There are so many options for things to do in Morocco it’s hard to decide where to start. Here is a list of my top 5 unmissable things to do in Morocco.
Camp in the desert
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Picture Morocco and you will, of course, think of the Sahara, a wide ocean of sand. While the desert varies in appearance depending on where you go, one of the most picturesque and easily accessible locations is Merzouga and you can even camp in a Bedouin tent if you like.
Learn to surf, or kitesurf, or windsurf…
This is what I do every time in Morocco. Essaouira and Tangazhout are surfers’ paradises as well as being pretty towns in their own rights. Essaouira is by far my favourite place in Morocco. Accommodation and lesson packages are pretty inexpensive and you can show off your new skills in the decidedly chillier waters of Northern Europe.
Visit a hammam
After a hard days’ hiking, surfing or haggling in a souk you need to relax and a traditional hammam, or public bath, is the best way to do it. You have lots of options, from single-sex hammams open to the public to a private one for you and your friends, go it alone or get viciously scrubbed to within an inch of your life – it is good to get a ‘hammam lesson’ for the first time. Basically, you get doused in hot water, covered in black soap, steamed, scrubbed, repeat several times and you will be squeaky clean!
Bargain in a souk
The souks in Morocco, especially in Marrakech, can be a bit daunting the first time, but it’s well worth getting outside your comfort zone for. Stay switched on and use your common sense when exploring, don’t agree to anything you’re not willing to part with your money for, keep a sense of humour and a smile to hand. It’s often in good fun and the first price offered will be greatly exaggerated. But don’t go the other way and refuse to give in over what is a tiny amount of money back home, it goes a lot further here and you are considered quite wealthy in comparison, just by being able to afford this holiday. That being said there will be a lot of indignation and protests of having five grannies to feed, it’s all part of the fun.
Hike in the Atlas Mountains
If the hustle and bustle of the cities are too much for you, get out into nature. Hiking all around Imril is beautiful and peaceful and for the more adventurous there’s always climbing Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.