April 15, 2021
18 best places in Morocco

18 best places in Morocco

Morocco has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years, and this is for good reason. The blend of cultures, stunning scenery and friendly and welcoming locals make it your first choice for your next vacation.

In very few countries/regions, you can experience awesome desert scenery, steep mountains, and beautiful beaches in one day! Not to mention the spectacular cities of Morocco, with its exotic market squares, beautiful Moorish architecture and delicious cuisine.

Morocco has many beautiful sights to visit, it is difficult to see them all! Therefore, we have collected opinions and suggestions from a range of experienced travelers, so you can plan the trip that suits you best.

Whether you are seeking adventure, a unique cultural experience, chasing surf or just relaxing in leisure, you will find something for you in this epic list of 18 Morocco’s best tourist attractions!

Ait Ben Haddou, one of the best tourist attractions in Morocco

Watch the sunrise at Ait-Ben-Haddou

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Spectacular city

Fes

-Rick in “Life is the Road”

Chouara Tannery-Fes Morocco

Guchoara Tannery in Fes

Fes is Morocco’s second largest city and cultural center. It is full of amazing sights and history, often overlooked by Marrakesh. The huge and ancient medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest pedestrian areas in the world. The city of Fes is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and beautiful sights in Morocco!

You can walk along the cobblestone alleys for a few hours and see the beautiful artisan shops and the long history of Fez without worrying about being run over by noisy motorcycles! Please make sure to buy some handmade leather products at reasonable prices here, but don’t buy too expensive near the tannery, otherwise you will pay a premium!

Although many people have seen visually attractive photos of the Chouara tannery, which dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest tannery in the world, this is not the end of the attraction. Fes (Fes) is also the world’s oldest and continuously operating university, and has many beautiful Moorish palaces, gates and mosques since the capital of the Sultanate of Marinide.

The Medina is divided into two regions, called Fez-Bali and Fez-Yedid. The larger of the two is Fes-el-Bali where most people live. There are many beautiful Riaz accommodations for you to choose from, this is a must experience when you travel in Morocco.

Fes Palace

Royal Palace of Fes

Important tips for Fes

Stay in the beautiful Riad – Ryad Alya, this is all you want. Beautiful Moorish architecture and design, plus super comfortable modern furniture. You can relax on the terrace and admire the views of the medina, or use the Turkish bath on site. I have always felt that such a beautiful residence itself is a place worth visiting!

have a drink- In Fez, you can find one of the few places in Morocco where you can taste cold beer or wine. The mezzanine floor is located next to the beautiful garden, just outside the ancient city wall; making it a great place to enjoy the sunset from the roof terrace.

do not miss it- There is no need to walk through the maze of leather shops and resist some flattery without being delayed; the beauty of the Chouara tannery must be admired from the roof of the leather shop. Find shop 10 or shop 64 for the best view, the number is on the sign above the door. You are not obligated to buy anything, but you can indeed get some good things at reasonable prices. If you do not buy anything after your visit, then please tip.

Casablanca

-Wendy from Nomadic Vegetarian
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, one of the most beautiful sights in Morocco

The impressive Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Casablanca is a city called “Casa” by locals and is the largest city in Morocco. The name was given by the Spaniards, who established a trade foundation here, but the city has been controlled by many different global powers in the past few centuries, including the French, Portuguese, Romans and Phoenician.

The center of life in Casablanca is the modern new city (new city), not the old medina, which is small compared to the medina of Fez or Marrakech. Therefore, many tourists skipped Casablanca altogether. However, if you are looking for a great nightlife or want to experience the real life of the locals in the big Moroccan cities, then Casablanca is definitely worth a visit.

Compared with other parts of the country, the attitude here is more free and progressive. The city feels very international, with interesting immigrants from all over Africa.

