7 must do things when visiting Morocco

Top Things to Do in Morocco

1. Take a camel ride through the desert

Riding into the sunset atop a woven rug laden camel towards the rolling Moroccan desert is a must do when visiting the North African country. Booking a camel safari through the Moroccan desert is one of the best ways to experience the true Morocco and spend a few nights seeing the another side of the country, away from the bigger cities of Marrakesh and Casablanca. It is an unmissable experience for any traveler heading to Morocco.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Riding Camels in the Sahara Desert
Riding Camels in the Sahara Desert: Photo on Flickr by Ialo Fuentes / CC BY-ND 2.0

2. Camp for a night under the desert stars

Morocco really takes glamping to the next level. I mean, this glamping makes self-inflatable mattresses and portable generators look like the stuff of peasants. PEASANTS PEOPLE. This is a truly unforgettable experience that will have you never wanting to leave, where you will be lead on a barbah guided camel into the desert to a carpeted camp complete with your own personal marquee, lounge and dining furniture and a hand carved four poster bed…I meeeaaaan. To top it all off, you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of traditional Moroccan drumming music while you eat your locally prepared dinner after a long day of camel riding, exploring the far reaches of Morocco. Pure Bliss.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Luxury Tent at Erg Chebbi dunes
Luxury Tent at Erg Chebbi dunes: Photo Ksar Tin Inan

3. Hire a scooter to ride around Marrakech

Once you make it back from your safari and exploring the desert towns of Morocco, you are probably itching to see more of the North African country. One of the best ways to explore one of it’s major cities is by scooter. Travelers can easily acquire one of these form any rental shop near their hotel and scoot about to see all the best bits of the city in no time at all!

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Hire a Scooter
Hire a Scooter in Marrakech: Photo on Flickr by n m / CC BY 2.0

4. Visit a traditional Coffee house

You can’t visit Morocco and not sample some of the traditional Moroccan coffee at one of Marrakesh’s many traditional coffee houses. Traditional Moroccan coffee is usually made from a mixture of spices and coffee beans, then served hot. Meeting some locals while enjoying a cup perched on a cushion on the carpeted floors of a coffee house in Marrakesh is an unmissable traditional Moroccan experience on your trip.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Marrakech Cafe
Marrakech Cafe: Photo on Flickr by Ryan Kilpatrick / CC BY-ND 2.0

5.Explore the Souk

Exploring a souk in Marrakesh is shopping for the people who hate shopping. Souks are set up like a labyrinth of alley ways and stalls, with walls stacked to the roof with spices, materials, rugs, carpets, and all manner of things, where you can spend hours exploring what the local trader have to offer. Heading to the souk is a great way to experience the true culture of the city, but no doubt the traders will be able to spot that you’re a tourist from a mile away, so make sure you bring your bargaining skills and don’t be afraid to make your own way around.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Spice Market in Marrakech
Spice Market in Marrakech: Photo by Blackberrylaw / CC BY-SA 2.5

6. Sample the local delights

 

Souks are stacked with many different stalls, selling all manner of things, but there is something you should definitely not miss out on and that’s the Moroccan desserts. Don’t eat lunch on the day you head to the Souk. Better yet, don’t bother with breakfast either… or dinner. You will die when you see the amazing array of wondrous pastries, dried fruits and mysteriously delicious morsels on offer at some of these stalls and probably buy more than you would need in a month – and eat it that day too.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Sweet Moroccan honey biscuits in the Souks of Marrakech
Sweet Moroccan honey biscuits in the Souks of Marrakech: Photo by La Chinere / CC BY-SA 4.0

7. Visit a local bath house and take a mud bath

Everyone knows that travelling, although it is usually an exhilarating and amazing experience, can really tire your out. Marrakesh has amazing bath houses that offer massages, and relaxing thermal and mud baths for the weary traveler. Moroccan bath houses are an ancient tradition and have been a prominent part of the country’s culture for thousands of years and is still a major part of it today. Set in tall ceilinged, stone clad rooms with mosaiced pools, the bath houses are a great place to escape the heat and relax for a day, to leave feeling rejuvenated and rested, ready to book a flight home.

Top Things to Do in Morocco: Moroccan Bath Hous
Moroccan Bath House: Photo on Flickr by Craige Moore / CC BY-ND 2.0

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