The best cities to visit in Morocco | From North to South
Morocco attracts millions of tourists each year, mostly from Europe. And we understand why ! Morocco offers a wide range of tourist attractions and activities that make tourists happy and impressed: beaches and seaside resorts on the Mediterranean or the Atlantic coast, Atlas mountains and dunes, wadis (rivers), oases of the desert, and secret alleys from the medina of beautiful cities such as Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira, and Casablanca. The hospitality of the locals is sometimes even insistent, which you may not like at first. But take the time to adapt, and you will leave Morocco with tears in your eyes.
The largest city in Morocco is dynamic and concentrates the majority of Morocco’s economic activities. The city is modern, but the old medina has kept its charm. The Souk and the Central Market are good ways to get away from the heavy traffic. Inside the city’s fortresses are beautiful alleys. On the coast, you cannot miss the Hassan-II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, which is an architectural gem.
The capital of Morocco has attractive attractions. Its medina contains many treasures: very quiet compared to other cities in the country, it is made of white houses with blue shutters. Access is through the Bab El Had or Bab El Alou gates. Inside, there is the Kasbah of the Oudaya, which was built in the 12th century, and which has been classified by Unesco since 2012. In the rest of the city, visit the royal palace Dâr-al-Makhzen, then nearby the Necropolis of Chellah. Far east, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and the Hassan Tower are the other jewels of Rabat. On the leisure side, the beaches of Skirat and Témara, and further on the beaches of Nations, Medhya-Plage, and Moulay Bousselham are ideal.
The highly cultural city of Tangier is only separated from Spain and Europe by the Strait of Gibraltar. Go for a stroll through the alleys of the medina, see the Kasbah, then the palace of Sultan Dar-el-Makhzen. South of Tangier, the Rharb plain is ideal for birdwatching, inspiration, and quiet walks. Hiking in the Rif is also recommended, a region known for its mountains with a rich flora, where cannabis is also grown. Finally, the coast from Tangier to Saïdia is less crowded but is developing very quickly.
The old "Mogador" is very quiet next to its neighbor Marrakech, and that is its advantage. Its temperatures are milder, which is sometimes more pleasant. Its souks, one for each specialty, are easily discovered while strolling, just like the Kasbah. The Port of Essaouira is the flagship attraction of the city since it lives partly on fishing. Sidi Kaouki beach, south of the city, attracts surfers and is reputed to be the best spot in the country.
Apart from the medina and its souk in the old town, and the port and its auction in the morning, Agadir is best known for being a “luxury” leisure seaside resort: hotels, swimming pools, spas, massages, water sports , beaches, parties, etc ... Travelers go there either to rest or to have fun. Located 80km east, the small town of Taroudant is a great day trip.
With its major projects of huge hotel complexes, new city, impressive new structures, and mass tourism, Marrakech could have lost its charm. But it takes much more than that for the pearl of the south to be devoid of any interest. Check it out starting at Jemaa El Fna square. Then, the Medina, the largest in the Maghreb, concentrates all the excitement of the city with its colorful souks, which contrast well with the calm of the riads. Take the time to discover all the places rich in architecture and history: the Bahia Palace, the Ben-Youssef Medersa, the minaret of Koutoubia, the El-Badi Palace, and finally the Museum of Marrakech.
In the surroundings, do not miss the Majorelle Gardens, or the olive grove of Menara, and the Palmeraie. Marrakech is located at the foot of the High Atlas which allows the practice of sports such as hiking (in the Ourika Valley or Imilchil), and skiing (in Oukaïmeden in winter).
Inside the ramparts, there is the medina. Enter through the magnificent Porte de Bâb Boujloud. One thing not to be missed: the tanners' souk, where you will take very beautiful photos. Although visiting is prohibited, you can admire the Quaraouiyine Mosque from the outside. Along the alleys, and houses of Fassi, the Medersa Bou-Inania, the Nejjarine Fountain, and the Royal Palace of Fez are other places of great interest. Don't miss the Dar-Batha Museum either.
Between Fez and Rabat, we find the old imperial city of Meknes. Here, it is impossible to miss the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismaïl and its sublime decorations. In the North of this city, the Roman vestiges of Volubilis will not leave you indifferent. You will then be in the Middle Atlas region, perfect for hiking and even skiing in winter.
Although the Berber city is, in itself, not very interesting, the surroundings, they attract by their beauty. Indeed, apart from the kasbah of Taourirt in Ouarzazate, it is far from the city that you will discover the Draa valleys and the Dades gorges via Skoura. The ksar fortress of Aït Benhaddou is also very surprising.
The trek in the Sahara on camel, on foot, or in 4 × 4 is one of the activities more and more in vogue in Morocco. The ideal is to start from Errachidia then direction Erfoud with its immense palm grove. Then, finish in Merzouga, to admire the dunes, with a dazzling sunrise.