A land of myriad contrasts, Morocco is one of Africa’s most preferred tourist destinations. With a beautiful coast on one side, and a desert on the other, the country is also home to Toubkal, the highest peak in the majestic Atlas Mountains as well as in North Africa. And if these aren’t reasons enough for you visit Morocco, here are a few more motivational pointers from Holidayme.com on why every travel buff absolutely must travel to Morocco
- To explore MarrakeshPerhaps the most striking city of the Arab World, Marrakesh (also written as Marrakech), is the foremost selling point of Morocco tourism. Filled with small alleyways and mesmerizing medinas (local shopping centres), Marrakesh is enough to keep you engaged and captivated for days altogether. Any traveller who’s stayed or explored this exhilarating city will acknowledge that Marrakesh is one place that barely pauses for breath at night.
- It’s inexpensive:For those anxious about the high cost an international trip demands, worry not! Morocco can be an economical and delightful escape, even during the winter months.
- Amazing hiking trails in Morocco:Morocco is a heaven for hiking enthusiasts – from the High Atlas Mountains to Middle Atlas Mountains to Anti-Atlas Mountains to Rif Mountains, there’s absolutely no dearth of hiking trails in this amazing country. What’s more, Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, is situated in Morocco.
- Staying in a riad:Today, many Moroccan riads (traditional houses or palaces with internal gardens), have been converted into hotels to attract foreign tourists looking for a classic experience. Boasting of splendid architecture, riads are not only lesser expensive than hotels, but also guarantee a memorable experience – complete with excellent food, timely service, and a royal atmosphere.
- Moroccan food:Some of the world’s most exotic and delicious cuisines inarguably come from Morocco. From B’ssara (rich soup of dried broad beans), to Tagine (dish cooked in earthenware pot), to Fish chermoula, to Harira (traditional soup), this country a palatable delight for every food lover!
- Shopping in Morocco:There’s nothing more challenging or more satisfying than shopping in a Moroccan medina. From colourful slippers and pottery, to spices and jewellery pieces, to brilliant silk embroidery, and to leather bags and Berber carpets – there are a million things to take back as souvenirs on your Moroccan holiday. And god help you if you’re a shopaholic, you’ll be left confused on what to buy for the rest of your trip!
- Moroccan Mint Tea:Whether it’s the riads, the medinas, high-end hotels, quaint cafes or bistros – you simply can’t escape the charm of Morocco’s mint tea with delicious local pastries! While the tea is served everywhere you go and has the same taste, the pastries vary from place to place.
- Moroccan Beaches:With a coastline that covers around 1,200 miles on the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco has beaches for everyone – sun-lovers, surfers and nature-seekers. While Agadir and Casablanca are ideal for families looking for some quiet time with their loved ones, Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki are abuzz with water-sport enthusiasts. Plage-Blanche, a beach in the middle of an ecological park, is perfect for spotting some Moroccan wildlife and getting away from crowds.