Morocco – The gateway to Africa is considered by expertsone of the safest and most accessible country in the whole African continent. Cheap prices, closeness to Europe and an increasingly marked presence of low-cost carriers (Ryanair and Easyjet offer competitive prices from numerous European cities to Marrakech, Fes and Agadir) have given visitors the possibility to enjoy the African country and what it offers: rich culture,epic mountain ranges, ancient cities and friendly people. The country represents also the most accessible gateway to the Sahara Desert, offering visitors the possibility to discover endless dunes of sand by camel, 4wd jeep or dune buggies. Don’t forget to spend the night in the desert and try the weirdest sport ever: sandboarding.
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Best time to visit Morocco
The best period to travel to Morocco of course depends on what your plans are. Yet, numerous travel guides suggest to visit the country in spring (mid-March to May) or Autumn (September to October), since temperatures are during these two seasons particularly pleasant. In fact, while visitors face scorching temperatures in summer, in winter, temperatures drop drastically and it gets pretty cold.
It is highly advised against taking a trip into the desert in summer, since temperatures can even reach 46°C!!! Moreover, remember that Morocco is an Islamic countries, therefore, during the month of Ramadan, numerous shops will be closed.
How to get around Morocco
Although Morocco is one of the most visited countries in the African continent, road infrastructures are quite limited. Yet, Morocco has developed over the years an important network of public transportations. Buses and trains are the fastest way to reach different attractions and cities in the country, representing also the most common way of travelling among backpackers. The country even launched the first high speed train service – Al-Boraq – between Casablanca and Tangier in November 2018. This is the first of its kind in the whole African continent! Domestic flights are also possible with Royal Air Maroc. However, we do not suggest to fly, since Casablanca is the major hub in the country and visitors have therefore to change plane there if they want to reach another destination.
Best places in Morocco
The medieval capital of Morocco for more than 400 years, Fez is considered the most well-preserved arab city in the world. The Fez medina (old town), which looks like a maze to visitors, should be explored on foot. Get lost in the small, narrow streets and discover what secrets this city hides!
Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue Pearl or the Blue City, is a city in northwest Morocco. As the name implies, the city is completely painted in a light blue. The houses, the doors, the stairs … Everything is blue here. Something you don’t see everywhere! The city offers breathtaking views and it represents the perfect place for photography-lovers.
Africa’s highest mountain range (Jbel Toubkal is 4.167m), not only offers a huge amount of activities for trekkers and climbers, but it is also considered a paradise for rafters and kayakers.
Marrakech, the most popular destination for travellers – especially from Europe – is much more touristy compared to the previous sites. Yet, Marrakech offers visitors numerous activities, including museums, palaces, mosques and shops.
An excursion to Merzouga, a small city in the middle of the Sahara Desert, is an absolute must for travellers who want to discover Morocco in all its facets. The city, which can be reached quite easily from Marrakech, offers visitors the possibility to spend the night in small camps in the desert. Don’t forget to go for a ride on a camel!
Located in front of the European coast, Tangier has greatly changed and adapted to tourism over the last few years. Yet, the city has achieved to maintain a balance between tourism and authenticity, offering visitors a great introduction to the Moroccan culture.
The country’s capital city, situated on the western coast, offers pleasant temperatures all year round. Although the city does not offer as many attractions as Marrakech or Fez, it is definitely worth a visit. Yet, don’t spend too much time here, Morocco has still so much to offer!