The Beauty of Morocco: A Journey You Won't Want to Miss

Travel to Morocco

With its diverse landscape, rich history, and thriving culture, Morocco has earned its place as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. If you’re planning your next vacation, consider exploring the country’s ancient cities and breathtaking natural wonders with this handy guide on how to start your journey into Morocco’s beauty. Whether you take an overnight train or fly into Casablanca, there are plenty of ways to get to the country’s most popular destinations from afar. Before you hit the road or board that plane, though, here are some things you should know about traveling to Morocco.

Where to begin?

Planning a trip to Morocco can be overwhelming. There's a lot of research and planning involved in exploring all the nooks and crannies, especially when you're considering what all you'll need once you're there. That said, it's well worth your time as Morocco has both historic and beautiful sites that won't disappoint. If you're on your way to this enchanting destination, here are a few steps that will help pave the way for your Moroccan adventure!

Why visit Morocco?

Many people dream of visiting Africa at some point in their life. A year ago, I didn’t know what Morocco was but now that I am a professional photographer, it is one place I want to explore. While traveling the world and going on adventures by myself, I realized that one thing all photographers should do is go on a photography tour so they can capture images just like the ones from their dreams. After doing some research, Morroco seemed like an intriguing destination with a lot of beauty so it's been added to my list. From floating in hot springs to taking rides through the Sahara Desert, this is a trip you will not want to miss out on. Who knows when your opportunity might arise?

Getting there

Traveling in a foreign country can be intimidating, but the rewards are worth it. Keep these things in mind before you go on your next adventure.

Packing- Pack light and enjoy the feeling of stepping out onto an international runway without all the security lines and waiting.

Dressing modestly- Covering up will show that you're respectful of Moroccan culture and customs, as well as help you avoid unwanted attention from locals.

Language- Knowing some basic phrases such as hello, thank you, and I'm sorry will really come in handy. It's also always good to know the word yes. Don't be afraid to speak up!

Where to stay in Morocco

If you are looking for the best place to stay in Marrakech, consider a Riad. Rundown, back alleys may not be where you want to go and at night things can get dicey. These boutique hotels are uniquely Moroccan with intimate spaces and friendly staff members that will do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable. Some even offer a personalized cooking class or meditative yoga session which is an added bonus. All these things combined with all the beauty Morocco has to offer, there is nothing more you could ask for.

What should you do while visiting Morocco?

Learn the cultures, customs, and cuisines. Be open-minded with everything you do. Be adventurous and explore more than just tourist attractions. Try new foods! Although many are not vegetarian-friendly, try them anyways and see what makes them special for locals. Experiment with food that's available or spices in your home kitchen to get a sense of what differentiates Moroccan cuisine from other regional cuisines like French or Chinese. Try the cinnamon cookies called biscottis; they are hard, round cookies usually served with tea or coffee in Moroccan homes, but also at hotels and cafés in cities like Marrakech and Tangier (but order without sugar if you're trying it for the first time). Have fun!

Shopping tips in Morocco

When it comes to shopping in Morocco, there is no right or wrong time. Simply head out with your friends and explore the ancient and lively souks (markets) where you'll find clothes, jewelry, leather bags, souvenirs, and more. Markets are open in Marrakech until 10pm every day. The Souk El Tijara is just a five-minute walk from the Kasbah des Oudayas and features local crafts as well as jewelry imported from across Africa. Visit The Ligue de l'Artisanat for quality souvenirs like hand-made pottery or silverware that would make for a perfect addition to any dinner party table or kitchen countertop. Moroccan Cuisine is most well known for its street food.

Enjoy the nightlife!

It's worth noting that while it is more customary for Moroccans to dine with their families and friends, bars and clubs do offer a lot in the way of entertainment. And should you find yourself partying at a Berber tent (or be interested in Berber customs), then you'll have no trouble finding one. If you're looking for something to do in the daytime instead, perhaps exploring Casablanca's medina markets could be your answer. There are few things more comforting than relaxing by a waterfall or seaside hammam after some shopping or wandering through spices stalls!

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