Morocco is one of the most unique places to visit in the world. The North African country has a bit of everything from rugged mountains to the Sahara desert to bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea. Morocco is known for its unique culture influenced by Berber, Arabian and European cultures. From its medinas to its awe-inspiring landmarks, its imperial cities to its beautiful historical villages, from its Erg to natural gems like the Legzira Beach, Morocco has a lot to offers. And if you also like to explore different places, here is our guide to the 10 Best Places To Visit In Morocco.
1. Marrakesh & Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou:
The former imperial city, Marrakesh is situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Full of history and culture, Marrakesh has a lot to offer to its visitors. From tasting traditional Moroccan street food in Djemma el Fna to exploring the Medina and shopping. The Berber Ecomuseum, Boucharouite Museum, The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech, Dar El Bacha Musée Des Confluences, Andre Heller’s ANIMA Garden, and Koutoubia Mosque, Jemaa el-Fnaa, Palacio da Bahia, and Jardin Majorelle are few of its attractions.
Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Marrakesh. The old earthen structures of Ait-Ben-Haddou lying high in the middle of an elegant almond field is one of the best places to explore in Morocco.
2. Fes & Rabat:
While Rabat is Morocco’s capital, the city of Fes was served as Morocco’s capital for more than 400 years. Fez is an important religious and cultural centre and the cultural capital of the country. Fes El Bali, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its Idrisid dynasty architecture and historical importance. The Quaraouiyine mosque, the Chaouwara Tanneries, the Merenid Tombs and the Mellah or Jewish Quarter are few of the attractions of Fes. Rabat is known for its landmarks and Islamic and French-colonial heritage. The Kasbah of the Udayas and the Hassan Tower are two of its most iconic structures.
3. Essaouira – Casablanca – Agadir:
Three of the best cities to explore in Morocco are Essaouira, Casablanca and Agadir. Essaouira is a port city known for its Medina, the Skala de la Kasbah, it’s crescent beach. Essaouira is also known for being a centre of argan oil production and you can find many galleries across the city. Casablanca is also a port city and a commercial hub. It is known for its French colonial legacy which can be seen in its Mauresque architecture. The Hassan II Mosque is its most famous architecture.
Near Casablanca, you can find the city Mazagan or El Jadida, known for its Portugees influence. Located in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, the lively city of Agadir is known for its golf courses, wide crescent beach and the hilltop kasbah and the Agadir Crocodile park famed the city
4. Chefchaouen – Rif Mountains – Talassemtane National Park
Chefchaouen is best known for its striking, blue-washed buildings, its old town and for being a great bast for the Rif Mountains. After exploring the steep cobbled lanes, Place Outa el Hammam, Kasbah, the Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum and the Great Mosque in Chefchaouen, you can head to the much greener Rif Mountains.
The Rif region is home to the Talassemtane National Park which features many rare plant species, hiking trails, waterfalls and much more. The park is home to the endangered Atlas cedar and Andalusian Belladonna Atropa baetica. Apart from the Spanish/Maghrebi biodiversity hotspot, the Rif mountains are a great place for hikers and nature lovers on its own. After all those hiking sessions you can head to the city El Hoceima and relax on its beach.
5. Sidi Ifni & Legzira Beach
Sidi Ifni & Legzira Beach are two gems of places in Morocco that you have to visit. Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Sidi Ifni is a fishing town best known for its Spanish heritage. The friendly and upbeat town is home to several beautiful beaches perfect for a Moroccon break. The Legzira Beach one of the most unique beaches is located between Mirleft and Sidi Ifni. The windy, rocky, and the expansive beach is best known for its two mammoth stone arches. They were formed after years of erosion, but only one of them have remained and the other one collapsed.
6. Meknes & Volubilis:
Former imperial city, Meknes is best known for the iconic Bab Mansour. The laid-back has a well-preserved medina filled with easily navigable souks. During the rule of 17th-century Sultan Moulay Ismail, Meknes was the capital city complete with huge gates and impressive carvings, courtyards and fountains. The ruins of Heri es-Souani, the Royal Stables and the Museum of Moroccan Art are its top attractions. The city of Volubilis is situated near Meknes and known for being the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins.
7. Dadès Gorges:
The Dadès Gorges carved out by the Dadès River is a must-see site in Morocco. The series of rugged wadi gorges features steep, colourful walls and a narrow road offering picturesque drives. The Draa River and the Draa Valley which connects the southeastern end of the High Atlas with the desert beyond is also a great place to explore especially for history fans. You can find many small villages along the road such as the Kasbah des Caids in Tamnougalt and Timidarte village.
8. Tangier – Asilah – Tinghir
The port city Tangier on the Strait of Gibraltar is known for its whitewashed hillside medina. The city has served as a gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. The Dar el Makhzen, The American Legation Museum, Caves of Hercules, Cape Spartel are some of its top attractions. Asilah is located south of Tangier on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The city is famous for its Portuguese influence which can be seen in its architecture. The city’s artistic side can be seen in its Medina. Tinghir is another great city to explore situated between the High Atlas Mountains and the gorgeous Sahara Desert. The old French town sits in the centre of the Todra Valley.
9. Ouarzazate – Sahara Desert – Merzouga
Known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert, Ouarzazate has made cameos in many Hollywood movies. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, the rugged local landscape, the nearby city of Aït Ben Haddou, the Todra Gorge and the Draa Valley, the Cinema Museum are its top attractions. Though Morocco is home to a small part of the Sahara desert, it is a must-visit for tourists. The impressive sunset over the dunes to eyeing at the sky full of bright stars and to explore villages like Merzouga. Known for being the getaway for Erg Chebbi, Merzouga is home to huge expanse of sand dunes and a salt-lake called Dayet Srji. It’s also home to several species of birds.
10. High Atlas – Oukaimeden – Toubkal National Park
Known as the mountain of mountains, High Atlas are is North Africa’s highest mountain range. This beautiful place is a paradise for trekkers and hikers. The High Atlas is home to the Toubkal National Park where Jbel Toubkal is the highest peak. Home to many species and plant formations and the seat of many rare animals, this park is a must-visit in the country. Near Jebel Toubkal is located the ski resort Oukaimeden. Oukaimeden is a must-visit if you enjoy winter sports and to know about a different side of Morocco.