If deserts are all you thought Morocco was all about, you may be in for a welcome surprise. From ATV rides to ice skating, walking the beaches to a guided tour in the Anima Gardens, Morocco has a lot to offer to every traveler willing to explore. The Maghreb is known for its incredible history and popular Moroccan cuisine. Planning a trip to Morocco? Here are the 10 best things to do in Morocco.
City of Marrakech
Marrakech is one of the largest and most popular cities in Morocco. The imperial city is famous for maze-like alleys and souks selling traditional textiles, jewelry and antiques. Looking for the best things to do in Marrakech? If you love bustling markets, storytelling, the Berber musicians and the great famous Marrakech cuisine, Djemaa El Fna is the right place for you. Other than that, you can go to Bahia palace, Yves Saint Laurent Museum and the House of photography in Marrakech.
Visit the Anima Garden
One of the top things to do in Marrakech is to visit the most imaginative garden in the world – The Anima Garden. The two-hectare botanical staging is a magical place to visit. Created by the universal artist André Heller, one can find joy, sensuality, contemplation, healing, and inspiration amidst the beautiful plants and unique sculptures at the Anima Gardens. Take a walk in shaded areas, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains featuring the 4167 meter high Mount Toubkal. Their Café Paul Bowles offers meals made with spices and ingredients from the garden like saffron, mint, olives, etc. Enjoy fresh organic fruit juice, fine teas and delicious pastries while you’re at the Magical Anima Garden. The garden features flower beds filled with wildflowers, cacti, water features, palm trees and tall grass. Your ticket includes a free shuttle service to the garden. The shuttle runs from just behind Koutoubia Gardens in Marrakech. Tickets are valid all day – the garden opens at 9:00.
Blue Village of Chefchaouen
Thanks to the Sephardic Jews, they have a beautiful blue village one can explore on their trip to morocco. Founded in 1471, Chefchaouen became a refuge for the Muslim and Jewish minorities. If you’re in the blue village, make sure you stroll the streets of Chefchaouen, check out their craft markets, hike the Rif Mountains and visit the Kasbah Museum.
Visit the Ouzoud Waterfall
Set out on a day trip to watch the breathtaking Ouzoud Waterfall. About 157 kilometers away from Marrakech, the waterfall gives you a spectacular view to click and post as many pictures you like. We recommend you not to swim as the strong currents can easily sweep you off.
Romantic Night in the Desert
Whether you love watching the sunset or star gazing, the Sahara desert is a perfect destination for a romantic trip. Spend the night in the beautiful desert watching the beautiful constellations unaffected by the city pollution. Take an ATV ride, book a camel safari or a 4×4 tour and take home a beautiful experience.
Go Beach Surfing
Do you love surfing? Visit Morocco’s Atlantic coast. You can either go to Taghazout which is a fishing village or to Essaouira(port city). Both places are great for beach surfers. While you’re in Taghazout, take a trip to the paradise valley and don’t forget to try the mint tea from the beach cafe.
Another best thing to do in Morocco is to visit the largest mosque in the country – Casablanca’s Hassan II mosque. With 210m tall, it’s minaret is the 2nd largest in the world. The beautiful monument serves as a major landmark. Created by 10000 artisans, Casablanca showcases skills of a Moroccan Artisanship.
Go Skiing at the Oukaïmeden
About 80 kilometers from Marrakech, Ouikameden, is a ski resort in the Atlas mountains. After a 2 hour journey through the mountain roads, get ready for the best snow adventures in morocco. Enjoy the spectacular view of the snow-laden Atlas mountains. Head to the ski lift and begin your adventure.
Check your Bargaining Skills at the Souks
Souks are the traditional Moroccan Markets situated in the largest city of Morocco. From spices, vegetables to leather and jewelry, this market gives you a great opportunity to bargain and buy what you love. When you’re in Marrakech, make sure you buy handicrafts or souvenirs from the traditional market of Marrakech.
Take Selfies at the Arches of the Legzira Beach
Although one of the arches collapsed a few years ago, there’s no reason for not to visit the beautiful Legzira Beach. The red cliffs and arches make it a beautiful spot for a pre-wedding shoot if only you could transfer the place to your hometown for a day.
While you’re in Morocco, do as the Moroccans do, try their multi-flavored cuisine filled with aromatic spices or take a class to learn a dish or two. Plan a trip to the Anima Garden to find yourself away from the hustle-bustle of life and enjoy a peaceful walk. Be it through beach surfing or spending a romantic night in the desert, take home beautiful memories to remember for a lifetime. We also recommend you look out for the cultural festivals around the city and visit one for a unique experience. Check the upcoming events in the city and enjoy a Moroccan music fest or a trip to the museum.
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