The beautiful Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, photo by nomadic vegetarians

Top tips for Casablanca

Where to eat – Be sure to dine in the organic kitchen, which has a comfortable dining area and seasonal menus, offering some good choices for Moroccan vegans and vegetarians. Or, if you are a fan of the movie Casablanca, have dinner or a drink at Rick’s Café, which is a real cafe entertainment in the movie, with piano players playing “Time Passes” And other 1940s classic tracks.
Must-see attractions – In terms of tourist attractions, the main monument is the newly built Hassan II Mosque, built in 1993. It is the third largest mosque in the world and the largest mosque outside of Saudi Arabia, and it also has the highest minaret in the world. The craftsmanship is impressive, with some beautiful tiles and water features inside. Most mosques in Morocco are not open to non-Muslims, but this is an exception.
read more: The Ultimate Itinerary of Morocco 10-Day Tour

Marrakech

-Ann in “Tao is Life”

Sunset on the busy Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fnaa market at sunset

The fourth largest city in Morocco and one of the most popular attractions is Marrakech in Xixi city. Walking in the old souks of the Medina is like an attack on all senses. The weather is hot, dusty, noisy, and chaotic. When you are walking through narrow streets, motorcycles fly by, and vendors yell at you from all angles. Although this may be a crazy place, there are many interesting places to see and do in Marrakech, and you should not miss it when in Morocco.

Since the 11th century, Jemaa el-Fnaa Square has been the lively center of Marrakech. Every night, the square is full of snake charmers, musicians, large food markets and many small stalls to make you come alive. Immersion in the hustle and bustle of this busy market is a must-have experience for everyone visiting Marrakech. Although this place is interesting, it is especially important to be fully alert and alert to pickpockets and scammers.

Near the square, you will see the Koutoubia Mosque. This 12th century mosque is the largest mosque in the city. Visitors are not allowed to enter the mosque, but the beautiful gardens surrounding the mosque form a sharp contrast with the streets of the Medina.

Marrakech-one of the best tourist attractions in Morocco

Admire the beauty of Majorelle Gardens

Top tips for Marrakech

Landscape tea – You can enjoy mint tea in one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. This is a great place for you to relax your vigilance and watch the busy atmosphere of the square from a more relaxed environment!

Stay in the beautiful Riad – If you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery anytime and anywhere during your trip in Morocco, there is no better choice than Marrakech! The traditional pavilion provides a peaceful oasis away from the chaos of the street. Marrakech has many beautiful Riaz wines to choose from, but it all depends on your budget.

Here are some popular and centrally located options:

  • Tsar Spa
  • Riad&Spa le Secret de Zoraida
  • Riad Les Nuits de Marrakech

Escape from the noise – A short taxi ride from the Medina will take you to the Jardin Majorelle, a peaceful garden full of cacti, fountains and ponds. This is said to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Marrakech, so make sure you get there early in the morning to avoid standing in a row.

Rabat

-Jenny of TraveLynn family

The beautiful coastal city of Rabat, Morocco

The beautiful coastal city of Rabat, Morocco

The Moroccan capital, Rabat, is often overlooked for its more famous neighbor, Casablanca. However, we urge you to stay here for at least one or two days. It is also much quieter than Marrakech, so you can enjoy the medina without the tourist crowds you might encounter elsewhere. In addition, the city is located on the Atlantic coast, with some beautiful beaches and epic sunsets. Traveling is very easy using the city’s modern tram network.

Start your day by strolling through the labyrinth of the medina in Rabat, and then head to the main street of Avenue Mohammed V for lunch. Then, head to Kasbah Les Oudaias on the edge of the medina. This historic fort has been under surveillance of Rabat for centuries, and it is now possible to wander the whitewashed streets. It has no traffic problems at all, but please be aware of the occasional moped. It is relatively easy to walk to the top of the fort, and you can enjoy the perfect view of the city and other areas.

On the other side of the river, Saale is Rabat’s sister city and has recently experienced a development boom. Perhaps the best part is the short ferry crossing the waterway with great views of the two cities. The Great Mosque is impressive.

