Things to do in Morocco
Rocking the Kasbah
A kasbah was traditionally a fort made of adobe usually located in the mountains to give protection from potential invaders heading up from the desert. Stay the night in one, and you’ll feel protected from all your worldly worries, the most famous of which are found at Ait Benhaddou, the Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains and along the Dades and Draa Valleys.
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Take your family
You may have been putting Morocco off, waiting for an escape from the kids, a romantic anniversary break, or a shopping trip. But the minute you walk into the madness of the medina in Marrakech and its circus-like ambience, you will vow to come back with the children on a family vacation. Because Morocco – not just the medinas but all of it – is fun. It’s cheeky. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and children love that about it. That and the camel rides in the desert, making camp under the stars with Bedouin tribesmen, sand boarding on Saharan dunes, surfing along Essaouira’s Atlantic coast or hiking and biking their way through the Atlas Mountains. And if all of that leaves those growing, hollow legs quaking for food – there’s no better place to eat well and at very little cost.
A hammam doesn't just open the pores, but the mind. I was transformed from uptight tourist to chilled, 'world is my oyster' traveler in minutes.
Getting hooked on hammams
A hammam is a steam room where Moroccan men and women bathe, usually weekly and separately. In a hotel, there will be someone to scrub you, wrap you in rhassoul clay from the Atlas Mountains, and then dip you and strip you of all worries. And skin cells. Go for the public over hotel hammam for the real thing, but buy your scrub glove and rinse bucket at the souk beforehand.
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Hiking the Atlas
This has been on the expert explorers’ radar for a long time, but lovers of Moroccan souks and seaside are now embarking on journeys up to its magnificent peaks. Hardcore hikers head for the High Atlas’ Mount Toubkal in Mount Toubkal National Park, but there is superb walking to be had in the lower Atlas range too, with welcoming Berber people at remote mountain villages all along the way. Atlas Mountains are very unspoiled, meaning that you need to tread sensitively not only to protect the environment but also local culture, as you trek through these remote Berber villages. Some have embraced tourism and have created gites and food outlets, but others continue with their traditional lifestyles of subsistence farming. You can also go for the more la-de-dah type walking vacation in the Atlas Mountains and kip on crisp white sheets in a kasbah. Most treks start in the village of Imlil, and continue on up through a maze of historic mule tracks that have traditionally linked villages over time. Just a few hours from Marrakech, these majestic massifs take you into a whole other world and time.
More about Morocco
With the Atlas Mountains, Sahara and Atlantic Ocean, working out the best time to visit Morocco isn’t always easy. Our guide is here to help.
Our Morocco travel guide whisks you into a rainbow of raucous colours and enlightening Islamic culture, where every town has a medina or souk.
We’ve given you a few of our highlights to help you get your head around where to go in Morocco. It’s a big country, so take your time deciding.
From the souks of Marrakech to the port of Tangier, discover Moroccan cities that are eclectic and exquisite, and mountainous and magical.
Hiking the Atlas Mountains in Morocco is eye-opening. Discover the highest peak in North Africa, plus ranges that separate Sahara from sea.
Read about where a cycling vacation in Morocco can take you, from inclines and idyllic spots to gorges and gorging on Moroccan food.
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