From the rugged Atlas Mountains to the laidback surfing beaches, Morocco is a country full of spectacular delights. Get lost in the souks, ride a camel through the desert, and indulge in traditional cuisine–in this magical part of the world, all your wanderlust dreams can come true.
Mount a dromedary camel to explore the undulating orange dunes and abandoned kasbahs of the desert, a magical region immortalized in film and fiction. Camel rides are also available in Marrakesh (near the Menara Gardens) and on Essaouira beach if your itinerary doesn’t include the desert.
Sip Mint Tea and Watch the World Go By
Make like a local and install yourself on a cafe terrace for a fortifying mint tea and a dose of people watching. Tea (sometimes called Berber whiskey) is the essential social lubricant in Morocco and this sugary sweet pick-me-up is used to welcome visitors and seal deals.
Appreciate Koranic Scholarship at Ben Youssef Medersa
Few cities capture the imagination quite like Marrakech. A blend of Berber, Arabic and French influences give the UNESCO World Heritage site a timeless appeal. With the beautiful frenzy of the Medina, ornate Arabic architecture and one of the world’s greatest cuisines it’s no surprise that more people are traveling to Marrakech now more than ever. Whether you spell it Marrakech or Marrakesh (both are acceptable), a visit to Morocco’s Red City is surely an experience you will never forget. Marrakech can be overwhelming to say the least, with a dizzying array of sights, smells and tastes providing a sensory overload; but armed with these tips you can make your first trip to Marrakech one to remember.
Flights to Marrakech arrive at Menara Airport (RAK). A valid passport is required for entry into Morocco, currently for Americans visas are not required for visits less than 90 days (check the State Department website for the latest requirements).
Taxis are available but best to arrange transportation with your hotel.
Morocco is a pretty incredible country to explore. Now, I know I say that to lots of places, but I truly mean it! It’s one of those countries that’s so much more than just the Souks of Marrakech, with so many of the best things to do in Morocco outside of the city itself.
From the unspoilt Atlas Mountains, gorging on all the tagines, visiting the blue village of Chefchaouen and seeing the red arches of Legzira – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
You’ll have the best time exploring, just remember to plan ahead and gorge on all the amazing food and tasty sweet tea (I swear, I was on a sugar high throughout our whole trip). Anyway, before I continue rambling, take a look at some of the very best things to do in Morocco.
You’re going to love it.
1.) Explore Casablanca
Hands down, one of my favourite sites in Casablanca has to be the Hassan II Mosque. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and a place you have to see when in the city.
Why Go Now: Find the most surprising city in East Africa
The busloads of tourists at rock-hewn churches and castles in northern Ethiopia haven’t yet discovered the laid-back east, anchored by the enchantingly contradictory city of Harar. With 82 mosques, three of which date back to the 10th century, Harar welcomes the devout. Yet this is no place for the ascetic. In Harar, a one-hour flight from Addis Ababa, cafés dole out spicy fava bean stew and craftswomen sell brilliantly dyed baskets. French poet Arthur Rimbaud once lived on one of these narrow streets, abandoning writing for the coffee and arms trades. Harar touts Ethiopia’s best beer, strongest khat, friendliest hyenas, and not least, highest quality coffee in a country renowned for its beans.
Here are 13 of the most Instagrammable spots in Morocco, from the doorways of Fez to the medinas and mosques of Marrakech.
Does any country evoke a sense of mystery as resolutely as Morocco? From the maze of souks in Marrakech to the windswept dunes of the Sahara and everything in between, this diverse North African kingdom rocks the casbah and will spice up your Instagram feed at the same time.
For those who think some of the sights risk being cliché, well, perhaps you haven’t found the right filter. The most magical thing about this country — other than the fantastic, fragrant food — is its authenticity. You find it everywhere: from master craftsmanship in the souks to exquisite hidden riads to the smile of the guy who’s serving you a sweet mint tea. So, linadhhab; here are 13 ideas for Instagram gold.
Whether you’re looking for luxury, hidden-gems, or the most romantic spots on earth, our list of the World’s Best Places To Honeymoon will deliver the goods.
“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” – Leo Tolstoy
Are you planning your honeymoon and trying to find the best destination? We have created a list of the top romantic retreats in the world right now. So whether you are newlyweds or even looking for a second honeymoon, we have something here for you. We know that what makes a great honeymoon is different for everyone so we have divided our list into 3 categories.
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I entered through Bab Doukkala, an old city gate built in the 12th century to the Northern side of Medina. Walking through a maze of souks, I reached the square of Jemaa el-Fna, “la place” or “the square” as it is called in Marrakesh. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city centre and by all means a comprehensive Moroccan cultural hub. The cacophony of sights and sound at this triangular shaped place attracts tourists from all around the world. It is a robust meeting place for Moroccans, busy merchants and engaged street performers. Together they all appear to be part of a beautifully choreographed live cultural performance right out of the Arabian Night tales.
Needless to say that Africa is the land of natural wonders. Making a list of the most captivating places in the continent is not an easy task. Therefore, we narrowed our research to the top 4 most distinguished UNESCO heritage sites across Africa.
Even if we can’t visit all of these places, it is always interesting to discover the astounding nature that surrounds us.
Morocco: Aït Benhaddou
Morocco is one of the most appealing touristic location in Africa that encompasses several interesting areas such as Ksar Aït Benhaddou. Situated in the province of Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou was declared a UNESCO site since 1987. This site is a great example of the earthen clay architecture in the North African country. No wonder that the architecture of this village has peaked the interest of Hollywood top producers.
Rabat – If you are looking for off the beaten track travel destinations, offering you an escape from the crowds and with historic and architectural appeal similar to the world’s most famous monuments, then hurry up to discover the ruins of Volubilis before it gets on everyone’s bucket list.
Bloomberg curated a list of seven “newly accessible” wonders of the world that include Volubilis, the magnificent Roman city located outside of Fez.
The list also includes the remains of the Royal Empire in India, the onetime Mayan capital in Guatemala, sprawling Roman mansions in Portugal, “pyramids on steroids” in Sudan, a lost city of Colombia, and a lion-shaped fortress in Sri Lanka. These underexplored destinations have as much to offer as the most famous touristic sites around the world.
Rabat – Tetouan has become the first Moroccan city to join the Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The northern city, whose medina was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, was chosen for its crafts and folk art.
UNESCO announced on October 31 that Tetouan, along with 63 others from 44 countries, would join the network, which aims to “foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.”
“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network,” said Director-General Irina Bokova.
“The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with nine African cities now joining the Network.”