Morocco offers a variety of interesting places and sites that are worth having a visit to. However, in this article we have chosen three destinations that are highly recommended:

Chefechouen

Chefchouen is one of the loveliest small cities of Morocco. It is nicknamed The Blue City or The Pearl of Morocco. Its blue walls, houses, hotels, restaurants and buildings make the city unique among all the other cities in Morocco. While you are visiting this brilliant city, you will notice that its architecture is Andalusian with an Arabic touch. Chefchouen is one of the favourite destinations for foreigners and Moroccans as well. Its charming beauty offers great opportunities to take pictures. One of the things you will notice in this city is that photographers hold their high-quality cameras staring at places to take a perfect photo that holds more than one meaning. The Pearl of Morocco (Chefchouen) is located in the breath-taking Rif Mountains, northwest Morocco it can be easily explored on a Marrakech to Chefchaouen desert tour.  The old medina is what makes Chefchouen a beautiful attraction in Morocco. It is where you can find the main square that is lined with local cafes and restaurants. Chefchouen is well-known for its Souk (traditional market), Kasbah (kind of fortified medina), blue alleys, the church (currently a theatre) and the way people dress.

Chefchouen was built in 1471 and found an ideal place to shop by tourists for its interesting and pure handicrafts that are rare to find in other Moroccan cities. Besides Muslims, Moriscos and Jews settled in this city.

Toubkal National Park

Toubkal National Park is one of hikers’ top choices in the world. It is situated in the High Atlas Mountains. Jbel Toubkal is the second highest peak in Africa at 13.671 feet (4267 meters). Climbing Jbel Toubkal is one of the amazing experiences that hikers and visitors appreciate. On the way to the top of the mountain, there are many Berber villages such as Imlil village (1.800 above the sea level) where you can observe people’s culture and lifestyle on a day trip from Marrakech to The Atlas Mountains. Such trip to Toubkal National Park makes the visitor enjoy the panoramic views and fascinating landscapes.

Essaouira (Mogador)

Essaouira is one of the oldest cities in Morocco that lies on the Atlantic coast. Its medina, which characterized by its European architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also witnessed many civilizations such as the Portuguese occupation in the 15th century. This amazing city has interesting places that worth visiting during your Essaouira day trip from Marrakech such as:

The Medina remparts (Scala de la Kasbah) :

Essaouira Medina walls were magnificently built by European engineers. They are a must-see place that provide an incredible view overlooking the Atlantic coast. These ramparts are usually admired by visitors.

The authentic fishing port

It is one of the most famous attractions in Essaouira. Here, you can see the small blue fishing boats that are made of wood. Having fresh seafood for lunch is one of the highly recommended things to do in Essaouira.

Taking a stroll alongside the beach

In fact, Essaouira’s beach is one of the surfers’ top choices in the world because of the unstoppable wind over the year. Besides surfing; visitors could experience riding camels, houseback or quad biking or just sunbathe.

Furthermore, Essaouira is famous for its Gnaoua music Festival that is held in June every year. This festival is an opportunity for Gnaoua musicians to gather this style of music fans from all over the world. Jazz and Rock musicians are usually welcomed to attend and perform as well. It represents the culture and West African music.

Posted by Dwayne K. Kelley

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