Five Reasons Morocco Should Be Top Of Your Travel Bucket List

Marrakech view on the roofs
Marrakech view on the roofs

Morocco is fast becoming a sought-after destination on the continent. This diverse country, with its blend of ancient traditions and modern allure, offers travellers distinct experiences in its major cities, making it immensely popular. From diverse landscapes and desert adventures to vibrant souks, hammams and historical sights, Morocco has it all.

While reaching this North African gem from South Africa can be a bit tricky, Air France provides the quickest, most convenient, and one of the most affordable routes with a brief stop in Paris. As Morocco gains popularity among tourists, the airline highlights five reasons why it should be a top choice for any traveller’s bucket list.

Unique Charm of Major Towns

Morocco is a melting pot of African, Berber, Arab, and French influences, creating a unique cultural tapestry. Each major town reflects this diversity. Marrakech is known as the Red City because most of its buildings were made using beaten clay, which were built during the residence of the Almohads. Tangier is known as the White City because of the immaculate white houses housed within the city. Tangier is one of the oldest cities of Morocco and is just 36km from the Spanish city of Tarifa by ferry, making the city crucial to the trade between Africa and Europe. Finally, Chefchaouen is known as the Blue City. It’s been rumoured that the Jewish community in the area grew as people fled Nazi persecution during World War II. It was then when blue was painted on the walls, floors and steps as a religious practise, to represent the colour of the sky and connect the city to heaven and God. These colourful cities offer distinct views, showcasing different facets of Morocco’s beauty.

Culinary Delights

Moroccan cuisine is a feast for the senses, renowned for aromatic spices, delicious tagines, and mouth-watering pastries. Influenced by Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean flavours, with elements of sub-Saharan Africa and Central Europe cuisine, the food in Morocco is a delicious blend. Indulge in traditional dishes like couscous, tagine, and harira soup. Mechoui, a succulent whole-roasted lamb, is a festive dish often enjoyed during special occasions. Seafood lovers can indulge in the traditional fish chermoula, grilled fish coated in a zesty herb and spice marinade, while those with a sweet tooth, should try Moroccan desserts like chebakia (sesame and honey cookies) and maakouda (deep-fried potato cakes). Concluding a meal, aromatic mint tea is elegantly served in ornate glasses — an essential part of the Moroccan culinary tradition.

Diverse Landscapes For Adventure

Morocco boasts a diverse landscape, from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the golden beaches along the Atlantic coast and the iconic Sahara Desert. Adventure seekers can hike through lush valleys, explore ancient kasbahs around the Atlas Mountains, or embark on a camel trek into the heart of the Sahara. Whether it’s mountain escapades, coastal retreats, or desert experiences, Morocco caters to every type of traveller.

Vibrant Souks

Morocco’s markets, or souks, are vibrant hubs filled with colours, scents, and lively sounds. Marrakech, Fes, and other cities feature intricate alleys leading to bustling markets. Visitors can immerse themselves in the diverse array of goods, from woven carpets and textiles to handcrafted ceramics and fragrant spices. Navigating these markets provides a sensory-rich experience, offering a glimpse into Morocco’s rich heritage.

Architectural Wonders

Morocco showcases a wealth of architectural marvels, from the intricate tilework of palaces to historic kasbahs and riads. Notable sites include the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, ancient medinas in Marrakech and Fes, UNESCO World Heritage sites like Volubilis and the Kasbahs, and the Madrasas in Fes. Each architectural gem narrates a chapter of Morocco’s rich history.

Intriguing, diverse, and endlessly captivating, Morocco is a must-visit thanks to its unique blend of tradition and modernity. Every corner of Morocco invites exploration, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a truly immersive travel experience – and with routes from South Africa on Air France, Morocco is easier than ever to visit for South Africans.