Top 15 exciting places to visit in Morocco, or: why should one go to Morocco?

When one doesn’t know much about a country, there’s always a question: why should I go there? What amazing things wait for me in Morocco? Let’s start with 15 unforgettable Moroccan sights. This list is 100% real – any additional information about sights you will get, if you follow links in the end of each sight’s description.

And if you want to see all these places, you are free to use 16-day Morocco trip route for independent travelers that I’ve published for you.

Hassan II mosque, Casablanca

The only mosque of Morocco, where Non-Muslims are allowed. It’s the masterpiece of modern architecture and the highest religious building of the world. More information about Hassan II mosque.

Hassan II mosque

Andalusian garden, Rabat

The brilliant idea of creating Moorish-style garden surrounded by already existing fortress walls belongs to French, when they took Morocco under protectorate. Tiny curvy streets of fortress will lead you from the garden to viewpoint. Here you can enjoy view to Rabat’s satellite-city Salé and the estuary of Bou Regreg river that long time ago used to be home to ruthless Berber pirates. More about Andalusian garden.

Oranges in garden
Andalusian garden

Al-Attarine madrasa, Fez

Or any other madrasa built during the reign of Marinid dynasty (13-15 centuries AD) will capture your mind with amazing patterns of wood and stone carving that have so many little details that it’s clear that such work requires big talent and years to be done. More about Al-Attarine madrasa.

Yard of madrasa
Madrasa Al-Attarine

Chouara tannery, Fez

One should rather take a look to tanneries from terraces located on upper floors, in order not to smell the stinky leather industry. But it’s definitely worth a visit due to unusual industrial landscape, right? More information about Chouara tannery.

Chouara tannery

Chellah, Rabat

3 in 1: traces of ancient Roman settlement, picturesque ruins of 12-15 centuries AD decorated with nice garden and… storks building nests right on top of ruins, as if they could say: “But the life still goes on”. About Chellah necropolis.

Stork and orange tree
Stork on ruins of Chellah necropolis

Erg Chebbi, Merzouga

There are not so many sands in Sahara desert’s part that belongs to Morocco as most of people do think. I would say – they are quite a few. The most beautiful landscapes you will find in Merzouga. If you switch on satellite mode on your map, you will see that Erg Chebbi looks like a giant sandbox in a rocky desert. About Erg Chebbi read here.

Erg Chebbi

The hugest human maze of the planet, Fez

This maze is Fes el-Bali medina, the biggest pedestrian zone in the world. It’s so easy to get lost here – narrow streets make any GPS useless. While a compass can help you to find the way. More information about the maze.

Old Medina & sheep
View to old medina from the viewpoint next to Borj Nord

Fortifications of Essaouira

Seaside town of Essaouira always finds its way to anyone’s heart. It’s just impossible to avoid memories, if you have visited this town. Even Essaouira’s untidiness and numerous seagulls that try to do their best to poop on you don’t spoil the impression.

Fortifications surround (and protect) medina – the old city that welcomes to stroll gazing at old doors and wondering how narrow the streets can be. Medina of Essaouira is small, so it will be very hard to get lost here. Also the town has nice beach ending with sandy dunes that can be reached even on foot. Essaouira guide book.

Famous hole-view of Essaouira
View from Scala du Port to medina of Essaouira

Jnane Sbile garden, Fez

Well-maintained free sight – what can be better for a visitor? Let the other travelers see pricey Marrakesh’s Majorelle garden for 12 Euro, while we will enjoy much older garden that is at least of the same beauty. More pictures of Jnane Sbile garden (also it’s known as Boujeloud garden).

Habbous quarter, Casablanca

Uninformed traveler will never guess that this attractive neighborhood was designed by famous French architects only about 100 years ago. Because Habbous looks perfectly Moroccan. One can easily spend here a half of day, don’t forget to taste delicious Moroccan pastry in local bakery and visit the olive market (they have delicious things too). About Habbous quarter.

Quartier Habous
Quartier Habbous

Natural arches at Legzira beach

Everybody who has ever visited Legzira beach calls its landscapes Martian – the thing is in deep dark red color of soil. Step by step Atlantic Ocean washes soil away building arches on the beach. Unfortunately erosion goes further and the thin arch that attracted so many tourists had collapsed (don’t let unscrupulous people to misinform you, it happened long time ago, in 2016). While the wide arch is still present. Everything about Legzira beach + more pictures.

Mohammed V mausoleum, Rabat

Another one masterpiece of modern Moroccan architecture perfectly supplements Rabat’s cityscape next to Hassan tower (of 13th century AD). About the King and mausoleum.

In the night
Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Invisible lake, Merzouga

Dayet Srij lake on the edge of Sahara desert dries out annually. It performs this trick in the end of spring and comes back to Merzouga in winter. The same thing do at least 50% of Moroccan rivers (they bear the name “oued”).

Dayet Srij, when present, creates unusual landscape – water, stony desert and peach sandy dunes. Also the lake is an important place for migrating birds, if you are lucky enough, you may see flamingoes. Where to find invisible lake.

Dunes over the lake
Dayet Srij lake

Ski resort, Ifrane

It’s hard to associate Morocco with snow and skiing, isn’t it? Well, the town of Ifrane is difficult to associate with Morocco also – just take a look at these European-style houses with tiled roofs, it’s hard to believe that it’s in Africa. Last snow can be seen here even in the beginning of April, but if you want to ski, you’d rather go to Morocco in January. Ifrane is not the only ski resort in Morocco. About Ifrane.

A house

Goats that climb trees, surroundings of Agadir and Essaouira

Goats that can’t stand their passion for tasty leaves of argan trees became one of the most famous attractions of Morocco. Unfortunately it’s impossible to give the exact location – everything depends on shepherds and amount of leaves. But be attentive and you will see climbing goats out of the window of Agadir-Essaouira bus. Well, I’m not sure which one link I could give you – let it be Agadir guide book. Or check the contents!

Goats on the tree
Except the white goat there are numerous black goats on the same tree

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