1. Visit Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen has been one of my favourite towns that I visited in Morocco. You may know it as the blue and white city. The bottom half of each building is painted blue with the top painted white. Chefchaouen is located in the reef mountains in North Morocco. It is a tradition every year to repaint the house and it is done by the women! It has a very laid back lifestyle like a beach town and it is also one of the major areas in the world where weed is grown. Who would of thought? Chefchaouen is a great place to wonder down the many alleyways, take photos of lots of doors, and to enjoy traditional Moroccan delicies.
2. Get Lost in Fez Medina
Fez has one of the best medina’s to visit in all of Morocco. It is the most traditional, and has a huge variety of areas that you can consume yourself in. However, I also would recommend a guide, as you could get completely lost and never find your way out again! You can witness many traditional works in the medina. Some of these include the tanneries where they dye the cow leather (and it is extremely smelly, but they do give you fresh mint to smell!), watch nougat being made, scalf and silk weavers, crockery painting, metal work and many more! The food smells are also fantastic in there, so you definatley follow your nose! We also went into a local preschool and got to meet the kids and they taught us some Arabic! It was a great experience, one I will definitely not forget.
3. Camel Trek and Berber camping in the Sahara Desert
My favourite part of my trip to Morocco!!! Riding my camel who I named Humptunia into the Sahara desert. When we were driving to the Sahara desert, I was starting to think it was never going to show itself and then when you least expect it, ‘BOOM’ there it is! We loaded up our camels with our possessions that we would need for camping for the night and then started our single file ride into the dunes! Our ride into the desert on our camels was with the local Berber people and lasted just over an hour before we reached the Berber camp. The hardest part of the ride is trying to stay on your camel when it gets up and down. It ain’t an easy task and you definitely get those sore legs like from when you have been riding a horse (but don’t let this put you off!).
If the weather is being nice, you could experience an amazing sunset or sunrise over the dunes. At the camp we slept in traditional berber tents, ate freshly cooked moroccan food and listened to some music performances around the campfire.
4. Shopping in Essouiria
Essouiria is a lovely and relaxed beach side town where you can go at a lesuirely pace. It is also a great place to do all your Moroccan souviner shopping. The good thing about it is the people do not hassle you no where near as much as those in Marrakesh. Essouiria is known for its sterling silver jewellery. It is also one of the few places you can buy some alcohol to drink in Morocco. Essouiria is one of the filming sites for Game of Thrones. Interesting fact for those Game of Thrones fans outs there; it is where Darnerys Targaryen bought her unsullied warriors.
5. Todra Gorges
Todra gorges is another one of the many changing landscapes of Morocco. Sometimes I felt I was passing through New Zealand, Australia, America, the scenery is constantly changing! They also have eucalyptus trees just like Aus! Todra gorges is in between the Sahara desert and Essouiria. It is located in an oasis, so there is constant water flowing and the crops thrive. An oasis is not what I pictured it either with a tiny bit of greenery and a pond. It is the complete opposite! Here you can walk through the local farming area and the gorges. Make sure you have your camera with you!
6. City tour of Rabat
Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. It is roughly an hours drive from Casablanca. There are many fascinating sights to see. Some of these include; the old palace (which have some amazing doors and gardens), the new palace, some ruins, the masouleum, and old medina. Joining a city tour is definatley the best way to see all the sights and find out the history. By also having a local guide it avoids the tourist problem of being hassled and the victimisation of large prices. The mosaic work in the masouleum was amazing and I definatley recommend a visit to this lovely city (it also clean!).
7. Drive the windy road through the Atlas Mountains
The Atlas Mountains are the famous and largest mountain range in the country. Being in the mini bus and going around them can also be a very scary prospect. The hardest thing that is I couldn’t get over was the road safety! They have no road guards so you could literally go flying over the edge, so you must have absolute faith in your driver! In saying this though, you get some of the best views in Morocco of the mountains and they can be absolutely breath taking!
8. The Fortified City
The fortified city, you may also know it as the city used in Russell Crowe’s ‘Gladiator’. It is located in the middle of Morocco. Very few people still live here and look after this city (a total of 6 families). It is interesting to have a look around and then climbing to the upmost peak of the city. Up here you nearly get blown away by the force of the wind and have to lean on an angle to stay upright! The very top is where this old city used to store all their valuables and food supplies to keep them away from robbers!
9. Try the local cuisine
There are three main dishes of cuisine in Morocco. These include cous cous, Tagine and brochettes (kebab skewers). Evèry meal is also served with a range of bread and olives. Definitely all worth a try. My favouties was getting well cooked brochettes and a seafood tagine! Yum yum! I have also never eaten so many olives in my life! But they were all so delicious except for one kind of black olives which were way to salty and strong tasting for me.
10. Have ‘tea’ with a local family
This is definitely an experience I will not be forgetting any time soon. When we were visiting a local area we were given the opportunity to meet a local family and have a mint tea and some nibbles with them. It was interesting to see what the locals house looks like on the inside and how they live their daily lives. This includes feeding the livestock, cooking, cleaning and so on. Moroccan Mint tea is a mix of a green tea with mint… Do you think you would fancy it? Should I also mention they put in a lot of sugar. The average Moroccan person consumes 27kg of sugar a year in tea and eats 220kg of bread…WOW…
11. Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II mosque is the third largest mosque in the world. A site definitely worth seeing if you would like an insight into the Muslim religion. It is very rare that tourists are allowed into mosques, so this was an opportunity you need to grab with both hands! Hassan II Mosque has a theme of different blues for most of its mosaics that you see, however the inside is a mixture of pinks, creams and glass chandeliers. You learn about the hierarchy of men and women, the habits of prayer and religious events.
12. Roman ruins – Voulbis
When the Romans arrived in Morocco (they seem to have been everywhere!), they settled and built in this area of Morocco a wealthy city that had many rich habitants with of course lots of Moroccan and Berber slaves. You can spend ages wondering around the ruins being arty farty with your camera, taking in the amazing views and learning the history of this World heritage site. One of the most entertaining part of this visit was to see the brothel, and how it had a most obvious carving of a raised penis on top of a stone block.