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Top Things to See and Do in Morocco

by Nicole Quasté

Jan 15, 2018
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  • Morocco
    Fes seen through Bab Bou Jeloud Gate © Leonid Andronov |
    Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert, Morocco offers natural beauty as well as Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences, present in its culinary traditions, lively souks, colorful architecture and historic mosques. Here are the top seven things to see and do in Morocco.
  • Tanneries in Fes
    © Peter Wollinga |
    Fes is the oldest city in the Kingdom of Morocco — the best representation of the destination’s history and cultural traditions. While visiting Fes, stop in at one of the iconic local tanneries, where the ancient system of treating leather is still practiced. See the impressive stone vessels and witness the natural process of leather making start to finish.
  • Jamaa el Fna market
    © Kasto80 |
    Feed the senses at Jemaa el-Fnaa, a large square and market place in Marrakesh, Morocco’s medina quarter, or old city. Locals and visitors alike frequent the main square, occupied throughout the day by food and drink stalls, local artisan crafts and entertainers including snake charmers, storytellers, magicians and music performers.
  • Chefchaouen
    © Laura Facchini |
    Located in northwest Morocco is the distinctive city of Chefchaouen. Noted for its buildings washed in various shades of blue, the historic city feels like a fairytale. In addition to its iconic hue, proximity to Tangier and popular shopping scene, the region is also a significant source of kief and one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.
  • Hammam
    © Typhoonski |
    Visiting a hammam is one of the city’s oldest and most popular traditions. Combining ancient Greek and Roman practices of public baths with modern-day saunas, a hammam experience entails relaxation in a pool of water in a hot, steamed room. The public baths serve as places for spiritual cleansing, but also centers of socialization and relaxation.
  • Sahara Desert
    © Nan Li |
    An excursion through the iconic red, rolling sands of the Sahara Desert offers an unforgettable, visceral experience. There are several options available through environmentally conscious companies, like Journey Beyond Travel, including camel treks and ATV adventures. Excursions range from two-hour trips to two-day expeditions.
  • Majorelle Gardens
    © Typhoonski |
    As the saying goes, great things take time. This is certainly the case for Majorelle Garden, one of the most beautiful places in Morocco — and the world, for that matter. French Orientalist artist Jacques Majorelle created the 2.5-acre botanical and landscape garden, a process that took nearly 40 years.
  • Hassan II Mosque
    © Saiko3p |
    Here’s looking at you, kid. The Hassan II Mosque is a must-see. Located in the famous city of Casablanca, the mosque is Morocco’s largest with a minaret of 60 stories, topped with a laser directed toward Mecca. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with handcrafted marble walls, a retractable roof and space large enough for 105,000 people.


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