Official language: Arabic with Berber widely spoken as well as some English
The currency: Moroccan Dirham
Welcome to the exotic gateway to Africa. Visiting Morocco offers a blend of traditional and familiar sights, hugely diverse landscapes, the great ancient city of Medina and many more possibilities that create enduring fascination. The famous town of Fez showcases an active and deeply traditional medieval lifestyle. The extraordinary landscapes are simply magical. Think the Mediterranean coast, endless mountain ranges and the empty scrubs of the Saharan sands, Moroccan designs and architecture truly come alive as you explore the great history and rich culture. Allow magical Morocco to blow your mind. One night in Casablanca might just turn out to be the journey of a lifetime.
Morocco truly is “the land of entrancing colors”. It might be located in the African continent, but it’s nothing like neighbouring countries. Essentially it’s a transit point between Africa and Europe. It has diverse beauty and some awe inspiring wilderness areas. Experience the uniqueness in the snowcapped mountains of the High Atlas, the majestic Atlantic coastline and also the endless sand dunes that run away into the great Sahara Dessert.
Casablanca might most probably be the most famous city in Morocco due to the famous movie made about it, but Morocco is famous for so much more. It’s the heartbeat of Middle Eastern food. Décor and architectural designs followed by millions around the globe. This country which has been home to the nomadic Berber tribes since the second millennium BC has a very rich culture and is especially famous for the beautiful markets, their exquisite leather products and spices originating from that region.
Top Attractions in Morocco
Explore this town’s red and blue painted houses while strolling through the narrow streets with the sound of traditional music from the Grawas. It’s a breathtaking experience that takes you away to another time.
Enjoy a relaxing drink on Outa el Hamman (the main square) while admiring the white washed houses with their vibrantly colored doors, or take a hike and cool down in some of the beautiful streams in this dessert paradise.
Get a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle or camel trek the great dunes of the Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s highest dune ranges.
This imperial city showcases beautiful Moroccan architecture and even boasts massive old city gates. Nearby you can also explore the Volubis Roman ruins. It’s a charming destination well worth a visit.
Massive Kasbahs (old Moroccan forts) outline the red cliffs that run between Jebel Sarhro and the High Atlas mountains. Gorges such as Todra offer amazing exploration opportunities with its awe inspiring natural beauty.
An instant feeling of being on a Greek Island sets in upon arrival in this city with the beautiful white washed houses and the city walls with its colorful murals. This North Atlantic coastal city is popular for its beaches, the ramparts and the Medina.
Medieval meets modern world. Still considered Morocco’s religious and cultural center, the city of Fez boast amazing sights such as Fes El Bali, the Merninid Tombs and the Royal Palace.
Must do activities in Morocco
Take a cooking class
Led by local women, learn the great art of preparing traditional Moroccan foods right in the streets of the city of Marrakech.
Explore Aït Bousomez Valley
The “happy valley” is a scenic discovery route that offers travelers a glimpse of the raw natural beauty that the Moroccan wilderness has to offer. It’s a hiker’s paradise and a spot that should be on any travel itinerary.
Visit Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque is located in Casablanca this massive mosque showcases beautifully painted wooden ceilings, sculptures and marble floors, It’s the largest mosque in the world and can house 100 000 worshippers at once.
Steam in a traditional Hamman
Steam in a traditional Hamman in the old day’s people would use the Hammans as public bathing areas as there weren’t bathrooms within all households. Getting a traditional scrub at one of these public steam baths remains one of the top cultural experiences when visiting Morocco.
Dinner at Djemma el Fna
Dinner at Djemma el Fna – Come night time the market of Marrakech magically transforms and offers amazing Moroccan cuisine, live entertainment and traditional music on display.
Morocco is well known for its great surfing beaches and the town of Taghazoute offers the best surf shops and waves.
Best time to visit Morocco
Tourists travel to Morocco from April to August
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- Moroccan Olives in traditional Chermoula – Served as a starter or side dish, these flavorsome morsels are heavenly.
- Baghrir – Traditional yeasted semolina pancakes are a must try.
- Briouat – Muck like the Indian samosa, Worqo (paper thin Moroccan dough) get a sweet of savory filling, then gets folded into a triangular shape and is then deep fried.
- Harsha – These fried pieces of buttery semolina bread will have you begging for seconds.
- Mechoui – Essentially a rotisserie style (on open fire) roasted lamb with traditional Moroccan spices.
- Taijine – This traditional Moroccan meat and vegetable stew is a must try when visiting the country.
- Seff – Sweet couscous dish that gets flavored with cinnamon, sugar, prunes, raisings and almonds.
The Sand Marathon - 600 athletes from 30 different countries compete mostly for charity in this 6 day long, 151 mile dessert race where they have to carry all their own equipment and prepare their own food. It’s literally a race for survival (April)
Rose Festival- Song and dance commemorates the annual harvest at the Rose Water Distillery Plant in the oasis town of Kelaa des Mgouna. It’s a vibrant festival with the most decadent smells lingering in the air (May)
Festival of World Sacred Music Held annually in Fes, this festival allows you to experience the Fes culture as well as entertainment from chanters and dancers from across the world. Great Moroccan cuisine accompanies this showdown if life inside the walled city (June)
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival From the extravagant showdown of horse riding in Fantasia to the snake charmers and fire-swallowers, this festival showcases thousands of local and European entertainers at their best (July)
Imichil Marriage Festival Discover the Berber culture through the music and dance at this annual fest that sees up to forty couples legally tie the knot. Held in the High Atlas Mountain town of Imichil this experience offers a rich cultural exchange opportunity (August/September)
Erfoud Date Festival It might get a little sticky, but this 3 day long fest celebrating the harvest of more than one million date palms offers a fascinating array of traditional dancing, music and off course great Moroccan cuisine (October)
- If a local offers you some mint tea, declining a sit down tea is considered rude. This traditional hospitality aspect of Moroccan culture lasts roughly half an hour and will allow you the opportunity to get to know the locals.- It’s a common thing for local men to make (sometimes harassing) remarks and sounds towards female travelers. It can get quite annoying but its best to just avoid the disturbing hisses altogether.
It is advisable to only drink bottled water as the tap water is not safe to drink. Be aware though of locals trying to sell bottled water in recycled containers as they will simply fill them up with tap water and try to sell it as mineral water.