Directly across from Spain along the Strait of Gibraltar and on the western border of the Mediterranean Sea is Morocco, the European-influenced and storied North African nation. Morocco, once a protectorate (colony) of France, is a modern country with a high standard of living. It is an ideal tourist destination; a place of varying climate, geography, and culture. This politically stable kingdom attracts travelers from all over to soak in its sun and unique way of life.
Known as a getaway for Europe and Africa’s worldly and affluent, Morocco frequently plays host to major international sporting events including Formula 1 racing, professional soccer, and cricket. It is a place known for its spectacular mountain ranges, unique culinary traditions, and ancient historical sites. Use this guide to start planning your Morocco itinerary today.
Morocco is known for its riveting history and eclectic culture. One does not have to make much of an effort to immerse themselves here. One popular subject of exploration is the Medina of Fez, the former political capital of the region and the broader Muslim-Arab world. The city itself is not a historical site per se, although there many are to see there, including ancient fortifications and gardens. But most notably, it is a city still tapping its ancient roots.
Far from static, however, this sprawling urban center is brimming with skilled artisans selling food and wares of all kinds. The city remains a hub of a local spice trade that dates back centuries and is considered a food mecca in the Mediterranean. It’s easy to get lost exploring the living history of Media of Fez for an afternoon–or two.
Another popular historical site in Morocco is the Volubilis, a must-see for any history buff visiting the region. This partially excavated ancient Roman and Berber city contains a number of remarkably well-preserved structures including olive mills, religious temples, and colorful mosaics dotted throughout. Perhaps its most famous is the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla, built near the height of Roman influence on the region circa 200 CE.
Modern Amenities and Accommodations
The wonder of Morocco doesn’t stop at its historical sites. Despite its ancient facade, it is still quite possible to enjoy all the kingdom has to offer in comfort. Morocco’s modern amenities make it more accessible to families and novice adventurers.
Luxury hotels line breathtaking beaches and are more affordable than you’d expect. Relax and refresh poolside or enjoy the gardens and beachside promenades that adorn many of these sleek properties. A number of resorts here are all-inclusive and are complete with family-friendly activities right on site including water slides, spas, and luxury shopping centers.
Further inland, Morocco’s magnificent mountain ranges are centers of skiing and winter sports. Their high elevation provides an extended ski season from December to March, with optimal times ranging from January to February. Oukaïmeden Mountain in central Morocco holds the esteemed position as Africa’s highest ski resort, attracting serious skiers, sightseers, and mountain climbers from across the globe seeking an exhilarating experience like no other.