Located in North Africa, Morocco is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa.
A country with beautiful history, architectural sites, and offering almost everything that you will find in a Mediterranean destination in Europe. However, much less forgiving to those on a tight budget, the beautiful country of Morocco is definitely a dream destination for us!
Here are some reasons why it should be on your bucket list too!
1. Shopping at the vibrant souks
Traditional markets known as souks make an important feature in almost every major city and town in Morocco.
These markets sell everything from traditional clothes, to souvenirs, local artifacts, sweetmeat, fruits and vegetables.
The experience of visiting a souk is more like going back in time, and visiting markets from the ancient time-zone. The rustic feel of the souks, the sellers chanting their products to attract customers, and bargaining with them to get the best deals makes these souks a must-visit spot for all shopaholics.
2. Delicious local cuisine
How can we miss out the local food while speaking about Morocco? With spices found in abundance in the Moroccan lands, it is evident that the food should be full of flavor.
The cuisine consists of lots of different kinds of breads, such as khobz, msemen, baghrir etc. While, meat is a common ingredient too – from lamb, mutton, beef, to poultry and seafood – the options to choose from are plenty and suitable for everyone’s taste.
Some of the dishes you must try while in Morocco are: pastilla, bissara, harira, brochettes, couscous, tagine and more.
3. Imperial cities with a beautiful past
If you are a history buff, and looking for something to take back as memories or added knowledge, Marrakesh, Fez, and Rabat are the cities to visit in Morocco.
Marrakesh, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco is known for its numerous souks, ancient palaces, ancient mosques and Saadian Tombs. A city that truly speaks about the cultural history of Morocco, the ancient buildings, and the narrow alleyways speak about its colourful past that has been carefully preserved throughout the years.
Rabat, the current capital city, although gives the looks of a modern city but homes several historical attractions. Some of the must visit places in Rabat for history buffs are: Kasbah of the Oudaias, Old Medina, Hassan Tower, and Royal Mausoleum.
The former capital of Morocco, Fez boasts plenty of stunning architectural sites from the past, and the oldest university in the world – University of Al-Karaouine.
4. Gorgeous beaches
Morocco has a stretching coastline along the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean, giving a variety of options for visitors to explore and many stunning beaches to unwind and relax, or indulge in water sporting activities.
Some of the popular beaches are: Tangier, Agadir, Asilah, El Jadida, Oualidia, El Jebha, and Essaouria.
5. Majestic mountain ranges
The Atlas Mountains in Morocco has three ranges, High Atlas, Middle Atlas and Anti Atlas.
Each of these ranges offer a unique and exciting hiking experiences for people of all levels of skills and experiences. Easily accessible from Marrakesh, hiking makes a popular outdoor activity amongst tourists and locals alike.
Other activities while on a hiking adventure includes: mountain biking, horse riding, birdwatching, seeing local wildlife and visiting nearby villages to see the traditional Moroccan lifestyle.