Top Tips in Rabat

To Rabat – There are trains and buses from Marrakech, Casablanca and Fez. From Marrakech, it is also easy to follow most highways.

where to live – It’s cheaper to stay outside of major cities. We recommend that you book your accommodation in Temara, as it is right on the beach and on the tram line that goes directly to Medina.

Meknes

-From Digital Travel Couple
Meknes, one of the best attractions in Morocco

Meknes, Digital Travel Couple photography

Meknes is located in north-central Morocco and has a long history. The Spanish Moorish style of the city blends 17th century Islamic and European styles. It is one of the four imperial cities in Morocco and it is definitely worth a visit! The other three imperial cities are Marrakech, Fes and Rabat. Meknes is one of the smallest and most relaxing of the four hotels to visit. Therefore, don’t miss it during your trip to Morocco!

Meknes is known for its impressive old buildings, beautiful open-air markets, high medieval walls and detailed gates. It is the perfect place to stay for 1 or 2 days. For example, if you travel from Fez to Rabat or from the north to Chefschuen, you can easily combine a visit to Meknes.

The highlights of Meknes are the beautiful open-air market, the royal horse, the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Volobilis, which is located 35 kilometers north of Meknes. In the city center, you will find many beautiful and exquisite doors, such as Bab Mansour, picturesque small streets and beautiful mosques. The relaxed atmosphere surrounding Norias Bassin (known as Sahrij Swani by the locals) near the Royal Horse B is an ideal place to relax after visiting the city.

Meknes, Morocco

Meknes, Digital Travel Couple photography

Important note from Meknes

reach there – The best way to reach Meknes is to rent a car or take a train. Although the best way to reach Meknes on foot is to walk, it is highly recommended that you take a road trip through northern Morocco!
Catch the sunset – If you are looking for a special place to enjoy sunset views, Volubilis is an ideal choice. You can enjoy a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, which is a great place to watch the sun disappear behind the mountain.

The magical desert and Berber culture

Todra Canyon

-Rick in “Life is the Road”

Spectacular Todra Canyon

Spectacular Todra Canyon

The huge stone wall is located at the northernmost end of the desert in the northeast of Ouarzazate, forming this extraordinary natural wonder, which is unexpected. When you describe the Moroccan desert, you don’t exactly think of huge canyons, but this is a canyon you can’t miss, and it is definitely worth a visit on the list of Morocco’s best tourist attractions.

The scenery along the Todra River valley is also very spectacular, with pine tree plantations and towns on the cliff side by views. Eventually, the valley begins to narrow, and you pass through the vertical gap between two steep rock walls, allowing you to enter this almost separated world in the desert.

In a part of the canyon, there are several multi-story buildings that look like a small model with orange cliffs in the background. Vendors sell handicrafts along the road, and bold climbers can be seen on the walls climbing all day long.

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Top tips for Todra Canyon

Avoid the crowd! – Although it is very remote, the canyon did not escape the attention of tour companies, and there are large bus parades throughout the day. It was amazing to stand quietly in the canyon before anyone appeared.

where to live – Fortunately, there are some excellent accommodation options nearby, and you can stay here for several nights to take advantage of the stunning sunrise and sunset times.

Auberge Camping Atlas This is where we stayed during our trip in Morocco and can definitely be recommended. They have a beautiful swimming pool which is a great place to relax after a day of hiking. If you have campers or equipment, there are also camping facilities. The rooms and food are very decent.

