10 Top Tourist Attractions in Morocco

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Meknes

Meknes is an ancient Moroccan city with lots of historical architecture. It used to be the seat of the Sultans and is now the capital of the province of Meknès (ancient Moulay Idriss) in Morocco. Instead of large palaces, it was built around the palaces of many Sultans that ruled from this city.

You can also find the Grand Mosque of Meknès, which was built in the time of the Sidi al-Mansur. Many interesting things can be found in this old city, in the different neighborhoods and the medinas. It is a beautiful city with a lot of places worth visiting and typical Moroccan cuisine.

Brought to you by the country, Morocco is one of the most visited countries of the earth. The old city of Meknes is one of the most beautiful and idyllic places in Morocco visited by thousands of tourists each year.

The Taourirt is a landmark of the city of Meknes, where the famous Moroccan families keep their residence.

Street artists and associations of fribol are also present to provide entertainment and color to the city. You can also find the Sunday food market in Meknes. It is considered to be the largest market in Morocco with the best street food and a very good crowd.

Volubilis

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen (Arabic: شكيباون‎) is a small city in northern Morocco, the type of place that has existed for centuries and somehow just managed to stay there.

It’s been mentioned in literature for ages but was only discovered by the West in the twentieth century. The path leading up to the city, with its beautiful, red and yellow houses, its narrow medieval streets and its colorful architecture is truly something you don’t want to miss.

It’s worth staying there at least a few days, as there is very little to see in the area. It’s the place to be if you want to experience the real Morocco.

It’s surrounded by the jagged mountains of the Jebel Ahkal, from which it takes its name (chaouen means –vault,” referring to the shape of the city).

The locals are friendly and not particularly pushy once they see that you are serious about taking pictures.

Some of the best restaurants in the country are in Chefchaouen, so it’s a good place to enjoy a Moroccan meal among mountains.

Todra Gorge

This beautiful gorge is located near the town of Erfoud. In fact, it is the location of the ancient town of Aghbalou. It is also one of the most spectacular gorges in the world.

The gorge is filled with water and cuts through the Todra mountain range. Thus, it is appropriately named (Todra is the Berber word for canyon). The gorge attracts both Moroccan and international tourists.

The town of Erfoud connects the main road and the gorge. However, the best way to see the Todra Gorge is by taking a tuk-tuk. Another option is to walk to the path until it ends. In this case, you are required to pay a small fee.

It is possible to climb all the way to the top of the gorge, but this is dangerous and seldom attempted by hikers.

The climate of Todra Gorge is dry and hot. Temperatures in the gorge often exceed 60ºC (140ºF). However, temperatures rarely exceed 32ºC (90ºF). Precipitation is common in the gorge.

Essaouira

L’Essaouira, or “The Beautiful Split” is a seaside resort town. The name means “the beautiful (or agreeable) separation,” and is derived from the cleavage of the cliff along which it is situated. L’Houle offers visitors sandy beaches, fresh seafood, interesting markets, and a warm climate. Essaouira is divided into two neighborhoods: the Medina, an old quarter of narrow streets surrounded by high walls, and the new part, which is where most tourists stay. The port and the old city walls of Essaouira are fascinating to view.

Draa Valley

The Draa Valley is a place where you can experience the real Morocco. On one hand, you have the Saharri Highlands and on the other hand, the Western Desert. Here you will find magnificent rock formations, cacti and wild flowers.

This valley is located in the Azrou region and is the meeting point of the mountains and the desert. If you visit this region, it will be impossible for you to not be impressed by this magnificent and spectacular scenery.

The area covers approximately 20 km2, and includes five small towns and numerous villages. Its inhabitants are mainly of Berber descent, although some Moroccan settlers are known to live here. The most important tourist spot is the ancient city of Azrou, which can be reached after a 14 km long road, from the nearby village of El Ouata.

This region has preserved its traditional lifestyle, customs and dress in all its authenticity.

Erg Chebbi

(desert)
This place, in the southeast of the country has a particular beauty because of the surrounding desert settled around it.

It's a system of sand dunes that cover over 125 kilometres. That makes it the third-longest system of dunes in the world.

This natural site can be visited by visiting the valleys nearby or by skiing on the dunes themselves.

The biggest dunes occupy over 40 square kilometres. You can not only walk and do everything you like on this desert but also ski on them.

The highest dunes, with a height of 50 metres are perfect for anyone who wants to test his skills in the field of snowboarding or other winter sports.

With its unique landscape, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

Fes

This city in Morocco is an open-air museum of mud walls, pedestrian bridges, and open courtyards, many of which have been covered with a fine layer of stucco to protect them.

Even the most mundane of activities here is charming. If you’ve been dreaming of traveling to Morocco, you’ll want to check out Fes, which is located in the northern region of the country.

This city and its surrounding area have been included in the UN’s World Heritage List. It’s one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world, and the local architecture is unlike any other you’ll find. One of the most famous attaractions is the Kasbah, a residential complex of fortified walls and towers on the city’s outskirts.

If you want to feel like you’re in Casablanca or Marrakech, you can book a room at La Maison d’Es Saadi, the hotel and restaurant of the street artists of Morocco who have made this place famous by transforming it into one large painting.

What that means for you is somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 unique rooms and decors. Somewhere in that sea of style is the perfect place for a nice honeymoon or a private retreat.

Ait Benhaddou

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The castle is perched atop a rocky outcrop that is surrounded by a spectacular canyon, home to a rich number of wildlife.

The wide gorge in this region is less than a mile wide, and the river borders 100 miles of rocky red cliffs. Here, the sunrises and sunsets are spectacular as they reflect off the rocks, giving these cliffs a bright orange glow. For visitors, this natural phenomenon makes it a great place to visit, absorb the landscape and observe the local wildlife.

The castle, like the gorge, has been mentioned in the history of the region. It is the only site on the road to the Sahara that is visible from the sky, and it was used by the tribes along the river to communicate.

It evolved and grew over a long period of time. Today, you can see how the canyon was used for hunting, and you can see a vast number of different types of ruins over the long period of time. The fortress is the remains of a fort that was used to protect the town from Moroccan raids, and it was used by various other tribes throughout the years.

Furthermore, the local tribes used the fortress and the surrounding canyon to express their entertainment. There are many types of wildlife to be found in the region, including rabbits, birds, hawks and eagles.

The Las Ghorasseb group of tribes are known to have held Belly Dancing festivals, which occurred every 9 years.

Djemaa el Fna

(The Grand Place)

Built in the 17th century, this is the largest square in the world. It is considered the liveliest in Morocco, one of the top tourist destinations in the country and a site for the annual two-week, music, food and carpet festival. Here, authors and artists display and sell their products to millions of visitors from around the globe.

In the center of the place is an antiques market, featuring carpets, jewelry, pottery and crafts – and it’s all for sale.

The square is also the home of some of the best street performers in the world. You can watch them perform traditional Moroccan dances, jump through flaming hoops or ride goats and camels.

It all makes Djemaa el Fna a great place to spend a rewarding afternoon.