Morocco is an oft-overlooked country in North Africa, but it’s one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever visited. The cities are vibrant but not overwhelming, and they blend together a rich Islamic culture with modern European influences. It’s also easy to get around this small country: the capital city of Rabat is less than two hours by train from Marrakesh, Morocco’s most famous city. From there, you can head north toward Fez or south toward Essaouira if you want more beach time (or if you’re looking for some surf). Here are some things to do in Morocco that will help make sure your trip goes smoothly—and make sure your trip is full of fun!
Visit the spice markets of Marrakesh
If you are in Marrakesh, the Spice Market is the best place to get spices. The market is open every day, and it is located in the medina (old city) of Marrakesh. The heart of this ancient walled city is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways that leads to an enormous square with four gates, one for each direction. This area is full of shops selling everything from handbags and carpets to spices, but if you want to find them all under one roof then head straight for the spice market!
Moroccan markets are known for their busy atmosphere and bustle but here there’s also calmness as well; this might be because most people who visit here do so at night when it’s quieter (and cooler) than during daylight hours – after all everyone needs their beauty sleep!
See the Atlas mountains
The Atlas mountains are the highest in Africa, with several peaks over 4000m (13,000 feet). There are also many hiking and skiing opportunities, as well as riding a camel. The mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It’s possible to see the snow-capped Atlas mountains from Marrakesh and other major cities in Morocco, but if you want to get away from it all then head up into these stunning landscapes on one of the country’s many mountain treks.
Go to the beach town of Essaouira
Essaouira is a beach town that’s popular with surfers. It’s located on the Atlantic coast, near the mouth of the River El Jorf, and has a large fishing fleet. The town has a large population of Jews—the largest in all of Morocco.
Head to Fez and see a traditional tannery
You can also visit a traditional tannery in Fez. The city’s tanneries are among the oldest in the world, and they have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located within the medina, these working factories produce leather goods that are considered to be of high quality. Visitors can watch local workers dyeing hides and drying them on racks outside their windowless homes. You can buy leather goods from these workshops or from shops selling handmade products around town after your tour.
Explore culture in Rabat
The capital city of Rabat is home to many museums such as Dar Batha Museum which houses artifacts from all over Morocco including carpets and textiles dating back hundreds of years. Rabat also has some monuments like Hassan Tower (Koutoubia Mosque), Kasbah Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Royal Palace Museum and Chellah Museum which are located on the outskirts of the city center. On your way there you can stop at Al Mamoun Fort overlooking the sea by driving along Corniche Road
Morocco is a small but rich country for travelers
Morocco is a small but rich country for travelers, blending ancient Islamic architecture with modern European culture. The country’s diverse landscapes include desert terrain, the Atlas Mountains and Atlantic coastline. With its rich history, Morocco certainly has a lot to offer tourists looking for more than just beaches and cocktails.