Morocco — Attractions
Morocco’s attractions offer visitors great insight into the region. Whether seeing a museum, the tombs or former royalty, you’re sure to learn a great deal about the magical country. Also not to miss are the natural attractions, a testament to the country’s vast beauty.
Hassan II Mosque
The seventh largest mosque in the world and one of the biggest attractions in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque should be at the top of your itinerary. The minaret is the world’s tallest, standing at an impressive 689 feet. The building is also an architectural masterpiece with handcrafted marble walls and a retractable roof. Travelers should take advantage of this rare opportunity as it is only one of two religious buildings in Morocco that are open to non-Muslims.
Address: Blvd Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah, Casablanca, Morocco
The Saadian tombs are a part of Morocco’s ancient history, having been around since the reign of Sultan Ahmad Al Mansur in the 1500’s. The tombs inside the mausoleum hold the corpses of the Saadi dynasty; 60 members of the royal family. The most visited room is the tomb of the Sultan’s son Ahmad al-Mansur and is adorned with 12 stunning columns. The building itself is something to be marveled at with wooden columns intricately decorated with ancient engravings and monuments carved from Carrara stone.
Address: Rue de la Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
The Djemaa el Fna
One of the most fascinating locations in Morocco is Marrakech’s large public square, the Djemaa el Fna. Visit the area at any time of the day to be mesmerized by the hustle and bustle. Whether it’s an herb doctor displaying natural remedies, street performers and acrobats, snake charmers dressed in splendid costumes or local musicians playing traditional folk music, the square is a sensory overload. Most travelers spend hours in a nearby coffee shop simply watching the interesting characters.
Address: Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
Located in what was once a sultan’s palace, the Kasbah museum is a great place to learn about the region’s complicated history and fascinating culture. There are seven rooms in total, all of which focus on a specific part of the area’s past dating back to the 19th century. Everything from ancient tools and utensils to artist’s impressions of life are on display. Once you’ve had your fill of Moroccan history, head to the Sultan’s Garden, an exotic area just across from the entrance.
Address: Place de la Kasbah, Tangier Morocco
Located in the magnificent Central Atlas Mountain range, the Cascades d’Ouzoud are welcome waterfalls within the most dry and arid desert region of the country. Billowing down from atop the mountain, they are some of the more picturesque in the region. Many travelers use the falls as a pit-stop between Marrakech and Fes. The waters are perfect for swimming and the clean springs make for a refreshing drink.
Address: Azilal, Central Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Todra and Dades Gorges
Hidden in the Atlas Mountains, the Todra and Dades Gorges are often overlooked as an attraction, but are well worth worth a visit. These red-cliff canyons are majestic anytime of the year, but are even better in the spring when a carpet of roses covers the floor. Aside from being a scenic stop, the gorges also provide travelers with many adventure activities from rock-climbing to white water rafting against a backdrop of one of Morocco’s most beautiful natural wonders.
Address: Tinerhir, Morocco