20 Best Things to do in Morocco
Best Things to do in Morocco
Are you planning to have the best trip to Morocco and don’t know where to start your trip? In this post we are going to tell you what are, for us, the best 20 things to do in Morocco. Both for a first trip or if you want to repeat and look for less crowded places. From the populous cities of the north coast, passing through the desert, historical cities in Morocco, Roman ruins and beach and surf destinations!
Undoubtedly, Morocco will make you fall in love at first sight: the richness of its landscapes, its fascinating architecture, the color and exoticism that it breathes make it an ideal setting for an unforgettable trip.
And this destination has it all. From the dunes of the Sahara desert, to the charming blue town of Chefchaouen and the red arches of Legzira, without a doubt, in Morocco you will have a wide variety of options to choose from.
1 – Marrakech
Both for a trip of several weeks or for a getaway for a couple of days, Marrakech is a must in Morocco. Get lost in the chaos of its medina, join a free tour, haggle in its souks, and end up on a rooftop, enjoying one of the best sunsets of your life with a mint tea in hand.
2 – Ait Benhaddou
Come to Ait Ben Haddou , the most famous, photographed and beautiful ksar in the whole country. Blockbusters like Gladiator or Game of Thrones were filmed there (wow that Cersei!). And no wonder, walking inside its walls, among its adobe and stone streets, is like being catapulted into a completely foreign time and place.
3 – Sahara Desert of Morocco
Spending at least one night in the Sahara desert is one of the great experiences that everyone should have at least once in their lives. When the sun sets behind the dunes, and the stars start to twinkle overhead, you’ll feel small and lucky. And it is that the desert has the power to bewitch even the toughest guy.
In Morocco, you will also have the option of sleeping in a camp in the Sahara dunes at various points: the most famous are the Erg Chebbi desert (in Merzouga ), and the Erg Chigaga desert (in Zagora ). They can be visited for free (hiring the night in the camp there), but there are also excursions from Marrakech . We visited and enjoyed both.
→ Here we tell you which desert to visit in Morocco: Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga?
4 – Fes
The city of Fes is undoubtedly one of the most interesting in Morocco. Not only because of its maze-like medina (they say it’s the largest medina in the world), we found the Jewish quarter super authentic and to top it off, we stayed in a beautiful riad, where we felt like two sultans XD.
5 – Volubilis
Another of the best things to do in Morocco is to immerse yourself in its distant past in the archaeological park of Volubilis , probably the best preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Up to here the Roman Empire extended its domains, and one would never expect to find remains of mosaics, columns, baths or Roman arches in the middle of Morocco
6 – Mulay Idris
A few kilometers from there and on a hill, is Mulay Idrís , a sacred (and non-touristy) city that can be visited in a couple of hours. There is a most curious circular minaret, a couple of viewpoints that offer sublime views of the city and the Mausoleum of Idris I, recognized as the great-grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a very important figure in the country’s history.
7 – Meknes
To the south of we find Meknes , one of the five imperial cities of Morocco and certainly worth a stop if your steps take you to this area of the country. The best thing is to enjoy the sunset on the rooftop of the Pavillon Des Idrissides Terrace , with the incredible Bab El Mansur gate and the lively El Hedim Square before your eyes. And when the sun sets, the minarets of all the mosques begin to flood the city with the call to prayer, for us the most magical moment of the day.
8 – Casablanca
Casablanca tends to get a little out of hand on a typical trip through Morocco, but it has a very important incentive: you can visit a mosque open to tourists, that of King Hassan II, a fairly rare occurrence throughout the country. The most incredible thing is its location, right next to the sea… although its more than 200 meter high minaret also captures attention.
9 – Todra Gorge
Renting a car in Morocco is quite an adventure and will give you the necessary freedom to discover spectacular corners of the interior of the country. One of them is the Todra Gorge , in the Atlas Mountains. Be sure to walk the 300 meters that go through a huge crack, which looks more like the cut of a gigantic ax in the rock than the erosion of the river itself on the mountain.
10 – Dades Gorge
The Dades Gorge cannot be missing from the road trip either , where you will have to hold on to what you can to ascend the famous winding road that culminates in the Timzzillite Chez Mohamed restaurant-hotel.
11 – Chefchaouen, the blue town
One of the best known and most photogenic towns in Morocco is Chefchaouen , with its blue walls and labyrinthine streets. It is another of the great debts that we have with Morocco… hopefully we can go visit it soon since all those who have gone are clear about it: it is one of the best things to do in Morocco.
12 – Ouzoud waterfalls
The Ouzoud falls are one of the most amazing natural enclaves in Morocco. And yes, if you are wondering if you can take a bath… you can (although the water is freezing!). There are tours from Marrakech that take you and bring you, but the ideal would be to rent a car and take the opportunity to make more visits.
13 – Moroccan gastronomy
Something to do almost without wanting to in Morocco is to enjoy its gastronomy . Although beware, we were a bit disappointed: it is true that we loved the flavors but we found it somewhat repetitive. In almost all places there was always tajine, cous cous or sandwiches and of course, eating this for 3, 4 or 5 days is great, but doing it for 3 weeks, uff, it was a bit heavy for us.
Surely it was our fault for, perhaps, not knowing how to search well. What we do know for sure is that the tajines are delicious and right now we were eating one (ains, that lamb with apricot and almonds).
14 – Stay in a riad
Another of the experiments in living in Morocco is staying in a riad . It does not matter where, because they are found in almost all tourist places, although it is clear that some of the most impressive are in Marrakech and Fes. These are the typical little Moroccan hotels, with an interior patio around which the rooms are distributed (there are usually no more than 4 or 6).
We fell in love with Riad Meyssane , where we spent 5 wonderful days in Fes, although we felt very comfortable in all the accommodations: the hospitality of Muslim countries is priceless.
15 – Route of the 1000 Kasbahs
Another highly recommended route is the one known as the “ Route of the Thousand Kashbas ”, which crosses some of the most suggestive places in the heart of Morocco. The stops will be endless, especially to get to know a good handful of kasbahs, typical fortified constructions of the southern area of Morocco.
For us, the three essential ones are: the Kasbah of Amridil near Skoura, the Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, and the Kasbah Telouet in the Ounila Valley (in addition to the already named Ait Ben Haddou).
16 – Tetouan
Some people call it “The White City”, others simply Tetouan , which until 1956 was the capital of the Spanish protectorate. It is not a very touristy enclave, but that does not mean that it is not worth it: strolling through the medina, browsing the souks and discovering one of the most interesting cities in northern Morocco is what awaits you.
17 – Tangier
And how can we forget about Tangier, the gateway to Morocco on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Cosmopolitan, full of personality and with a very important plus: it has cheap flights and a port! So you have no excuse to start your best journey through Morocco from Tangier.
18 – Essaouira
We did not go (yet) but it is clear to us that Essaouira is one of those stops that should not be missed on a trip to this country since it is, without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Morocco . It is the pearl of the coast, home to many expats who fell in love with its beaches and its atmosphere and our great slope! It is not far from Marrakech and there are tours that arrive in the day.
19 – Agadir
And if you’ve gotten there, why not travel a little further south? You will pass through the popular Agadir , one of the epicenters of beach tourism, the small town of Sidi Ifni , which was Spanish territory until 1969, and Legzira Beach with its impressive arches.
20 – Assilah
Do you earn more? Continue along the Atlantic Coast on a journey within a journey, slow and calm. Going through reddish rock cliffs, infinite and wild beaches and fishing villages and other larger cities such as El Jadida or Assilah . Ideally in a caravan (if it’s not too much to ask.