Morocco is situated at the northern tip of North Africa and is considered to be the mysterious place that every”wanderlust” would like to visit in their lifetime. I had the luxury of time and savings to visit this wonderful place that may divide opinions (for me at least) To be very honest, there are some things that irritate me greatly, but looking back, I really loved how unique my week has been while staying in Morocco. As an introductory post to Morocco, here are 3 main reasons why I would encourage anyone considering to visit this beautiful and mysterious country.
1. Warm Weather
I know this sounds weird coming from my home country of Singapore where sunshine and humidity was an everyday affair. However, during my time in Sweden where the sun was out but the cold wind was still blowing at you, I have grown to miss the feeling of the sun. Upon landing in Marrakech, I was met with sunshine and warmth. Warm weather brings along benefits to travellers like having a nice tan, bringing out your designer shades and for budget travellers, you can pack light! Summer clothing isn’t all that bulky and you sure do not need to pack much for a few days in Morocco!
Hidden in the southern parts of Morocco is the fabled Sahara desert (or parts of it). This is the main reason why travellers from all over the world visit Morocco (for me, at least). Here, you can spend the morning/afternoon experiencing life in a desert with its warm and dry climate. At night, you can look up under the vast skies to spot constellations and marvel at the undisturbed view of the stars. Simply put, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience especially for a city dweller like me. Throw in the view of the fine cinnamon sand, goofy-looking camels and the warm personalities of the local guides, your time at the deserts would truly be one of the best decisions you have made.
3. Local Sights and Sounds
Moving away from the deserts, there are other highlights that will leave you enthralled as it did with me. In every major city of Morocco, you can find the Old City (Medina) and the New City. From Marrakech to Tangier, you can see the walled cities that house the Medina and outside, the modern architecture and international brands. You will feel like you have been whisked back into the past, with sights like donkeys, cobbled floor and old walls. If you are lucky, you get to see Monkeys on sale in Jamaa El Fnaa Square. However, the people of Morocco seems so modern with smartphones in hand and using English to communicate with tourist in the hope of sales. Strategically placed loudhailers will announce the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) for 5 times a day. This was something I grew accustomed to after a few days. At night, the hustle and bustle do not stop where traditional Moroccan drums will beat along with Moroccan dancers dancing and spinning their hat with the special twirling tassels (shashiya). There are so much to see and hear in Morocco that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
With the main 3 reasons covered, Morocco is truly a country that should be on your travel bucket list. If you are intending to continue your journey up to mainland Europe, you will be pleased to know that it takes only a 2-hour ferry ride from Tangier in Morocco to Tarifa in Spain. Whether you are looking for a full itinerary in Morocco or just a stopover before continuing to visit the rest of Europe, Morocco is a place that you can take your time to experience the cities locked in time and the beautiful sand dunes and deserts. If you are looking for an itinerary for Morocco, check out our 7 days itinerary that we used for our trip where we covered major cities like Marrakech, Fez and Chefchaouen.