It’s overwhelming + chaotic. It’s crowded + bustling. It’s sensory overload + magic. It’s old world. It’s new world.

Morocco, it’s a true adventure.

From deserts to mountains to coastline, it’s a stone throw from Southern Europe, but it feels like a world away. Truly. Being our first country we have ever explored in Africa we wanted to make sure that we planned a trip that was epic. A trip where we could hit the road with our crew and drive, explore, get a taste of what Morocco was all about + be free. Here are a few of the best places to visit in Morocco in order from South to North because honestly we couldn’t rank them. 

Our Top Places to Visit in Morocco


The Sahara Desert is magic and most certainly needs to be included on any well-rounded Moroccan itinerary. Merzouga is an excellent town to use as a jumping off point to experience the magic of the region. Unlike many stereotypically think, the weather in the desert can be a bit unpredictable, so if you are bent on experiencing the desert to the fullest (and why shouldn’t you be? You have travelled all this way already!) we highly recommend budgeting two days to explore. 


  • Glamp in the Sahara Desert (there are lots of options available, do your research and find a place that suits you best!)
  • Explore the area in a 4×4 + see how the nomads live
  • Relax on the dunes
  • Enjoy a sunrise/sunset camel ride
  • Visit the small town of Merzouga + enjoy a local lunch

Todra Gorge

Most tourists will stop at the Gorge for a rest break, perhaps a very quick bite, a walk (or drive) through the the towering cliffs, snap a pic of the sheer walls that surround them, and then load back up bound for a better known site. In our opinion, these folks may be “seeing the Gorge,” but they’re totally missing the magic. Todra Gorge (like many places we have travelled) can be experienced with the masses, but the best way to digest the incredible beauty is to hike into the rocks and admire the views and the geologic wonder from a different perspective. Todra Gorge is the perfect example how venturing off the beaten path can afford the most majestic of experiences. You’ll want to budget a solid day to explore + hike. We highly recommend staying at Auberge Le Festival, a beautiful hotel built right into the rocks of the gorge. 


  • Hike “The Loop” through + around the Gorge (a guide isn’t necessary for this one, just download before hitting the trail)
  • Stay in a cave + experience authentic Berber hospitality
  • Wade into the water to look for geodes and minerals that get washed down out of the surrounding cliffs.
  • Head to the Tinghir Oasis for lunch surrounded by lush palm gardens

Gorges du Dades

Located in the heart of the Atlas Mountains in the province of Thingir is a gorge that has been carved out by the Dades River. The gorge itself is certainly an incredible geologic wonder, however, the show stopper is Zik-Zak road, a serpentine stretch of pavement which winds its way up to an area that will give you excellent views of the area. If you’re in the mood to make a bit of a longer stop take a seat at Cafe Timzzillite and enjoy a coffee. If you’re on a tight budget however, the views next to the cafe are just as good in our opinion. You’ll want to budget an afternoon to enjoy this scenic drive as there are lots of places to snap some incredible photos.


  • Drive through the Gorge + take in the scenery
  • Take in views of the red rock formations (Monkey Fingers)
  • Enjoy a coffee at Cafe Restaurant Timzillite + watch vehicles wind their way up the series of hairpin turns

Ait Ben Haddou

Noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, this fortified town has had a long historical importance. A popular caravan stop long ago turned into a popular tourist destination, the largest Kasbah……. Sure you could opt to stay in Ouzarate, a much bigger town just down the road, but we think waking up to views of the Kasbah is better. There are lots of little gems in this around this town, to hit the top highlights you’ll want to budget 1 – 1.5 days to explore.


  • Explore Kasbash Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) built in the 1600s which is still very well preserved
  • Visit Atlas Studios or CLA Studios to learn a little about Morocco’s movie magic
  • Get even further off the grid and take a trip to Flint Oasis for lunch.


