things to do in morocco

Top 10 Best Things to do in Morocco 2020

Morocco is known for its by beautiful coastlines and mixed African-Arabian-European culture. It is located in North Africa, bordering the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Consequently, Morocco is a world-famous tourist destination. Today, let us see what are the things to do in Morocco. Later we can go into other details such as food and lodging in Morocco for your holiday.

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List of Top 5 Things to do in Morocco

  1. Enjoy exploring many historic cities
  2. Taste delicious cuisines and beverages
  3. Go on a desert walk in sun or moonlight
  4. Live your life on the beaches
  5. Hike up the trails to enjoy vistas and waterfalls

These are but a few options you have in Morocco. We will cover each of them in detail now. For more details, visit our BookOnBoard’s Morocco page here.

Historic Cities, Places, Landmarks

The historic cities and other landmarks are the best places to visit in Morocco, without a doubt. Morocco is a country where European and Arabian cultures mix seamlessly with Berbers. As such, the architecture of most places in Morocco reflects the very best of each culture. Also, there are many intermediate and fusion examples of artistry and buildings here.

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For a good Morocco visit, you must explore the following cites:

  • Marrakesh
  • Casablanca
  • Fes
  • Chefchaouen
  • Tangier
  • Rabat
  • Meknes
  • Zagora
  • Ifran

Indeed Your best bet of exploring the cities is on foot. Because Morocco is a pretty crowded country. Also, you can take a Morocco Holiday Package to visit each landmark site quickly. However, that will subtract badly from your personal experience. The sheer beauty of the cities in general as you stroll through the alleys will transport you to another world

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Some Moroccan cities stand out in their uniqueness. Chefchaouen, in particular, is world-famous for its blue color. The old town buildings here are washed with a blue color you won’t see anywhere else, without a doubt. As a result, Which gives the city a dreamlike vibe as you walk through the worn-out back streets. Fes, on the other hand, has one of the very few walled Medinas in the world. While the Casablanca port boasts of unique architecture from its French colonial days. Also, ever seen a mosque with lasers?

Local Culinary Culture at its Best in Morocco

Morocco is famous in the whole world for diversity in food. The Moroccans are very friendly people and they love to feed their guests. Here, as said above, three cultures mix and match to produce unique cuisines. The food here mixes all kinds of ingredients like beans, vegetables, meats, fruit, and spices. 

The sheer variety of dishes in Morocco will make your head spin. Here are the top ten dishes in Morocco:

  1. Bassara (rich beans soup served with fresh bread)
  2. Tagine (various kinds of meat and veg mix stewed for long in a particular type of clay pot)
  3. Fish Chermoula (grilled fish with herbs and spices)
  4. Harira (famous fast-breaking lentils-tomato-chickpea-lamb heavy soup)
  5. Kefta Tagine (heavily spiced beef balls with semi-cooked egg)
  6. Couscous (meat covered by fine white pasta with veggies stuck around the plate, world-famous!)
  7. Makouda (various kinds of fried or grilled street snacks with harissa sauce)
  8. Zaalouk (smoked aubergine dip for bread cooked with garlic, paprika, cumin, and chili powder)
  9. Bastilla (pigeon meat pie cooked in spicy Arabian style with powdered sugar on top)
  10. Mint tea and Gunpowder tea (herbs added and heavily sweetened with sugar blocks)

The Sahara Beckons

Morocco is right there sidled up beside the Sahara desert. Accordingly, you can’t miss a trip to the Sahara when visiting Morocco! It is one of the top things to do in Morocco. Take a walk, ride camels or horses, enjoy the picturesque red sand dunes, or even surfboard down the tall dunes!

You can enter or exit Sahara by either Merzouga or Zagora. By the way, they are historic cities by themselves. So, you should keep a day in hand to explore the cities. Both are great desert locations. However, the sand dunes near Merzouga are taller and richer in color. But, Zagora offers an easier riding experience. Also, it is a cheaper and more secluded option. The desert in Zagora looks harsher and moon-like, thereby offering a very different experience.

Most Morocco Desert Holiday Packages are all-inclusive, for obvious reasons. They are safer and you have no chance of getting lost. Even if they do hurry you through the points. If you are going on your own for a more leisurely pace and freedom of choice, that’s grand too! But do make sure you have a reliable guide with you. Or else, getting lost in the Sahara is no joke.

Beautiful Atlantic & Mediterranean Coastline

It’s not only the Sahara ‘where you’ll find sand masses in Morocco! As a seaside country in the north of Africa, it has a 1200-miles long coastline. Having a beach life is one of the fun things to do in Morocco! Some look for rest and relaxation on the beautiful beaches here. Others kick it up a notch with exciting water and beach sports. You can also go horse riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, and sailing in most places on the coast.

