Visit the Sahara Desert
The biggest, and possibly best-known, hot desert on the planet, the Sahara Desert can be explored from a number of places in Morocco. The huge dunes of Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, are a splendid sight. Camel trekking, camping, and photography are among the area’s top activities. Erg Chegaga, close to the town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, is also impressive. Accessible only by camel, foot, or four-wheel-drive, the remote dunes see fewer visitors than their cousins at Merzouga.
Visit the Long Coastlines
Morocco has many splendid beaches that offer a combination of relaxation and active water sports. Indeed, the coastlines that stretch along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea feature beaches to suit any mood. Whether you’re seeking a popular tourist seaside resort or a hidden local gem you won’t be disappointed. There are rugged coastal stretches that are ideal for long walks, with great vistas and reliable waves that provide the perfect opportunity for fun water sports. Some of the country’s most popular beaches can be found around Agadir, Tangier, and Tetouan. Essaouira, Safi, and Taghazout are top spots for surfing. Oualidia and El Jadida spring into life with holiday-making Moroccans in the summer month.
Visit The Imperial Cities
Each of Morocco’s four imperial cities offers a wealth of experiences and attractions. Take a few days to appreciate the splendour of Marrakesh’s historical sites, shop for bargains in the souks, unwind in delightful gardens, and wander through the frenetic streets of the medina. Admire striking architecture in Fes, wander through the souks, and visit some of the oldest tanneries in the world. Enjoy the calm manner of Meknes as you discover its former royal sites, and contrast the old and new in Rabat, the country’s present capital.
Soothe Your Soul in a Hammam
Relax, cleanse, and ease away any aches and pains with a visit to a traditional Moroccan hammam. Many hotels and guesthouses have onsite hammams, and there are luxurious spas in most major tourist areas. For a more local experience, head to one of the numerous public bathhouses; you’ll find one in almost every neighbourhood around the country.
Journey Through the Mountains
Morocco has four major mountain ranges, three of which are part of the Atlas system. The High Atlas Mountains are easy to explore from Marrakesh, and include the country’s tallest mountain of Jbel Toubkal, diverse walking trails, and activities aplenty. A highlight of the Middle Atlas range is Ifrane, with its cool temperatures, French design that is reminiscent of a Swiss ‘garden city’, and Barbary macaques. The Anti Atlas Mountains are the driest of the Atlas Mountains. The Rif Mountains, in the north of the country, are also terrific for fans of outdoor adventures. Visit Berber villages, camp in the wild, trek with mules, see native wildlife, and admire stunning views.
Admire the Country’s Beautiful Waterfalls
While many people associate Morocco with rugged, barren mountains and arid deserts, there are also several spectacular waterfalls to enjoy. Ouzoud Waterfalls are among the most popular. The falls can easily be visited on a day trip from Marrakesh. Paradise Valley, close to Agadir, has several sparkling falls. Take a dip in the pools and lie back on the smooth rocks to soak up some sun and dry off. The Cascades of Akchour, near Chefchaouen, are a beautiful sight. Oum Rabia Waterfall, in Khenifra, sees relatively few visitors, and the multi-level waterfalls of Setti Fatma in the Ourika Valley offer great views.