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5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

By Daisy Li
There is so much to do in Morocco! From admiring its beautiful architecture in Fes to visiting vibrant bazaars in Marrakech, the country offers both culture and sightseeing.

I spent a week in Morocco wandering along the many streets and medinas. If you only have 7 days in Morocco and believe that it’s too short for a cross-country trip, fear not, because as long as you have a taste of the country, you will surely come back.

Below is a list of things you must do in Morocco to truly experience this rich and vibrant country!
 

5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

#5. Experience the Wind-whirl Streets

 
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Bazaars and markets in Fes, Morocco
What to buy in Morocco, handcrafts in Fes and Morocco

Most of the Morrocan cities I’ve visited had countless crisscrossing streets. Carts selling fruits and handcrafted jewelry appeared everywhere. It was a hot and enjoyable mess of people, noise, and traffic.

While it might be somewhat overwhelming with the number of street vendors wishing to gain you as a customer, the experience was great. These walks gave me a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Moroccan people. I stumbled across many restaurants, mosques, cafes, and shops that I would have never had the chance of visiting.

Contrary to what some may believe, Morocco is pretty safe. Of course, as a female traveler, I often take precaution while abroad. But I never once felt uneasy during my trip across Morocco.

 

5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

#4. Drink Mint Tea for Water and Enjoy Lavish Moroccan Breakfasts.

 

5 things to do in Morocco

Mint tea accompanied breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We drank the overly sweet yet extremely addicting tea everywhere with anyone. The tea didn’t just serve as a symbol of Moroccan cuisine, but it defined the collectivist culture that Morocco happily embraced.

It was a form of relaxation after a day at work, a gesture for welcoming others to one’s lifestyle, a note of appreciation for those around.

Moroccan breakfasts are without a doubt some of the best waker-uppers. In addition to baguettes or khobz, there is always a variety of jam and condiments. Cheese, butter, eggs, juice, coffee, and numerous types of bread are only some of the many things offered.

Of course, in general, Moroccan cuisine is mouth-watering. However, the layout of the breakfasts and the meaning behind Moroccan tea warrant a special shoutout due to their cultural significance.


 

5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

#3. Stay in a Riad

 
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden of sorts. They possess the designs of elegant Moroccan establishments. These stays are comfortable and homey.

Similar to hotels, a riad provides well-equipped rooms and (usually) a full breakfast. However, unlike hotels, they are homier and less formal. Staying at a riad is like sleeping over at a good friend’s house, with their mother tirelessly serving you coffee and tea.

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In fact, a number of riads we stayed at are family-run operations guaranteed to make you feel at home.

While it can be costly, riads are definitely a must do in Morocco!

 

5 things to do in Morocco

 

5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

#2. Spend a Night in the Sahara Desert

 
5 things to do in Morocco

Spending a night in the desert is a must do in Morocco! The experience was unforgettable. While the 2-hour camel ride may not be the most appealing form of transportation, the serenity of the night sky amid miles and miles of sand should be enticing enough.

Our hosts, a group of Berbers, were some of the friendliest people. They showed us some traditional music and dances, and hung out with us like friends. They also prepared most delicious couscouses and drinks!

 

5 Things You Must Do in Morocco

#1. Grab some Souvenirs at the Bazaars

 
Bazaars are an enclosed marketplace that houses various vendors and merchants. The range of products is endless. From daily necessities to delicate crafts, there is a lot to see.

I absolutely loved the buzzing of these marketplaces. The flow of people walking around admiring others’ handiwork, loads of bargaining between buyers and sellers, and the beautiful colors of the merchandise form an animated and lively atmosphere.

Morocco is known for its beautiful handicrafts. From woven carpets to handmade ceramics, spiaces to argan oil, bazaars in Morocco are the perfect place to purchase a few gifts for family and friends back home.

What to buy in Morocco, handcrafts in Fes and Morocco, spices in Morocco
What to buy in Morocco, handcrafts in Fes and Morocco

Needless to say, bazaars are a key element in Moroccan culture. And Morocco really does them well. That is why this is #1 on my Morocco to do list.

 

Total Cost

 
For 7 days including ground transportation in and between cities, accommodation at beautiful riads (mini palaces) with half board (breakfast and dinner), excursion in the desert (camel, tents, and entertainment) and transfers to airport, we each paid €200. Considering the amount of traveling, we definitely got a bargain deal!

The rest of the money I spent was in bazaars. I couldn’t resist the temptation of buying souvenirs!

If you’d like to know my entire itinerary, take a look here!Β  Any other questions, feel free to shoot me a message! Otherwise, you can read more of my 6-day adventure in Morocco here.

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8 Comments

Funmi Holder January 24, 2018 - 6:02 pm

Hello, thank you so much for the wonderful information, I will be in Morocoo in April and I would like to know the tour company you used please. I am solo female traveler. Thank you

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Daisy Li January 28, 2018 - 9:55 am

Hi Fumi! I will email you their information πŸ™‚

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Jordan July 22, 2017 - 3:25 pm

I’m so excited to visit Morocco next year! Thanks for this post πŸ™‚

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Allison Wong July 22, 2017 - 7:35 am

Morocco is still on my to go list! I’ll take note of your to do list when planning my trip there.

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Roxanne Reid July 22, 2017 - 3:19 am

Morocco is still on my list of African countries to visit. I’m thinking food, colour, desert and culture. Can’t wait.

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Julie July 21, 2017 - 11:13 pm

Great post! Definitely on my bucket list. Would love to check out the places you have mentioned here.

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Agness of Fit Travelling April 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

Morocco is so colorful. Daisy! This is a great post and an amazing guide for the stunning place!

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Daisy Li April 25, 2017 - 8:08 pm

Thank you! I miss it so much! :))

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