adventurous experience, you should explore the raw landscapes of Morocco’s Dades Valley. Every hiker, trekker, or nature lover should visit Dades valley at least once. With the snow-capped peak of the High Atlas in view, Dades Valley is the perfect antidote after exploring the souks of Marrakesh and Fes. Here, you could explore the dinky villages, go bird watching or hike the spectacular scenery to view the lush fields and orchards trapped in between the magnificent Todra Gorge.
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