If you are going to travel to Morocco perhaps you already know that you can do some tours in Morocco like sunbathing on the beaches of the Atlantic, climbing a snow-covered mountain, quad riding in the desert -or by camel-, or walking in the medinas (walled city areas) or kasbah (fortress) of the most beautiful cities in North Africa.
Morocco is much more than Marrakesh and it is worth taking advantage of all its diversity in your trip, enjoy it to the fullest.
In this article we tell you everything you need to do in Morocco to be a traveler and not just another tourist. As well as a price comparison of the different activities and some tips for your trip.
Let’s get started!
WHAT ARE THE BEST TOURS IN MOROCCO?
1. GETTING LOST IN TANGIER, THE COSMOPOLITAN CITY
Located in the north of the country, this city is one of the most international in the country. There you can see a cultural mix of Arabic and Mediterranean. Believe it or not, in this city you will find a bullring and the Gran Teatro Cervantes. You can visit its medina, which is surrounded by white facades, as well as the Sultan’s Palace, a museum of Moroccan arts.
2. GET TO KNOW THE BLUE VILLAGE CHEFCHAUEN
Also known as Chauen or Xaouen Surrounded by Berbers (people belonging to the indigenous ethnic groups of North Africa), mosques and artisans’ stalls, this town is characterized by the predominance of the color blue in its buildings and surroundings. Located in the middle of the Rif of the north of Morocco, and belonging to the region of Tangier, Chefchauen has been painting itself of this color for centuries to prevent the approach of insects.
3. CAPTIVATE YOU BY A LITTLE PIECE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN MOROCCO, VOLUBILIS
It is located 90 kilometers from Fez, is one of the best preserved Roman sites in North Africa. Also considered cultural heritage by UNESCO, it houses places like the Basilica and the Temple of Jupiter. Also, some thermal baths, the forum and some beautiful mosaics. Four kilometres from this city you will find another sacred city, Mulay Idris, which you can also visit if you are organised as a traveler.
4. RIDING A QUAD IN THE ERG CHEBBI DESERT
Walking in the desert is one of the tours in Morocco that you cannot miss, it is an unforgettable experience, and very exhausting, now add to this on a quad at full speed. This is a tour that combines an extreme sport with the adventure of knowing this inhospitable but seductive space, and it can cost you between 30 to 40 euros per person. Keep in mind that you can get a discount if you ride with one more person, while you or she drives, the other one takes pictures or enjoys the view and the speed.
Avoid doing graces or pirouettes, you won’t get hurt. Follow the tracks of the other quads or listen to your guide when driving. Some dunes are steep and if you don’t take precautions, you can get hurt.
5. BATHING IN THE OUZOUD WATERFALLS
The Ouzoud waterfalls are located in North Africa and are considered the largest in the sector. From Marrakech, you can get there by car in two hours. If you can, hire a guide earlier and avoid the discomfort of one looking for it. The waterfalls have a waterfall of 110 meters. Book this destination as one of the tours for your trip to Morocco, it is really worth it.
The water is very cold so be careful when you dive. The vegetation surrounding this natural attraction adds to the splendor of this area. You may see monkeys living there.
6. TAKING PICTURES OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE MOSQUE, HASSAN II
Located in the city of Casablanca (the largest in Morocco), the Hassan II mosque is one of the largest in the world after the one in Mecca. Its minarets (towers) measure 172 meters and its interior has a capacity of 90 thousand people.
Another excellent feature is that it is the only mosque in Morocco that can be visited by non-Muslims. Take this opportunity to visit a mosque in Morocco and learn more about its culture. Another activity for your trip to Morocco that you will love.
7. MARRAKECH, THE PLACE YOU MUST NOT MISS
It is not the capital of the country, but it is one of the main tourist destinations. It’s an almost obligatory destination if you go to this North African country. Its medina is fantastic, with tiles of a thousand colors, doors carved in incredible shapes, mountains of spices and lamps. Another tourist spot is Jamaa Square, where you can get something to eat.
8. MEET THE HOLLYWOOD KASBAH
Located in the south of the country, the Kasbah -fortress- Ait Benhaddou, located in Ouarzazate, is a famous place for the recording of films such as Gladiator, The Jewel of the Nile, among others.
Because of this, the Kasbah is very well preserved, from its decoration to its streets. Ideal for you to take many pictures. Here you can also find shops and buy a few souvenirs, and why not, a turban.
9. MAKE AN EXCURSION TO THE MARRAKECH DESERT
Located in the south of Morocco, this is one of the tours you should make when you go there. You can’t escape the experience of riding a camel and walking on the hot desert sands while getting air and sunburned. Going in the afternoon and enjoying the sunset, and then the sunrise, are two experiences that will remain in your memory forever, ideal for photography fans and photographers.
If you are going to spend the night, sleeping in a jaima (leather tent), alone or accompanied. In the middle of the desert of Merzouga, is one more check to your list of adventures to live. Some tours include a night of Berber partying to the rhythm of percussion instruments.
10. FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PEARL OF THE ATLANTIC, ESSAOUIRA
Located 200 kilometers from Marrakech, Essaouira is an alternative to the congested Moroccan cities. Declared a World Heritage Site, this fishing town has a medina – a sector of a walled city – with stalls selling good crafts and Moroccan seafood (fish and seafood).
11. SUNBATHING IN LEGZIRA
In addition to Agadir, famous for its beaches, there is Legzira beach; considered one of the most beautiful in the country. It stands out because of two arches of reddish rock created naturally by the erosion of the sea. If you stay late, contemplate the beautiful sunset, which intensifies its heavenly colors. This beach is located a few kilometers south of Agadir.
12. CLIMBING THE JEBEL TOUBKAL
Climb the Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco if you have the courage, and the lungs, you can climb the highest mountain in the country. The Jebel Toubkal is located in the Atlas Mountains and has an altitude of 4,167 meters. At this altitude there is snow all the time, something that may sound unusual if we are talking about an African country. There are excursions to the top of a two-day hike and they do not necessarily require the help of a mountain expert, this is because in the end the peak is not extremely high.
¿ADVICES FOR THE TOURS IN YOUR TRIP TO MOROCCO?
Avoid the scams: always try to walk with someone, in a group of tourists or if you walk alone, use your common sense and don’t be afraid. If you have doubts, ask and don’t let any stranger try to do you a “favor” or sell you something. It is best to travel with your activities prepared from Spain.
Wear hiking shoes: either boots or special shoes, which are ideal for hiking (if used better). We emphasize the characteristic that they are used. Because if you use a new one, it can cause you some discomfort, and this is what you need less.
Dress appropriately: these places can be mosques and madrasas (schools), religious places that can be intolerant – in some cases – to how one can dress, especially if you are a woman. Some places like mosques will not let you in if you are not dressed appropriately for the occasion.
Be careful with the pictures and questions you ask: avoid taking pictures and asking questions of anyone. If you are a journalist you may have complications entering the country.
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