There are truly are SO many things to do in Morocco, it would blow your mind if this list was actually complete (which I do plan on doing because I’m already dying to go back).
Instead, I’ve shared what I think are the truly badass things to do in Morocco and what I enjoyed most during my nearly three months exploring the country.
Spoiler alert: Pretty much everything I did was amazing, so settle in for a long but quick list with TONS of pictures.
Should you want more info on anything you see here, I probably have a blog post on it! Everything is linked within the post and at the bottom.
53 Awesome Things to do in Morocco
1. Taking a Road Trip Around Morocco
…is the BEST way to see it. Yes, most of the roads are good enough! We wouldn’t have seen half of the things on this list if we didn’t drive around Morocco. It’s one of the best things I’ve done on my travels so far.
2. Grab a Garment in a Souk
…and waltz around like a local. Garrett fell in love with Jellabas and HAD to have one. I have a beautiful light green dress with gold detail (first photo). It’s fun to shop and attempt to blend in.
3. Go and Find the Tree Climbing Goats
…(the ethical way). Yes, not a joke. These cuties can be found in numerous locations closer to the coast and pretty much anywhere argan trees sprout up. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re taking a road trip. We stumbled upon them rather serendipitously.
4. Go Wander Around All Things Blue
…in Chefchaouene. It’s seriously one of the cutest towns I’ve ever seen but that’s about its only thing to do—wander the blue streets! If you want to get more adventurous, there are hiking trails in the Rif Mountains which surround Chefchaouene.
5. Get Blown Away in Essaouira—Literally
…it’s so windy! But yes, it’s also a super cute and happening fishing town. Wander the medina, go shopping, watch the kite surfers, don’t get shat on by a seagull, and…
6. Visit Skala Du Port
…for the best views of the old medina of Essaouira. That’s where the picture above is from! And yes, that’s the wind, this is not staged or Photoshopped.
7. Go to Sidi Kaouki and Take a Chill Pill
…in this adorable sleepy surf town. Or get your surf on, of course. There are only a handful of cafes, surf shops, and hotels in the area. Oh, and camels roaming the beach too!
8. Get lost in the Fes Medina
Well, you actually have no choice. It’s impossible NOT to get lost in this labyrinth. The old walls are incredible to wander around.
9. Get Addicted to Mint Tea
Well, any of the teas you’re served actually. It’s SO good! The mint was my fav. You literally throw branches of mint into your glass or the teapot. We ordered one each time we went out to eat.
10. Plug Your Nose at the Fes Tanneries
It’s super stinky here! I’m not into leather (or dead animals) but I know this is definitely a must see while visiting Fes. It’s quite interesting to see the process but definitely a bit gross to be surrounded by hundreds of hanging skin.
11. Fall Into a Deep Love With Olives
A love you never thought was possible. Eat them every day.
12. Drown Yourself in Olive Oil
I never had olive oil so much in my life and it was glorious. An oil that’s somewhat treated as a luxury ingredient is suddenly cheap, available, and used in everything. It’s so good! It literally went on almost everything we ate and we gave up butter entirely. Who needs to butter their bread when you can dip it in olive oil anyway?
13. Go to Imsoune
…to catch the longest right-hand break in the country. And maybe even get lost here for a few days (or a few weeks, whatever). The waves here were so clean. And it was pretty epic to see the pros slay the big barrels and then to have my turn at the same wave after it got
way smaller as it crept up on shore.
14. Ride a Camel
I’m all about animals being treated well so definitely do your homework. But the desert experience I had treated their camels very well. They roamed the desert until it was time for a ride around some sand dunes. They are so cute and sweet and when you get to the desert, you will literally see herds of them!
15. Walk Under the Arch at Legzira Beach
…and chill at the beach all day. The arch is a cool thing to do in Morocco and while its known, it wasn’t busy at all! It’s quite magnificent and the tiny town of Legzira is super cute with its hillside cafes and surf shops. We had a mean fish tagine while we were here, perhaps our fav tagine ever.