Auberge Music Festival Todra Canyon This is a truly unique find in the desert, worth more than one night. The cave houses, hot tubs and organic gardens have a Berber-style appearance, which looks like a small desert castle, creating an artificial oasis. Many hiking routes lead directly to the hotel, so it is a good place to settle down.

read more: Why you shouldn’t take a day trip from Marrakech to Ait bin Haddou

Merzouga – Erb Chebi

-Kylie is from between England and Iowa

Camel riding in the Merzouga desert in Morocco

Camel trekking on the dunes of Erbu Chebi

One of Morocco’s best tourist attractions is Erg Chebbi (Erg Chebbi). This is a large area of ​​sand dunes because it is very close to Marrakech, so it is very popular in desert camps/safari parks. Many different companies provide overnight trips to the dunes, usually a one-stop service, camping in the dunes for the second night, and then the journey back to Marrakech. Merzouga is a small town where you can buy the last snacks and water before changing to a camel cart!

After the camel trek through the orange sand dunes, visitors will arrive at the desert camp at night. From basic tents to luxury tents, there are many options for different budgets! Climb up the sand dunes, admire the stunning scenery, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and drum party, gaze at the starry sky, and then spend the night under the canvas.

What must be done is to get up early in the morning, watch the sunrise and watch the desert become reality. This is an incredibly peaceful feeling. After the sun rises, a quick breakfast will be provided before you return to Merzouga on a camel!

Top tips from Elger Cheby

Pack light! – Make sure to bring light things with you on your trip to Erg Chebbi. At night in the desert, you can only load the back of a small night on the camel (pour water into the saddle, so you don’t need to leave extra space!). Even in summer, the desert can get cold at night, so make sure to make extra bedding after the sun goes down!

Ait Ben Haddou

-Rick in “Life is the Road”

Ait Ben Haddou-the most beautiful spot in Morocco

The impressive desert fortress of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Awaken your eyes, this magnificent desert fortress bathed in the morning sun is one of the experiences you will never forget. The whole scene is so perfect, almost like you are watching a movie instead of real life.

The earthen fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rises from the east bank of the Ounila River to its natural altitude. The palm sea around it adds to the exotic atmosphere and the occasional camel train that takes you back to the time when the Uncle’s business travel route stopped.

This fortress is still inhabited by several families, and you can buy their handicrafts inside the walls. There is also a small museum in one of the big towers, which is decorated with old objects and looks like it has been in the past few centuries. You can also climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the entire desert landscape.

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View of Salon Du Thé Panoramique

Important note from Ait Ben Haddou

Don’t just take a day trip! – There are many companies that offer day trips from Marrakech and other places. I think this is a mistake because this place is probably one of the most beautiful sights in Morocco and it is worth spending some time to accept it properly. I wrote a detailed article about why you shouldn’t take a day trip from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou and all the options for seeing it without making a reservation.

Mint tea- On the upper part of the fort is a small cafe called Salon DuThé Panoramique. On their balcony, you can enjoy some mint tea and have a magnificent view of the fortress and river valley. You will find it near the top of the town before you start the final ascent to the top granary.

Zagora

-Andrea from Happy Days Travel Blog

Zagora Desert Camp-Morocco

Zagora’s Desert Camp

On the way to visit Morocco, passing through the Drâa Valley to Zagora, we stopped to take pictures of the largest date palm area in Africa. The air is filled with the sweet honey smell of ripe fruits. Our guide explained that Zagora is the date capital of Morocco, not only supplies all regions of Morocco, but also exports a large number of products.

Zagora is also known as “the gateway to the Sahara Desert”. This is the original desert post. In 1591, the Saad people set out on an expedition to conquer Timbuktu from here. In the centuries that followed, the desert caravan made this isolated site a trading post on the route between Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa, making it an international feature that has always existed today.

Since most desert travel agencies are stationed here, almost every visitor to Zagora will travel in the Sahara Desert for one or two nights. Before departure, they always stay in town for one night. However, for those who choose to stay longer, there are many local colors that can attract their imagination.

Zagora is home to the iconic “Tombouctou, 52 weeks” sign, with nomads standing next to a giggly camel. The initial sign was erected, telling traders that they still had 52 days of camel trek to reach the legendary city, which was destroyed during the cleanup of the town council, but convincing copies can be seen throughout the town .

