Morocco Tourism: Destinations and Must-See Attractions
Bordered by 3,500 kilometers of coastline and crossed by various mountain ranges, Morocco is characterized by an incredible diversity of people and landscapes. Tucked caddy-cornered between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa, Morocco is cut by the various fingers of the Atlas Mountains and lone range of Rif Mountains in the north. These characteristics give Morocco an aerial fingerprint unlike any other in Africa.
Morocco is quickly becoming one of the world’s most sought-after tourist destinations. From Casablanca through Rabat and to Tangier at the tip of the continent; from the infinite blue labyrinth streets of Chefchaouen, and down to Fez, and still further south to the ever-spreading dunes of Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert; over to Marrakesh, and the laid-back coastal town of Essaouira, Morocco has an abundance of important natural and historical assets, not to mention a rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Society in Morocco is still steeped in its Muslim identity, but is tolerant of various types of people, cultures, and religions. It’s Berber and Jewish past help to keep the minds of the people open and Morocco is the only country in the Muslim world with a Jewish Heritage Museum .
Hospitality in Morocco is legendary and the young generation are more open minded than ever; shifting a traditional mindset in favor of a more open, western point of view while still holding dear to family, art, craftsmanship, and religion.
We cannot discuss Morocco without mentioning a handful of regions that make this country such an attractive destination. Following are some of the highlights that stick in travelers’ minds when visiting (some farther off the tourist trail than others).
Morocco Tourism offers tourists many opportunities for sightseeing and cultural exploration.
The desert, mountains, and ocean provide lovely scenery and the Islamic culture and famous markets of the country are fascinating to anyone who may come to visit.
A visit to the city of Marrakech will expose the traveler to the famous medinas and souks, in which they can experience many exotic sights, including snake charmers, and traditional musical and acrobatic performances. The perfumed markets will entice any visitor to peruse the spice and food vendors with anticipation. They can also purchase clothing, handmade crafts, and jewelry here.
A cooking class will expose tourists to traditional Moroccan cooking, which has gained prestige worldwide.
Participants will learn basic Arabic terms and then head to the market to practice their language skills and buy the important items in Moroccan cuisine, including saffron, mint, olives, and citrus fruits.
These goods will be used to make Moroccan foods like tajine and harira, which the tourists will learn how to prepare themselves.
Morocco has many old and historic palaces for exploration.
Travelers can see old mosques, markets, and buildings with unique and stunning architecture, including beautiful courtyards.
Visitors will learn the history of these structures and will be able to see artistic works gathered from other parts of Morocco and from sub-Saharan Africa.