Marrakech, founded in 1062 by Abu Bakr ibn Umar and located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is the ultimate tourist destination in Morocco. Do not be fooled by this statement, as the city does remain completely unaffected by its numerous visitors. Marrakech has thrived through tourism for centuries while its religiousness, commercial trade and education collectively offer its visitors a truly one-of-a-kind destination. Marrakech is exotic, unbelievable and probably one of the most unique cities in the world. There are plenty of palaces, monuments, caravanserais and 18 major markets – the famous souks of the medina. Marrakesh’s old town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out our Photos of Marrakech page.
Fez was founded in 789AD, during the Idrisid dynasty, and is located in northern Morocco. Fez is one of the most important historical tourist destinations within the Kingdom. The most well preserved Arab medina in the world, here you can expect to immerse yourself a few centuries back into the past. Inside the old city walls, the University of Al Quaraouiyine stands as the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in 859AD. The second largest city in Morocco, Fez is also inscribed on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage site. Check out our Photos of Fez page.
Essaouira is located on the Moroccan Atlantic coast and is one of the most legendary cities in the country. With its incredibly beautiful old city, several monuments and fascinating ocean views, Essaouira is the perfect Moroccan chill-out destination. The city’s many shops offer distinct, regional handicrafts while, near its fishing port, several restaurants serve scrumptious and fresh, grilled fish. Famous for its Gnawa musical culture, as well as being an ultimate sport surfing destination, Essaouira is also inscribed on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage site. Check out our Photos of Essaouira page.
4- Ksar Ait Benhaddou
The Ksar of Aït Benhaddou is located 25km from Ouarzazate, in southern Morocco. It remains the only UNESCO World Heritage site in this part of the country, as it used to be an important outpost along the former caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. The area’s particularity lies in the fact that the whole village is built from mud bricks, using the adobe technique. The views from its hilltop are amazing while, from this perspective, we can immerse ourselves in visiting the old village with its numerous kasbahs. Some parts of the TV series Game of Thrones were shot in Aït Benhaddou, along with several other famous movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator, The Sheltering Sky, The Jewel of the Nile, Kundun and The Kingdom of Heaven. Check out our Photos of Ait Benhaddou page.
5- Erg Chebbi Dunes
The Dunes of Erg Chebbi are located in southeastern Morocco. Erg Chebbi is one of the two largest existing “Ergs” in the country. The most popular desert destination in Morocco, Erg Chebbi is particularly famous because of the brilliant orange hue characteristic of its fine sand. It is possible to stay in hotels within the surrounding villages of Erg Chebbi, or even to camp in oases inside the dunes themselves. Merzouga is the largest settled village at the base of the dunes. Check out our Photos of the Merzouga Dunes page.
Rabat, located on the Atlantic coast and at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River, is the capital city of Morocco. A superb travel destination accredited by its vast number of interesting and significant places to visit, Rabat is one of Morocco’s four Imperial cities. The city’s medina is also listed as a World Heritage Site. The most recognized places to visit in Rabat are: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower, the Kasbah of the Udayas, Chellah Necropolis, Rabat’s old Medina, Saint-Pierre’s Cathedral and Mohammed V Boulevard. Check out our Photos of Rabat page.
Chefchaouen, founded in 1471, is a quaint and beautiful city located in the northern part of Morocco and along the slopes of the Rif Mountains. All its houses painted in vibrant blue, the spectacle has made this city famous throughout the world. It is often said that Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque cities of the world. In the center of the old city, the beautiful Uta el-Hammam Square is where you can go to visit the castle, the Grande Mosquee, or El Masjid El Aadam possessing the only octagonal minaret in the world. Check out our Photos of Chefchaouen page.
8- Todra Gorges
Todra Gorges, also known as Gorges du Toudra or Toudgha Gorges, is located in the High Atlas Mountains, resting between Tinghir and Tamtettoucht. The entire region being awe-inspiring, it is sure you will be astonished by its natural beauty. Visible from as far as Tinghir city, the closer you drive towards Todra Gorges within the canyons, the narrower the road becomes. These enormous rock formations create a natural road passage as narrow as 20 meters in width and 300 meters tall. Check out our Photos of the Todra Gorges page.
9- Dades Valley
Dades Valley, also known as Gorges du Dades or La Vallée du Dades, is located in south Morocco, between Ouarzazate and Errachidia. One of the top attractions of the region, Dades Valley’s breathtaking landscape transports us to what would seem to be another planet. The mountains’ deep red hues contrasting their surrounding lavish, green oases and blue sky create an impressive fantasy of color. Dades Valley can be easily accessed through the city of Boulmane Dades. Check out our photos of Dades ValleyPhotos of the Dades Valley page.
10- Draa Valley
Draa Valley, also known as La Vallée du Draa, is located in south Morocco, between Ouarzazate, Zagora and Mhamid. , Between the Saghro Mountains and the Sahara Desert, the incredible landscape of the Draa is breathtaking. Taking in its panoramic perspective from Agdz, it is here we can truly appreciate the spectacle of two million palm trees. From within the valley, however, we encounter several fortified villages called ksor, as well as the dunes of Tinfou and the underground ksar of Tamegroute. Check out our Photos of the Draa Valley page.
Of course, there are dozens of other beautiful places to visit in Morocco. Although difficult to select a Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in Morocco, here we attempted to compile the above list to give you a brief insight of the country’s major sightseeing destinations. If you would like to venture on a tour in Morocco, please visit our pages describing the wide variety of tour choices we can offer to you.
Also worth mentioning are the Moroccan destinations inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List:
- Medina of Fez (1981)
- Medina of Marrakesh (1985)
- Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (1987)
- Historic City of Meknes (1996)
- Archaeological Site of Volubilis (1997)
- Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) (1997)
- Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador) (2001)
- Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida) (2004)
- Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage (2012)