A land that binds the Mediterranean and Africa together. This city has been growing in popularity over the years with cities crafted to welcome tourists and awaken curiosities. Whether visitors are searching for beach holidays, mountain retreats, cultural awakenings, tasty cuisine or lively markets Morocco invites visitors to experience and dive into its incredibly diverse culture and history. Morocco is a hybrid country that can accommodate a multitude of holidays, luxury, budget, cultural or tourist traps, winter or summer.
Morocco is great for nature lovers with the Sahara Desert to the south, the Atlas Mountains to the West and the Atlantic and Mediterranean for beach holidays. The Desert is an awe-inspiring expanse that continues to awaken people’s souls, you can arrange short experiences or caravan camping trips to immerse yourself completely. Visitors must come prepared for the juxtaposing temperatures as temperatures drop considerably at night, but the wide expanse of serenity will leave an imprint on your soul forever.
The Rif Mountains to the North of the country border with Algeria. They are close to Chefchaoen the famed blue city and Tetouan distinctive for its Spanish colonial architecture.
The Atlas Mountain protect the history of the indigenous people, the Amazigh or better known as Berber and provide the perfect location for cultural encounters and insight into indigenous cultures that resemble other African experiences. The Mountains also provide the perfect arena for hiking and trekking trails.
The diverse choice of beaches available in Morocco leaves much to the tourists’ decision, you must research the activities and type of sea you prefer. Choices vary from surfing locations, water sports buzzing hotspots, sleepy seaside towns, and bustling nightlife strips so make sure you consider the season and your priorities before picking a city.
The Royal Cities
The Imperial Cities
Morocco’s long Imperial history has crowned 4 cities as once being the seats of the king: Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and Rabat.
Rabat is the current capital and boasts a modernity that is still historically rooted in traditions and Moroccan identity. Visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V which is a monument of architectural beauty, the Hassan Mosque, the second largest functioning in Africa and the 7th in the world and admire the impressive walls of the Chella.
Rabat is alive with music and jazz and is home to the Mawazine World Music Festival, a nine-day-long event that is free.
Marrakech, the red city with its famous market square that remains frozen in time, connects Morocco with the Sahara Desert. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination, the city houses the uniqueness of the Amazigh community of Morocco. Known for being a city of opulence, with palaces and 5* Riads that make royalty out of any visitor, Marrakesh is one of the best-known cities in Morocco. After spending hours, haggling in the Jemaa el-Fnaa, visit the leather-making ateliers, take camel caravans out into the Sahara Desert and visit the spectacular Ouarzazate town, a popular filming location.
Considered the intellectual city of Morocco and home to the world’s oldest university, founded by Fatima al-Fihri. Don’t miss out on the Medersa Bou Inania with its sublime intricate details of Zellij and wood carving and painting (Tazouaqt ). The overabundance of culture, history and crafts spill from the city and can be inspected in Museums such as the Nejjarine Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Batha Museum. Museum of Arms set in the 16th-century fort, the henna souk and the Seffarine Square offer sensory experiences of knowledge. As you meander across the city you will find traces and evidence of art all over the streets, particularly in the districts of Fes El Jedid and Fes El Bali, where you cannot miss the Bab Chorfa gate.
Meknes encloses history from the Roman Empire with the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Built in the 16th century, to the North of the city lies the ancient city of Moulay Idriss, which is also a popular pilgrimage spot. This city is often passed over by visitors which means its atmosphere is more laid back and less touristy. Visitors that do venture here can learn more about Meknes at the main museum.
Couscous and Tajine are probably the most recognised traditional Moroccan dishes but this is only the cherry on the cake. Moroccans pride themselves in their diverse breakfasts, roasted veggies, slow-cooked meats marinated in local spices, rich oils drizzled over salads, and olives are eaten like candy. A trip to Morocco is not complete without sipping on the mint teas that are made differently across regions. Sweet lovers will discover that desserts are a mix of all the cross-cultural encounters, from French, Spanish, Arab and Amazigh.