Zagora Tombouctou logo

The famous logo of Zagora, photo by Happy Days Travel Blog

Top tips for Zagora

Visit the outdoor market – We are lucky to hold the largest outdoor market in southern Morocco on Sunday in Zagora. Wandering through the maze of stalls, selling everything from live animals, fresh vegetables to second-hand bicycles and local handicrafts, this is an infringement on our senses, and this infringement will always exist.

where to live – The highlight of our stay in Zagora was our stay. Chez Ali is very happy. We enjoyed our first alcoholic drink in nearly two weeks, but I can’t tell you how popular it is to soak in the swimming pool after several long and dusty driving days!

Taroudant

-Jeanne from “Learning to Breathe Abroad”

Taroudant-one of the most beautiful places in Morocco

Taroudant is an ideal stop for visiting Souss and Anti-Atlas. Due to the lack of iconic attractions, it does not appear on the usual tourist routes, but its charm lies in being able to experience Moroccan life in a truly traditional way.

Taroudant is also known as “Little Marrakech”, with its bustling streets, friendly souks and some of the best-preserved city walls in Morocco. These ancient walls are 7.5 kilometers long and consist of 130 towers, 19 forts, and are interrupted by 9 doors that are still in use. Babel-Kasbah is the gate where you can enter and walk on the wall.

There are two main markets. Jnane al-Jaami is a Berber market that sells spices, dried fruits and delicious sweet and waxy pastries. The larger Arab souk is just a 5-minute walk away, where you can find leather, antiques, jewelry and meat markets. Unlike Marrakech, the stall owners here are not aggressive, but friendly.

Important note for Taroudant

  • Taroudant tannery is one of the best experiences in Taroudant. In the Tar​​oudant tannery, in addition to the incredible sight of the tannery in Fes, you can also participate in all the tanning steps from tanning to scratching and drying. Leather and leather prices are much cheaper than in Fez, so if you are looking for a market for handbags or goatskins, then this is the place for you.
  • The important thing to remember is that at 12 noon on Friday, everyone goes to the mosque, so there is no one on the street. This is a good time to take a stroll in the street.

Mountain vista

Chefchaouen

-Ann in “Life is the Road”

Chefchaouen's most beautiful Moroccan town

Chefchaouen – one of the most beautiful and best places in Morocco!

This magical blue city is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beautiful sights in Morocco. In recent years, Chefchaouen’s tourism industry has seen substantial growth, all thanks to the Internet, especially social media platforms such as Instagram. Surrounded by the Rif Mountains and all painted blue, this is an incredibly unique town. It is definitely worth trying on any Morocco itinerary!

One of the best things about Chefchaouen is to wander through the maze of streets near the city center. This is the best way to discover the most beautiful small scenes and stunning photography opportunities hidden in every corner. When visiting Chefchaouen, the other must have lunch or dinner in one of the many rooftop restaurants in town. You can taste Moroccan cuisine while admiring the views of the lush green valleys and mountains surrounding the town. Cafe Clock is one of our top choices!

If you plan to spend a few days in Chefchaouen, you should take a day trip to the beautiful Akchour Falls. This 2-hour trek will take you through the scenery of the Rif Mountains and lead you to the waterfall, where you can relax and take a dip in the emerald pool.

Chefchaouen-one of the best tourist attractions in Morocco!

Magnificent view of Chefchaouen from the Spanish Mosque

Important tips for Chefchaouen

Watch the sunset – Looking for the best place to watch the sunset in Chefchaouen? It takes 20 minutes to walk to the Spanish Mosque on the hill overlooking the town. This trail is easy to find at the end of the town, it leads you up to the mosque, where you will get a breathtaking panoramic view.

have a drink- If you wish to drink a glass of wine or beer in Chefchaouen, you may notice that the alcohol is difficult to dispense. Hotel Parador is one of the few places in Chefchaouen that offers alcoholic beverages. Fortunately, this is not limited to hotel guests. Sit down on their outdoor terrace and enjoy the view while having a drink!

read more: Top 10 things to do in Chefchaouen

Uzu Falls

-Paul comes from wherever we roam

Uzu Falls Morocco

Ouzoud Falls, photo by “Where We Roam”

Nestled in the dramatic El-Abid river gorge, Uzud Waterfall is a special place and a great choice for road trips in Morocco. The waterfall falls from three different heights, a total of 110m, beautifully located in the jungle paradise, this is a cool and relaxing place under the hot Moroccan sun.

