Looking for your next action-packed adventure? They don’t come much more exciting than Morocco. Discover Morocco‘s rich culture, unique architecture and diverse desert and mountain landscapes. Check out our top things to do and get ready for a holiday of a lifetime…
Meander Marrakech Night Market
Morocco is known for its bustling souks, located right in the heart of the city’s Medina, in The Jemaa el -Fnaa Square. Expect to find everything from entertaining musicians and street performers to an abundance of colourful food stalls pilled high with sweet treats and favourite local dishes, like tagines and kebabs.
Come evening, Marrakech night market enchants with its snake charmers, henna artists and delicious smells of babbouche which waft through the air. So, whether you want to indulge in mezze, kick back and listen to some live berber music or have your fortune read, Marrakech Night Market is buzzing with fun things to do for all.
Conquer Chefchaouen Blue Village
If you’re a lover of instagrammable town’s, the little blue town of Chefchaouen doesn’t disappoint. Otherwise known as Blue City, Chefchaouen impresses with its distinctive blue-washed buildings, narrow streets and monumental mountain scenery. Take a stroll down its photogenic, winding streets, where a new gem can be discovered around every corner. From quirky doors to bold blue walls – it’s the little details which make this place stand out.
Make sure you make time to stop by Kasbah, the town’s fortress is home to beautiful gardens which are great for picnicking and boast panoramic views of The Rif Mountains. Art lovers should check out the charming museum which displays traditional Moroccan arts and crafts, followed by a lazy afternoon sipping on mint tea at a local café.
Hike the Atlas Mountains
When it comes to striking landscapes, the Atlas Mountains wow. The three ranges of the Atlas Mountains consist of The High Atlas, The Middle Atlas and the Anti-Atlas, which stretch across the northwest of Africa. If you’re staying in Marrakech, The Atlas Mountains are minutes away and are a popular place among locals and tourists for guided tours, treks and hikes. If you’re up for a challenge, why not hike Mount Toubkal in Toubkhal National Park (the highest peak in North Africa)? You’ll walk amongst rugged mountain terrain, deep valleys and alpine meadows as well as traditional Berber villages.
The views are particularly magical in the winter, where the mountain peaks are dusted with snow. The Middle Atlas Mountains are famed for their natural beauty, with stunning lakes like Bin el Ouidane, while The Anti-Atlas Mountains are renown for their iconic Dades Gorges.
Experience an Overnight Bedouin Desert Camp
If there’s one thing you should tick off your list when you visit Morocco, it’s an overnight stay at Bedouin Desert Camp. Its traditional Middle Eastern camps create a mystical experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in desert life. These traditional tents are made from woven fabric and kitted out with comfy cushions which ooze luxury. Sit back and enjoy traditional Arabian music and dance and savour authentic mezze dishes under the starry night sky – what could be better?
If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a camel at sunset and head off into the dreamy desert dunes or try your hand at sandboarding. Otherwise, stay cosy around the campfire, sipping on fragrant Bedouin tea as you soak up the desert.
Sunbathe in Agadir
For lovers of sun, sea and sand, Agadir is a must. This popular beach destination is renown for its glorious, long sandy beaches and hot climate. Stand up for your right to lie down on the main beach, Plage d’ Agadir, while the other beaches Taghazout Beach and Tamraght Beach offer picture-perfect scenery and comfy sun beds with umbrellas to seek shade from the sun. If you’re hungry, there’s plenty of laidback beachside cafes and vendors offering up 24/7 local food and drinks.
If you’re craving adventure, why not have a whirl by trying a new water sport activity like jet skiing or surfing? The sunsets here are also some of the best and overlook the stunning Atlantic Ocean.
Relax in a Moroccan Style Spa (Hammam)
Raise a glass to relaxation with a trip to an authentic Moroccan Style Spa. Set snooze in your heavenly hammam and treat yourself to bespoke treatments that are intended to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. Whether you fancy a bit of ME time with an all day top-toe treatment or want to opt for a relaxing couples massage that brings ultimate zen vibes, where each hammam is designed to bring peace.
Lets set the scene… aromatic candles, traditional black soap scrubs and soothing tunes that make for a completely tranquil experience. What’s not to love?
