Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. This fascinating country is a merging of the African and Arab worlds and is steeped in age-old customs. With long beaches, fortified fishing ports, lush oases and the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s coasts and countryside offer plenty to interest travelers. Discover the best places to visit in this captivating country with our list of the top tourist attractions in Morocco.
Morocco’s number one Roman ruin is a feast for history lovers. Volubilis was an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests in present day Morocco. It’s a haven for anthropologists and archaeologists who frequently visit this area on day trips. It also features a hilly area, atop which one can enjoy panoramic views of the ruins that reflect the glory that has been lost.
Chefchaouen is a charismatic mountainous city in northern Morocco that features a plethora of sapphire and white colored buildings and homes. It is also known as the blue city. It is a popular shopping destination offering many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists. This is also one of Morocco’s main hiking and trekking destinations and a starting point and organization center for Rif Mountains walks.
- Ait Ben Haddou
It is an ancient village that is home to a number of houses that have been built on a hillside. This destination happens to be one of the most beautiful places that one has ever seen. Inside the high mud walls are 6 kasbahs and a small number of homes. It’s a fairy-tale place with orange-hued turrets and curvy lanes. Aït Benhaddou has appeared in several Hollywood movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Situated on Morocco’s North Atlantic coast, seaside Asilah is popular amongst the tourists and citizens as a hot summer spot. The hallmark of Asilah is its white-painted houses and colorful murals on the outside walls, characterizing Moroccan cultural arts. The place is regularly visited by famous artists during the Arts Festival when tourists flood this region.
- Erg chebbi
Erg Chebbi is in Saharan Morocco. The dunes are one of Morocco’s best Sahara Desert destinations. Erg Chebbi special feature is its beautiful unique orange colored sand. This is prime territory for dune-surfing, four-wheel-drive dune-bashing, and the (much more authentic) camel trekking.
- Fes el bali
Fes el Bali (old city) is an authentic muddle of a place. It is also home to the world’s oldest university, University of Al-Karaouine and has retained its position as the cultural and religious center of the country. It is the historic heart of this city with a deep and mysterious labyrinth of lanes and staircases set amidst colorful tanneries and cottages. Several shops and restaurants have a rooftop terrace which is a great way to escape the bustling streets. The views are particularly spectacular during sunset and after dark.
- Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the second largest functioning mosque in Africa and is the 7th largest in the world. It has the tallest minaret in the world. It is built directly on the Atlantic Ocean on reclaimed land, which was done with intention by the architect to recall a verse of the Qur’an stating that “the throne of Allah was built on water.”
Essaouira is a seaside town famous for its fishing ports. The colorful boats, beautified alleyways, and streets that lead to traditional eateries & crafts businesses and shimmering waters add to its already charming nature. It is renowned for its kitesurfing and windsurfing. It is the place where season three of Game of Thrones was shot.
Tinghir is Morocco’s crown jewel that sits snugly in the center of the Todra Valley. Tinghir happens to be an old French town which has now turned into a sprawling city entertaining tourists with splendid flower gardens, Kasbahs, and rustic narrow streets.
10. Jemaa el-Fnaa
Jemaa el-Fnaa is a square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter. It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists. It offers the snake charmers depart, and in the afternoon and evening the square becomes more crowded, with story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. It is the highlight of Marrakesh medina.