It’s 2019 and time to start making those travel bucket lists! If you haven’t yet thought about an exciting and exotic trip for your list, Morocco would be a wonderful addition. A bucket list destination should be a place that you have only dreamed about. A place where you can take in the local sights, sounds and tastes for an unforgettable experience. Get your passport ready and check out some of the exciting things that Morocco has to offer.
Morocco offers the perfect blend of sophistication with the exotic and that begins with a trip to one of its most famous cities, Marrakech. A city bursting with local flavor, there is much to do in the center of town. A must see is the local market of Djemaa El Fna, which is an experience for all the senses. Take in the hustle and bustle of the traditional local culture with spices and goods from vendors. Visitors can enjoy the talents of local acrobats and snake charmers who make way for musicians as the evening arrives. There is no shortage of activity here in Morocco’s most popular city. Many tourists flock here for an experience unlike any other.
Each city is home to a traditional Medina, which is a labyrinth-like maze of vendors and shops. Much like a traditional “flea market” vendors make handmade goods and sell them within a very small place. Far more beautiful than a local flea market in the states, shoppers can get lost wandering through these mini cities while perusing everything from slippers to spices.
Looking for a bit more adventure? A camel ride through the Sahara might be up your alley. With its gorgeous backdrop, it’s no wonder that visitors love the Saharan Desert. Imagine sleeping under the stars and watching the sunset from the dunes. It is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. If the Saharan Desert is a bit too far, there are still camel rides available in Morocco. Many even have additional experiences such as traditional spa experiences or local meals and tea.
Fez is perhaps one of Morocco’s most overlooked cities, but it shouldn’t be. With its rich history, visitors can find beauty around every corner. The Kairaouine Mosque is one of Fez’s most beautiful sites and also one of the largest on the continent. Visitors can marvel at its architecture while wandering around the narrow streets of Fez. There is no shortage of hidden treasures within the city’s alleys, complete with donkey traffic jams.
As if the beauty of each city wasn’t enough, there is the breathtaking Todra Gorge. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, Todra Gorge is not to be missed. This narrow fault allows visitors to trek through a space just wide enough for a single file line. Many visitors stay in nearby guesthouses, but if you are just here for the day fear not! The local village of Tizgui offers local fare and even some shopping.
Aït Ben Haddou will be recognized by many movie buffs for its appearance in Jesus of Nazareth, Lawrence of Arabia and even Gladiator. This traditional “Mud City” is home to some magnificent views and delicious local cuisine. Stop by here on on of your local tours to take in the views and enjoy some local fare. While not as bustling as the streets of Marrakech, visitors will still find some time to purchase local goods.
Essaouira is also known as Africa’s “Windy City.” Despite its coastal location, most visitors do not come here for the beach. In fact, it is home to some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts and has a thriving art community. Visitors can enjoy watching boat construction and fishing net repair in this bustling local port. Stroll through the gallery-lined streets and enjoy the scent of local fare and spices while you enjoy this coastal city. If you happen to be a windsurfer, Essaouira is a great spot from April until November.
Are you ready to visit this cultural gem? There are still a few spots left on my upcoming trip - you can check it out here and cross it off your bucket list for 2019!