7 secret corners of Morocco
Morocco is an authentic beauty (and we do not just talk about the famous Marrakech). If you venture beyond the hackneyed streets of the Red City, you will get a surprise with everything that awaits you, from breathtaking waterfalls to first class beaches. You’ll just have to worry about deciding where to start …
1. Take a dip in the Ouzoud waterfalls
If you want to add a truly impressive landscape to your itinerary, all you have to do is contemplate the Ouzoud waterfalls. At an impressive height of 110 meters, these 3-level waterfalls are undoubtedly a natural wonder that you can not miss in Morocco. They are 150 kilometers northeast of Marrakech, which makes them a perfect place to visit on a day trip. When you have the camera full of photos of one of the highest waterfalls in Africa, take a dip in the El Abid river before exploring the surrounding Berber villages.
2. Live the relaxed atmosphere of Essaouira
Essaouira is designed for those who seek to change the bustle of Marrakech for a vacation in a more relaxed atmosphere. Located on the western coast of Morocco, this traditional seaside city offers an intoxicating mix of wonderful beaches, delicious seafood and ancient walls perfect for exploring. If you also visit some Instagram-worthy souks and ideal places to surf, you will have all the ingredients for a perfect holiday destination.
3. Discover the Hollywood of Morocco
A visit to Uarzazat and the ancient mud city of Ait Ben Hadu is a kind of pilgrimage for movie lovers. Known as the Hollywood of Morocco, these two places have been the scene of some of the most important movies and television series in history, such as Lawrence of Arabia , Gladiator and Game of Thrones. But the cinematic landscapes are not only found in Uarzazat and Ait Ben Hadu, as you will get here through the spectacular mountain pass of Tizi n’Tichka.
4. Walk the famous blue streets of Chefchauen
Surely you have run into the landscapes of Chefchaouen on your Instagram without even noticing. His name may not be easy to pronounce, but his famous blue medina is hard to forget. Located in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen has a charming mix of cultures and customs from North Africa and Andalusia. Walk the labyrinth of narrow streets that are full of curious souvenirs to buy and new flavors to try, especially in the Uta El Hammam square.
5. Step on the accelerator in Agadir
The city of Agadir is like a big playground. If you are looking for strong emotions, you can choose between adventures in buggies at high speed, motorboat rides loaded with adrenaline and exciting tours of the dunes. If the sun goes longer, in Agadir you have many places where you can enjoy it. Relax on the wonderful beaches that surround the city or escape to Taghazout beach, just 20 minutes from Agadir. If you prefer, you can go to the most secluded beaches of the Sus-Masa National Park. When you’re not looking for the strong emotions of the Agadir coast ,you will discover a city full of delicious restaurants. Good news for seafood lovers!
6. Get drunk with all the Fez-tivities
Fez makes Marrakech look like a quiet place. Its animated medina is a constant organized chaos that impacts the senses in every way you can imagine. This may not be a tasteful dish for everyone, but those who dare to go to the second largest city in Morocco will get a truly authentic experience in a unique destination as a reward. The narrow streets of Fez harbor all kinds of crafts and the tannery of Chouara is just one of the many essential places that makes tourists travel back in time.
7. Explore the picturesque Ourika Valley
When you start exploring the Ourika valley, you will feel like you are thousands of miles from Marrakech. But even if it does not seem like it, this impeccable natural spot is only 50 kilometers away from the most important tourist center in Morocco: good news for visitors! The valley really comes alive when the winter cold is over. Go between March and May to see the valley in all its glory. You will also enjoy better time to explore the many waterfalls near Sti Fadma.