Exploring mosques and palaces, visiting bustling markets and medinas, and indulging in some of North Africa’s most delicious cuisine — tourism in Morocco is booming, and with so much to see and do in the country it’s easy to see why.
Morocco’s tourism industry has experienced an incredible resurgence so far this year. Tourism revenues in the first 8 months of the year were higher than in any other period for the past 4 years.
Morocco has rapidly grown in popularity as a tourist destination and aims to become a major tourism hub.
But what does it have to offer to tourists? And why do travelers keep coming back to this fascinating country?
Here are 5 reasons why you should visit this stunning cultural destination this fall:
Diverse Cultural Hubs
Most visitors to Morocco start their adventure in Marrakech. Marrakech is an incredibly interesting city with a blend of European, Middle Eastern, and African cultures. Travelers descend on Marrakech for good reasons, and it’s a Morrocan city that shouldn’t be missed.
Its architectural attractions are truly captivating. The Palais des Congres and the spectacular Royal Theater are particular highlights.
But Morocco isn’t a one-city country. Beyond Marrakech, the cities of Fez, Meknes, Rabat, and Chefchaouen are all worthy of exploration.
Travelers will find that each city boasts unique traditions, incredible architecture, and welcoming museums that center around Moroccan history, art, and craftsmanship.
The best way to travel between cities in Morocco is by train. Morocco has the fastest train network in Africa, and tickets are affordable, meaning it’s a great option for budget travelers.
The Moroccan Sahara
The Saharan desert is one of the most famous deserts in the world. It spans 10 countries and stretches from the Red Sea in the West and the Mediterranean in the North to the Atlantic Ocean in the West.
The Moroccan Sahara is a huge element of the country’s desert terrain.
The deep desert is too hot for most visitors between the months of June and September, so fall is a great time for wannabe desert explorers to visit.
Though barren, the Sahara is beautiful. And it is also jam-packed with activities. Take a camel ride or a high-speed quad bike safari. You could also choose to take an overnight tour and sleep in the desert underneath the Saharan stars.
In weather terms, Fall is the best time to visit Morocco.
After months of swelteringly hot temperatures, the weather in Morocco is finally cool enough to be enjoyable right now. The weather is warm but comfortable for exploring the cultural hubs of this fascinating country.
Whether you’re looking for a bustling city break in Marrakech or an adventure vacation in the nearby Saraha Desert, you’ll find that the temperature is between a very comfortable 82 degrees F and 60 degrees F.
And, of course, because there are fewer visitors in Morocco in the fall, you won’t have to worry about fighting through crowds to explore everything the country has to offer.
Retail tourism has seen a real surge in popularity in the post-covid world, and Morocco is a great place to go shopping.
Travelers can explore a huge number of shopping malls in Morocco’s biggest cities. These offer the usual modern shopping center experience with restaurants and cinemas alongside brightly lit shops.
But the real fun of shopping in Morocco comes when you head to the souks and medinas in the oldest parts of the cities.
The souks of Marrakech are perhaps the most famous but Rabat is also well known for the quality of its shopping. Here you can wander through endless narrow alleyways and barter for traditional, brightly coloured delights.
No matter what price is quoted, good-natured bargaining is always expected. This is part of the fun!
Shopping in Morocco is an exciting experience and even non-shoppers love exploring its beautiful souks.
Support The Moroccan People
Recently, thousands of people were killed in an earthquake in Morocco. As a result, many people instinctively chose to stay away from the country. But in reality, visiting Morocco and continuing to invest in Moroccan tourism is one of the best ways to offer support.
Outside of the Atlas Mountains and the Marrakech medina, the country is running as usual. And many businesses inside the historic medina have already reopened.
Visiting Morocco this fall will support the economy of the country, which in turn will help the people affected by the earthquake and allow the government to assist with rebuilding destroyed villages.
Morocco is perfectly safe to visit right now.
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