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Morocco travel guide

Morocco is full of Arabian charm, hectic cities, beautiful colors and magical cobbled streets - it's wild, but in the best way. Whether you're looking to take in the fragrant sights and smells of Fez or visit the medieval and imperial city of Marrakech, you won't be disappointed. With natural beauty around every corner, we can take you right to the heart of the adventure with a selection of exciting tours and day trips.

Morocco Fast Facts

morocco language

Languages Spoken

The official languages spoken in Morocco is colloquial Arabic (known as Darija) and Berber.

currency of morocco

Currency

Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Symbol: درهم

morocco time zone

Time Zone

Western European Time Zone UTC +00:00, so Morocco is 5 hours ahead of Washington DC.

Where is Morocco?

Morocco is located in Northern Africa, and has a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea, and shares its borders with Algeria and the Western Sahara. It's easily accessible from Gibraltar, so you could even take a trip to Morocco on your way to or from Europe (it's a 1.5 hour ferry between Gibraltar and Tangier). Travelers sometimes decide to group Spain, Portugal and Morocco together into one trip due to their proximity to each other. 

Top places to visit in Morocco

The front of a Marrakech spice market

Marrakech

Located in western Morocco, Marrakech is a popular destination for first time visitors to the country as it's easy to travel to. It also isn't completely removed from Western culture, so travelers often find it the easiest place to start. Having said that, Marrakech still gives travelers a great taste of Moroccan culture and history, with its traditional and lively souks, charming streets, and the medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
The Tangier coast with palm trees and a kasbah

Tangier

This is the city which is a port on the Strait of Gibraltar, an easy way to get in to Morocco if you fancied getting the ferry or taking a road trip from Europe (did we just suggest the best trip ever?!). Tangier is in the north west of Morocco, and is recognizable from the Bond film 'Spectre'. You may not find Daniel Craig, but you will find many landmarks, such as their legendary bookshop 'Librairie des Colonnes', lively tourist hotspots, museums, colonial buildings and a hub of other cultural attractions.
Colorful dye pits in Fez

Fez

The picture above is probably one of the most recognizable views of Morocco - a colorful tannery in the middle of Fez, which is just one of the ways Fez delivers authentic, traditional Morocco. Explore this city and you'll smell the aromatic spice stalls, the tannery's and the faint smell of cooking tagine. You'll see intricately detailed architecture, artisans hard at work along the streets, and rows of minarets surrounded by fountains. Fez is bursting with life, color, sights, smells and sounds.
Blue stairs with blue walls dotted with colorful potted plants in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen: it's easy to see why it's known as The Blue City. The picturesque village's old buildings are covered in a vivid blue color, dotted with brightly colored plant pots, and local artists' workshops along the laneways. It's the perfect place to take some time out of the chaotic Moroccan cities, wander around taking photos and absorbing the beauty and charm of the area. It lies beneath the stunning Rif Mountains, and locals are known to be friendly to the tourists, as opposed to hassling them. You're ticking all the boxes, Chefchaouen!

Morocco adventure tours

A tent camp set up in red sands of a Moroccan desert

Morocco, Kasbahs & Desert | 8 days

Perfect for travelers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Morocco's must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled Kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.
An overhead view of the Chouara Tannery

Morocco on a Shoestring | 15 days

In our humble opinion, there's no better way to spend two weeks than travelling around majestic, marvelous, magical Morocco. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure to hit all the main ones, including Fes, Chefchaouen, the coastal hippie mecca of Essaouira, and plenty of souks to shop in and beaches to relax on. After an overnight stay in a Berber camp and a few market barters under your belt, youll feel like a local in no time.
a hiker with a backpack on snow capped mt toubkal

Climb Mt Toubkal | 7 days

Jebel Toubkal, Morocco's highest peak, has captivated mountaineers for centuries. Our ascent up the rocky giant of North Africa is no picnic, but is accessible to anyone in good shape and hungry for a thrilling high-altitude adventure. Traditional Berber communities line the route on this trip and you'll have plenty of time to learn their customs through village visits and overnight camping with hearty home-cooked meals. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you'll see at the top.
Light blue buildings a steps typical of Chefchaouen

Highlights of Morocco

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WestSurf: Morocco yoga & surf retreat | 8 days

Truly unwind and find your inner peace with this yoga retreat in Morocco: kick-back in a stylish villa, take up morning and evening yoga, go surfing, try your hand at a cooking class and loads more. T&Cs apply.
A man sitting on a red cliff

WestSurf Morocco: Surf & hiking | 8 days

Hike the High Atlas of Morocco and take in the panoramic views of the country, try your hand at surfing, enjoy sunsets from the roof terrace of the villa, and totally recharge your batteries. There's even an optional yoga session and massage to help you truly forget the outside world. T&Cs apply.
Three people on a beach sitting taking lessons from a surf instructor

West Surf Morocco: Beginner surf coaching | 8 days

Get your surf on at this relaxing surfing retreat for beginners on the coast of Morocco, in Agadir. Eat traditional Moroccan food, chill out in the villa and on the roof terraces, and take up optional yoga. T&Cs apply.

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