A melting pot of North African, Arabic and Mediterranean influences, Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and unique blends of spices, making eating out in Morocco a full sensory experience. Whether you’re tucking into street food in Marrakech or dining on fresh seafood in Essaouira, here are 10 of the most delicious foods to try in Morocco.
With its colorful souks and opulent palaces, and a backdrop of soaring mountains and sun-soaked desert, it’s no surprise that Marrakesh is a bucket list favorite. Whether you’re visiting as part of a multi-day tour or have a few weeks to explore the city, liven up your itinerary with these 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Marrakech.
As the country’s biggest city, Casablanca is well served by public transport and whether you book a guided tour or go it alone, the city makes a strategic base for exploring the rest of Morocco. Cities like Marrakech and Tangier are better visited on an overnight or multiday tour, but there are still plenty of options for day trips from Casablanca – here are a few of the best.
The Moroccan city of Tangier stands old and proud on the coast of North Africa, just 20 miles (35 km) from Spain. Its white-washed buildings spread up the hill overlooking the water, inviting you in to explore its maze-like medina and sip tea in the sunshine. Its long history dates back to the 5th century [...]
With the art hub of Tangier to the north and the surf hotspot of Essaouira to the south, Morocco’s biggest city is often overlooked by sunseekers, but Casablanca’s ample coastline is dotted with idyllic beaches. The main beaches of Casablanca lie south of the city’s crowning landmark, the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, in the Ain Diab suburb.
With past residents including William S. Burroughs and Henri Matisse, and everyone from Samuel Beckett and Tennessee Williams to the Rolling Stones passing through, there’s a long history of art and literature in Tangier and the coastal city remains an important hub for international artists and writers.
At the center of the medina of Marrakech, the lively public square of Jemaa el Fna is the beating heart of the Old Town, lined with street food stalls, traditional riads and bustling restaurants. Along with the maze of souks that spill over into the square, Jemaa el Fna is renowned for its colorful display of local cultures – so much that it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2008.
Evocatively nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Kasbahs, Morocco’s Dades Valley is one of the most picturesque settlements of the High Atlas Mountains and a popular addition to multi-day desert and mountain tours from Marrakech. A breathtaking natural landscape of lush green oases and palm groves, dotted with elaborate mud-brick fortresses and rock-hewn villages, the valley is a prime spot for hiking expeditions and there are numerous scenic walking trails from which to take in the views.
New Year’s Eve is traditionally a family affair in Morocco, but with so many expats and travelers filling Marrakech over the festive season, there are plenty of options for those looking to party. Restaurants, hotels and nightclubs will be hosting special events and exclusive dinner parties in honor of the New Year, and the main square of Djemaa El-Fna will be alive with street entertainers, belly dancers and food stalls in the countdown to midnight.
Blessed with a beautiful climate, New Year’s Eve in Morocco may not be the snowy wonderland of the west, but it provides an opportunity for an exotic experience. One of the more common New Year’ activities include joining a New Year’s Eve desert safari, where you get deep into the romantic Sahara Desert.