5 Must Visit Places on a Trip to Morocco

Morocco is a fascinating and exotic land perched at the top of North Africa offering the perfect destination for a holiday with a difference.

Whether you are heading to the souks to do some shopping, wishing to explore historic cities, crossing the Sahara Desert on a camel or hiking in the High Atlas Mountains, there is so much on offer when touring in Morocco.

Sunset at Jemaa el Fnaa in Marrakech

Photo: Jemaa el Fnaa at sunset CC BY-ND 2.0 James Merhebi

To help with your choices, the following are five of the best places to visit during a holiday in Morocco. When you are settled into your comfortable hotel or a perfect holiday rental villa in Morocco, head off to see all the fascinating sights close by.

Jemaa-el-Fnaa – Marrakech

If heading to Marrakech one of the best and most important sights to see is the Jemaa-el-Fnaa. During the day you can watch the fascinating snake charmers or the tooth-pullers plying their trade by helping toothache sufferers by removing that offending tooth and not to forget the medicine men, displaying cures and nostrums for your selection. While this is all exciting, however, the best time to visit is at night. Once the hot summer heat has lifted, Jemaa-el-Fnaa comes alive with food stalls offering delicious street food. The atmosphere is electric as storytellers, acrobats, musicians and entertainers come out to entertain you.

Casablanca Cathedral

Casablanca Cathedral

Photo: Casablanca Cathedral CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Mark Gregory

Situated in one of Morocco’s most romantic locations, the Casablanca Cathedral is one of the best examples of African churches. The Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur, to give it its correct name, is quite simply gorgeous. While the cathedral, built in the 1930s, is no longer used for its original purpose it is still well-worth a visit. The exterior is stunningly white, and the interior is decadently beautiful. The cathedral was built by the French architect Paul Tournon and is an example of one of the best designs and creations from back in the French colonial era in Morocco.

Traverse the Low Atlas by Camel

Camel riding in Morocco

Photo: Camel in Morocco CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 wEnDy

You don’t necessarily have to be an adventure enthusiast or daredevil to tour the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The Low Atlas are perfect for touring on a camel, or even on a bike, with amazing views all around. Enjoy all the unspoiled beauty at a leisurely pace and then sleep in a traditional Berber lodge to truly get the whole experience of Morocco at its best.

Visit the blue streets of Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen street

Photo: Chefchaouen street CC BY-NC 2.0 Chris Ford

For something a little different and off the beaten tourist track, visit Chefchaouen. This Berber city has been painted in attractive tones of blue which contrast beautifully with the rugged mountains on the horizon and green hills closer by. Strolling these pretty streets at sunrise is just simply amazing.

Volubilis – City of the Romans

Volubilis, city of the Romans

Photo: Volubilis CC BY-ND 2.0 Chico Boomba

For those with a penchant for history and ruins, Volubilis is a classic example of the Roman occupation in Morocco which lasted until the year 285. This UNESCO World Heritage site, located near the Berber city of Mekenes, between Fez and Rabat, offers “exceptionally well preserved” ruins from the fascinating Roman era.

In conclusion, there are many more fascinating locations available for you to have fun on your tour of fascinating and exotic Morocco!

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