Plan an amazing trip to Morocco
Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a country that represents the charm of the Orient. Between its medinas listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, remarkable Kasbahs, colourful and fragrant souks, prestigious cities with luxurious palaces and countless mosques decorated with mosaics, Morocco is a very popular destination for the incredible beauty of its architectural heritage. The diversity of its landscapes will please nature and open spaces enthusiasts with its immense deserts, green oases, fertile valleys, superb fine sandy beaches and unspoilt mountains.
You will be amazed by Tangier and its magnificent bay, then by Marrakech, nicknamed the red city and its many gardens and palaces, by Essaouira, with its white houses surrounded by ramparts, by Tetouan and its Andalusian style Medina, by Fez and its magnificent Porte de Bâb Boujloud or finally by Meknes, a city in the Hispano-Moorish style. Each of these cities leaves you with an impression of coming straight out of an ‘Arabian Nights’ tale. Rabat is the administrative capital and the imperial city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of historical monuments and decorated mosques. Casablanca is a modern and cultural city where you can visit many museums. You will be amazed by the blue city of Chefchaouen, and impressed by the beauty of the dunes of Merzouga and the gorges of Dadès, near Ouarzazate, known as the \'Gates of the Sahara\'. Come and explore the many picturesque villages of the Atlas, including Ait ben Haddou, a fortified village near the old caravan route, the Draa Valley is also worth seeing, with its date palm trees and fruit trees. A very popular destination thanks to the variety of its attractions, Morocco is a choice destination for many travellers with its multiple sporting activities, treks, beaches and cultural discoveries. The refinement of its gastronomy and the kindness of its inhabitants will help you to appreciate the richness of this fabulous Kingdom.
Best time to go to Morocco
Depending on the type of trip you are planning, Morocco can be visited all year round: in spring and autumn for the imperial cities to avoid the intense heat of summer, in summer for a seaside stay along the coast and for a hike in the Rif or Atlas to enjoy the high coolness of the mountain.
What to see and what to do in Morocco
Answers to your most frequently asked questions
Welcome to Marrakesh and its Jemaa el-Fna square, a place of entertainment for acrobats and snake charmers in the morning, and place of festivities with concerts by street musicians and barbecue stands in the evening. It's really pleasant just to stroll through the Souks in search of some souvenirs to bring back home, go for a walk in the superb Majorelle garden, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride along its superb ramparts. In Fez, don't miss the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its many narrow streets that lead to hidden squares or unexpected Souks. Not very far away from Fez, discover Meknes, another Moroccan Imperial city and the former capital of the country which is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most beautiful Roman ruins in Morocco are in Volubilis, the exceptional preservation of this site makes it an interesting place to visit when you take into account that it dates back to Roman period. A modern city on the Atlantic coast, Rabat benefits from a unique cultural heritage with monuments such as the Hassan Tower or the famous Mohammed V Mausoleum. For hiking lovers, the Atlas is a real paradise with peaks exceeding 4,000 m. For some more exceptional sites, visit the Dades Gorge and the Draa Valley to discover the Berber villages.
The sea can be quite rough and the currents really strong: so be very careful when swimming.
The Ramadan period: You have to avoid drinking and eating in public and it is not always easy to find a restaurant that has non-Muslim food.
It would be difficult to talk about Morocco without mentioning its Medinas and how pleasant it is to walk around these old cities. The variety of the landscape is a major asset for Morocco, and attracts many tourists, from the West Sahara to the beaches of Agadir. Also, the climate is very pleasant with sunshine almost all year round.
The Moroccan coastline stretches for up to 3,000km, offering water sports enthusiasts unlimited opportunities to practice their favourite activity. You can do so many different kinds of water sports in Morocco such as windsurfing, jet skiing, surfing or kitesurfing. However, because of the rough waves and strong currents, swimming remains a dangerous activity in many areas. To take advantage of the sea without risking your life, it is better to opt for supervised and well-developed beaches such as Agadir or Oualidia. Hiking is the best way to meet Moroccans who live in small villages bordering the Atlas and the Rif. It is also possible to ride camels in the desert; you can discover the Sahara with your family in the slow but immersive pace of a camel caravan. In winter, the Ifrane region and the often snow-covered Middle Atlas have ski resorts where you can do different winter sports.
You will find many hand-crafted products such as Tagine dishes, coloured bowls, traditional leather Babouche slippers and silver teapots in the Souks, don’t forget to negotiate or even haggle though, because it’s a cultural thing in Morocco... As for cosmetic products, Argan oil renowned for its qualities and is the speciality of Morocco but be careful because there are many counterfeit products, especially in the Souks. Therefore it's safer to buy it in a cooperative. For food lovers, you can bring back some dried fruit, especially dates or Oriental pastries such as gazelle horns. Don't forget to check out the spice market either and bring back some spices to flavour your dishes or box of green tea.
The Moroccan cuisine is tasty and very flavoursome, renowned as one of the finest in the world! It has a Mediterranean influence, with meat, lots of vegetables and spices. Moroccan dishes are simmered for a long time, which really helps to intensify the different flavours. There are many local specialities, Couscous is undoubtedly the most famous Moroccan dish. Less spicy than in the neighbouring countries, Moroccan couscous is served with vegetables, beef or mutton. The tajine, which is more of a meal cooked in an earthenware pot than a dish, is very common in Morocco. It generally has meat or fish, dried fruit and vegetables. For dessert, you should taste the famous gazelle horns but also chebakias or briwats, small cakes made with honey, pistachios, almonds, orange and cinnamon