17 things worth going to Morocco for
Morocco is a country that has something to surprise tourists coming here. While it used to be almost closed for tourists, now it is developing actively, pleasing the visitors more and more. Here are a number of reasons why you should go to this country:
See the Bab el-Mansour Gate.
It is considered the most beautiful building and the main entrance to the imperial city. Built in 1732 by the most productive sultan who turned the country into a prosperous state and erected fifty gates, but it is the Bab-El-Mansur that is considered the most beautiful and flawless in terms of architecture. They are decorated with stucco and mosaic patterns. Inside the gate there are exhibitions of various artists, so it has changed from a defensive function to a cultural one, being really a gateway to the beauty.
Morocco is a former French colony, but it is also a distinctive country with its own history and culture. The influence of the metropolis is undoubtedly a factor.
Hiking in the High Atlas
is the coveted trekking tour that many mountain hikers look forward to. The Atlas Mountains are the highest in Morocco, so tour companies offer visitors an unforgettable mountain climb with a visit to Mt. Toubkal. In order to climb to the top, you need to be in good physical shape, because there is a difference in altitude. The hike involves not only climbing, but also spending the night on the shores of the lake. This is an unforgettable experience that you will always remember.
Town of Asila
is an ideal place for tourism. The place is situated 50 km from the port city. The settlements here were formed a long time ago and till nowadays Asila has preserved its identity along with the modern features of a metropolis. It is actively practicing summer resort activities for visitors to Morocco. At first the town is quiet and peaceful, especially along the coastline where you can wander by the sea for hours, but once you get deeper into the city, you are confronted with a real cultural boom – everywhere local artists exhibitions, performances, music, festivals and contests. You won’t get bored here.
Teloué Kasbah Fortress
In Morocco, it is a must visit to feel the power and grandeur of the city. Fortresses were once fortifications, but now they have a purely educational function. There are many of them all over the country, but Teloué Kasbah is considered one of the most powerful and majestic, both in appearance and architecture. Such fortresses were primarily meant to intimidate the enemy and Telue Kasbah fulfilled this function perfectly.
a place that makes you shudder, and it really does. Book a trip here to experience the power of this spring. It is located 1,800 meters above sea level and is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, but much less is written about it than about Niagara. At Ouzoud the water falls from a ledge 110 meters, and the mountain slopes are dotted with olive trees, which gave the waterfall its name. But the French call it more romantically – the veil of lovers. An interesting fact is that there are still mills at the top of the waterfall, where they produce olive oil. The popularity of this place has increased with the development of tourism in the region, so today the waterfall is offered in almost all sightseeing tours.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
The mosque of Hassan the Second is called unbelievable because it is indeed the main attraction of Casablanca. Just think – 210 meters of stone building soar into the sky to show the power and strength of religion. And the mosque is equipped with ultramodern features – there are heated floors, sliding roof, and a laser beam beams directly in the direction of Mecca. More than a hundred thousand people can pray here simultaneously. This mosque is the third largest in the world! You must see it if you are going to Morocco.
Marrakech is a city of contrasts. Everything here is so tightly woven and contradictory that tourists once here for a long time to get used to the wild life.
Kitesurfing in Essaouira
An ideal place for outdoor activities. In this case, Essaouira is considered one of the most modern and decent resorts. The town began to grow rapidly with the popularization of tourism in Morocco and today offers tourists a variety of activities, but kitesurfing has become the main due to the natural characteristics of the area. Kitesurfers from all over the world come here to catch up with the strong winds during the season. If you compare the Atlantic and Essaouira for surfers, the latter wins hands down. Here the island breaks strong waves, so even with a big wind they break and get a medium wave – enough for adrenaline, but completely safe for the life and health of holidaymakers. Surfing season begins in March and ends in October, when the best wind blows. In addition to kitesurfing, tourists have something else to do in the city – there are many historical sites.
Along the dunes of Erg Shigaga
This is the name of the tourist excursion for those who want to ride on the virgin desert. It is located at a considerable distance from Morocco, so the feeling of unity between man and nature is maximized here. The sandy sea is blown by the winds, and the hills look stunningly majestic. The dunes have long daylight hours, so it’s the perfect place to walk.