16. See the Mysterious Ruins of Tombs of Merinids
…which offer a great viewpoint of Fes. The arch that overlooks the city makes a dramatic backdrop and is a cool local goat hang out spot.
17. You HAVE to Have a Sahara Desert Experience
Hands down this the best thing to do in Morocco. Clamber up the sand dunes of Erg Chigaga as opposed to the more touristy Merzouga. The dunes are wilder and you won’t be sharing the view with 100 others.
18. Make a Pitstop in Mirleft
…or get totally lost if you have more time, in this tiny cute town. I see this perhaps becoming one of the best places to visit in Morocco. Beaches, surf, and an overall lax vibe—What’s not to love?
19. And Then Enjoy a Sunset
…before turning in for the night at Mirleft’s old Spanish fort hilltop ruins.
20. Learn to Surf at a Surf School in Taghazout
…and become a surf-riding badass within a week! We found Taghazout to be the best place in Morocco for surf lessons. Easy chill waves, reasonable prices, and cool coastal vibes.
21. Wave to Everyone When Driving
Because they will definitely wave to you. It was super cute.
22. Visit All the Kasbahs
My absolute favorite kasbah was Telouet which is just about an hour north of Ouarzazate. This is moving up on the best places to visit in Morocco list fast! Ait Ben Haddou makes more of a splash being that it was featured in Game of Thrones (as well as some other films and shows) but Telouet is a far better place in my opinion (AKA fewer people).
There will be tons of kasbahs to visit, they are super popular places to visit in Morocco.
23. Attempt to Wander Jemma El Fnaa Market
…in Marrakesh and leave empty handed (good luck). This may be known as a hectic market and I only went to wander around but I left with two pairs of earrings anyway. I would have got more if I didn’t just shop in Agadir.
24. You HAVE to Make a Detour and See Tin Mel
It’s a ridiculously gorgeous abandoned mosque outside of Imlil. This structure is SO incredibly beautiful. And if you’re a non-Muslim, this will be the only Mosque you can actually get into!
25. Pretend You’re Famous at CLA Studios
…with all the old movie sets, particularly the one in the back which has played host to over 200 movies, including the Game of Thrones. We clambered around the set for hours without another soul around us!
26. Wander Around Tafraoute’s Painted Rocks
It’s simply all there in the name of art and is pretty cool. Surrounded by desert, a Belgian artist colored a bunch of rocks pink and blue, apparently for his late wife.
27. Climb Past the Old Kasbah at Fint Oasis
…and up on the hill for an awesome view. This is a cool getaway from Ouarzazate.
28. Grab Yourself a Fish Tagine on the Coast
…(and nowhere else!). The coast has some delicious fresh fish. Anywhere else and you may be sorely disappointed.
29. Let Your Jaw Drop at the Oasis Town of Agdz
The sea of palm trees with a multilayered mountain in the background—it’s incredible.
30. Get Pulled Over by the Moroccan Police
Only to say hello to the smiling cop and tell them where you’re going. Smile and drive on. This happened to us twice and it was actually super adorable. They are not after tourists, so if you’re following the traffic rules, you’re fine!
31. Eat Couscous on Friday’s
It’s a thing here, you’ll soon find out. Families get together and eat their couscous that was slaved over making all day (you aren’t getting anything instant here.)
32. Stay in a Riad
I rarely care where I stay, and while I didn’t make a massive effort to stay in any crazy ridiculously expensive riads, I found a cheap one and enjoyed it. Fully. Staying in one is a popular thing to do in Morocco and can certainly count as an experience in itself!
33. Learn Hello and Thank You in Arabic
Bonus points if you learn it from a local for proper pronunciation (and interaction with a new local bestie).
