Stylia Tours' 30 Ultimate Experiences
Discover the vibrant colors, bustling souks, and breathtaking landscapes of Morocco with Stylia Tours’ top picks. From exploring ancient medinas to camping in the Sahara desert, our list of 30 ultimate experiences includes visiting the Roman ruins of Volubilis, discovering the blue village of Chefchaouen, and marveling at the intricate architecture of the Hassan II Mosque. Make the most of your trip to Morocco with Stylia Tours’ expert guidance.
1. Explore the Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakesh
Step back in time and discover the stunning architecture of the Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakesh. This 16th-century Koranic school is one of the best-preserved historic sites in the city, with an expansive courtyard that will take your breath away.
2. Discover the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat
Travel to Rabat and explore the Kasbah of the Udayas, a 12th-century fortress built by Muslim refugees from Spain. Wander through the narrow alleys, admire the quaint walled garden, and take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the kasbah’s terrace.
3. Get lost in the Marrakesh Souks
No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit to the souks. Wind your way through the narrow and colorful labyrinths of the city’s medina, and haggle for handcrafted rugs, clothing, jewelry, pottery, and more.
4. Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
One of the largest mosques in the world, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is a modern marvel of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship. Marvel at the intricate details of the mosque’s design, and take in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from the mosque’s terrace.
5. Discover the Old City of Fez
Step into a world of ancient wonders in the Old City of Fez. This UNESCO-listed medina is home to fondouks, medersas, mosques, and palaces dating back a thousand years, and is considered the world’s most active medieval city.
6.Visit the Holy Town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun
Located in the foothills of Jebel Zerhoune, the holy town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun is one of Morocco’s most sacred sites. It was founded by Morocco’s most venerated saint and the creator of its first Arab dynasty. The town’s mausoleum is an object of constant pilgrimage and an important summer moussem.
7. Marvel at the Roman Ruins of Volubilis
Travel back in time to the Roman Empire and explore the ancient city of Volubilis. This UNESCO-listed site is home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa and offers a fascinating glimpse into Morocco’s rich history.
8. Discover the Historic City of Meknes
Meknes is a historic city that was founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids. It became a capital under Sultan Moulay Ismaïl, the founder of the Alawite dynasty. Today, Meknes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style. Its high walls, great doors, and harmonious blend of Islamic and European styles from the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today.
9. Immerse Yourself in the Blue Village of Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen is a picturesque village founded in the 15th century in the foothills of the Rif Mountains. Its blue-painted buildings are a major draw for tourists, and the village is considered one of the most charming places in Morocco.
10. Visit Tangier, the Gateway to Africa
Tangier is a city with a rich history and a strategic location at the meeting point of two seas and two continents. It was founded by Mediterranean trading nations, ruled by the Roman Empire, and eventually returned to the Moroccan nation in 1956. Tangier’s seedy charm and unique blend of cultures make it a highly sought-after destination for travelers.
11. Discovering the Charm of Essaouira
Essaouira is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Morocco. The medina is full of energy and charm, with local markets selling everything from spices to textiles. The port is also famous, having been featured in Game of Thrones, and the sight of fishermen hauling in their daily catch is a sight to behold. But there’s more to Essaouira than just the hustle and bustle. The town also has a laid-back vibe, with art galleries and cafes tucked away down narrow streets.
12. Unveiling the Secrets of Taroudant
Get ready to be mesmerized by the charm of Taroudant, a fortified town nestled in Morocco’s southern region. Step into the enchanting Medina, explore the labyrinthine streets, and encounter the bustling markets overflowing with vibrant colors and traditional crafts. Witness the panoramic views from the ancient ramparts and let the magic of Taroudant transport you to a bygone era.
13. Exploring Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco
Ouarzazate may be a small desert town, but it’s big on the silver screen. Atlas Studios, located just outside the town, has been the site of over 200 Hollywood movies, from biblical epics to ancient Egyptian tales. The highlight of any visit to Ouarzazate is the complete set of Kingdom of Heaven, rising out of the barren landscape.
14. Camping in the Sahara Desert
The Sahara Desert is an otherworldly landscape that has fascinated travelers for centuries. And the best way to experience it is by camping out in the dunes. Settle into a simple Bedouin tent for a night of unforgettable stargazing and spectacular sunsets. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
15. Meeting the Amazigh Villagers
Morocco’s Amazigh tribes are semi-nomadic people who continue to live in the mountain and desert villages where they have lived for centuries. Staying with them or visiting their villages is a unique opportunity to learn about their customs and traditions. Experience their famed hospitality firsthand and gain a deeper appreciation for Morocco’s rich cultural heritage.
16. Surfing the Atlantic Coast
Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, stretching from Agadir to Essaouira, draws surfers and watersport enthusiasts from all over the world. The huge waves and extreme winds make for an adrenaline-fueled experience, while the stunning scenery adds to the overall thrill.
