Travel blogs, travel photos and features from Morocco
Morocco Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see in Morocco
One of North Africa’s most mysterious countries, Morocco, also known as the “place where the sun sets” is full of ancient traditions, great food and stunning scenery making it the perfect place for a city break, or an outdoorsy adventure. Start here with my basic Morocco travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Morocco travel blogs.
When to Visit
With a climate that is roughly similar to California, Morocco is actually good to visit at most times of the year. An important religious celebration to keep in mind when planning a trip to Morocco is Ramadan.
Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (usually some time between April and June) and is observed in Muslim countries around the world and means a time of fasting during daylight hours. This means that if you visit Morocco during Ramadan, it will be difficult to find places to eat while the sun’s up!
Top Things to See
Beaches of Essaouira – Beach bums and surfers alike will love the beaches around Essaouira in central southern Morocco for their laid-back vibe and cheap seafood options.
Souks of Marrakech – Though they can be somewhat overwhelming, a trip to Morocco should definitely include a visit to a traditional souk in Marrakech, of which Djemaa-el-Fnaa is definitely the most famous. These are great places to try out your haggling skills as well as find some unusual souvenirs from Morocco.
Dunes of the Sahara – From several of the major cities such as Fes and Marrakech you can take multi-day trips out to the Sahara desert to experience what life out among the dunes is like. Try to time your visit with a new moon so that you can get the best view of the night sky full of stars, far away from the light of the cities!
Taking the time to go on a tour in Morocco, either in one of the cities to get to know a bit more about its history, or out in the wilderness of the Sahara, can be a very rewarding experience.
LGBTQ – Gay Morocco Travel Guide
Morocco is a tricky country when it comes to equality for LGBT people. Homosexual activity is illegal and can be punished by up to 3 years imprisonment, though this law is not consistently enforced.
There is no gay nightlife equivalent to what you’d expect to find in most European or North American cities, though you will of course will be able to meet gay people in Morocco if you look for them. Of course, whether or not you choose to remain in the closet while traveling in Morocco is up to you, discretion is advisable.
Chefchaouen, Morocco is in the north of Morocco and is probably most famous for its beautifully vibrant blue medina (or city center). The Morocco Lonely Planet also said the city is famous for a beautiful Chefchaouen waterfall (pictured above). Unfortunately while I was there the waterfall was a bit of a joke with hardly any …
Marrakech is one of those cities that captivates and mystifies. It’s old and new; big and small; rich and poor; beautiful and dirty. Everyone seems to have a different perception of it. This city of contrasts has a lot of history. And a lot of beauty. The Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is a small oasis …
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but one of the 5 reasons why I’m traveling around the world is to get inspired. And that’s why I ended up in Morocco. Ever since I visited the Great Mosque of Paris, I’ve been interested and intrigued by Muslim art and design. Add in my interest in …
Though I’d heard the word a lot while planning my trip, I didn’t understand what a medina was until I stepped into one. It’s an old city. Walled off, you often enter through a clay gate. The walls are beige or brown or clay-colored. But not in Chefchaouen. The walls, the steps, the roofs of …
Interested to know how I’ve been getting along at the beginning of my RTW trip? Because of all the great feedback I got on my first week abroad, I thought I’d share what’s new & what I’m thinking as I’ve gotten a little further into my trip. I’m writing this from a terrace of a …
If you’ve been reading my Facebook wall, you’ll already know I’ve been having a bit of a challenging time in Morocco. My first six days in the country have been surprisingly expensive and not unstressful—considering my initial expectations. Some quick background information Sure, I’ve actually been having a pretty great time here, and there is …