Morocco is close to Europe and attracts visitors to its beaches .Morocco officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country located in North Africa.Tourism in Morocco is well developed, with a strong tourist industry focused on the country's coast, culture, and history. Morocco has been one of the most politically stable countries in North Africa, which has allowed tourism to develop.
Morocco is relatively inexpensive because of the devaluation of the dirham and the increase of hotel prices in Spain.There is certainly no shortage of great attractions in Morocco. The country enjoys a strong sense of culture and a long and ancient history. The cool blue water flowing over the sand of the beaches is a direct contrast with the hot white sands of the desert, while the greens of fertile valleys contrast with the browns and whites of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The country is romantic and mysterious and there is little wonder that Morocco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa.
Major Attractions and places to visit:
There is a never-ending list of Moroccan attractions for the average visitor to enjoy.
The main starting points are the more popular cities such as Marrakech, Tangier, Fes and Casablanca. Here usual hodgepodge mixture of medinas, bazaars and riads can be found. There are also a number of excellent attractions in Morocco that a visitor should definitely make the effort to see.
Asilah (or Arzila) is a seaside resort and boasts well preserved gates and ramparts as a reminder of its colorful past. All development at this popular tourist destination has been carried out in such a way as to blend-in with, and complement, its ancient structures and visitors are assured of a warm welcome by the friendly locals.
Bab Rouah is a key historical attraction and is one of five gates that once served as entrances to the city of Rabat. Although being immense in size, Bab Rouah is superbly decorated in intricate designs.
This majestic Kasbah was built as a fortress and is located just south of the city of Casablanca. The interior of the Kasbah is a treasure trove of beautifully detailed mosaic designs and other decorations.
Citadel of Chellah Gardens:
Located in Morocco’s capital city, Rabat, the Chellah Gardens are expertly landscaped to display hundreds of flowers which come into bloom in Morocco’s spring season creating a richly colored palette. The entrance to the gardens is through a skillfully crafted door inscribed with Arabesque calligraphy.
El Bahia Palace:
Located in Marrakech, this richly adorned building is a superb example of 19th century Eastern Architecture. Believed to have been built as a home for Ahmed Ibn Moussa’s concubines, the palace features 160 different rooms including lavishly decorated private quarters, reception rooms and courtyards with fountains and gardens.
Mohamed V Mausoleum:
This architectural and historical masterpiece is the final resting place of three significant members of Morocco’s royal family, including King Mohamed V.
Dating back to the 16th century, the Saadian Tombs situated just outside Marrakech are the burial ground for around 200 members of the Saadian dynasty.
Located in the vicinity of Rabat, the Mamora Forest includes vast numbers of cork trees, along with pine groves, wild pear trees and eucalyptus trees. The forest is a haven for a wide variety of bird and animal life and is a popular hiking spot for nature lovers.
As the largest known cave system in Northern Africa, the Friouato Caves near the town of Taza attract visitors from far and wide.
Located in Marrakech the Menara Gardens is like an oasis in the busy city.
Other attractions, such as the Dakar Rally, are world-famous for their dangerous appeal.
Things to do in Morocco
Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate Tour
On this full day excursion you will drive through the countryside of Haouz Plain and will drive up the High Atlas Mountains over Tizi N’ Tichka Pass present over 6,600 feet with glorious scenic views of mountains and semi-desert terratin filled with Kasbahs. You will visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou located near Ouarzazate, town renowned for typical Kasbah style architecture. In Ouarzazate, you will visit the 17th century Taourirt Kasbah, the former residence of the Pacha Glaoui. This trip is highly recommended for its scenery.
Asni and Ouirgane Tour
Enjoy a half day journey from Marrakech to the famed and fabled Atlas Mountains and you will see a vast array of vegetation, coloured rock cliffs, mountain streams, Berber villages and local mountain folks. The local souks at Tahanaout and Asni (Tuesdays and Satudays) are a wonderful opportunity to photograph colourful and traditional rural markets, which are bustling with activity. Continue your trip to Ouirgane renowned for its fabulous hillside views overlooking local villages where you will stop for lunch (at your own cost). From this area you may mule trek through scenic countryside and remote villages, hike through similarly beautiful terrain, or ride horses from the stables at La Roseraie (at your own costs). You can also visit the nearby gravesite and former home of Rabbi Ben Diouane, a Jewish saint revered around the world for his ability to cure blindness. This tour will be a great experience for you and every moment will be memorable for you.
Djemma EL Fna Square and Dinner at Ksar El Hamraat
Spend a magical evening in Marrakech City and learn about the culture of local Moroccans on this tour. You will visit the famous Djemma El Fna Square, the main public square in Marrakech at dusk and you can enjoy a stroll in this lovely and bustling square filled with story tellers, snake charmers, henna artists, water sellers, grilled food stalls with billowing smoke, dentists, medicine men from the Sahara, and hawkers of all kinds. Next you will visit a famous Ksar El Hamra, a riad where you will enjoy the finest culinary delicacies of Morocco and will enjoy performances by an Arab Andalucian quartet and belly dancers. This tour will be memorable one for you as you will enjoy the fine magical evening in Marrakech.
Only the Atlantic coast offers moderate temperatures. The irregular, but often heavy, rainfall on higher land during autumn and spring, together with the hot, dry weather starting in May, sometimes suffocating due to the east wind, all provide a mixture of cold and heat, rain and sun.
Summers in Morocco can be unbearably hot or uncomfortably sultry, especially in the months of May and June on the Saharan side of the Atlas Mountains.
Moroccan cooking is strongly characterized by the subtle blending of spices, and Moroccans expertly use them to enhance, rather than mask, the flavor and fragrance of their dishes.
Common Moroccan food items are brochette- skewered meat grilled over a charcoal fire; couscous-hand-rolled semolina grain steamed until plump and fluffy;harira: soup usually made from vegetable or chicken stock with added chickpea and tomato;kefta: minced lamb or beef generously spiced and either rolled into the shape of a sausage brochette or shaped into meatballs and cooked in a tagine;khalli: poached egg, sometimes cooked and served in a tagine;khübz: circular, flat loaf of bread;mechoui: whole roasted lamb or beef;msemmen: thin, oily, flat bread;pastilla: flaky, phyllo pastry pie with a savory filling of chicken, pigeon, or sometimes seafood, topped with cinnamon or sugar icing.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to go to Morocco is during the months of July and August. This is the time when the sun won't be beating down mercilessly, nor would the rain play the spoilsport. The weather will be pleasantly cool too.
How to Reach
Morocco has an excellent road and rail infrastructure that links the major cities and tourist destinations with ports and cities with international airports.
Low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to the country.
The Moroccan national airline is Royal Air Maroc. The company has flights to Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa. Of course, the airline covers the whole of Morocco.Also; there is the privately owned Regional Air Lines, the airline that is operating mostly inside Morocco, with a few flights to Spain and Portugal.
Drive to Algeciras, Spain (on the Strait of Gibraltar) and one can board a ferry that will take in 1 hour approximately to reach Morocco.
Drive to Genoa, Italy (northwestern Italy) and one can board a ferry that will take 2 days to reach Morocco.
Spain: The main port from which the ferries go to Morocco is Algeciras. There are also Almeria and Malaga.
Italy: One can sail from Genoa to Tangier. This is a good choice to go to Morocco from Central or Eastern Europe.