From the top of the canyon, the view is incredible. The waterfall falls into the valley, creating a sharp contrast with the burnt orange landscape surrounding it. A winding path curves along the walls of the valley into a zigzag pattern, spraying from the fallen attachments to the dense green leaves and cooling the air. This is a beautiful area of ​​Morocco. A group of naughty macaques roam the trees next to the waterfall, looking for items that can be stolen from unsuspecting tourists.

At the bottom, the lush jungle leads to a charming swimming pool, where a 3-level waterfall falls into the water. Although there are no signs of swimming around, tourists and locals took the opportunity to cool down. Boat rides can be obtained at a very affordable price, thus gaining the unique advantage of admiring the waterfall.

Top tips for Uzu Falls

  • Although there are many restaurants to stop at the other side, it is best to stop at the one where you stopped. The price is better and it is usually much quieter.
  • Starting from Marrakech, Ouzoud Falls is an easy day trip, and most tourists can take several different trips. The journey time is approximately 2.5 hours and contains interesting information about the local Berber tribe.

Toubkal

-Diana of Detective “A Tour of the World”

Hiker in Toubkal Mountain, Morocco

Toubkal Mountain is not only the highest point in Morocco, but also the highest point in North Africa. It is located in the High Atlas Mountains with an altitude of 4,167 m (13,667 ft).

I went to Toubkal Mountain to challenge myself and reached the top. The hiking trail to the top of Mount Toubkal is a rather arduous hiking trail with a slope of 2367 m (7765 feet) and a one-way distance of 16 km (10 miles).

The hike starts by taking you through the charming and picturesque village of Imlil (1800 m / 5,900 ft), which is located at the foot of Toubkal Mountain. As you drive up, this trail will take you along lush green river banks, sparkling waterfalls, gentle streams and huge walnut groves. On the way, one of the most interesting experiences I encountered on the mountain was encountering many super cute creatures called muzi. If you think it is difficult to carry a backpack while hiking, they will help you.

After 3,207 m (10,522 ft), the trail became completely rock. There are huge jagged rocks in some places, and you need to scramble to climb up. I personally find this very demanding, especially when it is dark at 2 am the next day, but I believe that the feeling of reaching the top of the mountain is really exciting and you will feel that you are on top of the world.

Top Tips for Toubkal Mountain

  • As an extreme hiker, you can complete the journey from Imlil to Toubkal in one day and then back. However, most people including me need a full 2 ​​days. In this case, you need to spend the night at the base camp of 3,207 m (10,522 ft), and then start the next day from here. If you want to relax, relax and enjoy nature, it is best to spend 3 days hiking.
  • If you want to conquer Mount Toubkal (Mount Toubkal), you need to go to Imlil first, and then stay there for a day to arrange a hike for the next day. Finally, after completing this epic achievement, be sure to spend a whole day in Imlil and give yourself a break.

Imlil

-Susanna from the winding wild

Kasbah du Toubkal, Imlil, Morocco

Kasbah Du Tukakal Hotel, Imili

Imlil is a small Berber village located 60 kilometers south of Marrakech. This is an easy journey through the charming countryside to the village, making it an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city during a day trip. Public transportation to the village is limited, but you can use a shared taxi in Marrakech or book your own car and driver. The journey takes several hours and there are many interesting stops along the way.

