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Morocco Travel Tips: the Basics

Jul 27, 2018

I often get asked about my recommendations for places to visit in Morocco. It's an incredible country with quite a lot to offer, offering visitors the opportunity to design their vacations depending on their specific interests and time constraints.

For those on a budget, Morocco can be visited on the cheap, backpacking from one place to another and traveling by public transportation between cities and the countryside.

For those looking for a more luxurious experience, there are riad hotels in most cities that offer a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the medina streets outside.

Moroccan landscape

For intrepid travelers looking for thrills and adventure, there's world-class surfing all along the coast, long treks up Mount Toubkal, the second-highest mountain in Africa, rock climbing in the Todra gorges as seen in the Free Solo documentary about Alex Honnold, motorcycle tours through the Atlas Mountains, and desert camel excursions to top it all off.

The type of vacation you end up choosing in Morocco is often a factor of how much time you'll be in the country, along with your decision of whether or not to visit the edge of the Sahara for a desert trip.

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After ten+ years of living in and traveling through Morocco, the following are my top ten list of sites to see, which includes a mix of big cities and smaller towns. For more information about each location, click the button below:

Start with the Imperial Cities

• Rabat
• Fes
• Marrakech

Morocco's Imperial Cities

Enjoy Morocco's Coastal Cities

• Essaouira
• El Jadida
• Asilah
• Tangier

Morocco's Coastal Cities

Discover the Amazigh Mountain towns

• Telouet
• Ait Ben Haddou
• Chefchouen
• Ifrane

Morocco's Mountain towns

Experience the Sahara desert

• Erg Chebbi, dunes in the Sahara desert near Merzouga
• Erg Chigaga, dunes in the Sahara desert near Zagora

Plan your desert trek

Visit the Roman ruins

• Volubilis
• Chellah Park, in Rabat

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The bottom line is that there are so many wonderful places to visit and things to do in Morocco. It's hard to know where to begin when planning a trip there. Which is why we put together this handy guide which will help you plan your trip and make sure that you get to see everything that you want to see given your time constraints and your departure and arrival location.

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