Morocco has a lot to offer tourists. From a wide array of outdoor pursuits, distinct culture, history and food to some of the best beaches and most luxurious hotels money can buy, it really has something for everyone. For the more adventurous traveler, there are ample opportunities to immerse yourself in local tradition with welcoming local communities that can provide an unforgettable experience. Below are some examples to get you started.
Djemaa el Fna, Marrakesh: A world heritage site, this open air market place is the largest of it’s kind and every day it is filled with Moroccan performers and entertainers (snake charmers, stalls, craftsman, musicians, fortune tellers, water bearers, dancers etc). At night, all of the food stalls are open and the air is filled with exotic smells. Essaouira Music Festival: Every year Essaouira hosts a traditional and world music festival called Gnaoua which brings together artists from all over the world to celebrate and perform
The Gnaoua is usually held in June and lasts for a week.
Skiing, Ouka’meden: Yes, you can ski in Morocco! Hard to believe maybe but true. The season is from February to April in the Atlas Mountains and Ouka’meden even has a ski lift! Fly to Marrakech and plan at least a day or two here, the memory will last a lifetime.
Windsurfing, Agadir and Essaouira: These cities are located on the Atlantic coast and are famous for the excellent conditions available to all water sports enthusiasts. Whether you are a surfer, sailor, wind surfer, kite surfer or just want to explore these popular and beautiful destinations, visit Agadir and Essaouira. 2 to 3 hours from Marrakech, they both also have direct connections from Europe.
International Arts Festival, Asilah: For travellers who enjoy arts and crafts you must make a note to be in Asilah for August when they host an international arts festival. The town comes to life in an explosion of colour so take a camera!
Rock Carvings, Near Ouka’meden: If you are interested in history and the lives of our ancient ancestors,, make sure you visit Ouka’meden to see the pre-historic rock carvings and cave dwellings. Cascades d’Ouzoud, Middle Atlas: An inspiring place the Cascades d’Ouzoud water falls are set in stunning countryside in the middle of the Atlas Mountains.
Bou Attarin Medersa, Fez: Hidden away in the narrow winding streets of this area in Fez you can find some wonderful historical places of interest and beautiful landmarks.
Kasbah Glaoui, Telouet: A relic of the distant past which depicts horse-riding Berber and Arab warriors riding through plains of Telouet. It is truly inspiring and well worth a visit.
Chefchaouen, Tangier: This wonderful town in north Morocco is peaceful, picturesque and nearly every wall is painted blue. Camel Riding, Zagora: Not for the faint hearted, camel riding is an amazing experience but can also be difficult and hard work but still well worth trying it out.
Fishing: Morocco features an immense stretch of Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline and excellent sea fishing trips can be organized in many locations. Compare Hotel Prices and Save!
Eating out: There is a distinct exotic flavour to Moroccan cuisine. Dining traditionally consists of numerous speciality dishes and meat mixed with sweet ingredients is often served. Meals can last for hours, typically beginning with a vegetable salad or b’stilla followed by Tagine. Tagine is a speciality dish of stew meat or fish mixed with sweet fruits in specially shaped Terracotta dishes buried in hot ashes. These should be served communally with chunks of warm ‘kesra’ bread to mop up the sauce.
Laws on alcohol are fairly liberal (for non-Muslim visitors) and bars in most tourist areas stay open late. Wines, beers and spirits are widely available. Locally produced wines, beers and mineral waters are excellent and good value.