Morocco, known as “the Arab West,” is an incredibly unique and beautiful country to visit. As you explore the different regions, you’ll notice touches of European influences throughout this African country everywhere you go. Morocco is truly like nowhere else and offers a lot of fantastic experiences for travelers. To help you get inspired (and maybe get your trip planning started), we’ve found the seven best experiences you have to try in Morocco.
1. Visit the Marrakesh Market
The market in Marrakesh is our first mention on this list for a reason. This city’s famous central market is called Jemaa el-Fnaa and is a lively experience. You can come here day or night, and the market will be bustling with vendors and massive crowds. Travelers can go shopping and pick up local goods and souvenirs, stop to eat some authentic Moroccan food, and watch performances from local artists.
The market opens around 8 am and continues until midnight. You can easily spend a day here getting lost in the never-ending stalls and stopping for treats along the way (fresh-squeezed orange juice, hot mint tea, and delicious pastries, to name a few). However, as thrilling as the market can be, it’s also important to be safe. There are many pickpocketers around and never take a picture of a performer without asking permission as you may be charged. Additionally, women tend to exit the market around 8 pm unless accompanied by a male.
2. Spend a Night Glamping in the Sahara
You can’t go to morocco and not make the trek out to the Sahara. The Sahara desert is one of those locations you have to see once in your lifetime. The expanse of the desert is stunning, with rolling dunes as far as you can see.
A popular excursion with travelers in morocco is spending a night (or two) glamping in the desert. Depending on the booking you make, you can get a tent with a bathroom and a shower, a freshly cooked meal, and entertainment. You can watch the sunset, lay underneath the stars, and wake up early to watch the sunrise. We promise it’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
3. Go ATVing in the Sahara Desert
While you’re in the Sahara desert, you may as well make the most of it and add a few more activities to the itinerary. Consider booking a couple of hours ATVing through the dunes. You’ll get virtually miles and miles of land to yourself as you kick up the sand, go as fast as you want, and get some fantastic pictures too.
4. Book a Camel Trek
Okay, we can’t help but have one more Sahara desert recommendation for you on this list. It’s just that this desert is so impressive and there are so many different ways you can take it in! One of the top adventures you can have in morocco is riding a camel through the desert. It’s an affordable, fun way to explore the desert. Plus, getting that close to a camel isn’t an opportunity you’ll get every day!
5. Zipline in the Atlas Mountains
Another amazing landscape you won’t want to miss in Morocco is the Atlas Mountains. The Atlas Mountains span 2,500 kilometers, crossing Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The mountains are beautiful, providing a gorgeous backdrop to many parts of Morocco.
One of the best activities you can do to ensure you take in the mountains – and not just drive by them – is a zipline excursion. You’ll be able to hike through the Atlas mountains and test your bravery as you tackle a high-wire course, ziplining, and even abseiling. It’s a six-hour adventure in one of morocco’s most diverse landscapes.
6. Book a Traditional Morrocan Hammam
Of course, your Morrocan vacation doesn’t have to be all non-stop activities and bustling markets. Make sure you take some time to relax. One of the best ways to do just that is by booking an authentic, traditional Morrocan hammam. A hammam is a bathhouse where you can shower, relax in a steam room, and book a massage. Just be warned – men and women go into different sections of the hammam, so this isn’t something you can do side-by-side with your partner.
7. Visit the Ouzoud Falls
Located less than 160 kilometers from Marrakesh is one of Morocco’s most popular destinations. The Ouzoud Falls are a collection of several waterfalls that pour into the El-Abid River’s gorge. The waterfalls here are the second tallest waterfall in Africa. It’s one of the most photographed sites in Morocco for a reason – it’s stunning. When you need a break from the city, plan a visit here to see these lush, roaring falls for yourself.
Hopefully, this has convinced you that Morocco is the next trip for you!