Acted as a crossroad among the trio of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East in the past; Morocco is a still a proud nation due to its historical legacy, lively culture, and diverse landscapes. With this, you can imagine the number and diversity of the tourist attractions in Morocco. Right from the hot Sahara to cool coasts and from green valleys to the Atlas Mountains, Morocco caters to the varied needs of its diverse visitors.
One of the top tourist attractions in Morocco is Marrakech, a city of enthrallment locating in the central zone of the country. You have something unique to see and feel throughout the day here. Your morning starts with the muezzin’s call from the high Koutoubia after which you can explore the 19th century’s El Bahia Palace adorned for its eastern-style architecture and Ahmed Ibn Moussa’s concubines. It has over 150 rooms, reception zones, private quarters, and courtyards boasting fountains. Then, drag yourself to the 16th century Saadian Tombs occupying an area outside the city, Majorelle botanical garden, and 12th century Menara gardens adorned with fruits, palm as well as olive trees, a man-made lakes, and irrigation canals. In this former garden, amble the pavilion dominating the lake for superb vistas including those of the Atlas Mountains.
Ouarzazate town on the intersection of the roads among the Dades, Ziz, and Draa valleys boasts two kasbahs that are worth a visit. They are actually towers seeming as closely linked houses. Someone can say that this is a sand castle. Look for the house of the Glaoui that is charming as well as horrifyingly. One more is at 30 km, which is a World Heritage site.
Reach the capital Rabat via one of the five gateways, Bab Rouah. This gate is really worth passing through due to its big size as well as elaborate patterns. Getting through this gate will take you to the several rooms with the Bab Rouah gallery where there are superb art works. Once you reach the capital, the Citadel of Chellah Gardens is also admirable. At the entrance, a skillful door holding the Arabesque calligraphy will welcome you. Inside, besides thousands of blooming flowers, there are also some well preserved Roman remains and gravestone.
One of the admirable historical tourist attractions in Morocco is the Mohamed V Mausoleum in Rabat. Built with 4000 men for 9 years, the tomb boasts both historical and architectural significance. It is the home of three major tombs of royal members including King Mohamed V. Then, do not miss a visit to the Mamora Forest in the capital’s periphery. Hiking is the best activity here via which you can see eucalyptus and cork trees, wild pear trees, pine groves, and flora and fauna.
Accessible from the Casablanca city, the Boulaouane Kasbah is an imperial fortress that overlooks the river, Wadi Oum er-Rbia. Climb the long meandering stairways to be rewarded with the superb views of the surrounding area. Within the interior of the castle, there are superb mosaics.
Friouato Caves, near Taza town, is North Africa’s largest cave complex. To visit this cave, be a part of a guided tour so that you can go via a tunnel to discover several stalactites, big chambers, and stalagmites.
For some coastal fun, head to Agadir that is a leading coastal resort. The beach here facilitates wind surfing as well as castle making. Some more highlights are strolling for views, volleyball game, and tour to the Atlas Mountains to enjoy trekking. The Atlas with the Rif Mountains are just best for trekking and walking during March to mid-November.
Meknes is one of the most recommended tourist attractions in Morocco nestled in the heart of the countryside. Regarded as the royal city, you can explore several mosques, palaces, terraces, fountains, gardens, and shops. Do not miss the Bab al-Mansour, the main gate taking you to the Moulay Ismail’s moving mausoleum, who was the creator of the city.
Tetouan is one more great place to visit, but during the afternoons. Overlooking the Martil River’s green valley, the area has several amazingly carved gates for passing through the remains and accessing the medina.
Best time to visit
Mid-March to May (spring), September to November (autumn)