Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. With an outstanding balance between dynamic landscapes, colorful architecture and vibrant cities Morocco has much to offer and it is no wonder that every year more than 10 million of tourists around the globe choose it as their top destination
Breathtaking beaches, bustling souks, vast expanses of desert, imposing snow- capped mountains, wondrous medinas, and mouth-watering cuisine there’s a world of wonder to discover in Morocco. Not many destinations in the world can offer you this much variety, intrigue, and cultural experiences. Whatever kind of traveler you are, Morocco has something for you from a wild adventure trip to a pampered beach getaway amidst its winding streets and friendly atmosphere. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveller looking for spice and adventure.
Exquisite Architecture all around the Country
The cultural diversity of Morocco is reflected in the varied architectural beauties that can be found all across the nation. From majestic mosques to traditional riads and from brilliant palaces to sublime centers of religious study, Morocco has many fabulous buildings to admire. Many buildings feature the traditional tilework, known as zellige, as well as decorative carvings, woodwork, and plasterwork. Some of Morocco’s most beautiful buildings include the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh, the Grand Mosque in Tangier, and the Mosque and University of al Quaraouiyine in Fes.
Delicious Cuisine to Satisfy Varied Tastes
Considered as one of the most diversified and sumptuous food, Moroccan cuisine offers a delightful experience. It is said that the history of Morocco can be seen reflected in his cuisine. Indded Moroccan cuisine draws from a wide range of influences, being at the junction of many cultures all put into a melting pot over hundreds of years to create a distinct style and taste of its own. A Moroccan dish is an invitation for all the senses, enticing our sense of smell, sight and taste
Old Imperial Cities with Plenty of History and Character
Morocco has four imperial cities: Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes, and Rabat. Rabat is the current capital city. Although a modern city at first glance, it has several interesting historical attractions, such as the Kasbah of the Oudaias, the old medina, and the Hassan Tower. The gleaming Royal Mausoleum is also well worth a visit.
Known as the Red City, Marrakesh is famous for its old medina, numerous souks, ancient palaces like Badi Palace and Bahia Palace, the striking Koutoubia Mosque, the energetic Djemaa el-Fna, and the Saadian Tombs. The former capital of Fes boasts plenty of stunning architecture, though it is perhaps most known for its large tanneries and for being home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Meknes has one of the most impressive monumental gates in all of Morocco, Bab el-Mansour. Horse drawn carriages are a great way to explore the charming and relaxed imperial city.
Diverse Mountain Ranges Appeal to Fans of the Outdoors
Morocco’s Atlas Mountains have three separate ranges: the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Anti Atlas. Each offers a variety of hiking experiences for people of all experience and skill levels. Jbel Toubkal is the country’s highest mountain, located in the High Atlas Mountains. Easily reached from Marrakesh, the soaring giant attracts many outdoor lovers all year round. The Rif Mountains, in the north of the country and close to the blue city of Chefchaouen, are also must for outdoor adventures. Hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding are among the attractions people can enjoy in Morocco’s mountains, as well as visiting Berber villages, bird spotting, and seeing local wildlife.
Gorgeous Beaches along the Stretching Coastlines
Morocco has beaches along both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. There are many lovely beaches to relax on. Popular holiday spots include Tangier and Agadir, while other unique and breathtaking cities like Asilah like El Jadida, Oualidia, and El Jebha see significant increase of tourists during the summer months The most popular beaches typically have great facilities within easy reach, and some destinations, such as Essaouria, are perfect for lovers of water sports.
Stunning Sahara Desert
The Moroccan Sahara is like nowhere else on earth. The Sahara speaks to everyone’s imagination. It’s been a decor for most of the fairy tales of 1001 night, and that’s no surprise. The desert is breathtakingly beautiful and very mysterious Whether you want to trek by foot, ride on the back of a hardy camel, explore by horseback, or sail across the sands in a four-wheel drive, there are various ways to enjoy the impressive landscapes.
Camping trips are popular; marvel at the abundance of twinkling stars in the dark night skies, devoid of any light pollution, and listen to the sounds of nothingness. The sight of large dunes and remote oases will linger for a long time. Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Chegaga, Dakhla and Zagora are some of the best places to venture into the Moroccan Sahara. Ouarzazate, commonly referred to as the doorway to the desert, is a fabulous destination for both culture and film lovers, with one of the country’s most impressive kasbahs that have featured in many movies.
Mixed Cultural Influences From Arabs, Berbers, and Others
Morocco’s population is made up of both Arabs and Berbers, with each group having contributed to the rich traditions and cultural practices that can be observed in the country today. You will also be able to spot influences from Andalusia, from the times when Andalusian Muslims moved to North Africa. There are also legacies from the colonial era, with French, Portuguese, and Spanish influences seen in different parts of the country.
Excellent Shopping at the Vibrant Souks
Every major city and town in Morocco has at least one souk. Souks are traditional marketplaces where locals go to buy an array of wares. The souks have become something of a magnet for shopping-loving travelers, drawn by the evocative colors and scents and the overall sense of the exotic. Common items to peruse and buy include spices, clothing, lamps, tea sets, musical instruments, as well as a range of souvenirs in more touristy destinations.