Morocco is a beautiful country that offers a myriad of adventure opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Here is what you need to know!
Best outdoor activities to do in Morocco
The diversity of Morocco’s landscapes offers a multitude of outdoor activities. Bird watchers, cyclists, climbers, and horseback riders will find multiple adventures. In addition to skiing, surfing, or riding a camel, you can also enjoy Moroccan culture and hospitality. Here are the best outdoor activities to do in Morocco. Read on!
Exploring the Sahara by camel is an excellent way to relish the picturesque desesrt sceneries. Whether on an overnight trip or a multi-day desert safari, it is one of Morocco’s most adventurous activities, giving you a gratifying experience. The most beautiful stretches of sand in the country are Erg Chebbi, near Merzouga, and Erg Chigaga, near M’Hamid and Zagora.
We recommend taking a camel trek in autumn or winter. Otherwise, there is intense heat in the summer season and sandstorms in spring. Organizing your trip in advance is quicker and easier. In addition, it involves less negotiating and waiting, whether through an international or local tour operator.
Morocco is experiencing a climbing boom. Any traveler considering climbing should have great experiences and bring their own equipment. The Anti-Atlas and the High Atlas offer everything from bouldering to challenging mountain routes.
The Dades and Todra gorges are prime climbing territory. It is an excellent rock-climbing area, offering adventure enthusiasts excellent opportunities to fulfill their dreams. Make sure you have experience and knowledge of rock climbing before planning to climb the rocky mountain in the Dades and Todra Gorges.
You can ski from November to April, although the resorts in Morocco are a bit run-down. The popular resort of Oukaimeden, 70 km south of Marrakech, has the highest chairlift in North Africa and offers rental equipment.
There are other places in the Middle Atlas, among which Michlifen Resort stands out, near Fez, although some years the snow does not reach the ideal thickness. Ski touring is becoming increasingly popular, especially from December to February, and the Ait Bou Guemez Valley in the high atlas has fantastic routes.
Morocco offers many surfing spots, some of which are renowned worldwide, such as Essaouira. It attracts surfing lovers from all over the world, allowing them to relish the thrilling activity and create memorable experiences.
Between March and September, the strong waves and the steady wind favor the practice of this sport, but nothing prevents you from surfing all year round. Adventure enthusiasts can try different sites: Dar Bouazza south of Casablanca, Nation’s beach in Rabat, Safi beach, and Taghazout beach near Agadir.
Morocco has always been a country of riders, and this tradition continues to live on many occasions. It is easy to find tour operators who offer horseback riding, especially in the Middle Atlas, Western High Atlas, and Sirwa and Saghro massifs. Horse Riding is an excellent way to reach these magnificent places.
Morocco has many hiking possibilities, but we have chosen a somewhat challenging one that you will be happy to face. It is the ascent of Mount Toubkal, 4167 meters above sea level. It is the highest in Morocco and requires you to complete hiking the track in two days.
The departure is from Imlil, a village at the foot of the mountain. It is advisable to be accompanied by a guide, and in this case, the mules will take care of your luggage since you have to plan a night’s stay on the way. After 6 hours of travel, the stopover is at 3200 meters, in Sidi Chamharouch, where you will camp.
The following day, you will walk four hours to reach the summit, and you will have the joy of picnicking at the top of Toubkal, in front of a magnificent view, before descending to Imlil.
Many regions in Morocco offer caves and exciting sites, such as the southern part of the Taza area, with more than two hundred caves to explore. Another one is the Beni-Mellal region, which has the deepest abyss of the African continent.
In addition, the surroundings of Agadir with a cave which is the longest in the country. These are picturesque and heart soothing places to make great expeditions for Speleology enthusiasts.
Morocco is home to picturesque landscapes and diverse sceneries, allowing tourists from all over the world to visit the country and enjoy outdoor activities, such as those given above. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.