Morocco is one of the loveliest countries in the world and a mixing pot of African, Arabian and European culture. The influx of these influences is due to the convenient location of this North African country in the coasts of Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Friends of mine who own Zone Garage Calgary made a trip across the ocean recently and helped me put together these amazing sites to see. If you’re planning to visit Morocco, you’ll surely have the time of your life so go ahead and include this list to your itinerary.
STROLL THE BLUE STREETS
Chefchaouen may be a little hard to pronounce but we’re pretty sure you have seen a photo or two of its famous blue streets. Its cobbled streets are lined with buildings of different shades of blue, and adding to this picturesque view is the blue outline of mountains peaking in between buildings. The blue color actually has a deeper spiritual meaning to it. The blue paint that is a mirror of the cloudless blue sky is a symbol of God’s sovereign power, and even if Muslim is predominant in the area, because of tradition, everyone is still painting fresh blue paint on their houses.
BATHE IN A MOROCCAN HAMMAM
What better way to immerse yourself in Moroccan culture than immersing the steamy waters of a hammam. A traditional hammam is a social activity for Moroccans with a chance to bathe and gossip which was a favorite pastime of the locals before. If you’re not comfortable in sharing a public bath, head to one of the more luxurious hammams to pamper and soothe your soul.
SHOP IN THE SOUKS OF MOROCCO
The chaotic but colorful world of urban souks are the best place to see the arts and crafts of locals. The labyrinth of a bazaar is a fun place to hone your haggling skills to buy a hand woven fabric, colorful carpets, or trinkets for a loved one back home. Your ultimate endurance will be put to the test with ingenious sales tactics, it’s quite exhausting but rewarding if you finally get the best deals for your chosen souvenirs.
DESERT SAFARI IN SAHARA DESERT
Erg Chubbi Dunes has got to be a world-famous one because it’s an actual site for Hollywood movies and is the best place to enjoy a 4×4 tour or a camel safari. In a sea of sand, you can enjoy the wonders of nature especially the rising and setting of the sun; it magnifies the ochre-ness of the desert into a surreal landscape. At night, the desert is the best place to just watch the sparkling diamonds in the sky because light pollution is less giving way to clearer and incessant glitter of constellations.
BE AMAZED BY THE RED SANDSTONE ARCH
Legzira Beach is home to the infamous red stone arch and its gorgeous red cliffs. There used to be two but one of them collapsed to the sea. Chill for a day at the beach and wait until sunset where everything just looks like a part of a postcard and the rocky cliffs shines a blazing red. This lazy surf town is also charming with its hillside cafes and foody stops.