Tours and Activities in Morocco
Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian, and European cultural influences. From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travelers. Beautiful landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly colored and patterned rugs you'll lust after in local markets. The mountains - not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases - offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n'Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls, and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.
Natural beauty and landscapes aren't all you'll find in this area, though. Morocco's cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh. In the rocky deserts medinas are protected by kasbahs, on the coast by thick sea walls. But it's not just a trip into history, as Morocco's cities are forward-facing too, with glitzy new urban design in Casablanca, Rabat, and Tangier looking to the future as well as paying homage to their roots.
Morocco is a storied country that has, over the centuries, woven its ties to Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East into whole cloth. Its mixed Arab and Berber population forms a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one, taking the best of its traditions and weaving the pattern anew - from the countryside to the city, from the call to prayer from the mosque to the beat of local hip hop. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveler looking for spice and adventure.
Enjoying Morocco starts with nothing more strenuous than its national pastime - people-watching in a street cafe with a coffee or a mint tea. Use the opportunity to plan your next moves - hiking up North Africa's highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking in the desert, shopping in the souks (marketplaces) or getting lost in the medina. Between the activities, you can sleep in boutique riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up delicately flavored tajines - before sweating it all out in a restorative hammam. Moroccan cuisine is often reputed to be some of the best in the world, with countless dishes and variations proudly bearing the country's colonial and Arabic influences.
There's plenty to see and do in Morocco, but some of the most popular includes Marrakesh's medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, which offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. Another point of inters is the capital Rabat's Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water. Movie-famous Casablanca might be the most famous of Moroccan cities and is home to the huge Hassan II mosque, the second largest mosque in the world with only the Grand Mosque of Mecca surpassing it. Many travelers quickly leave this vibrant and modernist metropolis on a search for a more traditional Moroccan experience, but admiring the impressive colonial architecture, Hispano-Moorish and art-deco outlook of the city center is time well spent.
At just a few hours from the main European cities, Morocco has everything to overwhelm you with the amazing colors, smells and sounds of Islamic Africa. From bustling souks and spice markets, to stunning mosques, white-washed sea side towns, and medieval city centers and from snow-covered peaks in the High Atlas to the endless sand dunes of the Sahara, no-one ever has to be bored in this beautiful country. Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity with plenty to do and warm hospitality.