Have you ever been to a land far away where everything is a stranger to you. Yet so magical and enchanting that you just can’t get enough? Morocco is exactly that kind of place, where tradition and modernity are blended in such a way that will leave you wanting more. This beautiful country has an endless supply of surprises it offers to its visitors, being either places to visit, sights to see, or activities to do. Ranging from the complex works of artisanal workers to landscape masterpieces crafted by Mother Nature herself. We will walk you through the top 7 things to do in Morocco, in order to make the travel planning a much easier task and your experience here a much more special one.
One of the most important top things to do in Morocco is to wander through an Old Medina. The word Medina is simply Arabic for “city” or “populated area”. But in this context the term Old Medina refers to the old traditional districts found in most Moroccan cities. These districts hold the core of Moroccan culture and lifestyle in them, untouched by modernization. The residential part of an Old Medina is always very quiet and peaceful, which makes walking through its alleyways an unmatched relaxing experience. And for a livelier one, try exploring the commercial part of these narrow streets, where you can find all sorts of merchandise on display (notably artisanal products and spices).
During you trip, staying at a genuine Riad is one of the main things to do in Morocco. If you ever want to stay in a place that makes you feel like you’re a royalty from an oriental fairytale, then a traditional Moroccan Riad is the perfect place for you. Mostly found in the Old Medinas, a Riad is the traditional architecture of Moroccan houses used ever since the Idrisid dynasty. Riads contain an interior garden and usually a fountain, around which there are rooms with walls of Moroccan Zelij (tiles) decorations. Recently, most genuine Riads have been slightly modified in order to accommodate tourists and allow them to try out the Riad experience for themselves, but this doesn’t take away anything from their cultural value.
Camel trekking (desert)
One of the special attractions about Morocco is being home to the largest hot desert in the world: the Sahara desert, and visiting it should be on the top of your list of things to do in Morocco. Since there is no light pollution in the Sahara desert, star gazing would be a perfect thing to in there, while spending a night at a traditional nomad tent. Another thing to do would be driving around the desert dunes, in search for nomad families and maybe have a chat with them to learn more about their simplistic lifestyle. Finally, the most important thing to do in Morocco’s desert is camel trekking. This one-in-a-lifetime experience allows to discover all magic of the desert dunes. While comfortably riding on the back of a camel that has walked those roads for years.
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No trip to Morocco is complete without trying out traditional Moroccan cuisine in all of its forms! Morocco’s cuisine is considered one of best across the world. Spices and herbs make an important part of the gastronomy here. Because they give to this cuisine the richness in flavor that it is most known for. Treat yourself for a traditional tajine, a meal based on either red meat, chicken or fish and accompanied by all sorts of vegetables. Which can be easily found all around the country. Couscous, Pastilla, Hrira, Tanjia… the list of mouthwatering dishes is endless! As for drinks, prepare yourself for drinking a lot of Moroccan mint tea while you are here. It’s kind of inevitable because that’s just the way Moroccans do it as well.
High Atlas Mountains
One of the things to do in Morocco that you absolutely cannot skip is visiting the High Atlas Mountains. They are part of the massive Atlas Mountain series that stretches all across the Maghreb region. In Morocco they are situated in the southwestern part of the country. The High Atlas region is home to the highest peak in the series in Morocco. In North Africa and in all of the Arab world: the famous Mont Toubkal. With that being said there are many things to do once you come here. Such as: mountain climbing, hiking and trekking. This allows you to fully enjoy the beautiful landscapes and fresh air of the mountains.
Ait Ben Haddou
Ait ben Haddou is a Kasbah near the city of the Ouarzazate, and visiting it should definitely be on your list of things to do in Morocco. First of all, a Kasbah is a fortified city architecture that was mostly used all across the south of Morocco. But Ait Ben Haddou is perhaps the most beautiful and interesting out of all of them. In fact, so much so that this particular Kasbah has piqued the interest of many international movie directors. This has left us with a wide array of big hit movies that were filmed in Ait Ben Haddou. Such as: The Mummy, Gladiator, Prince of Persia, Lawrence of Arabia and parts of the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Jamaa El Fna
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Jamaa El Fna square is the beating heart of the city of Marrakech. This place has its own unique culture and vibe that it feels like it’s not even real. It is the gate to the Old Medina part of the city. And it’s populated by numerous stalls for snacks and drinks, story-tellers, snake charmers, fortune tellers, musicians and Henna tattoo artists. This makes of Jamaa El Fna a picture-perfect representation of the oriental culture! One of many things you can do in here is to try some traditional street foods such as cooked snails. Or simply just walk around the square, taking pictures and enjoying every second of your experience here.
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Staying in a Riad, visiting an Old Medina, exploring the desert or the High Atlas Mountains…: Now obviously these were only a few out of the many things you must try while staying in Morocco. But at least now you hopefully have a clearer idea about what you absolutely wouldn’t want to miss during your visit to this generous and diverse country. and for more informations don’t hesitate to contact us !