We have listed in this blog the top 15 reasons to travel to Morocco. Get ready to see stunning tajines, blue walls, and a variety of colorful scenes! This beautiful country is not only the perfect place for an Instagram selfie, but it's also the perfect place for magical views, the tastiest Moroccan tajines, the warm sun against your skin, and the cool night breeze. Expect friendly Moroccans and a nightlife that will have you laughing and dancing.
If you're not sure where to start in your search to discover this exceptional country, keep reading because I will give you 15 things to look forward to in Morocco. Enjoy a relaxing vacation in this dream getaway!
The languages of Morocco:
Morocco is home to many cultures and languages. Although the two official languages spoken are Arabic and Amazigh, most Moroccans can also speak various languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
English is more widespread in big cities, especially among tourists. So if English is your first language, you will do very well, but learning a little French or Darjia (Moroccan Arabic) will make your stay more informative and valuable.
The roads of Morocco:
To see the best views in Morocco, consider hiring a driver or renting a car. There are so many streets and roads in Morocco that it can seem confusing at first sight. By hiring a driver, you will be able to get wherever you want to go. Walking around Morocco, you are bound to discover something new every time.
There are beautiful mountains and places to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Morocco also has roads for walking to give you an authentic feel for what it's like to live in this spectacular country.
If you want to experience a real adventure in Morocco, make sure to walk through different streets each day and enjoy the different views that Morocco has to offer!
The desert of Morocco
Probably one of the most famous deserts in the world, Morocco is home to the Sahara Desert. The Sahara Desert is the world’s largest hot desert and the third largest desert overall. It's no wonder that people keep flocking to this vast picturesque desert.
To travel around the Sahara, you can expect 8 to 10 hours of pure exploration, so don't hesitate to dedicate a day of your holiday to experience this historical desert! On the road to the Sahara, you will also see mountains and forests which are equally stunning and worth exploring.
Be ready to smell the sweet smells of Moroccan cuisine. While most Moroccan dishes are influenced by Arab, Amazigh, Andalusian, and Mediterranean traditions, you can also taste European and Sub-Saharan influences. Spices are used liberally in Moroccan cuisine, which explains why your mouth starts watering as soon as the plane lands in Morocco. Your taste buds will appreciate cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander, saffron, mace, cloves, and fennel!
While utensils like forks, knives, and spoons, are used in Morocco, it is also common for Moroccans to eat with their hands or to use bread that is served with the meal! One more reason to love bread even more!
Photography in Morocco:
Morocco offers the most beautiful scenery in the world. Get your camera ready to take pictures of the people and landscapes of Morocco!
Entering the Moroccan bazaars will fill your eyes with the most vibrant colors and textures. The fabrics you brush your fingers against will make you feel a little sparkle with their tenderness, and the handmade Moroccan vases will ignite your sense of inspiration and creativity.
The streets of Marrakech
Marrakech is probably one of the most famous Moroccan travel destinations for tourists. With its deep history and its genuine family ties, it's no wonder tourists flock to Marrakech when traveling to Morocco.
Let these streets lead you to discoveries and open your mind to a great experience. The labyrinths of Marrakech streets will fuel your desire to go on an adventure and live like the Moroccans.
If you want to travel to the ochre city, check out our Marrakech travel guide to discover the must-visit places and what to do during your stay there.
The bargaining culture in Morocco
We’ve all heard of bargaining, and some of us have been bargaining our whole lives (I'm talking about you, the Halloween negotiators out there looking for two treats). Well, now you can try your hand at real bargaining and see if you can get the best price! If you've ever sold something, you might be familiar with the idea of raising your price a bit so that when someone offers a lower price, you can settle at the price you want. The same goes for bargaining in Morocco.
Though, remember that most of the pieces you’ll find in Morocco are handmade; thus, it took a lot of work and effort to produce them, making them not only authentic but also valuable. So go ahead and satisfy your thirst for thrills by trying your hand at bargaining!
Traveling to Morocco means drinking fresh orange juice every day for no more than 50 cents! Morocco has tons of fresh fruit available that are squeezed regularly. Juices are not only a great way to fill your body with nutrients and vitamins, but it's also a great way to refresh your body and keep it hydrated!
When you travel to Morocco, you will notice that families are large and often spend a lot of time together. Family is one of the most important elements of life in Morocco. You will see in the country strong family ties and several meals spent in large gatherings. Morocco is a country of large conversational gatherings.
If you're traveling alone, expect to be welcomed at a stranger's table. Moroccan people are very friendly and will help you in any way they can!
You may not be familiar with the term Riad. A Riad is a rectangular house with an interior courtyard. They are very popular in Morocco, and each room is built around the courtyard. Rooms in Riads are usually two stories high, and no trip to Morocco is complete without staying in one of them! The courtyard is intended to be a comfortable living room, and most have a swimming pool for your convenience.
Morocco has several traditional saunas called Hammams. Prepare to bathe in a humid sauna where you will be scrubbed with black olive oil soap, Rhassoul, and a "Kiis" (an exfoliating glove or loofah). It's an experience you don't want to miss.
If you couldn't go to a Hammam during your trip to Morocco, or if you loved the experience so much that you want to try it again, here is a blog on how you can recreate the Moroccan Hammam ritual at home.
Just as Americans like to sit outside Starbucks to drink their iced coffee, Morocco loves coffee.
Moroccans enjoy their spiced coffee with a fragrant blend of dark roasted coffee and hot spices. This coffee is usually homemade, and most cafés don’t offer it, but just like Starbucks has a secret menu, you can ask cafés for their own authentic Moroccan spiced coffee.
In any movie that has a scene in Morocco, camels are probably one of the main things you must have noticed. It may take a bit to get used to camel riding, but once you've mastered this art you'll enjoy it.
Just as we look forward to Friday at the end of our workweek to return home and enjoy our little vacation, Friday in Morocco is considered a holy day. Friday is a holy day for Muslims; thus, it will be hard for you to find someone in the bazaar to bargain with during that day.
It's best to plan your trip before Friday so that you can enjoy a relaxed day among the different activities planned during your stay.
The best time to travel to Morocco depends on what you want to see, but the weather is always best in spring, specifically between April and May. Summer months can be hot, while winter months can be cold.
And there you have it! 15 things to put on your bucket list when traveling to Morocco! Don't miss the beautiful photos and delicious food that melts in your mouth! Try to stay in as many Moroccan Riads as possible and try bargaining while shopping. Morocco is full of mystery and adventure. It's a destination not to be missed during your travel trips.
And if you can't go to Morocco, you can always get a piece of Morocco to your home. Have a tour of our website to get unique handmade Moroccan items by local artisans.
Here is a selection of a few Moroccan products from our wide range.