The mix of African, Arabic, and European influences makes Morocco a dazzling destination rich in culture, history, and breathtaking scenery. Morocco is exotic, chaotic, and ridiculously photogenic. Take a wrong turn down a narrow, spicy-smelling street and you will stumble upon an authentic scene from Moroccan life.
Moroccan architecture is great. The imperial cities Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, and Meknes are crammed with grand city gates, opulent palaces, mosques, shrines, and tombs. Be warned, you have to leave a lot of space in your suitcase. Morocco is a treasure trove for buyers.
Getting Lost in the Medinas
The Medinas are the historic heart of every city in Morocco: part residential area, part shopping center, part food market. Here you will find winding and twisting streets where shops, restaurants. Markets and houses all line the streets in buildings that seem too close together and too old to get up much longer.
As someone who loves to lose yourself, the medinas are the heavens. Spend hours walking through them, making right-hand corners. Doubling, walking through squares and streets that looked familiar. And finding your way, to lose yourself on purpose. Losing yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of Morocco’s ancient medinas is part of the experience.
Although Marrakech lacked the grain and edge of the rest of the country, it was the most eclectic city on the journey. The chaotic pace unmasked a town and people always on the move. It is one of the most hectic but fascinating places that people observe.
Morocco’s pink city can be incredibly overwhelming, and while you can visit without having done the research. Knowing what to expect or some top travel tips for Marrakech can make your visit all that more enjoyable.
The best way to enjoy sitting in a rooftop cafe with stunning views, interrupted by minarets and palm trees. In a country where “a beer” is nothing, the locals replace pots with mint tea. Can get enough of that minty, sugary treats and sit in the tea shops and play football with the locals.
It was the best way to take a break from sightseeing and take it all in a while sitting in a cafe and connecting with locals. Have to have a drink a pot or two a day. Man, this stuff is addictive! The addiction was refreshed by the way it is served, pouring style, the aroma, and how the first single sip left me.
While I wish they could drive the old camel caravans from Morocco to Egypt, I settled down under the stars for one night. Turning out to ride a camel for an hour is quite uncomfortable, but seeing the beautiful color of the desert up close and personal.
Camping with Bedouin and seeing a million stars without light pollution made it worthwhile. The thunderclap sounded like a million bombs going off, and the lightning turned the night into daylight. Imagine a camel ride wandering through the hilly orange Sahara desert of the Erg Chebbi dunes.
Seafood Heaven in Essaouira
Another favorite city in Morocco, Essaouira is just a few hours from Marrakech on the Atlantic coast and is a popular beach destination for tourists. Be sure to visit the wonderful fish market in town, where all the little fishermen sell their daily catch. Afterward, visit the small fish stalls nearby in the main square, where you can enjoy freshly grilled seafood cheaply.
Essaouira is a popular destination for Morrocans to spend their honeymoon, so you will see many Muslim couples sitting on the guns facing the sea and enjoying some romantic moments. The beach is also famous for windsurfing and kite surfing as the mighty trade wind blowing almost non-stop onto the almost waveless bay.