Located in North Africa, Morocco is considered to be the front door to Africa. With its famous colorful blue tiles adorning its building facades, its monochromatic cities, and the magical Sahara desert, Morocco is a country of contrast. Its geographic location gives Morocco the advantage of a warm climate throughout the year, but we recommend that you visit during the spring since that’s when the temperatures are the mildest.
You can’t visit Morocco without visiting its mosques, its famous baths known as ‘hammans’ where you can talk with locals and learn more about the cultures, its madrassas, which are beautiful religious schools known for their history and architecture, and its medina quarters, which are cities that are organized within the larger cities and where you can easily get lost if you want to travel solo. Every Moroccan city has these attractions full of unique colors, foods, and buildings. Learn about them and experience this for yourself.
Visit their cities and discover their magic
If you’re visiting Morocco for the first time, the best place to start your trip is Tangier because its close proximity to Spain makes communication and traveling there easy. Having been inhabited by several countries, Tangier is a very international and cosmopolitan city.
In Tangier, you can visit the Cape Spartel, a lighthouse with a beautiful view at the top that divides the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Take some time and enjoy it! Very close to the Cape Spartel is the Cave of Hercules where, according to legend, Hercules himself separated Europe and Africa with his strength.
Located three hours from Tangier is Chefchaouen, known as the Blue City because the buildings are painted blue in order to ward off mosquitos. The medinas are full of beautiful corners to photograph. In the main plaza, you can eat and relax. One of the most popular attractions is the kasbah, which is an ancient walled fortress that holds a museum and tower that you can see different points of the city from.
One of Morocco’s most popular and expensive destinations is the city of Fez. With over 1,200 years of history, the city is one of extremes: the old and the new. Although both sides have their charm, getting from the new city to the old city is like taking a trip back in time. The most fascinating attraction is the Fez-El bali medina with its labyrinth of winding streets and bazaars full of crafts, artisanal shops, and people that will awaken sensations that you won’t experience anywhere else. This medina doesn’t allow access to cars, so people use mules or donkeys to get around, which adds to its rustic charm.
One of the most important stops that you have to make is to one of Fez’s tanneries, where you can watch people work on leather and observe over 11 centuries of tradition unfold before your eyes. Despite the smell, which can be a bit too strong for some, this is an essential part of your Moroccan trip.
The main tourist center of Morocco is Marrakech. With its 1,500,000 inhabitants, Marrakech used to be the capital of the Islamic empire. You can’t travel to Morocco without traveling here. Entering the medina is an adventure, and you never know which alleyway will lead you to a palace. With the largest Quranic school in the country, the Ben Youssef Madrassa, there are beautiful patios and rooms with incredible details from the era where you can experience how people studied the Quran during Marrakech’s golden era.
Just like all roads lead to Rome, in Marrakech, all medina roads lead to the center–the Jemaa el Fna plaza. Visiting the plaza can conjure a mix of emotions. During the day, you’ll find monkeys, snakes, and orange juice vendors. But at night, the plaza transforms into a bustling market full of food stands. You’ll have plenty of places to choose from. Sometimes vendors will insist that you try a dish, but be careful, otherwise you’ll have to pay for something you didn’t ask for.
A few hours away from Marrakech is the city of Essaouira, where you can see a different side of Morocco. The people are friendly and hospitable; they love to enjoy their tea and have long conversations. Enjoying a cup of tea is a great way to experience more of the city.
Experiencing Essaouira’s walled medina is a delight for the senses. It’s entrance doors and walls that separate it from the rest of the city are very well preserved. Take your time and walk around and enjoy the views while you discover the local artisanal crafts.
Although it’s not a city, visiting the Sahara desert is another must-do on your trip to Morocco where you can experience the desert’s magical and mysterious scenery. You can take a ride on a camel and experience this oasis of beauty while you enjoy the amazing sunset.
We could spend an eternity talking about Morocco’s many charms; just when you think you’ve seen everything, there’s something more to re_discover. Full of beautiful cities that appear to be frozen in time and surrounded by the sea, unique colors, and plazas teeming with life, Morocco is something that you have to experience at least once in your life. You won’t regret it.
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