Morocco is a country full of breathtaking charm — from the jagged Atlas Mountains to the laid-back surfing beaches. Discover what this North African gem has to offer.
Uncover Moorish History at the Kasbah des Oudayas in Rabat
The Kasbah settled in a quiet spot on the banks above the Bou Regreg river created by refugees fleeing persecution in Moorish Andalucia. Now, the dwelling to many families of street cats, stroll the crumbling Andalucian gardens and drink a mint tea while taking a peek at the views from the terrace.
Shop the Souks at Marrakesh
Bring out your bargaining skills for exquisite handmade leather, silver, rugs, and pottery crafted in ancient artisan workshops while indulging endless cups of sweet mint tea. Roam through the tapered labyrinth of medina passages and squares. Truly, even for the most seasoned traveler, this must-do adventure is exciting, amusing, and overwhelming.
Experience Camping in the Sahara Desert in Merzouga
Break free into the world of the Berber nomads and wander through these windblown Saharan dunes extending 19 miles and rising to 820 feet if you’re longing for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Opt for an overnight tour to spend in a Bedouin tent in the Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga desert wilderness. It’s a must experience sleeping underneath the stars and be awakened by eye-catching sunrises.
Mountains Trekking at the High Atlas
The High Atlas is a perfect escape from the crowd of urban Morocco to witness the striking vistas and fresh air. Djebel Toubkal is North Africa’s tallest peak soaring to nearly 14,000 feet and is only a two-day climb. The climb is best carried out in late summer. Guides are available for amateur hikers with trek following less strenuous but equally fulfilling routes through rural Berber villages and bumpy paths. For daring travelers, proceed to the Ourika Valley for a variety of outdoor adventure and experience hang gliding, skiing, or ride mules to hidden waterfalls and tranquil hilltop gardens.
Explore the Old City of Fez el-Bali
Getting inside the world’s most active medieval city in this 9th-century medina is like going back in time. Fez el-Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with culturally important medersas, mosques, fondouks, riads, and palaces dating back 1,000 years filling the 9,500 alleyways.
Indulge at a Hammam
It does wonders for the exhausted traveler when getting scrubbed and steamed at a local hammam. This classic therapy of brisk exfoliation and bathing applying natural cleansers advocates physical and mental hygiene and restoration for centuries whether you choose a common public bath or private room in a posh spa. For budget-savvy, the public hammams are clean and affordable. If you prefer private hammam, there a number of luxurious spas available.