Morocco is one country which should be on your travel bucket list, however be prepared to feel overwhelmed at first. Morocco is a true feast of the senses and provides adventure, culture, history and nature.
The food, the colors, the spices, the smells, and the scenery were unforgettable. This diverse country is filled with majestic palaces, mouth-watering cuisine and large areas of stunning natural landscapes. We drove around the whole country, and here are some ‘must-see’ places.
1. Camp in the Sahara Desert
Riding a camel over the orange dunes of the Sahara Desert under the sun and camping under the stars, was one of the Moroccan adventures we were most looking forward to, and it met all of our expectations.
Read the full post here.
2. Todra Gorge
Todra Gorge is one of Morocco’s most captivating natural sights.
Nearly vertical cliffs of red rock stand above a rocky river bed, in a system carved over the years by glacial melt. A paved road links the canyon to the outside world. We enjoyed a 2 hour hike through the stunning Todra Gorge!
We planned to spend New Years Eve in Todra Gorge, and luckily Tom thought ahead and packed us some champagne to enjoy with our tagine. Morocco is a muslim country and they don’t sell alcohol.
3. Visit Fez
Fez is in the North of Morocco between the Rif and the Middle Atlas, and has the oldest medina in the world.
It is also one of the four imperial cities of the country. Read more about our time in Fez here.
4. Drive through the High Atlas Mountains
The drive from between Fez to Marrakech is about 530 km’s, however with the often one-lane roads, it took us about 12 hours.
The drive through the High Atlas Mountains on narrow roads, no guard rails and 5000ft sheer drops over the edge is not for the faint hearted, however the reward is breathtaking views.
People often don’t think of snow-capped mountains being in Morocco, but the Atlas Mountain Ranges are so diverse with constantly changing landscapes. One minute we were driving on snow, and the next we needed to wrap scarfs around our head to shield us from the dry heat and dust.
5. Ait Benhaddou
Ait Benhaddou was once one of the most important places on the old Salt Road when caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech. However, lately it has been used as the location for many films and TV shows.
Some films shot there include Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones, Gladiator and more recently Game of Thrones, season 3.
It felt so amazing to have a warm shower and comfy bed after three nights in the desert…. and towels… and heat… and electricity… It was bliss and the perfect ending to our Moroccan adventure.
We spent a few days wandering around the colorful Bazars, eating delicious food, and experiencing all this wonderful city has to offer.