Things To Do in Morocco
Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry, and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
Explore the hustle and bustle of Casablanca
The largest metropolitan city of Morocco, Casablanca is the blend of modern, medieval and ancient. The economic and demographic center of Morocco, the city is also the largest artificial port in the entire African region. A city with a signature Mediterranean climate of warm summers, pleasant winters, and a moderate rainfall, the city is known for its street food, nightlife, and the big city fervor. The food, the streets, languages, and people carry in them the French, Spanish and the Portuguese influences along with its indigenous Berber and African inheritance. The King Hassan II Mosque, Old Medina, The Shrine of Sidi Abderrahman, and Mahkama du Pacha are some of the notable sights of the city.
Additionally, Rick’s Cafe which is featured in the world renowned movie ‘Casablanca’ is one spot that cannot be missed when in the city. Only a train ride and a thousand beautiful window scenes away from Spain, Morocco is truly an amazing blend of Europe and Africa.
Revel in the vibrant and glorious history of Fez
Touted as the cultural capital of Morocco, Fez is where the Arabic cultural heritage of Morocco meets the Berber heritage. A city ideal for walking around experiences one of the coldest winters of Africa, making it simply an absolute go-to spot of the country. The Medina part of the city is best explored unguided. One of the signature experiences of the region is to simply get lost amidst its souks and stalls. A particularly notable experience of being in Fez is paying a visit to the ‘Al-Qarawiyyin’, one of the oldest libraries in the world and that too founded by a woman named Fatima al-Fihri. Bou Inania madersa, Merenid Tombs, Moulay Idriss II shrine, al-Tijani mosque are some of the other sites to visit owing to their intricate architecture.
It’s time to camp in the deserts
Starting at Marrakech, the touring of deserts across begins on a high in the city. Encompassing sights of Southern Morocco as one heads to Nkob, deserts of Merzouga, Todra Gorge, and Ait Benhaddou have some beautiful sights on offer. From camping overnight in the deserts to taking a walk amidst the palm groves of the region, the desert mapping is one of the most popular ways to experience Morocco.
Take a hike in the Todra Gorge
A beautiful series of limestone riverside canyons, The Todra Gorge is situated on the Eastern part of Morocco and is of the most riveting sights of the region. Extending over a 25-mile terrain amidst the mountains, hiking in the Todra Gorge is one of the most signature Moroccan experiences that you can take.
Watch the mesmerizing meeting of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic
The reason why Morocco is called the ‘Gateway to Africa’ is because of the city of Tangier. It is on the Maghreb coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. Cafe Hafa in Tangier is one iconic restaurant that has been visited by internationally acclaimed writers, musicians, and performers. Rolling Stones, Beatles, Paul Bowles, and William S. Burroughs to name a few.
Say goodbye to your blues in the ‘Blue City of Chefchaouen’
One of the most beautiful cities in the whole wide world, Chefchaouen is the reason why blue is the warmest color. Well, at least Chef lovers think so. A city that speaks more Spanish than French, a not very usual phenomenon in Morocco, it’s world-renowned for its picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, with prayers in chorus enlivening the spirit of the city every few hours. Offering very quintessential Moroccan experiences that include Medina, hiking up the Rif mountains, old-world streets, and souks, the visual treat that is Chef is a sight unparalleled. An absolute unmissable when in Morocco.
Explore the street art of Marrakech
A largely dry city where the Atlas mountains can be seen from a distance, the city has a wide expanse of souks, stalls laced with an orangy-like tinge thanks to numerous orange palm-like trees all over the city. The highlight of Marrakech is Djamaa el Fna, the old city square and in the heart of the medina.
Visit the backpacking ‘Mecca of Morocco’ - Essaouira
Morocco isn’t all mosques and souks, there is a very real, very happening backpacker city of Morocco - Essaouira, also fondly known as ‘Essa’. The city hosts a world-renowned music festival and houses some of the most beautiful.
The Souks and Foods of Morocco
Morocco is somewhat incomplete without the souks and its street food. Although it is not easy to navigate easily around the chaotic streets going from souk to souk but that’s the very essence of Morocco. The mantra of meandering in Morocco is - just walk around without a map but keep a guide handy for exploring the souks and the streets.
Take a Moroccan Train
There is a train that takes one from the city of Casablanca to Southern Spain and has some of the picturesque views in the journey. The tickets are cheap and one gets to meet a lot of locals and backpackers during the journey as well. While the Casablanca to Marrakech route is exceptionally beautiful, there are ample other routes to explore and all of the information and booking can be sourced from one Moroccan Government Travel Portal.
In no way a second fiddle to any European backpacking country, Morocco is the perfect blend backpackers look for. Beaches, sands, mountains, music, souks, and streets ( and the list could practically be endless. ) Time to head to Morocco you think?