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Top Places to Visit in Morocco

A country full of exotic flavor, warmth, and color, Morocco sparks intrigue and excitement in travelers all around the world. Nestled in North Africa on the coast of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a magnificent fusion of Arabian, Berber, and European cultures. From the bustling markets and souks in Marrakesh, to the sprawling coast, to the towering Atlas mountains and the sweeping dunes of the Sahara desert, Morocco has adventure and unparalleled beauty at every turn. Whether you are looking to get lost in the local tanneries and markets of Fes, ride a camel through the iconic red desert, or follow the footsteps of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Morocco has something special for every type of traveler. With that in mind, here are seven of the top destinations in Morocco!

7. Asilah

The historical fishing village of Asilah is often overlooked by the common Moroccan guidebook, but this fortified, white-washed city on the Atlantic coast of the country (just 30 km outside of Tangier) has become a cultural hub for artists. The village’s proximity to Spain allows for a unique combination of Spanish and African art, architecture, cultural heritage, and traditions. Surrounded by ramparts that protect the inner medina, Asilah’s walls themselves are filled with colorful murals and paintings, and the white washed buildings create a dreamy contrast against the crashing waves. All of these combine to create an ideal holiday spot to escape the busy streets and crowds of Morocco’s large cities!

6.  Marrakech

One of Africa’s largest tourist destinations, the imperial city of Marrakech draws visitors in with its quintessential Moroccan charm. Throughout its history, Marrakech’s mystique has attracted some of the most famous celebrities in the world, from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones and everything in between. Sitting beneath the shadows of the sparkling peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is a city of beauty, full of mint tea rooms, busy bazaars, and gorgeous riad homes. The best way to experience this city? Get lost in the medina: watch a snake charmer at work, purchase a bargain carpet at one of the souks, get a scrub and massage at the public bath, explore the lush gardens and courtyards, and marvel at the beautiful medieval architecture.

5. Essaouira

Known as one of Morocco’s “best kept secrets,” Essaouira is a quaint seaside town on the western coast of Morocco. White washed homes and bright, cobalt blue shutters adorn this walled city, while colorful boats and breezy beaches surround the lovely village. For the adventure traveler, Essaouira is ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing. No wonder the village has become one of the country’s most popular beach destinations for Moroccans searching for respite from the busy city!

4. Meknes

Founded in the 11th century, Meknes, also known as the Historic City of Meknes, is one of Morocco’s several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and once served as the country’s capital city. Situated in Northern Central Morocco, Meknes was once home to Soultan Moulay Ismali, whose mausoleum and vast grounds are still open for exploration today. This scenic hilltop city is surrounded by spectacularly imposing gates and offers fabulous souks, delicious food, and impressive museums. So, grab a mint tea and stroll through the Meknes medina, admiring the beautiful moorish architecture and gorgeous mountain views!

3. Merzouga

For a different experience from the bustling cities and villages, head to the Sahara Desert in southeastern Morocco to get a taste of the mysterious and nomadic Bedouin lifestyle. Endless towers of shifting red sand surround the small, isolated town of Merzouga, creating a beautiful mystique to the village. For an unforgettable experience, take a camel ride through red-orange dunes, camp in a Bedouin tent in the desert, and watch the incredible sunset (and sunrise, too!) over the sweeping sand, as the sun slowly transforms the dunes from red-orange to glittering gold to pale pink.

2. Chefchaouen

The famous Blue City of Chefchaouen is a small town in the Rif mountains in the north of Morocco. As you may guess from its name, the city is known for its beautifully painted homes and buildings in various shades of blue. The quaint town, full of charming cafes, handcrafts, and iconic keyhole shaped doorways, is ideally situated in the mountains, surrounded by nearby hiking trails and rivers. In fact, one of the best hikes in all of Morocco is located just outside this famous city: the Akchour Waterfall. Drink mint tea from local stands and jump into the crystalline waters along the trail, just outside of the gorgeous blue city.

1. Fes

Once Morocco’s capital, Fes is a 1,200 year old Maghreb city that is bursting at the seams with narrow, winding streets and traditional adobe cottages decorated with mosaic tiles. Fes has two famous medinas, the older of which, known as Fes El Bali, is considered an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a famous labyrinth of staircases, narrow lanes, courtyards, and alleyways which swerve through multi-colored tanneries and various souks and shops. Fes is a fascinating city full of delicious flavors, smells, and experiences. Don’t be afraid to get lost, for this city is best explored on foot!

A country full of cultural fusions and a complex history, Morocco will awaken your senses and your spirit of adventure. Whether you walk through the souks and tanneries of Fes or enjoy a fiery sunset in the Sahara, every corner of Morocco is sure to both amaze and mystify you.