Authentic activities in Morocco

02nd May, 2017
Morocco is a wondrous location which opens your eyes to new cultures and experiences. Not many other countries hold such fascination for travellers as this country, and this is what makes a truly special destination to travel. It is also an adventure into some of North Africa’s most stunning scenery with the desert right on its doorstep and the craggy heights of the Atlas Mountains serving as an extraordinary backdrop.

Morocco is also a journey into a tranquil and timeless world of cute coastal villages, colourful-painted towns that cling to the hillsides and remote outposts defended by fairy-tale forts. This fascinating country is steeped in history and age-old traditions, so it is no wonder Morocco has become an inspiration for writers and artists for decades.

When travelling to a different country, we all look for those authentic activities which make our holiday truly special, as well as creating memories which we will remember so the rest of our lives. Below, we have listed our favourite authentic activities which you can do while staying in our luxury villas in Morocco.

Agadir  

Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1960, Agadir has become a busy port and beach resort. It is now the country’s destination for sun, sand and food. Laid out as a grid of streets, it is surrounded by residential suburbs. However, the seafront is Agadir’s biggest selling point, and it is where the Moroccan street life comes alive.

Paradise Valley is a pristine and untouched piece of nature with a deep, palm-lined gorge, with a river snaking along the base. There’s a well-marked 2.7-kilometre walking trail at around 28km from Aourir. However, we suggest hiring a guide to take you through the valley.  

Essaouira

Located on the Atlantic coast lies the small city of Essaouira. Essaouira has been a port town for quite some time, and there is even some evidence of prehistoric settlements. Today, music and art are two of the biggest draws throughout the year to this tranquil hub of Morocco. 

The Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum is home to an array of jewellery, costumes, embroidery, woodcarving and weapons from the region, and is well worth a visit.

Marrakesh  

Marrakesh is the heart of Morocco is known for its spices, hidden palaces and snake charmers.  Offering a tantalising taste of Africa, this city is hypnotic and will definitely leave you wanting more. Throughout this fascinating city, you will be able to find an array of things to do, from its famous market to its museums and traditional eateries.

What better way to get an authentic taste of Morocco than taking a camel trek through the Sahara Desert? There are many tours you can take, with some lasting half a day or a full day. This is one activity you don’t want to miss!

The Minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakesh’s most famous symbol. Built in a traditional Almohad style and topped with four copper globes and standing at 77 meters high, but thanks to local topography and a local ordinance that stops any other building in the Medina to be higher than a palm tree.

There are a few lovely ways to get a real feel of Marrakesh, and that is wandering around the endless maze of markets in the Medina. Beginning on the north edge, the souks comprise alleyway upon alleyway of tiny retail cubicles; the further in you venture the more interesting they become.  

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