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After the kasbahs and sightseeing, there are still plenty of activities to keep the adventurous busy while the rest of us laze on the beach!
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Surfing and Kiteboarding
Year round consistent wind make Essaouria and Agadir popular water sport destinations. These seaside towns are a 2 to 3 hour bus ride from Marrakesh. Rent equipment and lessons by the hour, day or week.
For a great open road experience try biking in the Sahara desert and Atlas Mountain area. Most tours or motorbike rental operations are based in Ouarzazate and offer tours for everyone, novice to expert. You can fly into town from Casablanca or get a taxi from Marrakesh.
The Anti Atlas Mountains in Morocco’s South West is the perfect location to get off-road and mix it up. Rent a bike in Fes for around 20 Euro per day.
Cliffs up to 1000 ft suitable for climbing can be found in Morocco. Todra Gorge and Tafouroute are a 5-8 hour drive from Marrakesh. Climbers need to come fully equipped since no local rentals are available.
Erg Chebbi dune field near Merzouga is only 50km south east of Erfoud and has the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. Catch a Supratours bus (next to the Marrakech Train Station) with your final destination being Erfoud, Rissani or Merzouga. Once there, see any hotel – they can book the trek for you.
Hiking Jebel Toubkal
Only 65 km from Marrakesh is Morocco’s highest peak. A two day trek will take you to the 4167 m summit of Mount Toubkal. It is not an extremely difficult hike but can be cold in the winter.
I love quirky little facts about places! Here are the top 10 Morocco facts that you might not find in a guidebook!
The Hassan II Mosque
The prayer hall can fit in a congregation of 25,000 and its esplanade 80,000. Its 200m high minaret makes it the highest religious building in the world.
Sidi Bou Abderrahmane Mausoleum
It is accessible at low tide only, perched on a rock surrounded by the ocean at the end of the coast road.
Casablanca can boast that it possesses the only greyhound track in Africa. Irish bred greyhounds race there regularly.
Take a look at all of the mosaic tile artwork on the walls. It is rumored that each mosaic has at least one cracked/flawed tile in it as Islamic Moroccan people believe that only Allah can create something that is ‘perfect’.
Goats Can Climb Trees
In south-west Morocco, you can frequently find goats climbing trees – an unusual photo opportunity! The goats eat the fruit from the Argan tree.
You Can Ski
Between January and February you can ski or snowboard in Oukaimeden up in the High Atlas Mountains.
‘The Gladiator’ and ‘Sex and the City 2′ Was Shot Here
Walk in the footsteps of Angelina, Colin Farrell, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sarah Jessica Parker and many more Hollywood stars who have filmed in Morocco. You can even take a guided tour of the film studios at Ouarzazate.
Take a Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe
Moroccan food is one of the most recognisable flavours in the world. Few other countries have national dishes so evocative of the country itself, and your cookery courses take place at one of the finest schools in Morocco.
The Djemaa El Fna market place and square is the heart and soul of the shopping and dining scene in Marrakech. At the square you’ll find the famed snake-charmers, Chleuh dancing-boys, story-tellers and magicians.
Bahia Palace and the Dar El Said
The city is home to Morocco’s finest palaces (including the Bahia Palace and the Dar El Said), both of which are now museums.
If exotic deserts, fascinating culture and ancients ruins is your idea of the perfect travel experience, Morocco overland adventures may be just what you are looking for.
Morocco is one of Africa’s most mysterious and interesting destinations, bringing to mind all the old world glamour and mystical charm of Casablanca and Rick’s American Cafe. For travellers on a budget, overland tours offer the best way to experience this country’s wide range of attractions at affordable prices.
Situated in North Africa, Morocco is just a boat trip away from both the Middle East and Spain. Famous for its romantic and rather mysterious city of Casablanca, the country offers a heady mixture of exotic markets, fascinating Arabic culture, delicious cuisine and ancient Roman ruins – not to mention beautiful desert and mountain landscapes.
Morocco budget travel is unlike anything you have experienced and a visit to this country gives you the chance to learn more about some of the top attractions and landmarks that can be found here.
Top destinations that you can visit on a Morocco overland tour include the following:
Tangier is a beautiful and fascinating city that is a vivid mix of Africa, Spain, and France. As the northern most city of Morocco this is a popular port for travel between Africa and Spain and has a distinct Mediterranean vibe, alongside the mysterious allure of exotic Morocco. Vibrant markets, ancient cultures, heady aromas and mystery, unspoiled beaches and friendly people go hand in hand with a fascinating history, making this a highly rewarding stop on any overland tour. Key highlights in Tangier include the Kasbah, the tomb of Ibn Battouta, Teatro Cervantes, the Tangier American Legation Museum, MusÃ©e d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Tanger and the Ave Mohamed VI beach.
Fez (also called FÃ¨s in the native French) is an ancient walled city, one of the only medieval cities in Africa. This is a highly important stop on any Morocco budget travel adventure, offering a riveting glimpse into an ancient culture, with incredible artefacts and strong sense of history. Highlights include the Bou Inania madersa, which is a breathtaking 14th-century religious college; the Borj Nord fortress for its amazing armaments; Merenid Tombs for the panoramic views over the medina and city; the Moulay Idriss II shrine, the tomb of Fez’s founder; the Qaraouyine library and mosque and the al-Tijani mosque to name but a few.
- Todra Gorge
Morocco’s version of the Grand Canyon is a must-see on any Morocco overland tour. The canyon is situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains and is a popular hiking spot with a well-maintained dirt road to walk along. The views and scenery here are incredible with excellent photographic opportunities as you take in the towering mountains which change colour as the sun moves across the gorge.
One of the better-known towns of Morocco, Marrakech is divided into two parts: the Medina (the historical city) and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina has a blend of ancient markets and culture, with old architecture to be found, while the new district has modern shops and fast-food chains, with a more European feel. There are plenty of markets (souks) and attractions to explore, especially in the Medina – with historical sites and plenty more on offer during your Morocco overland tour in this city.
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