Dreaming of sweeping desert landscapes, colorful caftans, brilliant markets and exotic flavors? Us too. It’s time to visit Morocco.
A gorgeous destination, just a hop away from Spain (we like to group them together to cut down travel time), this North African country is bursting with culture (Berber, Arabian and European influences), and bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It offers dizzying diversity, where you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts, and warm hospitality. Be smart, be safe, be dazzled. Time to visit Morocco!
STAY: Four Seasons, Riad Farnatchi,
EAT: Nomad, Le Jardin, Al-Fassia, Yacout, Terraces des Epices
SEE: Shop Jemaa el Fna square (come prepared to buy a lot), walking tour of the medina, Jardins Majorelle, Desert Camel Ride (there are options to sleep in tents under the stars as well)
This port city and commercial hub in western Morocco along the Atlantic Ocean, shows the city’s French colonial legacy is seen in its downtown Mauresque architecture, a blend of Moorish style and European art deco. Casablanca is a city for travelers who like to feel like a local, rather than a tourist, and who want to experience the present as well as learn about the past.
STAY: Hotel Les Saisons, Hotel Transatlantique, Le Royal Mansour Meridien
EAT: Unlike Marrakech, Casablanca has a buzzy restaurant scene fueled by both locals and visitors. Le Cabestan, Moss & Lam, Bleu are definitely worth a stop.
SEE: Join an architectural tour with Casamémoire, gallery hop from La Villa des Arts to Le Musée de la Fondation
Watch “The Kingdom of Morocco” BBC Documentary for some historical background
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)