Morocco, located on the north western tip of the African continent, is one of the most popular tourist attractions with a footfall of over 10 million visitors annually. The country has a vast array of attractions and activities to offer — from historic architecture to stunning beaches and from desert safaris to colorful markets. The welcoming weather of Morocco means that the country can be visited at any time of the year. Choose your season depending on what you like to do most. We will help you with your selection by listing 10 of the most popular attractions and activities that one should not miss when visiting Morocco.
- Visiting the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is a grand piece of architecture dedicated to the Warrior King Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif. It is located in the city of Meknes, which is about 145 km east of the city of Rabat. Moulay Ismail not only founded the city of Meknes, he even made it the capital of Morocco during his reign. The building, constructed in the 18th century, is still considered one of the most impressive in the whole country. It is one of the finest examples of the Moroccan style of architecture.
- Riding through the Dades Gorge
The Dades Gorge has developed as a popular attraction with the tourists in the recent years. It is situated about 350 km west of the city of Marrakesh. It is named after the River Dades which passes through it. The gorge separates the Atlas mountains from the Anti-Atlas range and is known for its scenic beauty. There is a 100 km road that passes through this gorge. Take a ride through this road to enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery that Morocco has to offer. The region is also popular with hikers and campers for the amazing rock formations. The best time to visit the Dades Gorge would be between March and July.
- Visiting the Village of Tafraoute
For those who are looking to soak in some authentic Moroccan tradition, this is the place to be. The village of Tafraoute is located in the heart of the Anti-Atlas range of mountains as an oasis amidst the rocky terrain. Here you can explore the authentic flavor of the Berber culture — an indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. The village attracts many trekkers and rock climbers for its surrounding terrain. There are several hotels in the area for those who want to stay overnight and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the place.
- Visiting the Blue Pearl of Morocco – Chefchaouen
Located near the north western border of Morocco is one of its most popular and recognizable towns — Chefchaouen. The town is famous for its blue colored buildings that give it a distinct look. Chefchaouen is set against the backdrop of the Ria mountains which adds to the serene natural charm of the place. Simply stroll around its countless narrow lanes or take a hike in the neighboring slopes to best enjoy this Blue Pearl. The town of Chefchaouen is also a great place for shopping, especially for those who are looking for souvenirs and traditional handicrafts.
- Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains are one of the most notable landmarks of North Africa. Over the centuries, it has not only attracted adventurers but also inspired many poets and artists. Today, with the development of the tourism infrastructure in this region, tourists can soak in its beauty in a number of ways. There is whole array of attractions to choose from ranging from lofty snow covered peaks to sunken green valleys. The most popular of sites include the Ourika Valley, Ouirgane National Park, and Ouirgane.
- Visiting Casablanca
Be it from the Hollywood blockbuster by the same name, or from its inherent traditional charm, Casablanca is undoubtedly the most popular tourist attraction in Morocco. This bustling major port is dotted with stunning architecture which dates back to various eras. It is also a major university town which gives it a very youthful vibe. Attractions in the city include the King Hassan II Mosque, Old Medina, Mahkama du Pacha, and the Shrine of Abderrahman. It also has a beach area and Turkish Baths for those who want to relax. Shopping enthusiasts can head to the Morocco Mall which is the 2nd largest mall in the whole of Africa.
- Visiting Marrakesh
Marrakesh is one of the largest cites in Morocco and one of its cultural landmarks. This historical city lies in the foothills of the snow-covered Atlas Mountains but is just a few hours away from the Sahara Desert. This contrasting landscape has made Marrakesh a much loved destination for nature lovers. The city itself is divided into old town, Medina, and the new town, Gueliz. While Medina has the narrow alleyways and bustling markets, Gueliz is home to European-styled restaurants and shopping joints. Marrakesh is also a shopping haven especially for those who are looking for traditional spices, handicrafts, and leather goods.
- Relaxing in Tangier
The town of Tangier is located near the northernmost tip of Morocco. This beachside resort faces the Strait of Gibraltar and is one of the closest points between Africa and Europe, thus attracting tourists from both continents. The town has beautiful architectural landmarks but it is the beach area that has the highest footfall of tourists. Simply laze in the sun or take a swim along its long stretch of coastline. The more adventurous can try surf boarding in these waters.
- Visiting the Capital — Rabat
Rabat is not only the capital of Morocco, it is also one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Dotted with historic architecture, museums, bustling markets, and a beautiful beach, Rabat is certainly not a city to be missed when visiting Morocco. Of special mention is the old town or Medina which has history laced in its narrow lanes and markets.
- Visiting the city of Fez
The city of Fez is not only the former capital of Morocco, it is also one of its most significant cultural landmarks. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fez offers a journey into the traditional charm of urban life in Morocco. It is nicknamed Athens of Africa and Mecca of Africa. The city is considered to be the largest car-free zone in the world. Another jewel in its crown is the University of Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, dating back to 859 AD. Wander along the streets of Fez to enjoy some of its historical landmarks which are true representations of the Moroccan heritage.
Originally posted 2017-03-15 10:56:16.