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Top 7 Must-See Places in Morocco

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Interior of the Al-Quaraouiyine Mosque in Fez, Morocco

Interior of the Al-Quaraouiyine Mosque in Fez, Morocco

You will find timeless appeal and a colorful atmosphere with this eclectic list of seven must-see places in Morocco.

Whether you want to spend a night under the desert stars or discover a traditional marketplace, surf Atlantic waves, or climb blue stairs through the mountains, a contemporary pace weaves in and out of historic architecture to create thrilling excursions and captivating encounters.

Read more about what makes Morocco special as we highlight the essential experiences in Marrakech, Erg Chebbi, Chefchaouen, and more of Morocco’s beloved destinations.

1. Marrakech

Sunset over Djemaa El Fna market in Marrakesh, Morocco

Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech is a look into the heart of historic Morocco with a mixture of immersive aromas and dazzling colors. Artisan heritage turns the antique streets into opulent displays of marble and spices, elegant doors, and lavish gardens. The rhythm of the city has its own life and carries through the imperial layers of the Medina to the Art Nouveau aesthetic of New Town, bringing together past glamour, a colonial past, and vibrant modern culture.

Highlights: Djemaa El Fna Square | Bahia Palace | Saadian Tombs | Medina

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

2. Essaouira

Aerial panorama of medieval Essaouira, old city on Atlantic coast at sunset, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is charisma personified, where the relaxed ambiance of the coastline meets the drama of oceanic history. The lanes that weave through the old fortress feel authentic, with the old town filling the aromas of charming cafes and robust seafood. Traditional heritage, beach culture, avenues lined with palm trees, and art galleries capturing the spirit of the city bring a different perspective to the beauty of the coastal city.

Highlights: Portuguese Fort | Old Port | Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum | Fish Market | Traditional Souk

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

3. Rabat

Kasbah of Oudaias fortress in Rabat, Morocco

Oudaias Kasbah in Rabat, Morocco

Home to the Royal Palace, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and the Oudaias Kasbah, Rabat is a glance into the administrative and imperial capital of Morocco. With the charm at the edge of the Atlantic and the grace of palm-lined boulevards, the city radiates a unique glamour washing from the central beach to the evocative Medina. You can find 11th-century fortress walls, the soaring Hassan Tower, and the Chellah Necropolis as you uncover the diversity of Morocco’s capital city.

Highlights: Oudaias Kasbah | Hassan Tower | Chellah Necropolis | Rabat Archeology Museum | Medina

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

4. Fez

Chouara Tannery in Fez, Morocco

Chouara Tannery in Fez, Morocco

Fes is influential and inspiring. The spiritual and cultural history emerges from the streets and leads you to medieval remains, exotic colors, and demonstrated traditions. The Old World streets still feel authentic while modernity encroaches in small ways in and around the bustling Medina. Follow the footsteps of kings, witness the glint of endowed mosques, and embrace the self-confidence of the majestic lineage that continues to fascinate visitors along the warren of vibrant lanes.

Highlights: Al Quaraouiyine Mosque | Medersa Bou Inania | Fes el Bali | Souks District | Chouara Tannery

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

5. Erg Chebbi

Luxury camp in Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Luxury camp in Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Erg Chebbi embodies the majesty of Morocco’s landscape. The rippling dunes spread across the horizon shimmering with golden sands. From the unimpeded starlight to camel trekking over the pristine desert waves, the journey to the edge of the quintessential landscape can lead you to the rolling sea of dunes unlike that feel untouchable and otherworldly and yet accessible and completely captivating.

Highlights: Sand Dunes | Glamping | Stargazing | Camel Ride

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

6. Chefchaouen

The blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco

The 'blue city' of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Perched on the raw slopes of the Rif Mountains, the village of Chefchaouen shines with an artistic blue and an undeniably photogenic charisma. The Medina's alleyways overlap with stairs amidst the peaceful alpine ambiance giving way to hiking trails and popular trekking destinations. Chefchaouen feels removed from greater Morocco but connected to the culture's casual beauty with the architecture featuring Moroccan and Andalusian influence.

Highlights: Kasbah Museum | Medina | d’Achour Cascades | Rif Mountains | Plaza Uta el-Hammam

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

7. Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

While Morocco is the gateway to Africa, Casablanca is the main gateway to Morocco. The bustling city sets itself apart from the rest of the country with a distinctive Art Deco-style and ambiance blending the old-fashioned with the modern world. With a mixture of handsome Moorish architecture, French colonial design, and traditional Moroccan style, you could indulge in the beaches or embrace the blend of European flavors to find the true spirit of the city.

Highlights: Hassan II Mosque | Medina | Place Mohamed V | Corniche | Safi

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

How many days is enough to see Morocco?

Architectural details in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Courtyard in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Twelve to fourteen days will give you the best chance of experiencing Morocco with your goals and preferences in mind. With plenty of time to explore ancient landmarks, experience the winding lanes of historic cities, and intermingle with the traditions of local heritage. Whether you want to visit monkeys in the mid-Atlas Mountains or sip wine in a surprising vineyard, around two weeks lets you set your own pace to discover Morocco.

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 Atlas mountains and valley in the Quarzazate province, Morocco

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Morocco embodies a unique destination with millennia of history featured in desert dunes to mountain slopes. As a microcosm of the Mediterranean and a gateway to Africa, the depth and allure of national culture span dimensions with countless things to do. With an unforgettable exploration of historic markets or dramatic forts, you can visit our Morocco Travel Guide for more helpful hints on how to create your perfect trip. If you are planning a trip, you can speak with a Morocco travel specialist filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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