A land of beautiful contrasts and ancient cultures, Morocco is, without a doubt, an amazing country and popular holiday destination among visitors around the world. Adventure lovers, couples, families and foodies, this country has a lot to offer to all of its guests. Here are the most famous 8 places you should visit in your Morocco holidays.
1 The Red City, Marrakesh
Marrakesh is the first important place to visit. It is known as “The Red City“ because of the red gloom, spread around the whole city because of its walled city. The busiest and most iconic city of Morocco, having the charm of the old medina and famous market square Djamee-el-Fna, Marrakesh is the most distinctive landmark of the whole kingdom. Bahia Palace, intricate souks, Koutoubia Mosque and the Walled medina are among the beautiful sites in the city which draw international visitors to come and explore every inch of these attractions.
2 Western Desert
The second most amazing place in the whole of Morocco is the Western Sahara. Visitors can enjoy an overnight camping excursion in the warmth of the Sahara, accompanied by native Moroccan guides. Leaving behind the bustle of the big cities of Morocco, the Sahara is the only place where visitors can relax and make themselves comfortable while looking at the stars in the sky.
3 Essaouira (The Fish Town)
With a laid back atmosphere and fresh air, Essaouira is the most beautiful town of Morocco. Visitors will find the best seafood in this historic port city and resort. Spend some quality time walking around the ancient town and the beautiful harbor or get energetic and tackle the waves in this surfing paradise of Morocco!
4 Ancient Kasbah
Aït Benhaddou is an amazing city where all the walls are made of pure mud. With a few residents, this small walled town is a must see place to visit when you stroll around in your Morocco Holidays.
Some other Valleys dotted with palm trees, gorges, and citadels characterize the area around Ouarzazate which is the big town encircling the small fort, Ait Benhaddou. Yet, in the modern era of development, it is considered the most spectacular example of South Moroccan architecture. The place seamlessly illustrates how the Berbers adapted their building techniques to the climate, living in harmony with the sometimes harsh environment.
5 Berber Valley in High Atlas
Just right at the bottom of the high Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley is one of the most beautiful places with the great terraces.
Most of the today’s Berbers live in the great Atlas Mountains of Morocco while the Arabs, Moors, and some other tribes live in the modern towns. It is more common these days to see Berbers owning and operating small shops and other commercial endeavors in the big cities. Still, many of the local Berbers are living in the lush valleys, breathing in the fresh air of the lovely valley.
6 Hassan II Mosque & other monuments
The great landmark of Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque is an amazing example of Muslim architectures. French colonial architecture blends with Muslim structures most notably at the huge Hassan II Mosque, one of the only two Moroccan mosques open to non-Muslims.
The second great mosque is situated along the Nfiss Valley south of Marrakesh in Tin Mil. Even in its somewhat battered state, a visit here guarantees great photo ops and a journey back in time. Visit the beautiful capital of Morocco, Rabat, which is renowned for its antique Oudayas Kasbah and Chellah Gardens – very popular with visitors.
7 The Blue City
A gorgeous and captivating city in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is also known as the Blue City because of the blue painted houses. It is a very popular tourist destination with about two hundred hotels to handle the summer influx of international visitors. Offering native handicrafts that are not available anywhere else, this blue city is also considered the best place for antique shopping in Morocco.
8 Agadir Beach
Landing on the airport directly from your hometown or heading from ancient Marrakesh to the well-known Agadir, you can enjoy the hot spots like beaches, restaurants and water sports activities here.
Taghazout (a beach 15 km north of the Agadir) has awesome waves that attract from a distance. These beaches are underdeveloped and interesting to explore. Water activities include boating, windsurfing & kitesurfing.
Talk with your local Moroccan tour guide or operator and you can create a great vacation plan of your dreams in the majestic kingdom of Morocco. An adventure that will take you from the modern cities to historic sites, let you explore the Berber villages high in the Atlas or Rif Mountains, hit the beach or even get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon.
About the author: Maria is a travel writer since 2005, loves to write and blog about famous places, and is still passionate about discovering new destinations on this planet Earth.