If your dream Morocco trip has finally become a reality, it’s time to hit the books and start planning to make it the absolute best trip it can be. To begin with, you’ll need a list of must-sees to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the great sights. Here are 10 of the most amazing places in Morocco you need to see.
1. Fez (Fes)
Fez (spelled Fes in the Arab world) is an interesting sight to say the least. It was once the capital of Morocco and is home to the world’s oldest university, the University of Al-Karaouine. You can walk through the cultured streets and see the Royal Palace and Jewish quarters.
Though Merzouga isn’t the easiest village to get to, it’s certainly worth the journey! To get to this tiny, but charming village, travelers can take an overnight camel trek over 500 feet high sand dunes in the Sahara.
This imperial city is often referred to as the Red City because of it’s plethora of sandstone buildings. Travelers can walk through the medina, watch snake charmers, haggle at the market, and enjoy local delicacies. There is also the Jardin Majorelle, an incredible botanical garden with plants native to the hot climate.
4. Atlas Passes
The High Atlas mountain range, the highest in North Africa, is worth the trek. The views are spectacular and the mountain villages worth a visit. One village on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains is Ait-Benhaddou, which is a Mud Brick city featured in many movies such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
This coastal city is the country’s capital and is one of the more sought-after tourist destinations to date. Travelers can enjoy beautiful city walks, outdoor cafes, local markets, and visit the Kasbah des Oudaias, which sits on the edge of the city overlooking the ocean.
The city is famous for it’s Spanish-Moorish style and connection to the famous Sultan Moulay Ismail. It is an imperial city with plenty of history and a close proximity to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
If you love blue, this is your city. There are hundreds of buildings, most of which are colored blue. It’s close to Tangier and offers Goat cheese delicacies and other popular Moroccan handicrafts.
Due to it’s beauty and close proximity to the ocean, Asilah has become a popular seaside resort. Once a base of operations for pirates, Asilah now offers travelers a getaway from crowded city streets with a quiet, picturesque village and access to the beach.
As another popular beach destination, Essaouira offers visitors a beautiful white-washed town with plenty of seaside opportunities, such as kite and wind surfing. It’s a natural port, so tourists can also enjoy watching ships coming in and out of harbor.
You simply can’t visit morocco without taking a trip to Tangier, a major city located at the entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar. The bay is a beautiful sight, and the modern developments of the city provide a taste of home.