Morocco is quite famous for its long beaches, lush oases, fishing ports and Atlas Mountains. The country’s coastal areas and countryside offer a lot to the travelers and tourists. The main cities of the country are the Fez, Marrakesh and Meknes who are simply iconic symbols of suburbs and early Islamic architecture, visiting these places will make you understand why morocco is one of the greatest travel destinations in the world. The cuisine of morocco is also quite famous in the world, so you will also get a good food feast in your vacation.
Top 10 best travel places to visit in morocco are the following:
The number tourist attraction of the country, Djemaa el Fna is a must visit place when you are in Marrakech. This engaging square is at the heart of the Medina and is largely packed with snake charmers and money dances by people and you can also find some charming stalls to make some purchases from locals. As the day ends, the square will turn into a place of entertainment as the snake charmers will depart and there will be huge crowds coming into the place. You can find story tellers, magicians, card readers, peddlers selling traditional medicines. And in the evening, along with the darkness, the square transforms into a food hub with many food stalls and the crowds will be at their heights. So you can get a full day entertainment in different forms just being at one and only place, Djemaa el Fna.
AïtBenhaddou is a Ouarzazate’s fortified city and was also a caravan route that connects Sahara and Marrakech together. Inside these high mud walls there are 6 Kasbahs and some small houses too. Most of the local people live in the modern village which is situated on the opposite side of the river, but there are still some numbers of families living within the walls of the old city. The place appeared in many movies and some popular ones are the Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Located in the Sahara desert, Erg Chebbi dunes are awe inspiring dunes and goes as high as 150m tall and in its shadows one will feel certainly small, no matter what. The special feature and attraction of the Erg Chebbi dunes is the beautiful and unique orange colored sands. Excursion to these scenic dunes will start from the nearby village called Merzouga, at the edge of the erg and there is camel trekking for those who want something extra, it is also a popular option with many tourists but let me say, it is not a comfortable way of travelling but is safe considering all the sand and sun.
Fes-al-Bali is the larger among the two medina’s of Fes and is an almost intact medieval city. the population of Fes is about 150,000 and is also the largest care free urban area on the planet by population. The transportation of goods will be provided by the help of donkeys, carriages and motorbikes. The medina is surrounded by very high walls and many old and historic gates. There are many shops and restaurants with a roof top terrace, which will allow you to have a look at this medieval city from a different angle. You can also escape the crowds for some time. The views at sunset are spectacular and must see things when you are in Fes.
Essaouira is a natural port protected by the bay and is a relaxed fishing port. Formerly Essaouira was known as Mogador by Portuguese in 16th century. The present day city was a recent construction of 18th century built to increase the trade in the country with the European nations. At present, Essaouira is known for its Kite surfing and windsurfing as there is very powerful wind blowing almost every day of the year. Parasols tend to be used on the beach to protect against the wind and sand. The medina of Essaouira is also a home to many local arts and cafts businesses, wood carving and cabinet making works.
Draa Valley is located in the south of the Atlas Mountains and is a stunning valley with links to Old Kasbahs, palm groves and Berber villages. Draa Valley is spread from Zagora in the east to Quarzazate in the west. If you are a true lover of nature and scenic beauty then you will enjoy the drive through the valley. They give us some spectacular views of morocco. Draa Valley is intersected by Draa River that starts in the Atlas Mountains and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, though the river dries out before reaching the sea.
Meknes Is an imperial Moroccan city and the name is closely linked with the Sultan Moulay Ismail. This very sultan turned the city into an impressive Spanish-Moorish style and the city is surrounded with high walls and great gates. The city offers a lot of historical monuments to visitors and it is also a nearest place to reach Roman Ruins of Volubilis.
8. Volubilis Morocco
Volubilis used to be an important roman town which is situated near the west border of roman conquests in present day country. Volubilis is also an administrative capital/center of the Mauretania Tingitana province. The lands of Volubilis are very fertile and produce foods like Grains, Olive oil which will get exported to Rome. Volubilis is the province’s wealthiest contributor. At the end of 3rd century AD Romans evacuated the country but people continued to live in this city for many more years.
Chefchaouen is located in the north east part of morocco and is a beautiful mountain city with picturesque medina which is set against the backdrop of the Dramatic Rif Mountains and the medina is filled with white washed houses with a distinctive blue accents. Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination in the country and you can buy some pretty handcrafted materials which are local to this place along with wool garments and blankets. Coming to the local food, goat cheese is famous in this place and the place is also a main producer of Cannabis in the country.
10. Todra Gorge Morocco
Located on a remote area in east side of high atlas mountains, Todra Gorge is a beautiful place which is surrounded by Todra and Dades rivers which make a cliff sided canyons in the mountains. The last 600 meters of Todra Gorge is a spectacular place as the canyon narrows to a flat stone track which is 33 feet in width and 525 feet high on each side.