17. Seeing the Goat Trees
Argan oil, a luxury beauty product, comes from trees that only grow in Morocco. And goats love to climb these trees to feast on the nuts, which makes for a quirky photo-op. Don’t miss the chance to snap a picture of these four-legged climbers in action.
18. Camel Trekking in the Moroccan Desert
There’s nothing quite like a camel trek through the vast and stunning landscapes of the Moroccan desert. Explore rolling sand dunes, abandoned kasbahs, and ancient trade routes on the back of a camel. It’s an unforgettable adventure that will make you feel like a true explorer.
19. Discovering the Ounila Valley
The Ounila Valley is a treasure trove of Moroccan history and culture. As you drive through the valley, you’ll encounter the decaying homes of Telouet Kasbah and Tamdaght Kasbah, once flourishing centers of trade and prosperity on the caravan route. Explore the winding roads and rugged terrain of the valley, and immerse yourself in the rich history of the region.
20. The Thrilling Zig-Zags of the Dades Valley
The Dades Valley is famous for its set of tight zig-zags that rise dramatically from the valley floor to Aït Oufi. Head past Café Timzillite to get the best possible view of the valley disappearing in front of you as the road twists its way down. The stunning scenery and thrilling drive make this one of the top destinations in Morocco for adventure seekers.
21. The Mesmerizing Todra Gorge
The Todra Gorge is a natural wonder that will leave you in awe. The massive wall of rock, almost 200 meters high and only 10 meters wide at its narrowest point, changes color magically as the sun fades. Although slightly marred by tourist vendors, the Todra Gorge remains a must-see destination in Morocco. Take a hike through the gorge and experience the stunning natural beauty up close.
22. The Enchanting Valley of the Roses
The Valley of the Roses is a true delight for nature lovers. The Assif M’Goun river has carved out a stunning landscape of red rock framing the lush green valley floor. A 30-kilometer paved road runs alongside the river, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. Visit in April and May to see the valley in full bloom with roses being harvested by local women.
23. The Jungle Paradise of Ouzoud Falls
Set in the El-Abid River gorge, the Ouzoud Falls offer a cool and refreshing oasis in the heart of Morocco. The falls cascade down a lush jungle paradise, and a zigzagging path leads you down the valley wall, offering stunning views of the cascading waters and surrounding foliage. Keep an eye out for mischievous macaque monkeys that love to steal from unsuspecting tourists.
24 Moroccan Music Festivals
Morocco has a long history of music, and its festivals are a testament to the country’s rich musical heritage. If you are a fan of world music, you should definitely check out the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira or the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez. These festivals bring together musicians from all over the world to celebrate music, spirituality, and culture.
25 Hammams: A traditional Moroccan spa experience
Hammams are an essential part of Moroccan culture, and they offer a unique bathing experience that you won’t find anywhere else. A hammam is a cross between a sauna and a Turkish bath, and it is a great way to relax and rejuvenate your body. You can choose from inexpensive public hammams to luxurious private ones, depending on your budget.
26. Shop at a Souk and Take a Cooking Class
Moroccan cuisine is a feast for the senses. The blend of spices, herbs, and fresh ingredients creates a unique flavor that is both exotic and delicious. If you want to learn the secrets of Moroccan cooking, then taking a cooking class is a must-do activity. In Morocco, you can shop for ingredients at a souk, then learn to make aromatic tagines and other Moroccan specialties.
27. Rent a Riad for a Unique Accommodation Experience
While you can find restored 16th-century palaces turned into guesthouses throughout Morocco, Marrakesh is particularly famous for its selection of charming restored riads. These guesthouses often have beautiful gardens and intricate tile work, providing an unforgettable accommodation experience.
28. Sip Mint Tea Everywhere You Go
Morocco is known for its hospitality, and one of the most quintessential Moroccan experiences is sipping on a cup of mint tea. This refreshing drink is served everywhere, from cafes to shops to homes. Try it while haggling in the souks or relaxing in a traditional riad.
29. Experience the Imilchil Moussem Festival
If you’re lucky enough to be in Morocco in September, don’t miss the Imilchil Moussem Festival. This three-day festival is also known as the “Marriage Market” and is the largest mountain souk in Morocco. It’s a chance for the Berber tribes to trade goods, reunite with family and friends, and most importantly, for young people to find their future spouses.
30 Take a Stroll Through Jardin Majorelle
This meticulously planned twelve-acre botanical garden is a must-see for any art or nature lover. Created by French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, and subsequently owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, Jardin Majorelle is filled with stunning bamboo groves, cacti gardens, and lily-covered pools. The tranquillity of the garden is only enhanced by the sound of birdsong.