Morocco

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From shopping sprees for leather goods and pottery in the colorful markets of Marrakesh and Fez to camel safaris in the Sahara, laid-back beach vacations on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and hardcore hikes in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco has an itinerary for every traveler’s taste.

Things to do in Morocco

Camel trips into the desert dunes

Short overnight jaunts on camel-back into the desert, or longer forays by 4x4, can be arranged in the town of Merzouga, where would-be desert guides hound you from the moment you roll into town (alternatively, book in advance with Blue Men of Morocco, a Spain-based tour company, or inquire for a local guide recommendation at your guest house).

Blue Men of Morocco, Desert (Erg Chebbi), 011-34 952467562, www.bluemenofmorocco.com
Tags: things to do | outdoors | tour | camping | desert

Djemma el-Fna

Morocco’s most iconic destination is the central square in Marrakesh, where snake charmers, tourists, storytellers, desert vagabonds, and vacationing Moroccans meet at food stalls brimming with traditional eats such as escargot, couscous, and boiled sheep’s head.

Djemma el-Fna, 011-212-24-436-131
Tags: things to do | culinary | market

Indulge in a Moroccan hammam at Les Bains de Marrakesh

Experience the traditional Moroccan bathing ritual in these opulent public baths in Marrakesh, where an attendant will scrub your entire body with a glove in a process called gommage, leaving your skin softer than you can imagine.

Les Bains de Marrakesh, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah; 2 Derb Sedra, 011-212-24-381-428, www.lesbainsdemarrakech.com
Tags: trendy | things to do | hammam

Lunch at the seafood stalls in Essaouira

Eating fresh seafood that’s cooked alfresco over charcoal grills is a rite of passage in the fishing village of Essaouira, three hours west of Marrakesh. Barbecued sardines served with tomato and cucumber salads and big rounds of Arabic bread are the locals’ favorite fare.

Essaouira, 011-212-44-47-45-80, www.essaouira.com
Tags: seafood | great value | things to do | culinary

Sofitel Palais Jamais

Even if you can’t afford to stay at his legendary Fez hotel, grab a mint tea on the terrace to soak up one of the most incredible views over the ancient medina. The concierge can arrange medina tours for non-guests to take in sights such as the tanneries and Kairaouine Mosque.

Bab Guissa, 011-212-35-634-331, www.sofitel.com
Tags: smart splurge | views | things to do

Todra Gorge

On the route from Marrakesh to the desert, stop at Todra Gorge to witness some of Morocco’s most impressive geological formations: towering orange-hued rocks cut by a crystalline river.

About 300 miles east of Marrakesh (9 miles from Tinerhir), www.tourism-in-morocco.com/english
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Volubilis

Morocco’s best-preserved archeological site, Volubilis is a series of Roman ruins located near Meknes. The romantic in-situ mosaics depicting nymphs are particularly impressive.

Meknes, www.sitedevolubilis.org
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history | archeology

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