Imlil is composed of several small streets with many grocery stores and restaurants, as well as walking equipment suppliers and small shops. Above the village is the beautiful Kasbah du Toubkal, where travelers can find the luxury of seclusion outside of Marrakech.

The main reason to go to Imlil is mountain climbing. This is the starting point for the trek to Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. In summer, the village is buzzing, guides are looking for walkers, and cafes are everywhere to relax after exploring the surrounding mountains.

If Mount Toubkal cannot be reached, the Imlil waterfall is outside the village. These small waterfalls are easy to cross the walnut path and follow the small river along the river, from the village to the higher peaks. After starting from Marrakech, it is a good tour.

Imili falls

Imlil Cascade, Photography by Meanderder Wild

Top tips for Imlil

  • Take your time, the altitude will make everything take longer
  • Make sure you have sunscreen. Although it is much cooler here, the sun is just as strong
  • If you want to reach the top of Mount Toubkal, you must have a guide. Make sure you contact the Bureau des Guides, the official guidance center of Ymiriel, instead of relying on guides driving in the village.
  • Imlil is interrupted by snow in winter, so if you want to visit, make sure you travel between April and October.

Coastal gems

Essaouira

-Yania of Traveling Twins

Essaouira-Best Places to Visit in Morocco

Essaouira port, photo by The Travelling Twins

Considered by many as the most beautiful port in Morocco, Essaouira is a perfect example of an 18-century walled city, having been built in line with the philosophies of up-to-date European military architecture but in North African style. Since the beginning , the city has been an important global trading and tourist seaport.

Essaouira is just a 2-hour drive southwest of Marrakech. The journey itself to the town is a sight to behold, with newly tarmacked roads passing through miles of Argan tree plantation and beautiful villages.

I have to admit, this was one of the most enjoyable drives we have ever had. But more was awaiting us. The moment we hit the unbelievable expansive bay and open waterfront of this buzzing seaport, we were pleased to have escaped the hectic cities of Morocco, albeit for a few days.

We were longing for a serene gateway, and as luck would have it, we got to stay in a beachfront hotel, Madada Mogador. It has a roof terrace with sweeping vistas of the beach which makes it great for watching the sunset. There is also an onsite restaurant which we liked a lot, not only for the delicious Moroccan dishes but also for the cooking classes.

Essaouira town center, Morocco

Essaouira, photo by The Travelling Twins

The beach is segregated by activities – one section is a sweeping sandy beach that is perfect for horse riding and dog walking, while another section is for restaurants, beach clubs, and bars.

Essaouira is also popular in pop culture, having appeared in many films and series such as Othello (1952) and the epic HBO fictional series Game of Thrones.

If you are planning a trip to the stunning old medina, the best way to get there is by driving, although you can also use public buses or taxis.

There are plenty of things to do in Essaouira but you shouldn’t miss:

  • strolling through the souks and medina
  • buy some local art
  • Visit the old fort – one of the locations of Game of Thrones
  • Ride horses on the beach

Al Hoceima National Park

-Linn from Brainy Backpackers

Al Hoceima National Park, Morocco

Bades Island, photo by Brainy Backpackers

Al Hoceima National Park is a true gem on the northern Mediterranean coast and should absolutely be added to your Morocco itinerary. The park is crisscrossed with dirt paths and dotted with small Berber villages. Needless to say, this is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Whether you like to go hiking or cycling, there are numerous options. The best months to go where temperatures are pleasant for these activities are April, May, and October.

A vast part of the national park is marine park to protect endangered species like Monk Seals and a large colony of Osprey that live on the coast. Other wildlife you might see are dolphins and sea turtles. There is also a large Thuya Forest that is protected by the national park.

One of the highlights, other than wildlife, is the small Spanish territory island, Bades, which is connected with the mainland through a narrow sand strip with an idyllic beach. There are picnic tables and benches with great views of Bades Island which makes the perfect place for a lunch break.