The largest city in Morocco, Marrackech is every bit the busy, loud, and exotic city you would imagine. While there are modern portions of the city, the beating heart of the city is undoubtedly its Medina (marketplace). A UNESCO World Heritage site in itself, it is a labyrinth of narrow overflowing with life, noise, and anything you could possibly want to buy. Make sure you bring your A game, however, because here haggling is essential.  If shopping isn’t your thing, just walking around is a feast for the senses, and there is also a venerable treasure trove of mosques, museums, and palaces to explore.


  • Walk around the very lively Plaaza Jemaa el-Fnaa
  • Explore the Medina (just try not to get too lost)
  • Visit Saadian Tombs, the final resting place of Saadian Sultan Ahmed al Mansour ed-Dahbi + 200 others
  • Visit El Badii Palace
  • Bahia Palace
  • Enjoy beautiful photos at Maison de la Photographie (the museum is housed in an old Fondouk, a place of importance for caravans (camels kept downstairs and upstairs traders would use the rooms))
  • Relax at the Hammam


A city that derives its name from two rivers, Alcobaça is a charming little town only ~100km north of Lisbon making it a great day daytrip. The real draw, however is the incredible monastery. Built in the 12th century it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and several of Portugal’s past monarchs have been put to rest here. Walk amongst their ornate mausoleums and learn about the very sad love story of King Pedro I and Inés de Castro. Plan on spending somewhere around three hours here to explore.


  • Visit the Medina + the Traditional Souk
  • Explore the port + see Skala du port for some great views
  • Check out the Fish Markets + buy some local fare (there are two markets, one at the port and one that is located on Avenue Mohamed Zerktouni)
  • Pick out freshly caught seafood and have it prepped for you for dinner – doesn’t get much fresher than that! Cannot recommend our experience doing this enough at less touristy fish market – so. good!


Mention Morocco to an American, and most people are going to think of Casablanca. Heck, if you search Casablanca in google, stats about the 1942 movie instead of the Moroccan city itself. While there is a Ricks Cafe in the city (the one in the movie was purely fictitious), the cities real claim to fame is the incredible Hassan II Mosque. Its one of the only mosques in the country that non-muslims can enter, and while no on knows the exact cost of its construction, its estimated to be somewhere between 400-700 million USD, and once you take in the intricate woodwork, titanium doors, and retractable roof you start to feel like that may actually have been a bargain.


  • Take a tour of the incredible Hassan II Mosque
  • Enjoy a meal at Rick’s Cafe (spoiler: this cafe is a recreation of the one feature in the 1942Hollywood hit, but it’s still a really good time)
  • Head to the beach to soak in a little Moroccan sun


Known to many as “The Blue City, ” there is no doubt that Chefchaouen has become somewhat of an instagram tourist location. That being said, its still a pretty amazing place to spend a day or two. Wander the blue streets, pick up a few souvenirs, and enjoy the lush vegetation of the surrounding mountains. Just be warned, if someone wants to sell you “honey” from their family farm up in the mountains its probably something a bit more nefarious than the stuff that bee’s make.


  • Visit the Kasbah
  • Visit Market of Fish (“Mercado do Peixe”)
  • Walked around Old Town Aveiro
  • Try Over Moles from Confeitaria Peixinho
  • Take a “Moliceiro” (boat ride through the canals)


Generally considered to be the cultural capital of Morocco, the city of Fes itself is another one of the countries UNESCO World heritage sites. It is home to the oldest and largest Medina in the country, famous tanneries, ancient tombs, extravagant palaces, and beautifully intricate mosques. Spend some time wandering through the Medina and basking in the chaos and noise. It’s easy to imagine life here during medieval times, as it probably isn’t much different now than it was in the 14th century.


  •   Explore the world famous leather tanneries and learn about the tanning process which has continuously occurred here since the 11th century.
  • Get lost in the labyrinthine Medina dating back to the Idrisid Dynasty.
  • Marvel at the beautiful arabic architecture of the Bou Inane Medersaa
  • Explore the crumbling Merenid Tombs, the final resting place of the royal family, while enjoying an overview of the busy Medina below.

Happy Travels

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