Unmissable Attractions in Morocco

Parc Lalla Hasna with the Koutoubia minaret in the background
Parc Lalla Hasna with the Koutoubia minaret in the background | © Cavan Images / Alamy
Photo of Sarah Williams
5 September 2021
View

Whether you’re planning a trip to North Africa or just need a little inspiration for your next global adventure, there are many diverse experiences to be enjoyed in captivating Morocco.

Want to sit back and let someone else do all the planning for you? Then book Culture Trip’s 13-day Moroccan adventure – carefully planned by our team of travel experts and led by trusted local insiders to bring you a hassle-free, 100% authentic experience.

Erg Chebbi, Sahara Desert

Natural Feature
Map View
Camel caravan, Erg Chebbi desert near Merzouga, Sahara, Morocco
© Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy

Erg Chebbi, close to Merzouga, is a dramatic 50km (31mi) series of sand dunes. Soaring up to 150m in places, the large dunes offer a quintessential experience in the Moroccan Sahara. Camel treks through the dunes and to local Berber villages are also popular.

Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate

Historical Landmark
Map View
Ait-Benhaddou_EWK221
© Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy Stock Photo
A historic citadel, the majestic Ait Benhaddou is located close to Ouarzazate. On the edges of the desert, the picturesque Unesco-listed village has been used as a shooting location for a number of films. Although many previous occupants now live elsewhere, a walk through the maze-like citadel reveals how people here once lived. The multilevel dwellings, with the lower levels reserved for livestock and merchants’ homes, are all built from mud.

Legzira Beach, Sidi Ifni

Natural Feature
Map View
The seaside Legzira in Morocco is known for its famous rock formations.
© Zdenek Kajzr / Alamy
A beautiful stretch of beach along Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast, the rocky Legzira Beach is known for its red cliffs and natural stone arch. Although one magnificent stone archway unfortunately collapsed, there remains one to admire. The rugged coastline is scenic, whilst the windy conditions attract keen surfers and paragliding enthusiasts.

Volubilis, Meknes

Ruins
Map View
Roman ruins of Volubilis near Meknes, Decumanus Maximus, UNESCO, Morocco, Africa
© Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy
The Unesco-listed Volubilis is a large ancient Roman site close to Meknes. Thought to be the old capital of Mauritania, the ruins include soaring columns, foundations, well-preserved mosaics, tall archways, steps and stone blocks. See where grand buildings once stood and imagine the area’s splendour in its heyday.

Chaouwara Tanneries, Fes

Architectural Landmark
Map View
Morocco, Fes, Chaouwara Tanneries, workers tanning leather in large outdoor tannery
© Neil McAllister / Alamy
Colourful, active, atmospheric and more than a little pungent, the tanneries of Fez offer a glimpse into the ancient craft of leatherwork. Watch the hides are treated and dyed in large pits, using methods that have remained largely the same for several hundred years. There are several viewing areas, accessed through leather shops, from where you can watch the work in the Chaouwara Tanneries.

Medina of Chefchaouen, Chefchaouen

Mosque
Map View
Blue painted walls in old medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco, Africa
© Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy
One of Morocco’s most charming destinations, Chefchaouen is renowned for the cobalt tones of the buildings throughout its old medina. Yet this is no Disneyland, the medina here remains home to plenty of locals who go about their daily business much as they always have. Head to the river and watch people beating and washing carpets, or step inside the high walls of the old kasbah and see the Grand Mosque with its octagonal minaret.

Ouzoud Waterfalls, Tanaghmeilt

Natural Feature
Map View
Ouzoud Waterfalls ( Cascades d'Ouzoud ) located in the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the Azilal province in Morocco, Africa.
© Dimitar Chobanov / Alamy

Situated close to the village of Tanaghmeilt in the High Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Waterfalls is a large series of cascades that are surrounded by reddish-coloured cliffs and green valleys. Visitors can walk along paths lined by olive trees to reach the bottom of the 600m (1,969ft) falls. Keep an eye out for mischievous monkeys that swing through the trees here.

Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

Mosque
Map View
Koutoubia mosque. Image shot 05/2014. Exact date unknown.
© Zoonar GmbH / Alamy

The Koutoubia Mosque is an enduring symbol of Marrakech, an impressive jewel in an already spectacular crown. Although non-Muslims aren’t allowed inside the building you can admire the tall minaret from the outside, feast your eyes on the ornate decorative details and stroll through the leafy adjacent gardens.

Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

Architectural Landmark
Map View
Marrakesh. Jemaa el Fna Square in the early afternoon. Morocco
© Jan Wlodarczyk / Alamy
The main square in Marrakech, Djemaa el-Fna is known for its carnival-like ambience. Especially lively in the evenings, fortune tellers, musicians, henna artists, dancers and people wearing traditional outfits are among the sights to see. The smells of cooking waft through the air and visitors can try an array of Moroccan street food. During the day, highlights include market stalls with a colourful array of wares, snake charmers and monkeys.

Bahia Palace, Marrakech

Riad
Map View
Beautiful courtyard with mosaic floor and fountain in ancient Bahia Palace. .Marrakesh_W47GC5
© Valery Bareta / Alamy
A stunning palace in Marrakech, Bahia Palace dates back to the late 19th century. The large complex has many rooms, as well as gardens and courtyards. With a name that means “brilliance”, it’s little surprise to find marvellous decorative details on the walls, ceilings, floors and doors throughout this former palace.

Kasbah of the Oudaias, Rabat

Archaeological site
Map View
Morocco, Rabat, Kasbah des Oudaias
© JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy
Step inside the high, sandy-coloured walls of the old citadel of the Kasbah of the Oudaias in Rabat and take a stroll through the narrow residential streets. Many homes are painted white and blue whilst there are Spanish influences throughout. There are pretty Andalusian gardens to admire within the fortress complex, as well as the imposing ornamental gate of Bab Oudaia.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Mosque
Map View
The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquee Hassan II. Casablanca, Morocco
© shoults / Alamy Stock Photo
Completed in the early 1990s, Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque showcases the finest examples of Moroccan craftsmanship. A beautiful place of worship, the mosque sits right next to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can appreciate the stunning facade, complete with one of the tallest minarets in the world, before marvelling at the exquisite interiors.

Moroccan Jewish Museum, Casablanca

Museum, Synagogue
Map View
MOROCCO-MUSEUM-JUDAISM-CULTURE
© FADEL SENNA / AFP / Getty
Housed within a former Jewish orphanage, the Moroccan Jewish Museum in Casablanca is the only museum throughout the Arab world dedicated to Jewish history, heritage and culture. There are many interesting artefacts on display and you can learn more about the role of Moroccan Jews throughout history and the influence of the once-sizeable Jewish community upon the nation.

Setti Fatma Waterfalls, Ourika Valley

Natural Feature
Map View
Waterfall at Setti-Fatma, Ourika River, Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
© Stephen Barnes/Morocco / Alamy

The scenic Ourika Valley is popular with both locals and tourists. There are several walking routes through the valley, including along the river and into the mountains. For most though, the seven-level waterfalls are the highlight of a trip here. Climbing the lower levels requires a bit of a scramble up rocks, but the track to the upper levels is less challenging. In addition to lovely views, visitors can also experience Berber life, go rafting and take a dip in the refreshing water.

Tagharte Beach, Essaouria

Natural Feature
Map View
Surfer standing on the beach, watching the surf, Plage Tagharte, Essaouira, Morocco
© imageBROKER / Alamy

One of the most well-maintained beaches in Essaouria, this windy stretch of yellow sand along the Atlantic is a haven for surfers and kite surfers. Mogador Island juts up from the waters; camels and donkeys trot across the sands; the squawking of seagulls rings through the skies and the old citadel stands proudly overlooking the entire enchanting scene.

These recommendations were updated on September 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"