Chefchaouen is located in northwestern Morocco, near Tangier and the Spanish border. It is an enchanting city known for its blue-washed buildings. All buildings in the medina are painted blue and white. This is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Jewish refugees who once inhabited the area. This is a scenic town and one of those places where you always want to stay an extra day. Chefchaouen is located in the Rif mountains. It is not only beautiful, but there is also an extremely relaxed atmosphere and way of life here. Chances are that this is partly due to the nearby cannabis plantations, of which this city is also famous for. You can easily explore this town on foot, but if you’d like to venture out, there are also plenty of hiking opportunities nearby the city.
Far from the big cities such as Marrakesh, Fez, or Casablanca and located behind the Atlas Mountains, lies one of the most beautiful destinations of Morocco, the Draa Valley. It is home to the largest oasis in Northwest-Africa and a highlight of the country. It is a must if you are interested in learning more about traditional Moroccan culture and see local nature. The Draa Valley in Morocco is the region through which the Draa River flows. In the areas along the river, the land is fertile and covered in palm trees, date trees with branches rich in fruit, lush green fields and traditional houses and Kasbahs (castles) made of loam. It is a great destination to really see some authentic parts of Morocco.
Volubilis was a Roman settlement in the north of present-day Morocco where grain was grown in large-scale quantities and exported to Rome. Volubilis is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city was abandoned and torn down in the 18th century to rebuild another city damaged by an earthquake. Despite that, the ruins of Volubilis are still in good condition. Among others, you can see beautiful high-quality mosaics in their original locations. While walking through the ruins, you can imagine life in Roman times and sense the history of that empire.
Essaouira is located on the Moroccan coast. This is a city that charms everyone and has a chill atmosphere. Essaouira has many nicknames such as 'the pearl of the Atlantic Ocean' and 'the sleeping beauty', these nicknames more than lives up to the city. The city has retained the charm and authenticity of times long gone. A visit here should not be missed during a trip to Morocco. You will notice the warm hospitality of its people due to the city being a melting pot of peoples, cultures and religions for centuries. It is a town also easily explored on foot and in the medina of Essaouira the houses along the narrow streets are painted white and blue. In the morning it is swarming with street vendors and in the evening with artists.
The infamous Sahara desert spreads over ten countries in Africa and is a travel destination in itself. The Moroccan part of the offers experiences to remember. You will find sand dunes of up to 250 meters high, caravans of camels, a nomadic people and green oases. There are many activities possible here: hiking, camel safaris, or desert tours. These all combine nature and culture of which you’ll get plenty. And if you really want to get away from everything there are retreats available that will bring you further into the Sahara. Also, consider spending a night camping in a tent in the desert, it will be an experience you won’t forget.