Each country has a history of its own: historical facts, events, and significant milestones that have given the country its true historical value. One of the events considered worthy of remembrance, which perfectly applies to Morocco, is the history of a nation. Morocco is a country where its history gives it identity, flavor, and color. With many things to see, old and new, you will never be bored in this bustling country. If you’re looking to stay in unique towns in Morocco, you can book Airbnb Vacation rentals in Chefchaouen, Morocco to truly enjoy the blue town experience by staying a while.
See the city of Marrakech
No trip to Northern Africa is complete without checking out Marrakech, easily one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in Morocco. This 1,000-year-old town is home to a thriving medina, incredible shopping, and some of the most beautiful architecture you’ll find anywhere in the world. Marrakech is also famous for its beautiful riads (guesthouses often converted from family homes) and you will find wonderful little boutique riads throughout the city dotting winding streets.
You’ll hear a flood of languages in Marrakech, including French, Spanish, Arabic, some English, and Berber. Everywhere you look, there is something going on and there is so much to see. Beautiful leather, lots of jewelry, carpets, and Moroccan tableware are to be found. But herbs, meat, fish, and fruit are also things that can be purchased here. Tired of going shopping? Then, relax on one of the many rooftop terraces in Marrakech with a cup of mint tea.
For more modern sightseeing, The Yves Saint Laurent Musée is dedicated to the couture heritage of Yves and has a permanent display of hundreds of clothes spanning his 40-year career. The YSL collection is an incredible body of work that can be appreciated even by non-fashionistas. It is housed in one of the most impressive buildings in the city, alongside a lovely garden café, bookshop, temporary exhibition hall, and auditorium.
Aït Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage
Located in the southeast of the country, Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco is a beautiful mudbrick ksar and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Today, Ait-Ben-Haddou is one of Morocco’s most interesting places to visit and the country’s most attractive round-trip stop.
The Kasbah Ait-Ben-Haddou has become a movie set for many famous movies for its unique architecture and incredibly magical ambiance. Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, for instance. Ait-Ben-Haddou is located approximately 180 kilometers south-east of Marrakech and can be reached either by car hire or on a guided tour. The perfect way to explore the beautiful mud city of Ait-Ben-Haddou is to take a walk. You will get an idea of this spectacular city as you cross the river. You have the opportunity to explore some of the old houses from the inside while walking inside the huge Kasbah.
You will find plenty of souvenir shops, some restaurants, and really lovely cafes on the way to the top of the village of Ait-Ben-Haddou. It is certainly worth a visit to Ait Ben Haddou and should not be missed on any round trip to Morocco. The drive from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou is not only breathtakingly beautiful, it is also spectacular and a real experience.
City of Chefchaouen
Due to its fantastic blue houses and streets, it is known as Morocco’s Blue Pearl.’ The houses were painted blue by Jewish immigrants, and people have been guessing why for years. It is this mystery that gives the city its charm, making it a popular tourist destination for a long time. Chefchaouen is a small town with a rich history in Morocco. This old town is known for its amazing views nestled in the Rif mountains, but what makes it stand out are the striking and varying shades of blue walls. “Why is the town painted blue?” you might wonder.
In accordance with Jewish belief, the color blue is representative of the sky. Therefore, Jewish communities paint things blue and use blue-colored fabrics, particularly prayer mats. As for why the walls are blue, there are many theories. For practical reasons, some say that it is, such as keeping mosquitoes away or keeping the houses cooler. Some say blue represents the sky and the sky, the colors of the Mediterranean Sea, or the nearby waterfall of Ras el Maa. Now, locals continue to paint their homes blue, either in accordance with these traditions, or to continue to attract tourists who visit Chefchaouen for its streets that really are picture-perfect. The 50 shades of blue turned the streets of Chefchaouen into a photographer’s paradise.
Visit Medina’s narrow, blue, twisting streets and its souks! The souks may not be as big as they are in other Moroccan towns, but Chefchaouen is also a popular shopping destination, as it offers many native crafts, such as wool clothes and woven blankets, that are not available elsewhere in Morocco. The area’s native goat cheese is also popular with tourists.
Ride a camel through the desert
The spectacular Sahara Desert, the largest hot desert on earth, is relatively easy to access from Morocco. The inhospitable and extreme area is a magnet for adventure seekers when visiting Morocco, with enormous dunes, seemingly endless expanses of sand, an unpredictable climate, sparkling oases, and hardy flora. The two most common destinations for people looking to explore the mighty Sahara Desert are Merzouga and Zagora.
The best months for trekking in the Sahara Desert are spring and autumn. Summer temperatures soar, and winters, especially at night, can be very cold. For evenings in the desert, bring a light jacket and/or a sweater. While you may be tempted to wear T-shirts and shorts during hot days, the best way to avoid sunburn is to keep your skin covered with long-sleeved light-weight T-shirts and light pants. Water is a scarce commodity in the Sahara so do not waste it.
In order to allow you to cover more ground, camel riding and ATV adventures can be combined with regular trekking. Dunes for sandboarding and hiking may also be accessible.
No trip to Morocco is complete without taking a tour of a mosque. A popular mosque to visit is the mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca. It is the world’s third-largest mosque. 25,000 people at one time can worship inside the building and another 85,000 in the courtyard outside. The mosque is partially built over the Atlantic Ocean, with an exquisite view of the ocean. Its intricate architectural design of marble and stone will leave you in awe.