Morocco should be on the top of any traveller’s bucket list – not only does this African beauty boast grand history and culture, it has some of the best and most diverse landscapes and scenery, as well as ancient medinas and an array of epic activities. Does camel trekking in the Sahara, a 4×4 jeep safari or sleeping out in a nomad tent in the desert sound like a bit of you? We thought so.
Here are 5 reasons why you should dump your partner and fall in love with Morocco:
1. Bargaining in the colourful markets and medinas
If you’re in Marrakech just look for the blanket of smoke and you’re in the right place for shopping in the frantic Djemaa el-Fna Square. This circus comes alive at night with performers, street food vendors and merchants selling Argan Oil, ceramics and henna tattoos, to name a few. It’s also adjacent to a maze of markets where you’re welcome to barter – but let’s not forget the hustle of Fes and Rabat which are also bursting with medinas and the famous leather tanneries. If you fancy visiting a tannery, the Chauowara tanneries in Fes are an experience. It is the oldest and biggest tannery in Fes and offers an iconic site and interesting smells that you won’t forget. You can visit this tannery on Travel Talk’s Morocco tours.
2.Surfing and sunshine on the coast
Water babies and sporty types will feel right at home in the coastal cities and towns of Casablanca, Essaouira and Agadir. Each has a different vibe but all are popular for water sports and fishing. While it may not be ideal to take a dip in the winter, overall temperatures are quite mild in Morocco’s south, plus there’s always the local seafood to eat and cultural sites to visit too.
3.Stuffing yourself silly and sipping mint tea
What’s not to love about Moroccan food? It’s so full of flavour and texture – think nuts, spices, dried fruit, fluffy couscous and tender meat and vegies. As a predominately Muslim country; it’s not common to wash your meal down with a beer but you’re sure to fall in love with a good brew of mint tea. Tagine anyone? By the time you leave Morocco you would have tasted every type of tagine combo possible. Whether you end up loving or hating tagine, the experience of eating will be a unique one.
4.Camel trekking in the Sahara
If it’s not for the serenity, the sunsets or the sunrises, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert is a must-do in Morocco – just a heads up that your bum may be a little sore after, but it will be well worth it! Think massive orange sand dunes, oasis’s, distant mountain ranges and memories that will last a life time. Not only can you explore the Sahara on a camel, how does a 4×4 jeep safari sound? For all you thrill seekers this exhilarating activity is available on Travel Talk’s Adventure Morocco and Exotic Morocco tours. For the evenings in the Sahara, spend the night by a fire under the stars and camping in nomad tents. Get amongst it!
5.Satisfying your inner historical buff
If you have the chance to visit Aït Benhaddou, an ancient fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage Site located between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert, do it! You may even recognise it from Hollywood films and TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator and The Mummy. The cities of Morocco are also brimming with historical ornate mosques, palaces and administrative buildings. Visit Fes for its labyrinth of souks and spice markets, Chefchaouen for how magically blue the city is, Rabat for the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower and Casablanca for the impressive Mosque of Hassan II. However, these are only a handful of remarkable historical and cultural delights of Morocco. Believe us, there are plenty more of these scattered throughout this unreal country.