For all you avid travellers out there, we thought that we would compile a list of reasons to visit Morocco. Firstly let’s start with a bit of background geography! The landscape is as diverse as its cultural heritage and language. Much like California in the United States, Morocco has various mountains, desert regions, beaches, and forests. The north of the country (around Chefchaouen) is home to the Rif Mountains while the northern coast boasts a Mediterranean climate. The middle section of Morocco is home to the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains while the High Atlas Mountains are located south of Marrakesh and is home to the tallest peak in North Africa, Jbel (Mount) Toubkal (4068 meters). This region that acts as a borderland separating Morocco’s top from the Sahara Desert regions to the south. The topography helps make Morocco one of the most alluring countries in North Africa, so you’ll experience first-hand as you explore. If you are still not inspired to venture to this great country, here are 5 reasons that may help sway you.
The sun works wonders to deliver the most delicious dates, olives, lemons, oranges and grapefruits: in Marrakech I couldn’t resist the orange juice stalls in Jamaa el Fna, truly fresh and sublime! Food in Morocco is heavily spiced and intense, which fits perfectly with the country’s very own nature. The air is pervaded with the scent of orange blossoms, spices, freshly baked bread and fresh mint.
Morocco is a country with a rich history. It is a monarchy, and people love their king, Mohammed VI. It was previously a French protectorate, and you will find much French influence. Once upon a time there was a huge Jewish population, and while today many have emigrated, Jews and Muslims live side by side in peace. It also has a rich Berber history.
Traditional homes filled with beautiful tiles and mosaics, palaces, beautiful gardens… These are only a few examples of the amazing Moroccan architecture. You will also see modern structures side by side to the traditional ones. A must see is The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the largest in the world.
The country also has some really delightful beaches, such as the ones along the Agadir Bay or Ksar es-Seghir on the Strait of Gibraltar where you can relax and enjoy the sun and sand. One of the best parts about Moroccan beaches is that you can either opt for Mediterranean ones or those situated on the Atlantic. The long coastline of the country gives many options and Tamuda Bay, Al Jadida, Essaouira are some of the places with picturesque beaches.
South of the Anti-Atlas Mountains is the Sahara Desert, where you can take a tour, which is best explored via a 4×4 tour or camel ride. The quad tours quickly take you over the sandy roads through the desert villages while the slower, more leisurely camel ride allows you to appreciate the details of the desert. If you choose to camp in the desert, expect to fall asleep below an expansive starry sky and wake up to a stunning desert sunrise.
So there you have it 5 tempting tantalisers sure to whet your appetite for Morocco, go on give those travel agents a call! And for more information about Morocco just visit Maroque.