Top 10 activities in Morocco : 1) Visit Chaouwara Tannery in Fes, 2) Participate a cultural festival, 3) Spend a night in the Sahara desert, 4) Discover the Roman ruins of Volubilis, 5) Learn to cook deliciouse Moroccan food, 6) Explore one of the souks, 7) Walking in the Hight Atlas Mountains, 8) The blue town Chefchaouen, 9) Visit Marrakesh’s Bahia Palace, 10) explore the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
The tanning industry is one of the most emblematic sites of the imperial city of Fez. They are typically found in the leather souks in the former medina and have been exploited since medieval times. Situated in the Fes el Bali, Chaouwara is one of the largest and oldest tanneries in Fez.
Morocco is home to an incredible number of exciting festivals and events throughout the year and the calendar of your visit. One of these may give you a unique experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture. Some of the festivals you may want to think about include:
Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival
Fez Festival of World Sacred Music
Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival
Erfoud Date Festival
You can’t go to Morocco without a visit to the Sahara Desert. This is a unique experience and one you will always remember. Erg Chebbi near the town of Merzouga is home to the highest and most beautiful sand dunes in Morocco and it would be a great idea to have a night stay here at the traditional Bedouin camp.
Go back in time by visiting the Roman ruins of Volubili. , located on a fertile plain about 33 kilometers /20½ miles north of Meknès. Volubilis is Morocco’s best archeological site and has been protected by UNESCO since 1997. You will marvel at a great number of bronze and marble statues, inscriptions and exquisite mosaics here. As you stroll among these ruins, you can imagine what Volubilis must have looked like two thousand years ago.
Influenced by the Berber, Arab, Andalusian and French, Moroccan cuisine is unique and known worldwide. Some of the iconic dishes are couscous, tagines, harira, and brochettes. You can sample these delicacies in the street stalls or restaurants and sign up for a cooking class to learn how to make them yourself.
One of the most exciting things about a trip to Morocco is to visit the souks of the medina in the old city. These labyrinthic bazaars are full of colors, smells and sounds. There is everything from Aladdin lamps to richly coloured fabrics, hand-woven rugs, and very stacked spices.
Far from the bustle of the city, the High Atlas is perfect for enjoying the fresh air and a magnificent view of the mountains. The famous mountain range hosts Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, with an altitude of 13.671 feet/ 4.167 metres. It is the most common hiking destination in Morocco. Most walks begin in a mountain village called Imlil, which is just an hour’s drive from Marrakech.
Nestled under the spectacular peaks of the Rif, centuries-old Chechaouen is one of Morocco’s most fascinating cities. It is famous for its blue-washed houses, and cobbled streets against the breathtaking mountain scenery. You may explore its quaint craft markets, sit in a street-side café, or simply walk through the streets at your own pace to absorb the ambiance.
The Bahia Palace, meaning brilliance, was built at the order of Si Moussa who was the grand vizier of the sultan, and intended to be the most beautiful palace of its time. It is indeed an excellent example of Moroccan architecture. Spread over two acres / 8,100 m2, this 19-century royal complex consists of lovely buildings and gardens that are filled with orange trees and splashing fountains.
Hassan II Mosque is one of the greatest in the world ,designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau, It is the largest in Morocco, having the world’s tallest minaret (689 feet /210 meters). Commissioned by King Hassan II, it took 7 years to construct, with the joint efforts of 10, 000 artisan craftsmen. Non-Muslim visitors can visit the mosque on guided tours outside prayer times.