MOROCO is one of those countries that just intrigues and excites! There’s just something so special about visiting Morocco. With its stunning Arabesque architecture, souks and even blue-coloured cities – it’s unlike so many places you can visit so close to Europe (except maybe some Moorish palaces in Southern Europe).
For a taste of something different, head out to the edge of the Saharan sand dunes to an area known as Erg Chebbi. Here you’ll find Merzouga, a small town offering an authentic experience of Bedouin life. The best way to explore the dramatic natural surroundings of Merzouga is on camel back; it’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Toubkal National Park and Jebel Toubkal
At the height of 4,167m, the hike to the peak of Jebel Toubkal is by no means a gentle stroll. But they do say that nothing good comes easy, and this will never feel as true as when you’re admiring the view from the highest point of the Atlas mountains. If you don’t think you can make it to the top, the park itself is stunningly beautiful to explore. At only 70km from Marrakech, it’s a brilliant place to recover from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Though a fair few Moroccan cities have taken their turn at playing capital over the years, Fes managed the hold the title for an impressive 400 of them. It’s a medieval city bursting with historic buildings and is fascinating to explore on foot. Highlights include the 9th Century walled town of Fes El Bali and the Merenid Tombs.
This small town in the Rif mountains if famed for its quaint blue painted houses, which give it a decidedly surreal look and feel. If you’re looking to explore the natural side of Morocco from a civilised base, Chefchaouen is the perfect place to do so. You’ll have a view of the mountains from the end of pretty much every street, but if that isn’t enough, you can also go hiking or wild-swimming nearby.
If it was good enough for Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, it’s good enough for us. Essaouira is a small seaside town which has been famously popular with some big names. You can still see colourful murals and tributes to these music legends in the town today. Essaouira is a small but beautiful coastal town with a quaint harbour, perfect for escaping the stress of daily life.
According to Handluggageonly.co.uk, this is the most popular of the lot and probably your gateway into wanting to see even more of Morocco! Visiting Marrakech is an experience you won’t quite be able to understand until you’ve been there.
The city’s historic Old Town can only be described as an assault on the senses, in the best possible way. It’s loud, it’s colourful, and the smells of spices, food and sometimes the tanneries are inescapable. For an authentic experience, embrace the chaos and stay within the city walls in a traditional Riad then go shopping in the maze-like souks.