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“Must-Dos” of Morocco

One of the world’s most alluring countries, Morocco entreats many with its culture, history and stunning architecture. From the well-known city of Marrakesh to the otherworldly blue washed city of Chefchaouen, and straight into the heart of the souks. Morrocco offers diversity, natural beauty, and an experience like no other…

 

Chefchaoeun

Often referred to as “The Blue Pearl of Morocco”, the streets of Chefchaoeun are appropriately awash in a vibrant light blue paint. Wander through mesmerising streets of blue and shop for unique souvenirs in the medina. Finally, at the end of a long day, enjoy a tagine atop your hotel– Chefchaoeun has some of the best views in Morocco!

 

Visit the Hassan II Mosque

The largest mosque in Africa and one of the most striking sights in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque commemorates the former king’s 60th birthday. Jutting out over the water, the mosque is said to represent Allah’s throne, which was built on water. This stunning architectural feat is also one of the only mosques open to the non-Muslim public. Well worth a visit, join a guided tour and spend a morning or afternoon marvelling at this spectacular monument.

 

Fes el-Bali

Prepare to get lost in this historic medina, amongst winding cobblestone alleyways and streets overflowing with stalls and shops selling fruits, meat and spices. Founded at the end of the 8th century, Fes el-Bali retains much of its medieval charm. It also promises a visually captivating and historic experience. Visit the Chouara tanneries, “The Blue Gate” and find the perfect gift to take home in the maze-like souks…

 

Visit the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh

Built by Ahmad el Mansour of the Saadi Dynasty, who ruled over Morocco from 1578 to 1603, the tombs are an example of extravagance of no compare. Mansour spared no expense, importing marble from Italy as well as adorning walls patterned with gold. After the death of the Sultan, many of the entrances to the tombs were blocked off. It was only after more than two centuries had passed that the tombs were rediscovered and reopened. Finally, around 166 tombs are thought to lie there today– housed in stunning mosaic rooms, intricate plasterwork and surrounded by rose gardens.

Explore the Atlas Mountains

The stunning mountain range that runs through Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria is more than just a backdrop. Venture into the Atlas Mountains to explore traditional Berber country, to enjoy a day or multi-day hike or visit the striking sights these ranges offer. Our favourites include the Ouzoud Waterfalls, a stunning cascade of water that descends over the lip of a red-brown gorge. Also, don’t miss paying a visit to the breathtaking Todra Gorge. The striking red rock canyon was formed over many years by a since dried up river. Today, it is not only an incredible sight but also surrounded by some great hiking paths for the adventurers among us!

Sahara Desert

Dunes stretching as far as the eye can see and the allure of sleeping under the stars– it’s no surprise that a visit to the Sahara Desert is on many a bucket list. Although quite a distance from both Fes and Marrakech, it is this isolation that makes this place so magical. Enjoy a camel ride into the desert, explore towering sand dunes and watch the night sky come to life.

Wander Through the Majorelle Gardens

These stunning gardens, the lifework of Jacques Majorelle, cannot be missed when in Marrakech. Explore the grounds of towering cacti, palms and pools of lilies and lotus flowers, broken up with the “Majorelle Blue” buildings. After Jacques Majorelle’s death, the gardens fell into ruin. It was only years later that Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, founders of the famous fashion label, rediscovered it. Thankfully, they then restored it and reopened it to the public.

Morocco is a true gem of Africa. This cultural hub has culminated hundreds of years of history and is a truly magical place to visit. Explore winding markets and discover some of the best shopping in the world. Discover ancient traditions and breathtaking scenery– Morocco is truly a destination that has it all!

Resources: TripSavvy, The Culture Trip, Hand Luggage Only, Journal of Nomads, Third Eye Traveller, Atlas Obscura, The Culture Trip, TripSavvy, Atlas Obscura, Kathmandu and Beyond, Canadian Traveller, Atlas Obscura, Travel Exploration, Igo Morocco, Journey Beyond Travel
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