9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Morocco
Last Updated on February 27, 2019 by Anita Hendrieka
Morocco is one of the most rewarding countries to visit. When you visit Morocco you will come across the friendliest and warmth of the locals as well as great food, UNESCO sites, ancient cities and more!
Here are 9 great reasons why you should and NEED to visit Morocco!
1. The food
Moroccan food is one of the best reasons why you should visit Morocco. The tasteful tagines, fresh olives, fresh mint tea and beautiful flavours, there’s no wonder why people come to this country just to eat the food. One of the best ways to experience the food is from a local by taking one of the guided tours in Marrakesh that is available. Your taste buds will go crazy!
One of the best things I tasted was Maakouda which is the fluffiest potato filled with parsley, garlic and deep fried. Not the healthiest thing to have but truly the best! You may also come across camel meat, snails and many other interesting foods!
2. The ancient city of Fes
The ancient city of Fes was my favourite place I visited in Morocco. It’s home to the oldest university in the world, the world-famous UNESCO site of the Tannery and the worlds largest medina. The history of this city is phenomenal and one that must be enjoyed when you visit Morocco.
3. People are warm and welcoming
The people are really friendly in Morocco. I stayed in a homestay during my time in Fes and was overwhelmed by the willingness to help and immerse me into the local culture. Travelling as a solo female can be intimidating and if it’s your first time it can be overwhelming but once you get used to the way of Moroccan life you will enjoy it much more!
4. The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains are one of the best reasons why you should visit Morocco. It’s only a 90km drive from Marrakesh. You can opt to do some off-roading or challenge yourself by taking a more challenging hike to experience the remote beauty of this area. The highest point in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, can be a great option for a keen hiker!
5. The blue city
The city of Chefchaouen is a must-see on your travels to Morocco. You may recognise this place from many articles and Instagram posts because the entire city is…blue! You can visit this city by doing a day trip from Fes which is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive. I recommend staying there for at least one night to explore the city deeper though. You may be wondering why the city is blue? Well, there’s not really one answer. One reason is that apparently, the colour blue keeps mosquitos away, another reason could be that it keeps the city cool in the heat, and another reason people believe is from Jewish tradition. Whatever the reason is, it sure brings in a load of tourism to the city!
6. Film locations
Did you know over 20 famous movies were filmed in Morocco? They include The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile, Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and even the popular series The Game of Thrones. One of the famous locations is Ait Ben Haddon, a fortified city which you might recognize in a few films/series.
7. Stay in the Moroccan Sahara Desert
Many people who visit Morocco opt for a camping trip to the desert which is a fantastic way to learn more about the Bedouins. Not only that but you can take a ride on the dunes, pat a camel, watch the stars and enjoy the peace that is the desert. It’s a nice change to get away from the hustle that is Morocco and get out to enjoy the nature first-hand.
8. The winding medinas
The medinas are the old streets of the city met with beautiful market stalls, food and winding paths. You can find the oldest medina in Fes which includes the oldest university and it is protected by UNESCO. You will find some great souvenirs within the medinas, they are not to be missed! The best way is to take a tour a local there so they can show you all the little parts that you probably wouldn’t have even noticed!
9. Incredibly beautiful riads
The accommodation options in Morocco are endless but if I have one recommendation on where you should stay, it definitely should be one of the beautiful riads. A riad is a house which has a courtroom (usually with a pool) in the middle. Once you find a good one you may never want to leave!
Those are just some of the best reasons why you should visit Morocco but there are many more. There are many incredible and historic places to visit in Morocco. My recommendation is to stay at least a couple of weeks, so you get to see some amazing locations. I would recommend visiting Marrakesh, Rabat, Fez, Tangier, Chefchaouen and Essaouira.
How to get to Morocco
There are cheap flights flying to Marrakesh as well as Tangier (in the north). I highly recommend flying into Tangier (or catching the ferry from Portugal) and then spend the next 2-3 weeks exploring the country from north to south.
Where to stay in Morocco
You can find a number of great properties through booking.com as well as Airbnb.
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