Try kitesurfing or windsurfing
Morocco’s striking coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Med boasts some of the best conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, so you’d bit silly to say no to trying something new. Essaouira is one of the best kite surfing destinations because of its consistent winds which offer prime kite surfing conditions. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, there are a number of water sports schools that cater to all levels.
The remote Dakhla lagoon is another firm favourite, with lies in the south of Morocco – its flat water conditions and consistent winds are great for windsurfing, plus they have equipment rental too. The region of Agadir also provides excellent surfing conditions with its Atlantic swells and ideal winds.
Enjoy a Camel Ride
Conquer new heights with a camel ride in Morocco. This unique experience will stay with you for life and allows you to see Morocco’s Sahara desert landscape from a whole new perspective. Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga are two of the most popular dune areas which allow you to experience the beauty of the desert. The little village of Merzouga, on the edge of the Sahara is the most common place for camel treks to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. You can also stop by a desert camp, where you can witness the stunning sunset and sunrise over the Sahara desert, that will give all your friends back home serious FOMO.
Camel rides from Zagora, another gateway to the desert and allow you to embark on an adventure to some of the smaller dunes, like Tinfou. For something a little different, why not take ride a camel to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and witness its breathtaking landscapes.
Visit Ouzoud Waterfalls
Escape to the Ouzoud Waterfalls, AKA one of Morocco’s most popular natural attractions, renown for their gorgeous natural beauty and lush landscapes. You’ll find this hidden gem near the village of Tanghmeilt, in the heart of The Atlas Mountains. It’s setting is one of the most picturesque, shrouded by olive groves, almond trees and green valleys. The Ouzoud Waterfalls are the highest in North Africa and are set against radiant red cliffs, which conjure up the perfect insta-worthy pic.
The best way to see the falls is by strolling down one of the trails, which will lead you straight to the impressive site. Along the way you’ll pass traditional arts and crafts shops as well as locals serving up tasty snacks. There are various viewpoints along the way, which allow you to pause for key photo-ops you don’t want to miss out on.
P.S at the base of the falls, there’s a small pool where boat rides are available.
Indulge in Moroccan Cuisine
Moroccan cuisine is some of the most flavourful out there. It’s renown for its rich spices, aromatic herbs and harmonious blend of sweet and savoury flavours which make the mouth water. Think vibrant colours merged with the warm spices of cumin and coriander and stacks of fluffy flat breads, laden with creamy humous. Hungry yet? Tagine is one of Morocco’s most famous dishes, which consists of chicken, beef or lamb that is smothered in spice then slow cooked and served with vegetables and dried fruit in a traditional clay pot. Couscous is a staple in most Moroccan households and considered a national dish, served on most menus across the country. Its moreish light and fluffy texture is best served with a generous portion of steamed vegetables or khobz (Moroccan bread).
One of the most popular local dishes is Pastilla, a sweet and savoury pastry that has layers of thin dough, which is filled with chicken, almonds, eggs and spices, then baked and dusted with cinnamon sugar.
Try Moroccan Mint Tea
Go anywhere in Morocco and you’re bound to see people sipping Moroccan mint tea or ‘atay b’nana’. This fragrant green tea is made using fresh mint leaves and a generous sprinkling of sugar. It’s usually served in a decorative ceramic teapot and poured from a height, which looks extra fancy and creates a frothy foam. Moroccan mint tea is enjoyed as part of traditional Moroccan culture and is served as a symbol of hospitality.
Although the tea is best served alone, feel free to indulge with delish Moroccan pastries or sweets like baklava or shebakia. Top tip: the higher quality mint leaves have the best flavour, so choose wisely when you’re ordering.
Chill at a Shisha Bar
After your long day exploring, chill out at one of Morocco’s sensational shisha bars, also known as ‘narguile’ or ‘cafe chicha’. Many of these are based in chic outdoor settings with opulent surroundings of plush cushions, sultry lighting and sleek tables. Take your pick from a range of flavours including apple, mint, grape, watermelon and more or sip on traditional Moroccan tea.
Come evening, Morocco’s shisha bars come to life with entertaining performers and live music. The shisha bars create a lively atmosphere and are great for friends and families to relax and enjoy each others company.