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Welcome to Morocco

Perched on the tip of northern Africa, Morocco weaves together European, African, and Middle Eastern traditions and cultures into one seamless fabric. Whether travelers find themselves drawn to the bustling streets and souks in the capital of Marrakech, a Moroccan cooking class, camel treks into windswept desert, or a hot-air balloon flight over the craggy peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco does not disappoint. Popular day trip destinations outside of the capital include the port cities of Casablanca, Essaouira, and Tangier, as well as Fes, a city famed for its walled medina, medieval architecture, and old-world atmosphere.

Top 15 attractions in Morocco

Atlas Mountains

Capped with snow throughout the winter months and cloaked with wildflowers through the summer, the rocky plateaus and lush valleys of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains provide a striking backdrop for hiking and mountain biking treks, as well as cultural visits to Morocco’s remaining Berber tribes. Sprawling along the frontier of the Sahara, the range runs from the Atlantic coast to the northern Rif Mountains.More

Caves of Hercules

Located 7 miles (14 kilometers) west of Tangier, near Cape Spartel, the Caves of Hercules is one of the area’s top attractions. Discovered in 1906, the cave extends for 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) and is both natural and man-made. It features two openings, one to land and one to sea, with the latter known as the “Map of Africa” for its distinctive shape.More

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

With its bold blue color scheme, towering palms, and gigantic cacti, set around pools of water lilies and gardens filled with exotic plants, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most idyllic spots in Marrakech. Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, it’s also one of the city’s most visited attractions.More

Hassan II Mosque

With its regal cliff-top perch overlooking the ocean and a soaring 210-meter high minaret (the world’s highest) that shines a beam toward Mecca during the evening hours, everything about the Hassan II Mosque is grandiose. The magnificent mosque is among the largest in the world, with space for up to 100,000 worshippers.More

Agadir Kasbah Ruins (Agadir Oufella)

Built in 1541 and restored a couple of centuries later, the Agadir Kasbah Ruins (Agadir Oufella stand on a hill a little way out of town. Designed as a fortress, the kasbah once housed hundreds, although all that remains of the structure after the 1960 earthquake is the outer wall. Most travelers visit for the sweeping ocean views.More

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

An outdoor market by day and packed to bursting with diners, shoppers, storytellers, and singers by night, Jemaa el-Fna (also written Djemaa el-Fna or Jemaa el-Fnaa) is the epicenter of Marrakech life, where locals and tourists come night after night to see the clash of colors, sounds, smells, and sights that make up this memorable location.More

Medina of Fez (Fes el-Bali)

Forming the northeast corner of Fez, the Medina of Fez (Fes El-Bali is a dizzying introduction to the city’s culture, crafts, and commotion. Dating to the ninth century, the UNESCO-listed warren of lanes, shops, and souks is girded by 13th-century walls and ornamental gates.More

Agadir Beach (Plage d’Agadir)

A flawless crescent of deep, fine sand, which rolls on for miles to the south of town, Agadir Beach (Plage d’Agadir forms the heart of this seaside resort. A wealth of cafés and restaurants offer food and drink, with loungers for sun worshippers, while water sports run from Jet Ski to boat trips and deep-sea fishing adventures.More

Essaouira Beach (Plage d'Essaouira)

Lined with bars, restaurants, and surf shops, Essaouira Beach (Plage d'Essaouira) is a Moroccan hot spot for surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers, thanks to its steady, year-round winds. The town has a charming hippie atmosphere, and travelers who are not indulging in water sports enjoy horse, camel, or quad rides along the broad sandy beach.More

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

The name of the Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia) nods to its greatness: "Bahia” translates as “Brilliance.” Part of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and located on the northern edge of the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), the palace was the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Ba Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech.More

Old Medina of Casablanca (Ancienne Medina)

In the north of the city between the port and the seafront Hassan II Mosque, the Old Medina of Casablanca contains the last vestiges of pre-20th century Casablanca. Though the modern city sprawls in every direction, the historic quarter remains a maze of alleyways and a vast souk, tucked in by the remnants of ancient walls.More

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia) is also the city’s most prominent navigational landmark. Just a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, the mosque’s soaring minaret stands proud at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina.More

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

The historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh) is the first port of call for most visitors to the city. Known for its famous Jemaa el-Fna square, a dizzying maze of souks, and a magnificent array of mosques and palaces, this is Marrakech’s most atmospheric district.More

Cape Spartel

Located west of Tangier, Cape Spartel is the northwesternmost point of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Rising 1,000 feet (305 meters) above sea level, Cape Spartel is known for its stunning views and dramatic coastal roads, and includes a lighthouse dating from 1864.More

Royal Palace of Casablanca

A masterpiece of Islamic architecture, surrounded by picturesque orange groves and elaborate water features, the Royal Palace of Casablanca is a suitably grand abode for the King of Morocco when he’s in town. Located in the Habous Quarter of the city’s New Medina, this is the King’s principal Casablancan residence and throughout the year hosts royal receptions.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

How to Spend 2 Days in Marrakech

Top activities in Morocco

3 Days Desert Tour From Marrakech To Merzouga Dunes & Camel Trek
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Marrakech to Fez via Merzouga Desert 3-Days Morocco Sahara Tour
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Casablanca City Tour

