Even though Morocco is a pretty popular touristic destination, I always get asked this question: What Morocco is famous for?
Unfortunately, many tourists go to Morocco without knowing what the famous facts about the country are, missing so many opportunities and experiences. That’s why learning about Morocco prior to your trip is very important to have the richest travel experience. And when you do so, you can plan your trip smartly, so each day is a whole new experience.
What Morocco is famous for?
Here is a list of all the things that Morocco is famous for. These are the basics. Maybe you know some of them, maybe you don’t. At the end of this article, you will have a great picture of what characterizes Morocco and what makes it a popular touristic destination.
As we go in this article, I will make sure to give you all the related subjects, so you can dig deeper and learn more about this beautiful country. Hopefully, you will have all the elements to plan your next trip to Morocco without missing anything.
Let’s start. Here is a list of the most famous facts about Morocco.
1. The Delicious Traditional Moroccan Food
Maybe you have heard of the Moroccan Couscous, the traditional Moroccan mint tea or maybe the Moroccan Tajine? These are some of the most famous Moroccan dishes, very loved outside Morocco. Some of them have even inspired hundreds of chefs around the world.
Moroccan cuisine is known for being very tasty and for satisfying most of the tastes. Some recipes are also very easy to make, so if you are a little bit curious and want to explore some, I created a whole category of easy Moroccan recipes, all from my mother cookbook. They are easy to make and my go-to recipes when I host a Moroccan theme dinner in France or in the US. I am sure you will love most of them!
If you go to Morocco, make sure you try Moroccan street food. This is another way to explore Moroccan cuisine and lifestyle. Besides, you can easily reproduce some Moroccan street food recipes in your own kitchen.
2. Morocco’s Gorgeous Nature and Landscapes
This part is interesting because, each time I talk with people about Morocco, they seem to only associate the country with the deserts, and I can understand that. Moroccan deserts are one of the things I love most about Morocco. These are romantic, adventurous and inspiring places you can go to. Once you are surrounded by gigantic dunes and have no clue of where you are, then spend the night under the stars and wake up on a breathtaking sunrise, you will feel so far away from all your problems and your everyday struggles.
Besides the desert, Morocco is also known for the Atlas Mountains, which vaguely separate Morocco’s milder coastal climate regions from the arid Moroccan Sahara.
The Atlas Mountains are mostly covered with lacy cedars and scrubby pines. The peaks are covered with snow even in the warmer months. If you like hiking, the Atlas Mountains are perfect and will offer you gorgeous views from the bottom to the top.
Morocco is also known for its beautiful beaches. Remember, Morocco climate vary depending on where you are in the country, and Moroccan beaches style vary a lot, offering you different beach opportunities from surfing, sunbathing to trekking in Moroccan wild beaches.
3. Moroccan Sunny and Hot climate
Morocco is one of the favorite destinations for Europeans, especially French and Spanish tourists. The reason? The country is very close to these countries while offering that warm climate Europeans long for. When I was living in France, going to Morocco was super easy and needed minimum planning. After only 3-hours flight I was in this sunny country.
Morocco is sunny most of the year. However, the country climate is not the same everywhere. If you want to learn more, I have an article that explains how to understand Morocco weather, so you don’t rely all the time on weather websites. Also, make sure to see my article about the best time to travel to Morocco. In fact, depending on what experiences you are planning to have, it is best to travel to Morocco in specific times of the year.
4. Morocco’s Monuments, Architecture, History, and Culture
If you travel to Morocco, you will notice that the country has so many different architecture styles, showing the country charged and rich history. The Phoenicians and Romans have left their footprint in many monuments in Morocco like near Meknes and Fez.
The Arabs conquered Morocco in the 7th century and introduced their civilization. Islam has great success in the country and found following. Many monuments in the country show how great the Arabic civilization was at the time.
In the early 20th century, many European countries had their interest in North Africa and Morocco was colonized by French and Spain during years. Some cities like Casablanca and Rabat still have this European touch in many of its buildings.
Traveling to Morocco is also a way to immerse in Moroccan culture and learn its specificities. I always recommend learning about Moroccan culture and traditions before visiting the country to have to most authentic experience, but also to make sure to respect local traditions and religion.
5. Authentic and High-Quality Moroccan Handicrafts
Another thing Morocco is famous for is its good quality products, handcrafted and made with premium materials. Leather bags, shoes, colorful rugs or silver decorated teapots. These are few examples of what you can find and buy in Morocco for very cheap. These items are often made by craftsmen who are passionate about their jobs and who, for most of them, inherited their skills from their grand-grandparents.