Are you wondering what to do in Morocco? Check out this post to get a list of the top ten bucket list items to do in this beautiful country!
10 bucket list items to do in Morocco
Morocco has plenty to do for different touriss and travelers. While some of the top tourist attractions for tourists are the glamorous riad hotels, shopping opportunities, and traditional hammam baths in Marrakech and Fez, the best places to visit for adventurers are the trails of the Atlas Mountains. and the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Here are the top ten bucket list items to do in Morocco. Read on!
1. Explore the Beautiful Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen is one of the most famous villages in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, with the backstreets, paths, and walls of its medina all washed in blue hues, making it one of Morocco’s most beautiful spots.
The village is near Tetouan, 197 kilometers northwest of Fez and 112 kilometers southeast of Tangier, making it an easy stopover while traveling through the northern region of Morocco.
The main activity in town is to wander the narrow lanes and soak up the atmosphere, although once you have marveled at the colorful streets, there is plenty of hiking in the Rif Mountains.
2. A Desert Excursion in Erg Chebbi
If you are looking to spend some time in the desert without the harshness, head to Erg Chebbi, a place that offers camping and glampig facilities. At the same time, they offer an overnight stay in the dunes of the Sahara. Embark on the landscape of the Sahara at sunset.
Ride camels at sunrise and sleep in the rolling dunes in glamorous desert camps. A standard Erg Chebbi desert camp package includes dinner, breakfast, and a camel trek. There is usually plenty of time at camp for those wishing to explore the nearest dunes by climbing them. 4×4 tours going further into the sand sea stretches for about 28 kilometers.
3. Hiking the Jebel Toubkal
Jebel Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa, at 4,167 meters. The two-day round-trip trek to its summit is the most popular trail in the High Atlas and one of the most popular activities in Morocco.
Although this is a non-technical trek with no rock climbing, the upper parts are steep. It is also at altitude, and the hike is challenging, so you must have good stamina levels and physical strength. The stunning views throughout the trail and at the top are worth all the sweat.
4. Enjoy at Medina of Fez
Although Marrakech remains the favorite city destination of Moroccans and attracts many visitors solely for its shopping, Fez is the undisputed artisanal capital of the country.
While shopping in the Fez medina, avoiding the busy tourist streets is a good idea. It is because the shops and stalls mainly sell overpriced trinkets or handicrafts. The artisans’ workshops, hidden in the alleys, are where you will discover the best products and items.
5. Relax at a Traditional Hammam
For many Moroccan visitors, one of the must-do activities is to experience a hammam during their stay. Today, the historic traditional hammams you will find in the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, with their distinctive domed ceiling architecture, offer a Moroccan-style spa experience.
6. Trek the Anti-Atlas
Tafraoute, in the Ameln Valley, is an excellent base for hiking and cycling in the surrounding valleys and the Anti-Atlas Mountains. There are ancient rock carvings and exciting rock formations you can reach on day hikes or by bike.
On the other hand, walking through the fertile orchards, farmlands, and villages of the Ameln Valley is a mesmerizing experience for tourists and adventure enthusiasts. The stunning views are matchless.
7. Unwind on Agadir Beach
Agadir is Morocco’s main beach resort, and most people who come here rarely move from their lounge chairs. A visit here is all about sun, sea, and sand, and the large number of tourists from Agadir have booked a one or two-week package holiday. The larger beachfront hotels all have their private sandy beach for guests.
8. Explore Moulay Idris
One of Morocco’s prettiest villages and an important Muslim pilgrimage site, the pastel-painted lanes of Moulay Idris climb a hillside surrounded by lush forest. It is a relaxing getaway after exploring Fez 65 kilometers to the east.
9. Windsurfing in Essaouira
On the Atlantic coast of Morocco, 191 kilometers west of Marrakech, Essaouira is known as the city of the winds. Although many visitors go there to enjoy the sea breezes and explore the medina, the prevailing winds of Essaouira have made it top-level windsurfing, kitesurfing, and surfing destination.
10. Shop the souks
The medina of Marrakech is famous for its market street souks, with craft stalls from all over Morocco and crafts worker workshops making metal and wooden items. In addition, many Moroccan fashions, homeware designers, and local skincare brands specializing in products using local argan oil have boutiques inside the medina.
Morocco is one of the best countries to visit with your family or friends. It offers something to everyone, including these top ten bucket list items. Create a plan and add these places to your bucket list. That way, you can get the most out of your trip to Morocco. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.