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Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

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Top Destinations

Top Destinations

Recent reviews from experiences in Morocco

Nice !
Ehsan_H, Dec 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
If u want to see morocco from another side i totally recommend
A must tour
Tareq_B, Nov 2022
Private Half-Day Tour (6 hours) of the Authentic City of Fez
The old Medina is the heart of Fez, a must see if you want to see the authentic Morocco.
Make the most of your layover
Sandra_R, Nov 2022
Casablanca Layover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
He speaks many languages including English very well.
Great experience
Pushpa_P, Nov 2022
Full Day trip to Chefchaouen & the panoramic of tangier
I would recommend to anyone who travel to Morocco should try this trip very nice our tour driver Yassin was very knowledgeable and explained everything in English and our gide Mohammed was excellent
Best Trip in Marrakech
Lorne_M, Oct 2022
Day Trip To Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Berber Villages from Marrakech
The guide we had to climb up to the waterfall area was very helpful and considerate.
Comfortable way to visit...
Steven_W, Oct 2022
Casablanca City Tour
Comfortable way to visit main sites in Casablanca.
Amazing experience
OrahRachel_M, Oct 2022
4-day Private Desert Tour Fes to Marrakech with Transfers
I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to to see the desert and high mountains of Morocco.
Worth a day trip with a very nice driver!
Corafe_C, Sep 2022
Chefchaouen Bleu City Day Trip from Casablanca.
Great job and hope to see you again !
Stress free transfer
Conor_M, Jul 2022
Private Transfer from Marrakech to El Oualidia
Stress free transfer for English speakers.
Worth doing
Ben_W, Jun 2022
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
Really fun day out to see a different side of Morocco.
Wonderful experience! Great value for money
Nneka_O, Dec 2022
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
Lastly the day ended with a trip to see how Argan oil is made, and there is a chance to buy some handmade products.
Wonderful time!
Elizabeth_W, Nov 2022
Full Day Private Tour of Tangier
Every part of the tour was well-planned, never had any feeling of being rushed or hurried through the different attractions.
Very good experience for reasonable price
Elvir_T, Nov 2022
Marrakech to Fez via Merzouga Desert 3-Days Morocco Sahara Tour
It was a very nice experience as it was possible to see quite huge part of Morocco in three days.
Great way to learn about Agadir!
Wini_B, Nov 2022
Agadir Half-Day Tour
I'd recommend doing this tour, if you'd like to discover the main attractions of Agadir, and learn about its history!
Best choice for a day out
Katerina_U, Nov 2022
Marrakech: Atlas Mountains 4 Valleys waterfalls & desert with lunch & Camel Ride
I happened to experience a tour with Atlas Mountains provider to visit local Berber villages and enjoy the landscapes with the drive and the guide Moustafa.
Hands down best tour of Tangier
jamie_a, Nov 2022
4 Hour Private Tour of Tangier
Then to see the point where the Atlantic meets the mediterranean.
Best Tour guide in Morocco 🇲🇦
Laila_B, Nov 2022
Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys & Waterfalls & Desert Agafay - Day Trip Marrakech
He gave all of us knowledge about the history of the region & the entire culture of the lovely Morocco which we plan to visit every month with friends & family members from all over the world 🌎 Thank you Mr.
Great Value for a Great Day
Fahad_H, Nov 2022
Day Trip To Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Berber Villages from Marrakech
Again, beautiful views and to get to see the waterfalls was wonderful.
Harmony_L, Nov 2022
Goats On the Tree - Agadir
Ayoub took our family on an amazing adventure to see the goats and enjoy a delicious local breakfast.
Worth the drive
Jenna_S, Nov 2022
Day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls from Marrakech
Despite the long journey the waterfalls, though less vast than expected due to a lack of rainfall, were a sight to behold.
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All about Morocco

When to visit

Morocco’s scorching summers discourage visitors from June to September; Marrakech reaches average temperatures of 104°F (40°C) . There are a string of viable months for visiting on either side of this period, and most visitors come from March through May and September through October, when pleasant warmth prevails. Late spring is perfect for trekking in the Atlas Mountains, which burst with pink cherry blossoms, and for enjoying annual celebrations like Essaouira’s Printemps Musical Des Alizés classical concerts, in April.

Getting around

While the country’s transportation network is fairly limited, Morocco’s trains are great for traveling between cities. The main route connects Tangier with Casablanca and Marrakech; there are also branch lines to Essaouira and Agadir (and the popular night trains include comfortable bunks). Other options include grand taxis—shared cabs that ply fixed routes between cities and towns and are faster and cheaper than intercity buses—and petit taxis, which can take you around the cities once you arrive. You can also opt to rent a car, but driving can be stressful.

Traveler tips

If you’re planning to use petit taxis for running around town, there’s an etiquette to abide by: It’s considered polite to let female passengers to sit in the front, next to the driver, and men should switch seats in shared cabs to allow women to sit together. Remember, too, that these cabs will only carry three passengers, so bigger parties will need to get two cars or a grand taxi, which has the capacity to fit six customers.

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