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7 reasons to visit Morocco

Looking for the best places to visit in Morocco? Discover our highlights of Morocco, from markets and souks to mountains and deserts.


1. Sunsets, sunrises and stars in the Sahara

Visit the largest desert in the world for once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ll remember for years to come. Our Morocco tours include the opportunity to do activities like sunrise camel rides and camping out in the desert – giving one of the best views of the stars in the world.

2. Scenic mountains

The vast Atlas Mountain range covers most of Morocco. The summit of Mount Toubkal, or Jebel Toubkal, is the highest point of the High Atlas Mountains and promises spectacular views. The trek up Toubkal actually only takes a few hours using the most direct route, so can be easily fitted into a long weekend or short break. Or you can choose a longer route to explore other passes and valleys in the area. Along the way, stay in Berber villages and learn about their traditional way of life.

3. Colourful markets (souks)

Immerse yourself in sights, smells and sounds of Morocco’s markets, known as souks. With lots of colourful wares on offer, you can pick yourself up a cheap souvenir from your holiday by haggling with the traders. And it's not just souvenirs available but also things like exotic spices, food to try and little hole-in-the-wall places to escape for a mint tea. It’s a great way to witness the hustle and bustle culture of Morocco. Some of the biggest and best souks can be found in Marrakech, also known as the ‘Red City’.

4. Vibrant imperial cities

The four imperial cities of Morocco are Fes, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. Each of the cities have been the capital of Morocco at some point; Rabat is the current capital. We visit Marrakech on all of our Morocco tours, so you’ll definitely get to explore this fascinating city, with its vast souks. To visit all four cities, take our Grand Tour of Morocco. On this holiday you’ll get to discover the beautiful and historic medinas and absorb yourself in Morocco’s culture. Each city has its own unique charm, from grand and busy Fes with its colourful tanneries to more relaxed Meknes.

5. Great hiking and cycling

Outside of the imperial cities, there’s a vast landscape to discover on foot or by bike. Of course, the Atlas Mountains have amazing walking tracks, but another perfect walking location is Todra Gorge. This series of limestone river canyons lined with ochre-coloured cliffs make for a very enjoyable hike.

Or for a different way to travel around Morocco, why not try our Southern Oasis Cycling holiday? This tour takes in the lesser-travelled valleys and mountain passes. We drive up into the Atlas Mountains and descend by bike through several scenic mountain passes, down into the Draa Valley, the largest date palm oasis in Morocco.

6. Golden sand beaches

Visit the coast of Morocco and there are beautiful golden sand beaches, ideal for relaxing or trying out water sports. On many of our Morocco holidays we visit Essaouira beach, including on our Family Atlas Adventure, where young children and teens will love learning to surf.

7. Delicious food

Tagines, falafel, couscous, bread, pastries – Moroccan food is well-known worldwide. Visit Morocco for authentic food like tagines and you won’t be disappointed. The smells hit you as you walk through the souks, and the bright colours of the piles of spices are a feast for the eyes. On our tours, our leaders will be happy to recommend local cafes and restaurants that serve traditional cuisine, as opposed to the main places that cater for tourists. We also visit Berber villages and desert camps away from the tourist trail, where you’ll get to sample homemade Moroccan food.
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