From the majestic heights of the Atlas Mountains, to the stark expanse of the Sahara Desert, to the miles of glittering coastline, to vibrant, culture-rich cities like Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech…There are endless thing to see and do (and eat) in Morocco. Outdoorsy types will adore hiking in the Atlas and camping under the stars in the Sahara; foodies will enjoy both indulging in the fine dining options and browsing outdoor food vendors; history lovers will be completely spoiled by the wealth of palaces, historic madrasas and mosques, and even Roman ruins. Travelers looking for an unforgettable adventure will find it in Morocco tours. Here are six of our favorite experiences to have in this beautiful country:
Wander the narrow, labyrinthine streets of Fez
Fez is well over 1000 years old, and it looks its age (that’s a good thing!). Founded in the 8th century under the Idrisid Dynasty, the city expanded over the following centuries and became an important center of education and commerce. Today, you can visit Fez’s historic walled medina full of craftspeople, market stalls, delicious food, and more—sometimes a bit hectic, but always interesting! Also worthwhile is a trip to the tanneries to see how workers dye the animal hides that will eventually be sold as leather goods. Finally, make sure your wander through Fez takes you to the Madrasa Bou Inania, an importance place of learning that features gorgeous architectural details and wooden carving.
Marvel at the Roman ruins of Volubilis
The ruins of this ancient Roman city include a temple, a basilica, an impressive triumphal arch, and multiple houses, some even containing significant mosaics. Volubilis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its significance for illuminating Roman activity at the fringes of the Empire and the interactions among multiple cultures. Volubilis isn’t far from Fez, but it leaves all the city crowds and chaos behind, making it an incredibly peaceful getaway.
Camp in the Sahara Desert
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experiences, maybe more than once if you fall in love with the desert and come back. The Sahara Desert, arguably the most famous desert in the world [and one of largest deserts in the world], is every bit as vast as you can imagine. As you trek across it (whether on foot, on camel, or by 4×4), the dunes seem to go on forever, an ocean of gold. At night, you’ll see the stars in their full glory, free from any light pollution. There’s nothing quite like looking all around and realizing that the only people within sight are you and your small group, plus a few camels.
Learn history (and go shopping) in Marrakech
During the day, brush up on your history as you visit the lavish 16th-century Saadian Tombs, the late 19th-century Bahia Palace, the large 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque, made of striking red brick and sandstone, and the Dar Si Saïd Museum, which will help you appreciate all the Moroccan arts you encounter on your trip, from jewelry and pottery to leatherwork and carpets. But in the evening, it’s time to pay a visit to the lively main square, Djemaa El-Fna. There are numerous souks where you can find just about anything you’d want to buy. Here you’ll also find endless entertainment: acrobats, musicians, tattoo artists, and more. And of course, plenty of delicious food!
Enjoy the tranquility of Rabat’s Oudaya Kasbah
Situated in the historic part of Rabat, this beautiful citadel complex houses the oldest mosque in Rabat as well as an Andalusian garden. Its narrow streets are lined with picturesque houses in blue and white. Go for a walk to enjoy the ambiance and soak in some views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Drink all the mint tea you can
Morocco is rightfully famous for its delicious tea, made from fresh mint leaves. If you find yourself a guest in someone’s home, chances are good that you’ll be offered a few cups of tea as a gesture of hospitality. Drink it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This tea is also an excellent, revitalizing pick-me-up, the perfect accompaniment to a half hour (or more) spent relaxing in a café and watching the crowds go by.