Five Unmissable Experiences in Morocco

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Last year, I took a trip to Morocco and fell in love instantly. With its incredibly varied topography and ancient cities filled with history and culture, there’s something for everyone in this fascinating country of tagines, snake-charmers and djellabas. Here are the five experiences you really shouldn’t miss…

Souks

Covered, labyrinthine networks of narrow, winding streets lined with tiny stalls, the Moroccan souks are an experience that mustn’t be missed! Marrakech is home to some of the best souks; dark and hopelessly maze-like, with endless stalls and shops packed with treasures from silver tea sets to spices of every variety. I loved the traditional apothecaries, laden with mysterious bottles, where you can pick up the miracle-product Argan oil for a bargain. Come prepared for haggling, and get ready to enjoy a glass of mint tea at every stop – it’s considered impolite to decline it!

souqs_marrakech

Surfing

Thanks to a year-round Atlantic swell and a constantly changing shoreline, the West Coast of Morocco is a dream surfing destination. The winter months from October to March are the best time to hit the waves if you’re a serious surfer, while the small to medium swells on the beaches in the summer months mean this is a great time for anyone taking it easy!

Saharan Sunrise

Head to Merzouga (a twelve hour bus ride from Marrakech) and hire a guide for a camel trek into the Erg Chebbi dunes. The orange sand of these huge Saharan dunes – reaching a height of up to 150m – makes a spectacular setting for watching the sunrise over the desert. I camped in a traditional berber tent and ate a delicious tagine with our amazing guide, Hassan, before waking up at six am to climb the tallest dune and watch the dazzling, liquid-gold sunrise.

Dunes at Erg Chebbi

Ouzoud Falls

The highlight of my Morocco trip was easily the spectacular Ouzoud Falls in the High Atlas Mountains. I hired a guide and headed to Azilal, which is a great starting point for tons of activities in the Atlas Mountains. The falls are beautiful, some 330ft high and cascading down into a jagged gorge. A relatively easy walk around the area means you can view the falls from all angles, first enjoying the spectacular view across the green valleys and orchards below, then heading down into the gorge and looking up at the stunning falls, where near-constant rainbows play in the spray at the bottom.

Waterfalls of ouzoud

Hammam

There’s no better way to round off a trip of shopping, sightseeing or even just sunbathing, than with an indulgent spa experience at a traditional Moroccan hammam. You’ll be steamed and scrubbed within an inch of your life, and you’ll emerge on the other side positively glowing with renewed life. I loved the ghassoul, a black clay exfoliating scrub which is vigorously applied by the hammam attendant to ensure that not one spec of dry skin remains anywhere on your body. Once you’re a layer of skin lighter, finish it all off with an Argan oil massage for baby-soft skin and a deeply relaxed mind and body!

Author Bio: Emily Luxton is the writer and blogger behind travel blog www.emilyluxton.co.uk. Armed with a photography degree, a love of writing, and a passion to explore the world, Emily researches and writes about destinations all over the globe while she plans for her next big trip: a five month adventure in South America. 

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