For many people, going to Africa may plainly be a search for wildlife and adventure. What people should know is that Africa holds a gem that also houses great sights to see that could compare to that with the beauty of Athens and that is Morocco.
Morocco is a place like no other. From the snow-capped mountains to the dunes of the Sahara, to the beautiful beaches lining the Mediterranean andAtlantic ocean, the magic of Morocco can engulf the mind and spirit with its rich and storied past.
Visiting the Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is among Morocco’s iconic destinations. Most travelers who visit the Sahara opt for an experience among the Erg Chebbi dunes in eastern Morocco. Near Erfoud and Merzouga, travelers tend to start this excursion from Marrakechor Fes.
If you’re an adventurous traveler who wishes to see less traveled parts of the Sahara, consider wandering further south to the Erg Chigaga dunes, south of Zagora and Tagounite. In both areas, you can create a classic desert experience by hiking the dunes, riding a camel, eating local food, sand boarding, camping and star gazing.
Otherwise known as “the other Morocco”, Marrakech is not only a fantastic city, it is also a symbol of the Morocco that once was, and which still survives here. Situated at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is large, noisy, full of history, and beautiful. There’s a lot to see and do in Marrakech. Tourists searching for the “real” Morocco have turned the medieval structures of Marrakech into good business.
Most of Africa would seem like a big, vast desert to people who have not been to an African country. It would come off as a big surprise to tourists to find out that Morocco actually has a beautiful beach that Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley used to enjoy in the 1960′s. This beautiful beach named Essaouira is a great place to get away from the heat and bustle of the bigger cities. Highlights include strolling through the town’s beautiful narrow streets filled with red and blue painted houses, the ramparts, the beach and listening to traditional music of the Gnawas.
Set beneath the striking peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen has long been charming travellers. One of the prettiest towns in Morocco, its old medina is a delight of Moroccan and Andalucian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright blue buildings, and narrow lanes converging on a delightful square.
Chefchaouen is popular to independent travellers (perhaps because it is the cannabis capital of morocco) but not yet spoilt by them. Hiking, swimming in streams, sipping a drink on the main square (Outa el Hammam) and enjoying the beauty of the white houses and their brightly painted doors are just some of the highlights one could enjoy.