This post was most recently updated on December 13th, 2017
Morocco, also known as the Kingdom of Morocco, is a captivation multicultural country mixed from African, European and Arab influences. It’s a no wonder that Morocco is loved by writers and artists for years and continues to charm all who visit.
Morocco offers an unbelievable amount of culture, history, music, and art as well as an amazing geographical landscape view which incorporates the Sahara desert, the Atlantic coastline, and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
Let’s look at the 10 must-see attractions in Morocco to get you started on your exploration.
Located 33 kilometers from Meknes, Volubilis is a site full of temple remnant and columns as a proof that the greatest empire (Romans) once ruled there. The closest city is Moulay Idriss which is named after Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
The site is recognized by UNESCO and became famous after being featured in “The Last Temptation of Christ” film by Martin Scorsese. You can be able to visit this Roman ruin attraction site from either Meknes or Fes.
Spend time in Fès
If you are looking for a place that has culture vibrancy, Fès is the place to be. It being an ancient city in the state, it should be one of your go to destinations. The streets are a maze thus paying for a guide to explain its history and tour the important sites would be worthwhile.
It is surrounded by high walls with a few of historic city gates. Transport of goods is by motor bikes, carriages, and donkeys. The views are normally spectacular during sunrise and sunset.
Tour the Djemaa el Fna
Your trip isn’t complete without a trip to the city at the heart of Morocco. Djemaa el Fna also known as the assembly of trespassers appears to reveal itself at the dusk. It is situated at the foot of Atlas Mountain where half of the city meet during the day and hang out with musicians, vendors, random acrobats and snake charmers into the evening.
Once you are inside the medina, you will experience the noisy and colorful local life which is not to be missed.
Tour the city of Meknès
Being one of the imperial cities of Morocco, Meknès is closely connected to Sultan Moulay who ruled in the 17th century, Ismail. He transformed Meknès into a marvelous city with a Spanish touch in architecture with big gates and remarkable carvings.
It is smaller than Marrakesh and Fès but with many historical monuments and eye-catching sites. It is also a few distance from the Volubilis Roman Ruins.
Ever seen a track/ trench of gigantic rock walls? Well, Todra Gorge is one located at the east of the High Atlas Mountains. The Gorge is spectacular, easy to hike with many breathtaking places to stop for a photo. Part of the scenery includes seeing the uber in their nomadic lifestyle as they walk through the gorges herring their camels and donkeys.
Watch the Sunrise in Merzouga
Merzouga is the place to see the sun rise so fast in the desert.
It is a fascinating sea of wind-blown sand dunes. Camels are used as the most authentic and easiest way to explore this Saharan desert and the dunes are as high as 160 meters while supporting diverse wildlife.
Pink flamingos can be spotted at the lake and more others after the spring migration.
Erg Chebbi Dunes
A Moroccan legend states that Erg Chebbi sand dunes are a punishment from God after sending a way a tired traveler from Morocco’s Saharan desert.
They are 10 meters shorter in height than the Merzouga sand dunes and a better location for adventure travelers and explorers. It’s a prime place for activities like sand dune-surfing, camel trekking, and four-wheel-drive dune-bashing.
For the visitors who are not that active, just sitting amid the sand dune’s magnificence is worth the long journey.
Have a look at the colors of Dades Valley
Are you a hiker, trekker, and a lover of nature? You should not miss a trip to Dades Valley and have a view of its spectacular landscape scenery.
In this big sky-country, you are able to see the snow-capped peaks of Mount Atlas at a distance. There are dinky villages, bird spotting opportunities, as well as long, stretched lush fields.
Traditional forts (Kasbahs) are built from the deep red cliffs have been turned into luxury hotels for the travelers. The best way for sightseeing and appreciating the view is by foot.
Tangier is the mouth to Africa for many tourists. During the 1940s and 1950s, the city had a reputable history from work done by famous people like Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”, and William Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch”.
Although the city might not still have its charm, you still have a lot to catch and see from this fascinating and historic city.
Go to the beach in Essaouira
Finally, after the long journey of hustling in all the different parts of Morocco, your journey should end at Essaouira. This is Morocco’s most charming fishing port that is guarded by a natural bay.
Also known as Mogador by the Portuguese, Essaouira was built for trade exchanges with the Europeans. Today, it is known for kite surfing and windsurfing due to its powerful trade wind blowing continually at the protected bay.
In the 60’s, the beach was a popular place for superstars like Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Other things to do include: walking down the town’s narrow streets full of red and blue painted houses as you listen to traditional Gnawa music.
As you can see, Morocco is a wondrous taste of exotic with most stunning adventure to keep you active throughout your tour. It is a timeless, tranquil small world of an adorable coastal village, fairy tale adobe forts, and colorfully painted towns that cling to the hillside.
And since it isn’t possible to see everything on your first or second visit, the above top 10 attractions in Morocco are a MUST. Whatever the place you choose to tour, you are likely going to love and have fun because Morocco has so much to offer.