Top 6 Things To Do While in Morocco
A land of color, scrumptious food, and breathtaking scenery, Morocco is undoubtedly one of the best countries in the world if you want to experience the exotic Islam Africa. With its dramatic landscapes, scorching deserts, and coastlines that stretch from one country to another, this paradise offers more than enough adventures for the gang! So if you haven’t decided how to spend your first trip to Morocco, here are a few ideas for you:
1. KiteSurf at Dakhla
Some 621 miles south of Marrakesh, far from the busy and crowded city, Dakhla offers one of the country’s best watersport destinations. Here you can find an exquisite water lagoon and a beach where you can go kitesurfing with world-class waves. Surf trips are best enjoyed from the months of November to March where the best swells come. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to surf! Dahkla has a couple of schools with guides and instructors for all age and levels.
2. Visit the Tanneries at Fez
If you want Instagram-worthy pictures, visit the tanneries of Chouara. Famous for its leather, Fez has changed very little since feudal times. Here animal hides are prepared the old-fashioned way. From soaking out to dry in the sun to coloring with natural dyes (turmeric and poppy), the tanneries of Chouara is the place to see if you want to learn more about Morocco’s rich colorful past.
3. Ride a Camel in Sahara
No trip to Morocco is complete without a camel ride and desert exploration at one of the world’s largest and hottest desert: the Sahara. After an eight-hour trip from Marrakesh, the road to Sahara desert may seem like a long journey but once you’re in the middle of the sandy dunes – the most unforgettable adventure starts. Bonus: all the camels are friendly and have funny names.
4. Visit the Ancient City of Ait Ben Haddou
Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified medieval city built in clay which is located near the Sahara desert. Exploring the city feels like entering a new dimension or a time travel back in the past. Just before you cross the bridge and into the city, you can souvenir vendors selling colorful artwork and stylish kaftans for women. Don’t forget to bring jackets, scarfs, and sunglasses (It’s very windy in the city!).
5. Explore the Blue City of Chefchaouen
A stunning blue city nestled in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a top tourist destination if you want to experience the colorful side of Morocco. Here you can see a city locally painted with blue walls. Why is it painted blue? Locals believe in different stories. While some say it’s painted to mimic the blue sky, others believe it was painted blue to keep the mosquitoes away.
6. Get Lost in the Medinas
And lastly, visit the Medinas or markets. Every city has their central medinas and I assure you a day spent shopping for souvenirs and artwork is not enough! Just wandering around the streets, you’ll be able to see different kinds of fabric, spices, and food sold at very cheap prices. People dressed in colorful dress and shoes while speaking in French or Arabic will try to sell you everything displayed on their stall.
Are you planning on a trip to Morocco? Don’t forget to visit these places to get the most out of your Moroccan experience!
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