Mountain bike from the High Atlas to the Sahara, rock climb in Todra Gorge, go horse back riding in Essaouira or shop the souks. Whatever you choose to do in Morocco, make sure you stay hydrated, so drinking several mint teas a day is an absolute essential requirement on your visit. Aside from the mint tea, here’s our pick of the top things to do in Morocco.
1. Shop ’til you drop at Jemaa El Fna
The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and world renowned as some of the most exotic markets to shop in. There’s nowhere in Morocco like the Jemaa el Fna, the main square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). Famous for the food stalls, snake charmers, monkey acts and hawkers, get lost in this maze and re-appear with 20 shopping bags, a silver tea pot and a handmade rug.
2. Soak up the beauty of Agdal Gardens
Built in the 12th century, once upon a time Adgal was the most renowned garden in Morocco. The Agdal Gardens, meaning “walled meadow” in the Berber language, are botanical gardens of around 400 hectares, to the south of Dar El Makhzen, the Royal Palace and the medina in Marrakech. Choose your spot under a date, orange, fig, lemon, pomegranate or walnut tree after you’ve finished strolling the grounds and admiring the architecture.
3. Go Pro Instagrammer in Chefchaouen’s medina
You know all of those instagram shots with the beautiful blue and white buildings? They were taken in Chefchaouen’s medina (good luck with the pronunciation), which is one of the most famous in Morocco. Small and uncrowded, it’s easy to explore the art galleries, craft shops and pretty gardens scattered about. Relax in the cobbled Plaza Uta El Hammam in the heart of the Medina when your feet get tired.
4. Ride a horse on Essaouira Beach
Experience the laid-back charms and vast magnificent beach of Essaouira on horse back. There are plenty of horseback riding tours to choose from that can be adapted to suit your level of experience.
5. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara
Venture across the vast desert on a camel, dine with the nomads and camp under the starry Sahara night sky. For the ultimate desert experience plan a six day adventure and get a taste of a nomadic life where riding camels isn’t just a tourist attraction, but a necessity.
6. Rock Climbing in Todra Gorge
Morocco’s spectacular Todra Gorge is one of the country’s premier climbing destinations. Todra Gorge sits in the High Atlas Mountains, located in the South of Morocco about seven hours east of Marrakech. A multitude of quality single and multi pitch sports climbs for all grades is available and if you’re new to rock climbing this is also a great place to learn.
7. Explore Morocco’s Middle Atlas
Escape the hustle-bustle and head to the quaint villages and tranquil mountain trails in the Middle Atlas. Hire a guide and explore the ruined Roman city of Volubilis which is the best-preserved archaeological site in Morocco. Then head to the nearby white-washed town of Moulay Idriss, one of the country’s most important and picturesque pilgrimage sites.
8. Bike the High Atlas to the Sahara
Ride a bike along a network of dirt paths that wind from Marrakech to the highest pass in the Atlas Mountains, then head south to the Sahara Desert. Pedal through traditional villages, admire the scattered adobe kasbahs and experience the legendary hospitality of the Berbers with regular tea stops along the way. Want more? Combine your bike tour with a Sahara camel ride and embrace Moroccan culture with a visit to a Hammam.
9. Kite-surfing anyone?
If you are a water-sports lover, try your hand at kite-surfing on the Moroccan coast. Hit the waves on a windy day and feel the adrenalin rush through your veins. Sidi Ifni, a city located in southwest Morocco, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean is the best place to head to for this. If kite-surfing isn’t your thing then paragliding and quad biking are other options. Simply head towards the beach and dive into your adventure of choice.
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10. Morocco sandboarding
Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. It’s also a dream desert destination for travelers who want to try sand boarding because it’s on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of dunes that reach up to 350m. A popular pastime for Nomad and desert children in Morocco for many years, sand boarding involves surfing down dunes with both feet on the board basically. Combining adventure and exploration by sand boarding is an amazing way to experience the Sahara Desert and discover the sand dunes of Merzouga at the same time.
Other than these top 10 things to do in Morocco, there is so much more to do, see and experience in this fabulous country. Stay flexible with your Morocco itinerary because sometimes it’s the travelers you meet along the way that have the best surprise suggestions for fun things to do while here.
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