A realm fringed by dunes, mountains, and seas
Fringed by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, overshadowed by the Rif mountains up north, and embraced by the Sahara desert to the east, Morocco is characterized by different climate zones. Mediterranean temperatures in the country’s northern regions are ideal for spring, summer, and autumn holidays. Further inland, however, climate is harsh, with cold winters and very hot summers, so be careful when picking your destination and planning the trip to avoid extreme seasons. The Atlantic coast generally records the highest rainfall, while southern regions are drier and characterized by longer daily sunshine intervals. April-May and October-November are rainy seasons here, so embark on your Morocco exploration during a less humid month just to stay on the safe (and dry) side.
Pristine beaches and adrenaline sports
In Morocco, you can find some of Africa’s cleanest beaches such as Tcharrana, Agadir, Laghzira, Quemado, and Imsouane. The Atlantic coastline features sandy stretches perfect for lounging and water sports such as diving, snorkeling, and surfing. For rockier beachscapes, head over to the country’s Mediterranean coast: northern Morocco is ideal for adrenaline junkies looking to merge mountain trekking sessions and beachside fun, capture memorable sunrise pictures from the ocean shore and get your blood pumping fast during cave and forest explorations.
Imperial cities steeped in culture and history
Palate-tingling flavours and zesty spices
A camel-borne desert adventure
Desert tours on camelback are another unique experience for Western tourists eager to savour the authentic spirit of Morocco. Camel trekking is very popular here: an excellent way to explore the magnificent Sahara landscapes, inspect awe-inspiring rock formations up close, sleep under the starry desert sky, and conquer the sandy expanses like a true nomad or Bedouin, camel-borne tours range in length from one-day outings to two-week expeditions. Though not exactly the embodiment of transport comfort, camel trekking tours (méharrées) should definitely be on every tourist’s To Do list during a visit to this wild land. Before embarking on any camel trek, please ensure you are using a responsible operator who puts the camels welfare first. Avoid any ride if it gives you cause for concern about the animal’s treatment. As a minimum, check that the camels have access to shade, water and rest and are not overloaded. An average adult camel should carry a maximum load of 150kg – equivalent to two people each weighing 12 stone. If in doubt, insist that each camel carries only one person (source: SPANA).
Shoppaholic’s heaven in the heart of impressive cities
Morocco has a long tradition of trade relations with Europe and Asia, and the country’s love of bargaining is noticeable at every corner. Marrakesh, Tangier, Fez, and Casablanca are popular stops on a shoppaholic’s Morocco quest. At the busy souks, you can find just about anything you need, from handmade artifacts, fine fabrics, hand-woven baskets, and local spices to tribal jewelry, leather goods, precious metals, and traditional carpets. Vendors like to haggle and make small talk with foreigners, so do not skip a visit to the market if you truly want to feel the Moroccan vibe coursing through your veins.
A melting pot of different identities, Morocco is an excellent place to taste the unique spirit of North Africa and experience the region’s exotic mix of cuisine, culture, religion, and art. A jewel of Maghreb encompassing dunes, beaches, mountain summits, and impressive imperial cities, Morocco is the spiciest blend of the East and the West, and its everlasting charm will never cease to attract tourist crowds in search of adventures and romance betwixt the desert and ocean waves.