There’s a reason why Morocco is beyond beautiful. It’s not just about the incredible landscape, extensive history, rich culture, and the amazing balance of its people’s warmth and coolness.
It exudes poise, strength, and above all, mystery.
So mysterious that even if you’ve prepared yourself for it, you’re still left in awe when it’s right in front of you.
Picking a top 5 was really really hard. But, it must be done. And so, here are my Top 5 favorites to explore in Morocco:
#5 The Ancient City of Volubilis
The Phoenicians, Carthaginian, Romans, and Idrisids have lived here. And then, there was no one.
How ancient could a city be? And, it tells so much story that you’d actually think, they only exists in books. Hercules, the four seasons, Venus.
The ruins of Volubilis
#4 Erg Chebbi, The Sahara
Riding your way through a camel along the sand dunes of the Sahara is quite a mystical experience. And it’s not just a desert. It’s The Desert. You know, the Sahara?
And to camp under the stars with the traditional Berber music at the Sahara? Yes.
A night with a full moon by the Sahara Desert
#3 The Medieval City, Fez
Be prepared to be taken back in time and experience how it is to wander around the Arab world back in the old days.
This medieval capital of Morocco has a medina with very narrow streets that look similar and yet different, you’d get lost metaphorically and literally. Old shops, tanneries, traditional clothing, and the sound of prayer simultaneously being played from each mosque–all these can be quite overwhelming.
One of the (un)familiar streets in the medina, Fez
It’s one of those cities that you’d initially only think of as a stop over between Morocco and Spain. But once you get in there, you’d be so absorbed that you’d realize, you want to stay more.
What makes it so special is that it lets you know that even if you’re in a “city”, you can actually “chill and take a step back.” There’s this vibe… this energy that makes you feel comfortable. It bridges the past and the present, the fast and the slow, and, whatever it is that you need. No wonder, some rockstars and writers had gotten some inspiration here as well.
Perhaps with my added fascination about “The Alchemist”, being here made it much more meaningful.
Beautifully restored cinema at the Grand Socco, Tangier
The blue city. It’s vibrant in color , it’s laid back in lifestyle, it’s cool in weather, and it’s warm in acceptance. It’s easy to fall off the grid from the world out there, while at the same time, you get this sense of belonging. Really, you can just get lost there and it wouldn’t matter.
For the longest time, Chefchaouen has been a favorite.
Being there could be pretty surreal.
Just one of the streets of the Blue City, Chefchaouen
If there’s one more chance to explore this country, I wouldn’t think twice to grab it. I would even go back to the same places, retrace the old and create new ones. I hope to get to write more about Morocco soon.