34. Experience Warm and Cold Weather
Yes, Morocco actually has seasons and despite what you may think, it’s not just hot. There’s even SNOW in Morocco! So if you’re going during the winter months, don’t forget that jacket, like I nearly did…
35. Gawk at the Atlas Mountains
…from almost anywhere in the country! They take over so much of Morocco, you can even see them driving to the desert! They are ridiculously beautiful and dramatic.
36. Have a Bit of a Party in an Oasis
…at Paradise Valley, sans alcohol of course! But this place is usually pumping with people having fun, cliff jumping into the large pools of water, and sunning their buns. Just make sure to go when it’s actually wet! Paradise Valley makes for a great half day trip from the coast.
37. Find a Beer for Under $3
We found one in Ouarzazate for 2.50! And a bottle of wine for under $15…it’s like a treasure hunt in the smaller towns to find alcohol for a reasonable price. It’s also totally fine NOT to drink. But after nearly three months without alcohol, we felt we deserved some when we actually found it.
38. Take a Trek Around Imlil
…up to Toubkal or just around the valleys if you’re not that extreme/don’t have enough time. This may be the closest you will get to snow depending what time of year you come. Here’s a guide to a day in Imlil.
39. Drive the Tizi N Test
…if you dare.
40. Or Any of the Tizi’s
…for that matter! Some of the mountain roads in Morocco are certainly intimidating but they are also super gorgeous and kinda fun too.
41. Try Exploring the Agadir Souk
…for trinkets and good deals. It’s less intense than the Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh and you may even find some better deals here.
42. Always Take Advantage of the Rooftop Terraces
Almost every place has them. Restaurants, your hotel, cafes, get up there.
43. Stop and Smell the Roses (Or Goat Poop)
…in a random village (or 10) while taking a road trip through Morocco. There are so many adorable villages to just sit and forget that time exists. They also have some of the most epic viewpoints.
44. Buy Fresh OJ From the OJ Stands
…totally worth it.
45. Buy Spices From the Random Spice Dude
…on the side of the road. It’s OK if you don’t know what you’re getting, just buy it. We came home with a few mystery ingredients ourselves.
46. Go Sandboarding on the Desert Sand Dunes
Just don’t fail like I did and look like you’re riding an imaginary bike (or pooping, whatever) in your picture. Oops.
47. Try Argan Oil
…in your hair or in your food! This and olive oil are super popular. Uh, just don’t look up where it comes from. Let’s just say the goats that munch on the argan seeds help out with the making of it…
48. Eat Your Body Weight in Amalou
…usually offered as a bread spread (it’s like Morocco’s version of peanut butter!)
49. Forget Regular Bread, Eat Khobz
…every day for brekkie. Nom nom. This is the only bread we ate for three months.
50. And Gorge Yourself With Msmen
…in the middle of the day for a quick snack so you can keep going. There are little stalls selling these stuffed crepe-like things everywhere. It’s can be a sweet or savory snack.
51. Catch the Desert Sunrise
…and see the colors change drastically from one moment to the next. Pinks, yellows, oranges… they all come out to play! It’s mind-blowingly beautiful and one of the coolest things to do in Morocco. My desert experience was magical and I have a guide telling you about the non-touristy way to see it.
52. Watch the World Go by in the Desert
…and spot as many constellations as you can. The sky is so clear and uninterrupted with light pollution, you rarely get to enjoy a moment like this.
53. Have a Local Help You Wrap Your Head
…properly in a turban. Either buy the fabric for super cheap or use a scarf that you have already.
Phew! Wow. Did I go a bit overboard here? I mean, Morocco has catapulted to the top of my list of favorite countries so it’s only natural that I made a massive and ridiculous list like this to share with you guys, right?
What kind of friend would I be if I kept all this cool stuff to do to myself? I hope this helps you get an idea of all of the best places you can visit in Morocco and I hope you’re inspired to go.
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Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad and epically failing at the American Dream since 2011. Her sassy yet informative blog, Where in the World is Nina? is all about how to work abroad to live a more adventurous life. If you want to travel longer you have to work to wander.