Staying in a Moroccan riad
here is one of the most important tips for first-time travelers. Conventional hotel rooms, where all the buildings look like one another, are a thing of the past. Nowadays five-star rooms do not surprise anyone. But to live in the riad itself is a great opportunity to experience the peculiarities of the Moroccan mentality. What is a riad? It is a traditional hotel in the Moroccan style. It is quite different from the usual hotels. Riad is a building of several floors, and inside there is a small courtyard for relaxation. Some riads even have a swimming pool inside. It seems that the riad resembles a well. Inside the courtyard itself there are many plants, comfortable sofas and tables for drinking real Moroccan tea and chatting with friends or the owner of the riad. Believe me, Moroccans are very hospitable and love to share their warmth with visitors. Riads have rooms for all income, so when booking a stay, feel free to check the price list to choose the right accommodation.
The country of Morocco is known for its two calling cards: first is the Sahara Desert, and second, of course, the town of Chefchaouen or Sha.
A visit to the beach of Legzira
is a must if you are going to Morocco. The beach is located on the southwest coast and is a secluded place where you can wander by the sea and take pictures in the natural arches of rocks. They are most striking – huge, bizarrely shaped and fiery red – cliffs rise all along the coast. You can rarely find organized groups of tourists at the site – it’s mostly local fishermen and surfers. The stone arches are formed by natural processes. In the sunlight, the lights just burn terracotta colors, and reflecting off the water surface acquire metallic shades. When coming here you can stay overnight in a hotel, and in Legzir there are cafes and restaurants offering local cuisine. There are also cafes and restaurants with local specialties. The best way to get here is by car from Agadir or Sidi Ifni.
Visit the archaeological sites in Volubilis
Even if you are not a historian, no one will forbid you to touch the gray antiquities. In Volubilis there are many historical monuments especially for inquisitive tourists. All of them belong to the period of antiquity. The city, in fact, appeared during the Neolithic period, but it blossomed as a part of the Roman Empire. It is the remains of this period that were found in Volubilis and carefully presented to the travelers who come here. Gates, columns, ruined foundations of houses – all this fascinates and just does not let go. Pictures involuntarily come to life in the memory, and the guides will tell even more to whet the imagination of travelers. Be sure to visit Volubilis if you find yourself in Morocco – you will not see such a historical heritage.
See the fortified village of Ait Ben-Haddou
Xar is the name of the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou. It is located in the Unila Valley of Ouarzazate Province and is a true jewel of Morocco. It is considered the most important monument of earthen architecture and was built in the XVII century, but construction methods used are more ancient. The condition of the fortified village and buildings is perfect and it makes you wonder at the unique techniques that the locals have carried through the centuries. While the other ksars or kasbahs have been significantly destroyed, it is Ait-Ben Haddu that has been preserved best.
is located near Marrakech near the peak of Toubkal. The river flowing here has carved a canyon with steep walls over the years, but the most spectacular thing is what lies in the depths of the canyon. The cliffs rise up to 160 meters, and the canyon is only 10 meters wide. It feels as if you are trapped by majestic walls. Because of the majesty of the mountains, thousands of tourists come here. The place is popular, the trails here are flat, and there is a thin stream of river at the bottom of the gorge. To get to the flood, it is better to visit Todra in spring – then you can see the lush blooming of the gardens.
The tanneries in Fez
Here you can see the whole process of leather goods production from the beginning to the final release of products to the market. The town has long been known for this craft, but today there is an opportunity for tourists to see all the manual processes that amaze with their accuracy and beauty. The guide will not only take you on a tour of the tannery, but also lead you through the small streets of the city, where you can have a tasty snack.
Be amazed by the colors of the town of Chefchaouen
Sightseeing is an essential part of any vacation. Besides shopping, lying on the beach and eating delicious food in restaurants, etc.
it means seeing fifty shades of blue. The city is unique in its beauty and above all in its riot of colors. Every self-respecting tourist should take a picture here to share it in social networks and then proudly say – I was in the blue pearl of Morocco. The town attracts an abundance of blue, which together look very stunning. Guide will tell you a few legends that tell you why this color was chosen as the main and what the meaning of shades.
Meet the sunrise at Erg Shebby
one of the most beautiful deserts, is a dream of a true traveler. Here you can not only drive through the vast expanses, but also meet the sun, if you stay overnight – such a possibility in the tours is also available. In the evening, after sunset, you can climb a sandy hill and see the setting sun, which quickly changes its hues from fiery red to pink, and in the morning again colors the sky with unique hues. It is an amazing natural phenomenon that is a must-see.
The bustling market square Jema el-Fna Square
The busiest place in Marrakech. You probably won’t find such a lively and dynamic square in the whole country. Trade here is very good and primarily at the expense of visitors – tourists buy souvenirs and gifts. The square used to be a place for execution of criminals, but over time has become a real shopping center. Tents with hundreds of trinkets attract tourists, and vendors are happy to concede, so feel free to haggle to buy as many souvenirs of Morocco as possible.
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