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11 Morocco Travel Ideas For Your Next Vacation

Filled with a pulsating zest for life, untamable vigor and vibrant beauty, the exotic land of Morocco is a traveler’s dream, which has something for everyone.

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“To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines.”Edith Wharton

True to the words of Edith Wharton, it is impossible to describe the sights, sounds, colors, and zest of Morocco to someone who has never stepped foot in this vibrant country. Fondly named as the ‘Gateway to Africa’, this nation is a blend of rich historical and cultural influences from its past, giving it its uniqueness. If you are thinking of going on a vacation to this gorgeous country, here are some Morocco travel ideas for your trip plan.

1. Enchanting majesty of Marrakech 

The most popular city of Morocco, Marrakech is so stunning that you will be utterly speechless. Visit the central square of Djemma El-Fna, and enjoy the vibrant pace of life around. Take a trip to the El Badi Palace, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and Jardin Majorelle gardens to immerse yourself in its rich history and culture. For yoga enthusiasts, some of the best Morocco yoga retreats are located in this city.

2. Colorful Culture Of Fez

Famed for its vibrant cityscapes, Fez offers you the grandeur of the traditional Moroccan architecture. Once here, visit the walled city of Medina, Palais Royal Dar El Makhzen, El Glaoui Palace, Al-Attarine Madrasa, BouInania Madrasa, Bab BouJeloud, Andalusian Mosque and ZaouiaMoulayIdriss II. Be prepared to shop till you drop at the insane souks of the city spread along its serpentine alleys. The tanneries here are not only famous, but also incredibly picturesque.

3. A Tryst With Roman History at Meknes

Meknes is a delight for history buffs as it houses the elaborate ruins of the once magnificent Roman city of Volubilis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which speaks volumes on the history of this country. Meknes also has several other interesting sights such as its Royal palace, Bab Mansour, subterranean Prison de Kara and Dar Jamai Museum. The popular pilgrimage of the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is a day trip from here.

4. Insta perfect Chefchaouen

If you have seen the picture-perfect shots of rows of blue houses on Instagram or in movies, the fifteenth-century blue village of Chefchaouen is where you will find them. This sleepy little town with its houses painted in hundreds of shades of blue, cobbled streets, quaint bohemian craft markets and cute cafes is not only the perfect background to your photos, it is amazing for a relaxed couple of days as well.

5. Hollywood’s hot favorite Ouarzazate

A place topping the charts of Morocco travel ideas for every movie lover is the Atlas Film Studios, the world’s largest studio, spread over 322,000 square feet in the desert. Situated in Ouarzazate, this studio has witnessed the shooting of a number of major Hollywood productions such as Star Wars, The Mummy, Aladdin, Gladiator, Prison Break, Game of Thrones and more.

6. Dreamy Casablanca

In Casablanca visit Hassan II Mosque, one of the iconic landmarks of the country and the largest mosque of Africa. Casablanca Cathedral, Mohammed V Square and Royal Palace are worth visiting too. It is where in Morocco yoga treats are amazing and affordable. There are several romantic retreats especially for couples as well, if you are traveling with someone special.

7. UNESCO World Heritage Site of AïtBenhaddou

The walled village of AïtBenhaddou was once a bustling ksar of earthen buildings on the old caravan route to the Sahara desert. This traditional pre-Saharan ighrem blends in with the rugged mountains behind it so much so that looks carved out of the mountain itself. Other than the last remaining four families, it is pretty desolate now.

8. Hippy vibes of Essaouira

Once a hot favorite of legends Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, the city of Essaouira is perfect for someone who is a bohemian at heart. Other than its amazing beaches and water sports activities, it is also the shooting location for famous scenes of Astapor from Game of Thrones. In Morocco yoga retreats of Essaouira are famed for their cultural, ethnic and food diversity, which makes it perfect for all travelers.

9. Arid beauty of Sahara Desert

If the rugged, arid beauty of the Sahara desert has always fascinated you, this should be on top of your list for Morocco travel ideas. Book yourself a camel safari or desert safari, stay the night in a Bedouin tent under the star studded sky and enjoy a taste of local cuisine and culture amidst the magnificent sand dunes of the great Sahara Desert.

10. Mysteries of the Friouato caves

The mysterious Friouato caves are absolutely breathtaking, with its naturally formed lakes, limestone stalactites and stalagmites. Although only a tiny section of it has been explored, you can enjoy hours of guided tours through this unexplored gem or even opt for a short trip to the main cave. This is an excellent spot for adventure lovers as it is not commercialized with unnecessary lights and structure and you can explore around with your headlights.

11. A step closer to heaven at the Atlas Mountains 

The snow capped Atlas Mountain range is an absolute treat to the eyes. It is perfect for adventure seekers as it offers ample trekking and hiking trails in spectacular places such as the Toubkal National Park. If you are not inclined to walk, simply rent a car and enjoy the breathtaking views from the Tizin’Test Pass. The winter is the perfect time to witness snow and snowfall.

In a nutshell…

Offering unbridled bounties of nature, culture, history and more, the beautiful nation of Morocco is a perfect choice for your next vacation. There is so much to see and do here that you are bound to return with wonderful memories of a lifetime.