6 Reasons Why Morocco Should Be On Every Traveler's Bucket List
Nestled between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea, is the sub-Saharan country of Morocco. Morocco is one of the northernmost nations in the continent of Africa and is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Africa’ by world travelers and historians alike. Morocco is a nation filled with ancient history, beautiful scenery, mouthwatering cuisine, and fascinating culture.
For those who love to travel, making a ‘bucket list’ of world destinations is always a must. However, far too often these travel-related bucket lists only include the most famous tourist destinations--with little love given to the hidden gems. Morocco is one of the most breathtaking countries on Earth; and here are a few reasons why it absolutely should be on your travel destination bucket list.
1. An Adventurers Paradise
Morocco is the place of dreams for those who seek out adventure and amazement in their travel experiences. Within Morocco, you can experience some of the most otherworldly sights and scenery on the planet. Travelers can immerse themselves in wonder by taking a tour around the endless sands of the Sahara on camelback; imagine wandering the endless sand seas that surround cities like Casablanca, Tangier, and Marrakech. Our camel riding tours can even take you to see famous sites like the ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations!
Our team at Sahara Sky Tours is experienced and ready to show you all of the natural and exotic wonders of Morocco. We guarantee that you will feel transported to another place and time in world history, and will be filled with awe at what Morocco has to offer. For those travelers who are seeking something more than just relaxation, Morocco is the perfect place to be. Any kind of experience, adventure, and fantasy you could ever imagine can be found in Morocco--and we will take you there!
2. A Rich and Ancient History
Morocco is a nation that has always been prized for its geographic location for centuries. Being situated perfectly between Africa and Europe, it became the landing point for traders, kingdoms, armies, and moreover the centuries. When you roam the cities of Morocco, you can find remnants from dozens of cultures ranging from European to African, and even Arab and Phoenician.
The ancient civilizations of the region have left behind monuments that are a testament to the time spent in Morocco. Visitors can find old Roman empire ruins, ancient Islamic mosques and fortifications, and remnants of the old Berber civilization. This provides Morocco with a rich and diverse cultural history that can still be seen and observed today.
History buffs especially love visiting the Fes El Bali medina in the cultural capital of Fes. This is the home of ancient 14th-century religious schools and towering walled structures from the ancient people who lived in these lands.
You can also visit the ancient buried city of Volubilis--the once capital of the kingdom of Mauretania that once controlled Morocco. This ancient city is left in ruin, but can still be seen and explored in all of its remaining wonders. It is a testament to the powerful and vast kingdoms that have called Morocco home. For those who value history and being in the presence of ancient wonders, Morocco is the place to be.
3. Diverse Environments
As far as climate and environments are concerned, Morocco has a little bit of everything. Visitors to Morocco can find anything from white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, to the endless planes of the Sahara desert and even mountain ranges. This provides visitors with the chance to do almost anything they want, in any climate that they want.
Visitors to Morocco can enjoy a wide range of experiences that are only limited by their imagination. Seriously, you can even go skiing in Morocco on top of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Places like the snowy mountain town of Ifrane--or hiking at RIf mountain near Chefchaouen or Todra Gorges--will leave you filled with awe as you explore the diverse climates of Morocco.
This means that within the same trip you can hit the powdery snow on your skis, and relax on the beaches with traditional Moroccan cuisine, without even needing to leave the country. This provides a truly unique opportunity for visitors to experience a diverse and exciting range of climates all at once.
4. ‘Insta-Sexy’ Locations
Morocco is one of the most picturesque and ‘insta-sexy’ locations in the world. The cities and streets of Morocco are lined with vibrant colors, patterns, designs, and stylings that cannot be found anywhere else. From the traditional terraced courtyards of the ‘riads’ to the extravagant palace complexes, and vibrant gardens; Morocco is one of the most colorful and vibrant places you will ever experience.
You will find that places like the Royal Palace of Fes, the traditional Riads of Marrakech, and the endless market souks will leave you stunned in how vibrant and elegant they all seem. Some of the most ‘insta-sexy’ locations across Morocco are:
- The Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech.
- The Ameln Valley.
- The ‘Blue’ town of Chefchaouen.
- Tin Mal Mosque.
- Legzira Beach.
- The Sahara Desert (anywhere!).
Visitors will find themselves taking out their cameras and phones at every twist and turn of their adventure. All you have to do is quickly search Morocco on Instagram or other social media platforms to see how unbelievably vibrant the nation is. Travelers who are looking for something a bit more artistic and exotic will find Morocco more than meets those needs. If Morocco isn’t the most ‘insta-sexy’ place you’ve ever been, then nothing is.
5. Some of the Best Food in the World
Morocco is the home of endless spices, flavors, and ultra-fresh ingredients. It has long been one of the centers of trade between Africa and Europe, and as such has access to a wide range of cultural cuisine experiences. You can taste the spice and sweet tones of many different Moroccan dishes such as the traditional rfissa chicken dish, to the delightfully sugary and savory pastilla.
Some of the most famous foods in Morocco are the Tagines (tajines). These are named after the tajine earthen pot that the foods are cooked in. These come in a wide range of flavors, aromas, smells, and stylings. You can find them anywhere, and every visitor to Morocco should eat their full-on a local tajine made cuisine!
If you are a ‘foodie’, or simply love experiencing cultures and nations through their cuisine, Morocco is a dream come true. Many of the traditional dishes and foods of Morocco have been perfected over thousands of years, and can only be found here. You will get the chance to experience food unlike anywhere else in the world, and might have to spend some time working off all of those delicious calories!
6. The Home of 9 UNESCO Sites
Morocco is the home of 9 unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites for visitors to explore and see. These sites are a testament to natural protected land, and ancient structures and monuments. Just a few of these sites are:
An ancient walled city that offers visitors old-world market experiences as well as ancient monuments and sites. The R’cif Mosque is one such monument that towers above the streets below and leaves visitors feeling as if they were transported into a time long ago.
- Kasbah of Aït-Ben-Haddou
The Kasbah of Aït-Ben-Haddou is one of the most traditional examples of pre-Saharan architecture and culture in the world. It is a complex of earthen clay buildings surrounded by walls and fortifications. Visitors will be amazed by the way these buildings were handcrafted and built from the surrounding materials, in craftsmanship that many modern cities lack even today.
- The City of Rabat
The entire city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city itself sits boldly against the waters of the Atlantic ocean and invokes the feelings of something from an old fantasy story. The bright hues and colors of the city contrast with the crystal clear waters in a way that must be seen to be believed. Visitors can spend weeks roaming the markets, streets, and ancient Islamic monuments of Rabat without ever losing their interest.
Morocco is a place that is filled with ancient structures and cities just like these. Travelers who value the experience of walking streets and visiting locations that have been there for centuries will love the overall vibe of Morocco. Morocco is truly the home of endless experiences and remnants from hundreds of cultures, kingdoms, and peoples over the many centuries that it has stood. There are few places on Earth as ancient and exotic as Morocco.
While places like Paris, London, and Berlin are great in their own right--they cannot hold a candle to the ancient nation of Morocco. Morocco is truly one of the most awe-inspiring places on the planet and should be seen and experienced by everyone who fancies themselves as a traveler. These reasons, and many more, are why Morocco should be on every traveler’s destination bucket list.
If you are sold on the idea of visiting Morocco, allow our team at Sahara Sky Tours to show you our beautiful nation. Together, we can take you to see the most amazing sites, to taste the most delicious foods, and to experience the greatest adventures throughout Morocco.
Contact us now to plan your future Morocco tour!