Top Tips for Al Hoceima National Park

  • Stay at Eco-Camping Cala Iris if you have a car. They make the absolute best Tagine and can make it vegan on demand. Just let them know in the morning that you want dinner and you can eat with a mesmerizing view over Cala Iris at sunset.
  • Another option is to stay in Al Hoceima on the other part of the national park. There you’ll find restaurants, beaches, and shops. If you go for multi-day hikes, stay in the Berber villages in the park.

Legzira Beach

-Diana from The Globetrotting Detective

The impressive Legzira Beach of Morocco

Legzira Beach is situated in Tiznit Province in South-western part of Morocco approximately 150 km south of Agadir and 10 km north of Sidi Ifni on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

The beach is famous for its red sandstone formations, in particular for the two stunning rock archways, and mesmerizing sunsets. The 30-meter archways were formed naturally after years of erosion. Unfortunately, one of the arches collapsed in 2016, due to crashing movements of the sea. The second archway might have the same destiny sooner or later.

Nevertheless, in my opinion Legzira Beach is still the most extraordinary and exquisite beach in Morocco. It’s a paradise for paragliders, surfers and beach lovers where you can witness the traditional life of locals such as the local fishermen.

The best time to travel to Legzira beach is when the tide is low. When I was there in July before 2016, the tide was extremely low and thanks to that I could discover and explore the entire 8 km beach. Its beauty captivated me in the glorious weather. A few years later, I was there again in May and it was an utterly different experience.

The water was so high that I could only walk around in a small part of the beach and I could not even walk to the remaining archway. The weather was dramatic and the ocean was roaring. The whole experience was totally out of this world. Nonetheless, I had a whale of a time. In any case, it’s important to check the weather forecast and the water level to know what to expect.

Legzira Beach Morocco

Legzira Beach, photo by The Globetrotting Detective

Top Tips for Legzira Beach

Where to Stay – There are hotels and guesthouses along Legzira Beach.  For a more authentic experience, I highly recommend a sojourn in Mirleft. Mirleft is a lovely village 21 km from Legzira Beach with very kind locals and friendly children. I was so in love with Mirleft and the people there.

Seeking Adventure? – One of the unusual things that you can do if you are an adventure seeker and you love discovering thrilling landscape views is cycling between Mirleft and Lagzira Beach. It’s not an easy ride because the road is full of ups and downs but the view will make it up for all the sweat.

Taghazout

-Claire from Stoked to Travel

Taghazout, one of the best places to visit in Morocco

The colourful fishing village of Taghazout

Taghazout is a relaxed, hippy surf town on Morocco’s beautiful Atlantic Coast. Lying between Essaouira and Agadir, Taghazout is easy to get to and therefore makes for an ideal place to include on a trip to Morocco.

If you’re into surfing or yoga, then Taghazout is the perfect place to visit, as these are the two main activities to enjoy. Surfing is at the heart of Taghazout, but yoga and wellness retreats are becoming increasingly popular here too.

Whether you’re an experienced surfer, or keen to learn, there’s a beach for you. There are dozens of surf schools to pick from. For beginners, you’ll learn at the main beach in the heart of town, but for more experienced riders, they’ll take you by minibus to other beautiful spots along the coastline to find waves and breaks to suit you. They call this a ‘surfari’ and can be full day adventures with various stops. With long, sunny warm days year-round, Taghazout is a wonderful place to surf.

Top Tips for Taghazout

  • Away from the ocean, visitors can explore the local area. The town itself is charming, consisting of small colourful  laneways with some excellent cafes and cute stores to wander in.
  • My favourite place to visit is Paradise Valley, a collection of turquoise pools surrounded by huge boulders and lush vegetation. It’s an oasis in the heart of the desert and you can travel there in less than an hour from Taghazout. It’s the perfect contrast to the sandy beaches, but I advise to go early in the morning as it gets really busy as the day goes on!
surfboards in Taghazout, Morocco

Surfboards in Taghazout, photo by Stoked to Travel

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