Morocco is definitely a place high on my bucket list and a destination becoming increasingly popular. When approached by the author requesting a submission on things to do and a wonderful place to stay, I jumped at the opportunity!
Below are a few excellent suggestions for things to do when visiting enchanting Morocco.
A Few Exciting Morocco Excursions
Planned excursions are an easy way to explore a city and the many tourist attractions it has to offer. By booking planned excursions you are sure to see the places and attracted you want to without getting lost or missing out, especially if you’re visiting a place for the very first time.
In this article we are going to look at six exciting excursions what will ensure you make the most out of your holidays to Morocco:
Morocco Excursions While Staying at The Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort
The Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort is just one of many resorts offering a number of excursions to different cities in Morocco. Choose to visit El Jadida and explore its many treasures of architecture including a Portuguese city, stone cistern, authentic madina, a souk and a fish market.
Or choose to explore the road along to lagoons to Oualidia – its protected by the ocean by a long line of sand dunes. Or if you want to see some of the sites, discover Marrakech and its gardens of Menara, Loutoubia, the Jemaa Fna and much more!
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Escaping the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, take a 4×4 trip 93 miles northeast to the village of Tanaghmeilt located in the Atlas Mountains, the home of Ouzoud Falls. On your way there you will drive past lush valleys, old water mills and acres of fruit trees.
Ouzoud Falls is 110 meters high, the highest falls in North Africa and you can walk down to the bottom exploring some of its many caves along the way. There is a restaurant located under the shade of the olive trees where you can enjoy a traditional tagine before heading back to Marrakech and being dropped off at your hotel in the early evening.
Three Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech
This day trip takes you to the three famous valleys – each have something completely different but equally beautiful to experience – located in the Atlas Mountains. In Ourika Valley you can explore the beautiful waterfalls, witness a local women at a women’s cooperative extract Argan oil, and visit a bio aromatic garden that is filled with medical and decorative plants.
Next you will visit Oukaimeden Valley, where you will drive up a secluded mountain road and see the traditional Berber villages. Your last stop will be Asni Valley to see the fruit orchards filled with apple, peach, walnut and almond trees. Its nestled high in the Atlas Mountains meaning you will have spectacular views.
Once done, you will have the option to extend your excursion to continue on to see Takerkoust Lake and the limestone Kik Plateau.
Marrakech Discovery Tour
This is a full-day Marrakech sightseeing tour that includes a delicious traditional lunch at a Medina restaurant. Stroll through a maze of narrow streets in the Medina and pick up a souvenir or two while visiting the famous Souks.
Enjoy the many wonders of Djemaa El Fna Square – with juice stalls and snake charmers by day, and story tellers, magicians and food stalls by night. You will also have the chance to see Bahia Palace and Saadian tombs.
Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna (Including Traditional Dinner)
This excursion is any food lover’s dream! Starting at 6pm, the Marrakech’s main square starts to fill with food vendors. The atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is electric and your guide will lead you into small side streets just off the square to discover food shops and stall many tourists do not know about.
To start your food journey try the wide variety of olives, nuts and Moroccan snacks before filling up at the beef and poultry market. Next on the agenda is the spice market (and you will definitely want to take some home with you!), where your senses will be overwhelmed with the many colours and scents. Here you will expand your knowledge of Morocco’s history and learn how Morocco became a spice trading centre.
But your journey doesn’t end there!
Once you have finished trying and buying an array of spices your next stop is the open-air markets. Here you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of breads. To end your excursion your last stop will be dinner at a traditional Moroccan restaurant in the heart of Djemma El Fna.
Atlas Mountain Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech (including Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience)
If you don’t mind early mornings, this excursion is for you!
You will be picked up and taken to the hot air balloon launch site where you will enjoy a variety of Moroccan breakfast snacks and drinks before stepping into the basket (each that holds a maximum of 16 people). When you’re up high you will witness the sun rise, breath-taking dessert scenery and have a bird’s eye view of the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
The hot air balloon ride last around 40 to 50 minutes. Once you have landed you will be taken into a tent where you will enjoy a Berber Breakfast (which includes pancakes, corn bread, olives, fruit, and of course, mint tea!). Lastly you will enjoy a short guided camel ride through the Palmeraie desert village surrounding the camp and will be presented with a certificate as a souvenir of your hot air balloon experience. You will be taken back to your hotel in the late morning.
Ibtisaam is a self-diagnosed wanderlust with a healthy obsession for traveling the globe. You can find her ticking off her bucket list of places to go when she is not on the lookout for the sunniest Moroccan holidays and the most luxurious beach resorts and comfiest hotel rooms to stay in.
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