Stretching from the golden sands of the Sahara Desert to the rugged Atlantic coast, Morocco is one of North Africa’s most captivating destinations. It’s home to bustling modern cities and labyrinthine medinas, as well as enchantingly painted towns such as blue-hued Chefchaouen. Its diverse landscapes range from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to mesmerising desert oases dotted with ancient kasbahs.
Things to do in Morocco
Whether you want to experience the buzz of Marrakech’s souks or escape to the spellbinding beauty of the Sahara Desert, Morocco never fails to impress.
Explore the ancient ksar of Ait Benhaddou. Once serving as a trading post on the Sahara-Marrakech caravan route, Ait Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s best examples of earthen clay architecture. Stroll through the ancient fortified village to learn about its strategic importance as well as films such as “Babel” and “Gladiator” that were shot here.
Shop in the souks of Marrakech. Experience the hustle and haggling of Marrakech’s famous souks, which are the largest of their kind in Morocco. After shopping for Berber-made rugs, locally-tanned leather goods and lamps, head to Jemaa el Fna square as it ignites each evening with live music and entertainment.
Soak up the sea breezes in Essaouira. Surrounded by fortified walls, the whitewashed medina of Essaouira lies on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and is a popular base for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Spend your days relaxing on the beach and feasting on freshly caught sardines before watching a sunset from the 18th-century ramparts.
Camel trek through the Sahara Desert. The desert town of Merzouga serves as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge tract of sand dunes and Morocco’s most famous camel trekking destination. Board one of these “ships of the desert” to enjoy the atmospheric sunset light, then stay overnight in a nomadic Berber camp for unforgettable stargazing.
Getting around Morocco
Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport is the country's main gateway, with international flights also connecting to Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez, Tangier and Agadir. Trains travel between Morocco’s larger cities while buses and share-taxis are the main means of accessing smaller towns and villages.