Marrakesh Museums, breathtaking vistas, local culture and thriving markets. What more could an artistic soul want from a visit to Morocco?
Morocco has so much culture and so many incredible places to explore. Here we take a look at the top places to visit on your trip to Morocco.
Home of the Musée Marocain, an ethnographic museum containing an exquisite collection of clothing, jewelry and housewares, the artistic soul will revel in the serenity of the terrace overlooking the Rif Mountains.
Admire the intermingling colors of the orange, almond and pomegranate orchards as you meander through the city.
Take a tour of the World Heritage Listed medina (old town) and meet the weavers, jewelers and leather workers dotted through the city.
Remember your sketchpad and charcoal when you visit Meknès – you won’t be able to resist sketching the tomb hall in in the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail or the luxuriously decorated salon in the Dar Jamaï Museum.
If photography is your art of choice, be sure to visit Café Opera, where you can capture the local men sipping mint tea in this grand old venue.
But don’t put your camera away until you’ve visited the Central Market: It’s a bustling hive of color and personalities.
An oasis in the mountains, Tafraoute provides the perfect locale for you to unwind and let your mind wander.
This area is known for its low set pink houses and wind-sculpted mountains.
Take a stroll through the shops and stalls and marvel at the artistic ingenuity of the craftsmen making lanterns, shopping baskets and other goods from found objects.
See out the day painting the arid landscape at sunset.
Essaouira is known for being an artist’s paradise and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t be inspired by the Spice Souq, a flurry of traders selling everything from spices to cosmetics?
Or the Skala de la Ville, the ramparts offering 180 degree views of the city and its maze of winding streets?
What about the Skala du Port, where you can observe the fishermen bringing in the day’s catch while the canons stand guard on the ramparts?
With all of these experiences at your fingertips, you’ll be sure to leave your accommodation every day with a backpack full of your artist’s tools.
Slow down and take it easy in Taroudant, a truly beautiful market town known for its town walls that are more complete than any others in Morocco, offering shimmering canvasses of gold, orange and pink.
Awaken your inner artist with a horseback ride around the valleys and mountains or walk down an orange tree lined path to observe Bab el-Kasbah, an incredible defensive tower built in the 17th century.
Capture it all in your media of choice – you wouldn’t want to forget these amazing sights. Touring Morocco is really the easiest way to make sure you get to see as many of these beautiful areas as possible.
Morocco tours have become more and more popular as travelers realize how precious the country is and what it has to offer.
Inspire your inner artist and head to Morocco today.
In the middle of Morocco, nestling at the feet of the Atlas Mountains, you will find the charming bustling city of Marrakech.
Divided in two parts, the Medina (the old city) and Gueliz (the modern city), Marrakech is a city of culture, history and intriguing architecture alongside a bustling shopping center and a vibrant night life.
Djemaa el Fna
Two of its claims to fame include the largest souk, or traditional market, in Morocco and one of the liveliest squares in Africa and possibly the world, known as Djemaa el Fna.
Although hotel accommodation isn’t too expensive in Marrakech, staying around Djemaa el Fna is more expensive than other parts of the city, so if you want to stay in that area try searching for a Low Cost Holidays discount code to get a deal on accommodation.
Don’t rush the souks but spend time wandering the stalls and alleyways and get a feel for the items on offer, before plunging into bargaining.
Even if you don’t want to buy anything, just watching the whirl of people and flashes of color and listening to the bustle and noise is an experience in itself.
Next to the Souk is Djemaa el Fna, the main square of the old city that never sleeps.
The Berber people come down from the Atlas mountains to Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech to entertain with their story-telling to the locals.
- Berber from Atlas mountains Djemaa el Fna square Marrakech
In the day it is buzzing with entertainers, from musicians and acrobats, to snake charmers and sooth Sayers, story tellers and dancers who continue into the night, becoming more exotic as the night falls – casting a romantic glow over the square.
The drums beat, the crowd claps, the wistful sound of a song rises above the excited chatter.
Traditional costumes vie with the modern dressed tourists and different cooking smells tantalize and taunt the crowds, inviting them to try the many wares on offer.
For many visitors this is the height of night life and they return here each evening, forsaking the bars and clubs of the modern Gueliz.
Rue Bab Agnaou
For a more peaceful area, head up the Rue Bab Agnaou through the impressive ramparts to the Kasbah area. The streets here are clean and safe, as it is home to the Royal Palace and the Saadian Tombs, as well as the ruins of the El Badi Palace.
You will find small bazaars, not on the scale of the main Souk, but a lot less frenzied and various food stalls and restaurants.
Look for Riads to stay in – although these look drab from the outside, once inside you feel like you have been transported to a different world. With windows facing the central courts, you get the feel of being taken from the city to an inner sanctum.
For extra relaxation and serenity book a massage in a Hammam.
But before undertaking your luxury holiday in Morocco, you must first educate yourself about the place and its people.
Yes, it is an exotic gateway to the spectacular Black Continent but there is more to it than meets the eye.
Ancient to Modern Morocco
The Moroccan people are rightfully proud of their culture including their traditions.
Berbers, Arabs and Saharawis, among other ethnic groups, largely live with each other in peace although it must be said that said peace was not without its price.
Today, the country is an intriguing mix of the ancient and the modern. A cliche mainly because it is true.
While the features of encroaching modernity like skyscrapers and motorways are present, the traditional features of mosques and Kasbah still dominate the landscape.
The best thing about such a mix of the ancient and the modern: You can enjoy the best of both worlds in a single luxurious weekend!
But why spend just one weekend in the fascinating country when you can come back again and again and again?
I love the contrast between the colorful hats and the worn down street.
Be prepared for pleasant surprises regarding the ingenious ways that the Moroccan people have combined their ancient traditions with modern lifestyles.
Nomadic southern ‘blue men’ in their flowing robes and tight turbans brave the Sahara but with a twist.
Their hands clutch the latest in mobile phone technology, for example.
And let’s not forget the people, the heart of the place itself.
Sit in an al fresco café, watch the world go by, and Moroccans will come by your table to talk sooner or later.
Now that’s the best way to enjoy a luxurious weekend while making new friends.