Morocco is a country that engages all of your senses. From the sights of the landscapes, the indulgent food, the vibrant sounds of the medina and luxurious textiles, your Moroccan experience will be one to entrap you. It is a country of hidden gems and treasures at every turn and winding road.
With so much to cover in one place, I’ve compiled what I believe are the things one simply must do during their time in Morocco.
Get lost in the Medina
Whether you’re in Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca or Rabat. A day wandering through the ancient Medina is the quickest way to drench yourself in the Moroccan culture. Narrow roads wind endlessly, it’s hot and you’ll quickly become accustomed to ignoring the relentless calls for your attention and you’ll love every moment.
Visit the Tanneries in Fes
I was conflicted in suggesting this, and as an animal lover, I was also conflicted about going myself. But the tanneries are an ancient institution of commerce in Fes, dating back to the 11th century and many of the practices of tanning leather are still used to this day. I found learning about the process of turning hides to leather goods incredibly interesting and the scenes of the tannery from above is definitely worth a peek, with a mint leaf under your nose.
Visit the Blue City of Chefchaouen
I made no secret on my Instagram that Chefchaouen was my absolute favourite place we went. A calming blue oasis nestled in the mountains, Chefchaouen provides a stark contrast of peace and tranquillity against the humming beat of Marrakech. The photos really speak for themselves. Prepare to be immersed in shades of blue which I’m convinced adds to the sense of serenity.
Shop for local goods
Morocco is filled to the brim with endless textiles, decor, teapots, lighting artwork, spices and more. All as tantalising as the next. While it can be daunting, shopping for local goods is essential for a true Moroccan experience. Haggling is welcome and expected but don’t be put off with the sense of aggression the locals bring, it’s all a part of the process. We were turned out of shops for going too low, only to be chased down the street with a counter offer. It’s an elaborate dance of negotiation but once you’re in the swing of it, it can be very fun.
Sleep in a Riad
A Riad or Dar is basically a Moroccan homestay or B&B. Usually, they are ornately decorated, like mini palaces, with swimming pools in the centre courtyard and rooftop terraces. They are most tourists first choice when staying in Morocco. I was amazed at how spoilt for choice we were when choosing our Riads, no matter the price, there was always an element of luxury. Riads are the perfect way to enrich and inspire the Moroccan aesthetic into your stay, and they act as sanctuaries from the bustling medina outside.
Discover the Food
Even as a vegetarian, the food in Morocco was fantastic. Morocco is more than just tagines. Especially in Marrakech, the food scene is thriving. We dined at trendy rooftop restaurants, sipped cocktails at sunset and ordered plate after plate of delicious food.
Visit the Sahara Desert
Whether you’re going just for a day trip or want the full experience of staying in a desert camp. The Sahara desert deserves not to be missed. The rolling dunes of sand look surreal in person. Most tour operators will ride you in on a camel at sunset, which is an experience in and of itself. Often it’s easiest to get there from Marrakech as we did, then continue on to your next destination.
Get a Hammam Massage
One of the more cultural things you can experience in Morocco aside from the Medinas and cuisine is indulge in a traditional Hammam massage. Imagine it as the most through bath, scrub and massage you’ll ever have. The masseuse will get you down to your underwear and in a marbled room, douse you in water, oils, scrubs and wash every inch of you. I came out feeling like I had baby skin. While not the most relaxing experience, it is a must-do!
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