Even though Morocco is a pretty popular touristic destination, many people seem a little bit confused about what Morocco is famous for. Many think Morocco is a desert land where camels are the only mean of transportation and people live in tents. Which is not incorrect actually, as this lifestyle exists in some regions. But Morocco is so much more and there are so many things to explore and experience.
Unfortunately, many tourists go to Morocco without knowing what all the available possibilities are. Missing so many opportunities and experiences.
The reason I spend most of my vacations in Morocco (besides the fact that I still have family there), is because I can do so many things, depending on the weather, my mood, and desires. If you want to have a 360 overview of all the things Morocco is famous for, keep reading 😉
6 Things Morocco is famous for
In order to not have a super long & exhausting post, I will make a section for each famous fact about Morocco. I will try and provide as much commentary links as possible to help you dig the subjects deeper. At the end of this post, I hope you have a great picture of what characterizes Morocco and the experiences that tempt you the most.
1. The Delicious Traditional Moroccan Food
Moroccan cuisine is known for being very tasty and for satisfying most of the tastes. Maybe you have already heard of the Moroccan Tajine, the Moroccan Couscous or the traditional Moroccan mint tea? These are some of the most famous & cherished Moroccan dishes you can try once in Morocco. I promise you will likely fall in love with them.
If you don’t know where to start from, check this post where I list the Moroccan dishes to absolutely try!
Some recipes are also very easy to make, so if you are a little bit curious and want to try some before visiting Morocco, 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.
Another thing I always recommend to do in Morocco is to try Moroccan street food. Such an interesting & cheap way to explore Moroccan cuisine and lifestyle.
2. The Moroccan Desert
This part is interesting because, each time I talk with people about Morocco, they seem to only associate the country with the deserts. Which I understand. Moroccan deserts are really gorgeous and one exceptional experience to have. They are one of the things I love most about Morocco. They 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 feel so far away from all your problems and your everyday struggles.
If the desert experience
3. The Atlas Mountains
Besides the desert, Morocco is also known for the Atlas Mountains, which vaguely separate Morocco’s milder 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, sometimes 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.
4. The Atlas Mountains
Morocco is also known for its beautiful beaches. Remember, Morocco climate varies depending on where you are in the country. That’s the reason why Moroccan beaches have different styles, offering different beach experiences from surfing, sunbathing to trekking in some beathtaking wild beaches.
If you are a beach person, you will LOVE these gorgeous Moroccan beach spots.
5. Morocco Versatile Climate
Morocco is one of the favorite destinations for Europeans, especially French and Spanish tourists. The reason? The country is very close to Europe, all while offering that warm climate Europeans long for.
\Morocco is sunny most of the year. However, the country climate is not the same everywhere. And depending on the experiences you are planning to have, it is best to travel to Morocco at a specific time of the year. So, do the homework and make sure you are traveling during the best season for you.
6. Morocco’s Monuments, Architecture & History
If you travel to Morocco, you will notice that the country has so many different architecture styles, showing a charged and rich history. You will notice for example the Phoenicians and Romans footprint in many monuments in Morocco, like near Meknes and Fez.
The Arabs conquered Morocco in the 7th century and introduced their civilization. Islam had a great following and many monuments in the country show how powerful 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 for many decades. Some cities like Casablanca and Rabat still carry the European fingerprint in many of its buildings.
7. Morocco Rich Culture
Traveling to Morocco will immerse you in another culture, probably very different from yours. And the best mindset is to embrace it. Of course, you will have to adjust a little bit. You can’t dress sexy in public spaces for instance. But this is traveling: seeing different cultures and exploring other lifestyles.
There are many other aspects to the Moroccan culture, like tipping, greetings, religion, the relation with food, and so much more. Exploring a whole new culture is really refreshing and self-empowering. Just make sure you have an idea about the differences before you visit.
8. Traditional and High-Quality Moroccan Handicrafts
Another thing Morocco is famous for is its beautiful handcrafted products, made with premium materials. Leather bags, shoes, colorful rugs or silver engraved teapots. 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
The shopping experience in Morocco is really one of a kind. I spend a lot of time in Morocco, and even so, I just can’t get enough of shopping. There are some products that I always make sure I bring back with me, and which make me think of Morocco for weeks and even years. As there are thousands of items to shop and more and more counterfeit products, I always recommend sticking to the classics. This guide sums up the best Moroccan products to shop.
I visited Morocco a couple of years ago. It was for 3 days so we only had time for a desert tour and Marrakesh. May be this time it will be the beach and the mountains. Thanks for the amazing post.
snow in morocco?
I would have never imagined that! this is such a mysterious country …
travelling to morocco soon
We have everything reserved for April this year. We will have a 3 days desert tour and I can’t wait. I feel relieved after reading your article as I was afraid it would be hot during that month. It turned out it is the perfect season for the desert. delighted!
I’ve been to Morocco twice and I will definitely get back. this country is magical
I am Moroccan and this is exactly what you should be looking for in Morocco