For many travelers the question isn’t if you’ll be traveling or when you’ll be traveling. It’s a matter of where you’ll be traveling. Where do you want to go on your dream vacation? Where should you spend your beach getaway to relax after a hectic month at the office? Where will you be taking that once-in-a-lifetime family trip? If you’re reading this, you probably already know where you’re going: Destination Morocco!
There are too many destinations and too little time! Now that we’re finally escaping winter and our summer vacation plans are taking shape, many of us are looking ahead for the the coming fall, winter and even into 2020, to find that next take-our-breath-away vacation. However, many of us travel with families, friends and partners who don’t necessarily share our same idea of the “perfect vacation.”
To make your life a little easier, here is a breakdown of how Morocco can be a journey for every type of traveler.
Destination Morocco: Beaches, Mountains and Desert
In Morocco, there is no reason to choose a “beach vacation” or “mountain getaway.” You can wake up by to the sounds of crashing waves in the cozy seaside confines of Essaouira, spend the afternoon discovering the medieval souks of Marrakesh and end your day with a sunset atop the rural Atlas Mountains. In Morocco, there is something for every kind of traveler to enjoy. Outdoors adventurers will love venturing off into the Sahara Desert while history buffs will delight in exploring Morocco’s Imperial Cities.
Destination Morocco: For Foodies
From the moment you step into Morocco, you will be able to smell the country’s traditional spices and herbs from miles away emanating from the countless markets and food stalls. Food is perhaps the most important aspect of Moroccan culture for many of us. Lucky for us, Moroccans are known to be some of Africa’s biggest foodies, too! Monge on warm, homemade bread straight from the oven. Sample tasty tagines that mingle savory and sweet together in a way that they do a flavor dance on your tongue. Share a giant bowl of the national dish, couscous, lovingly hand-rolled as it has been for centuries. Dig into local salads. Just remember to leave room so you can O.D. on the delicious almond pastries and cookies that always seem to find their way onto your plate. Street food junkies, in particular, will be in for some real treats. Meanwhile, the chefs in the crowd will want to make sure they try their hand at making their own Moroccan cuisine in one of the fun cooking courses on offer.
Destination Morocco: For Shopoholics
We dare you to visit Morocco and leave without at least one bag stuffed full with aromatic spices, a hand woven carpet or two and a few pieces of hand spun and painted pottery! Every main city has its own souk – a maze of winding alleyways lined with shops selling everything from ceramics to leather goods and jewelry. Haggling with the shop owners for the best price is expected and accepted in Morocco. So make sure to brush up on your bargaining skills before your trip! Shop ’til you drop… and then consider dropping into a Moroccan spa treatment for a fair bit of pampering.
Destination Morocco: For Families
Morocco might be in the best destination on the planet for children. The souks are something of a wonder for children and, more likely than not, they will leave with pockets full of sweets and presents. Morocco is incredibly family friendly. It’s not such a shabby destination for parents, either. Moroccans, on the whole, dote over children. Crotchety old men transform into patient clowns, entertaining your little one, while frowny-faced matrons will beam with pride for you and your clan. Amazingly, you’ll even witness the rare event of a teen breaking from their cellphone to help you up the stairs with your stroller. Even better, parents can easily find a reliable babysitter or nanny while they’re visiting, making that needed date night a real possibility.
Destination Morocco: For Festival Goers
There are more festival in Morocco than you can count, seemingly one for every season and every week. Some of the better-known festival include the February Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraoute, the Festival of Roses in Kelaat M’Gouna, the Marriage Festival in Imilchil and the Saffron Festival in Taliouine. Check out our Festival Calendar Overview for a more complete list. Who doesn’t like a good festival?
Destination Morocco: For Adventurers
While surfing and other water sports on all the rage along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, you’ll be able to find incredible trekking throughout the country, particularly in the mountains. Meanwhile, a night in the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert is something that nearly every traveler should seek to experience, while the real adventurous could try their hand at Sand Surfing. Spelunking, hot air ballon rides, rock climbing, 4×4 rallies, the world’s most difficult race, and many, many more activities can be found throughout the country.
Destination Morocco: For Armchair Historians
Morocco is an old country, much older than many in Europe, to say nothing of the US or Australia. The world’s oldest known human remains, over 300,000 years old, were discovered in Morocco. Those interested in history will be thrilled to walk the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and Lixus, and will easily be enchanted by the ornate splendor of the centuries-old Quranic Schools found in the old medinas. For many, just walking the pedestrian-only streets of the medieval city of Fez (the entire city is a UNESCO heritage site!) is an incredible experience.
About the Author
Written by Morocco expert, award-winning author and photographer Lucas Peters. After spending years traveling to the distant corners of Morocco, he penned the popular guidebook Moon Morocco. He lives in Morocco with his wife and son.