yoga in MoroccoWith so much to see and do in Morocco, it can be difficult to find the time to relax. After a day touring the lively and sometimes chaotic Moroccan souks, you will definitely be up for a little quiet time. You can relax and rejuvenate in a Moroccoan bathhouse called a Hammam or you can unwind with a cup of tea on your hotel’s rooftop terrace. If you are in need for some quality relaxation time consider spending an evening at La Pause, visiting Essaouria in western Morocco or signing up for a yoga retreat.

Visit a Moroccan Hammam: Visiting the Hammam or Turkish bathhouse is not only one of the best ways to relax in Morocco, but it is also one of the best ways to connect with the local culture. Hammams are public bathhouses and are found in nearly every town in Morocco. Visiting a Hammam can be a relaxing experience if you know what to expect. You should bring normal bathing items with you to a Hammam like shampoo and soap, as well as an extra pair of underpants. When entering a Hammam, you will leave your clothes and towel in a dressing room and then enter the steamy bathing rooms. Everyone sits on the floor to bathe and fills up and mixes buckets of hot and cold water to get the perfect temperature. You can also pay a Hammam attendant for a head to toe scrub down, but be warned that these scrubs are intense.

Relax with Mint Tea on a Rooftop Terrace: If you are weary from a long day of browsing the souks and viewing the city sights, escape to a rooftop tearoom or your hotel’s terrace. Many hotels and restaurants in Morocco have roof terraces perfect for lounging and enjoying a cup of tea. The rooftop terrace is the perfect place to meet other travelers or just enjoy the sunset and the views of the bustling city below.

Enjoy Essaouira’s Unhurried Pace: Tucked along the Atlantic Coast in western Morocco, Essaouira is a quaint little beach town popular with Bohemian travelers. Travelers looking for a reprieve from the bustle of Morocco’s imperial cities will welcome Essaouria’s relaxed pace. Enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee or tea at one of the village’s numerous cafes, browse the many art galleries and handicraft shops and stroll the wide, sandy beaches. Strong winds make Essaourira perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding year round, but swimmers and sunbathers prefer the sheltered pools of the area resorts.

Spend an Evening at La Pause: Located on the edge of the Agafay Desert, La Pause is a peaceful retreat just 30km from the bustling chaos of Marrakech. The resort offers simple luxury in a desert oasis setting. Savor fine Moroccan meals on one of the resort’s many terraces with wide-open views of the surrounding countryside and then retreat to a gorgeous room illuminated only by candlelight. Visitors can enjoy sunset camel rides, horseback riding or just lazing the day away on one of the hammocks strung throughout the olive groves.

Find a Yoga Retreat: Yoga retreats are popping up all over Morocco. Enjoy anywhere from a one-day yoga session to a weeklong retreat complete with massage, meditation and healthy meals. You can find yoga retreats in smaller towns like Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki, in bigger cities like Marrakech and Fes and combined with surfing lessons in Taghazout.

Written by Amiee Maxwell.

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