There are many different types of beach holiday destinations in Morocco. For example, Agadir is a resort city with luxury beachfront properties. Many of them have private beaches that are just peachy for a romantic getaway for couples. Sidi Ifni has the Legzira beach which is the perfect combination of cliffs and beaches. This offers you many options to spend your beach holiday here. Essaouira is a magnet for hippies and water sports fanatics alike. The highly windy coasts here offer great opportunities for kites and windsurfing. 

Wonderful Trails through Mountains, Desert, and Forests

Hiking through Morocco is an unforgettable experience! If you are fit and healthy, you have got to taste this best Morocco Experience at least once in your lifetime. The country is a mix of various kinds of geographical features such as rocky hills, cold hills, alpine forests, deserts, and mountains. They are dissected by intermittent rivers and streams, which create beautiful waterfalls sometimes unexpectedly on your path. This country was made for cameras!

The four most famous hiking trails in Morocco are:

  • Mount Toubkal: high in the Atlas mountains, this route is not for beginners. You will enjoy the hike, as well as the hospitality of the little villages on the way. The last phase will be especially troublesome. Thus you better have some mountaineering training to attempt it.
  • Jebel Saghro: Another tough route that takes you through the picturesque Atlas mountains. Book at least a week for this difficult journey. You will need special high-altitude equipment to reach the end of the trail.
  • M’Goun Massif: the traverse of most of the trails here are much easier than the above two if you aren’t challenging the Massif mountain itself. The trails winding through the area offer waterfalls, beautiful sceneries, carpets of wildflowers, and unexpected ruins. The area is dotted with local Berber villages famous for hospitality and offbeat cuisines.
  • Ifrane National Park: also called Morocco’s ‘Little Switzerland’, it’s famous for the alpine atmosphere and cedar forests. Roaming down the slopes, you might be lucky enough to spot a Barbary Macaque. It is an endangered species now and this national park is its last refuge.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Morocco Travel

1. Where can I find the best food in Morocco?

We are sad to say that the best Moroccan food isn’t easily available in restaurants. At first, this makes no sense. However, you need to consider that most people in Morocco do not eat out or order food. Instead, like most warm countries, they prepare food themselves at home. Which makes the housewives some of the best cooks in the country.

Your best to experience original homemade cooking in Morocco is going to a riad. If you are staying in one, you’ll definitely be offered meals. And you would be intelligent in accepting the homemade food in your riad over upscale restaurants. Except, of course, if you are lucky enough to get invited to a local’s home. There are some bed-n-breakfast houses in large cities of Morocco.

But of course, don’t forget to sample the great street foods in Morocco! Street shops are the most popular places to eat in Morocco. True, it’s not the cleanest, but it’s the most delicious! You can get endless varieties of street foods in Morocco like grilled or roasted meat or fish, soups and stews, many kinds of bread and cutlets, etc. Just don’t go looking for Chinese!

2. What are the cheapest places to stay in Morocco?

We got one word for you – Riad. Riads are basically a house with 2-3 stories built like a square around an inner garden or courtyard, with each room facing the inner. The most traditional riads will have four planters and one fountain in the center of the courtyard. However, many varieties exist. Most of these riads are very old houses with intricate artistry in the architecture. This doubles your experience in a riad as not only accommodation but also cultural enjoyment.

Most riads are basically homestays, and thus are very cheap. Other than that, you can book a hostel room if you are traveling alone or in a large group. The hostels tend to be even cheaper than riads.

However, if you must stay in a hotel for professional-grade service and booking ease, here are some of the most affordable hotels in Morocco:

  • Hotel Riu Palace Tikida Agadir
  • Michlifen Resort & Golf
  • Riad Dar Najat
  • Kenzi Club Agdal Medina
  • Hotel Continental
3. What are the best Morocco Holiday Packages?

Generally, Package tours to Morocco are long ones. Most of them are all-inclusive tours, especially those that cover the Sahara. Some of the most popular Morocco Holiday Package Tours are:

  • Totally Morocco – 9 days
  • Timeless Morocco – 9 days
  • Highlights of Morocco – 15 days
  • Morocco Northern Explorer – 10 days
  • Camels, Souks & Kasbahs – 15 days
  • Around Morocco Tour (with Chefchaouen) – 8 days
  • Unspoiled Sahara & Shooting Stars – 5 days
4. Are there low-cost flights to Morocco?

Sure there are! The Royal Air Maroc is the national carrier of Morocco. They have many flights from all over the world to 25 international airports in Morocco. They offer special discounts to selected tickets as well.

You have many other airlines operating in Morocco as well. Many of them offer season passes for tourists. However, do remember that being a gateway country to North Africa, air travel to Morocco is always very busy. You’d better book flights and hotels well in advance.

Parting words

Here in BookOnBoard, we have tried to put together a Travel Guide to Morocco. Accordingly, this guide offers you to know what are the best things to do in Morocco. We hope you liked it! Please do let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

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