Morocco, just a ferry ride from Spain yet an entirely different world. Here are our top five places to visit:
1. Marrakech – The Tourist Capital, and it is not hard to see why! Check out the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, full of snake charmers, henna, performers and street food. For the best view of the square visit one of the surrounding Cafes, surprisingly cheap for the best spot in town. The souks are full of shopping opportunities. The further you wander from the square, the more bargains can be found. It is easy to navigate around, and you will come across hidden gems such as old palaces and squares, just beware of the fake guides! If you want to take your Moroccan experience to the next level, visit a Hamman!
2. Sahara Desert – Excursions to the desert can be obtained from many areas in Morocco, notably Fez and Marrakech. Spending a night in the desert under the best star show in the world is an experience to tick off the bucket list! Enjoy a two hour camel trek through the dunes as the sun sets before traditional Berber whiskey (mint tea) and a Moroccan meal. One of the best nights of our trip!
3. Fes – The Spiritual Capital of Morocco, and a complete contrast to Marrakech. Check out the Ville Nouvelle for the best food including tagines, crepes and fresh orange juice. The medina is a lot different to Marrakech and it may be worth getting a guide in order to cover it all. The biggest tanneries in Morocco are based here, as is one of the oldest Medersas and the only two tower Mosque. Try to reach a terrace in time for the call for prayer – an amazing experience.
4. Chefchaoen – We did not get a chance to visit this town on our trip, but word has it that it is one of the most beautiful towns in Morocco. The town is awash with blue doors and lovely shops – if you are in the North take the chance to explore!
5. High Atlas Mountains – Take a trip through the High Atlas Mountains, on the way you will see hidden valleys, monkeys, Nomads, Kasabahs, Moroccan towns, Argun Oil sellers, gorges and stunning views. This area of Morocco is the opposite to the hustle and bustle of the main towns and an eye opener to how diverse Morocco’s landscape actually is.