Located less than a three-hour flight from Paris, Morocco is a destination that rejuvenates, regardless of the time of year. This country offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, from the Atlantic Ocean and the Sahara Desert to the Atlas Mountains, making it both exotic and safe. If you’re drawn to this destination, you’ll find that in addition to tourist spots, other splendid places are worth exploring. Here are 12 must-see locations if you’re visiting Morocco.
In the Atlas region, west of the village of Ouzoud, lie the waterfalls bearing the same name. Approximately 110 meters high and spanning three distinct levels, these waterfalls offer a remarkable sight for nature enthusiasts.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Aït-Ben-Haddou is an archaeological gem of the country, located a few kilometers from Ouarzazate. It is one of Morocco’s best-preserved ksours, featuring fragile red earth houses and narrow passages, reflecting the nation’s architectural tradition. The site has been a filming location for movies like ‘Asterix and Obelix’, ‘Gladiator’, and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.
About twenty kilometers from Agadir, in the Tamraght river valley, lies Paradise Valley. Accessible after an hour’s walk from a small parking area, the valley boasts three large waterfalls and natural pools with turquoise waters, truly living up to its name.
Chefchaouen: The Blue City
Located in the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco, Chefchaouen enchants with its blue buildings. It’s best visited outside of school holidays to fully appreciate its charm.
Merzouga and the Sahara Desert
602 kilometers from the capital, Rabat, Merzouga serves as a gateway to the desert. Here, you can walk on the Sahara dunes and experience the desert environment. The village offers various desert excursions, including camel rides, buggy, or quad tours.
The Atlas Region
Traveling through the Middle and High Atlas region reveals stunning landscapes. Away from the usual tourist paths, you can visit villages to see typical buildings and learn about the Atlas inhabitants’ lifestyle.
Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, is Morocco’s quintessential tourist city. Known as “the red city” for its colored buildings, it offers a plethora of attractions, from Jamaa el Fna square to monuments, entertainment, and beautiful riads.
A visit to Casablanca, a relatively peaceful city with a certain charm, is a must. The Hassan II Mosque, an architectural wonder by the Atlantic Ocean, is particularly noteworthy.
Ouarzazate, known as “the gateway to the desert,” is often likened to a mini Moroccan Hollywood due to its landscapes that attract numerous film productions. Fifteen kilometers from the city is the Fint oasis, featuring a palm grove created by its microclimate.
Bin el Ouidane Dam
Designed by engineer André Coyne, this dam offers an impressive view and has become a Moroccan landmark.
Agadir, a city on the southern Atlantic coast, is ideal for relaxation, offering sun and sea. Nearby Taghazout is a renowned surfing spot.
Fez and the Largest Medina in the World
Fez, a city-museum listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts the world’s largest medina, Fez-el-Bali. This city’s sumptuous, history-rich scenery is not to be missed.