Morocco is one of the most fascinating countries I visited on my round the world trip. It’s chaotic and calm and urban and desolate. You can find such different places and vibes in Morocco. Here are 11 reasons to visit Morocco as your next trip!
Reasons to Visit Morocco
It seems that everywhere you look in the Imperial cities of Fes, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech, you see amazing architecture: keyhole doors, stunning mosques, and intricate details.
Moroccan nature and scenery
From the sea in Essaouira to the sand dunes of Sahara. Morocco is breathtakingly beautiful country. There are beaches, seaside towns, mountains like the High Atlas mountains, gorges, and desert. You’ll find so many diverse landscapes in Morocco.
Tagine & couscous
I admit, after two straight weeks of eating tagines or couscous for dinner, I was a little over it. However, the simplicity of this style of cooking is so efficient and delicious. It’s like slow cooking, Moroccan style.
I finally got henna done while in the seaside town of Essaouira. I ended up getting my hands, feet, calf, and stomach done. The Moroccan woman did a beautiful job and it was so much fun watching her work. The henna lasted for about three weeks and was a great reminder of my time in Morocco.
I tried to save most of my shopping until my last stop, Marrakech. Overall, I ended up purchasing two large pieces of material, a leather belt and bag, and about 10 pillow covers. I had a great time bargaining with the locals, throwing out an occasional “Humdallah” (Praise God), and “Insh’Allah” (God willing), and telling them that this same thing was only $x in Essaouira etc. Most of the vendors were really fun to negotiate with, and they all remembered me when I went back through the markets a few days later.
OK, less slang words, more basic words. :) Anyway, I had a brilliant time using my basic words: “Merhaba” (hello), “Shukran” (thank you), “Yellah” (let’s go), “la” (no), “Insh’Allah”, “Humdallah”, and my favorite: “Mafi Mushkila” (It’s not a problem!).
While keeping my shoulders and knees covered isn’t usually what gets me excited about packing for vacation, it’s surprising what you can get used to. By the time I got back to Spain, I was shocked at how small my tank tops felt, and don’t get me started on the short shorts! Being modest in a Muslim country isn’t required. But it not only feels respectful, but it really helps on the attention factor, especially if you have blonde hair and blue eyes!
I LOVE mint tea! Everywhere you go in Morocco you get mint tea, whether you’re hiking through the mountains and meet a Berber family or shopping in the souks. It’s definitely a tea culture, and it’s super fun to pour!
OK, so the constant attention can be over the top if you’ve had a long day and sometimes you just wish you were invisible, but for the most part, it’s just curiosity… and maybe 50% the blonde hair and blue eyes bit. At least now I know that I would hate to be a celebrity! By the time I got to Barcelona, I was like “uh, no one has told me that I’m beautiful yet today or offered 1,000 camels for my hand in marriage!” ;) Beyond the initial attention-getting, the Moroccan people are some of the kindest people on the planet. They were welcoming and sharing. And the food! Don’t even get me started.
Les chameaux (camels)
One of the most memorable experiences in Morocco was riding camels out into the Sahara, and sleeping out under the stars. It was so quiet and peaceful and just one of those moments that I’ll always remember.
After several days of cold showers in freezing Imlil, we decided on a visiting the local hammam after a five hour hike. Compared to the hamam in Istanbul, it was very local! But it was really amazing to observe the sense of community.
Have you traveled to Morocco?
Find more reasons to visit Morocco and current info on the Visit Morocco tourism website.
EmilyJuly 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm
such a great list. we lived in Morocco for a year and a half and just reading this makes me want to cry even though all these things make me happy too!
poweredbytofuJuly 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm
@Emily Thanks! It’s good to know that someone who experienced Morocco for much longer still enjoyed my travelers list :)