Every visitor can envision what their trip to Morocco holds in store: camel rides in golden dunes, shopping in over-filled markets, summiting North Africa’s highest peak, or simply enjoying time on the beach as white-washed houses sit in the backdrop. A diverse country such Morocco truly lends itself to a plethora of activities and adventures waiting to satiate the appetite of various world wayfarers. From the Moroccan travel expert and owner of Journey Beyond Travel come the following activity ideas perfect to make your trip both enjoyable and memorable:
North to south are dozens of historical sites to create a cultural adventure you won’t forget. In northern Morocco in the ancient city of Fez, you’ll find the world-renowned al-Karaouine mosque and university. It is the oldest university in the country and remains in use to this day. Outside of Meknes are the stunning Roman ruins of Volubilis, which is only partially excavated. It dates from the 3rd century BC and remained inhabited until approximately 1000 AD. Traveling further south the Valley of the Kasbahs around Ouarzazate and Skoura is a unique location full of inspiring beauty not to be missed. Included in this region is the Telouet Kasbah, once home to a ruling family known as the Glaouis.
Horseback Riding in the Argan Biosphere
The argan biosphere is perhaps the most unique environment in all of North Africa. The opportunity to see this region on horseback is not to be missed. Essaouira and Agadir are two of the most common departure points. Whether you have a few hours available or an entire week there are a variety of options available for everyone. For longer journeys, expect to spend much of the day on horseback and have a good deal of experience with riding. If you do not have arrangements made before traveling many hotels and riads can assist you to find an appropriate guide and tour.
The stretch of ocean just south of Safi down the Atlantic coast to Essaouira is home to some of the best waves Morocco has to offer. This sport combines wakeboarding and windsurfing. Kitesurfing uses the power of the wind to pull surfers over the water on a small surfboard. May through October is the best months to enjoy this sport. In the very south of Morocco, Dahkla is a surfing hotspot while farther north in Essaouira is where most travelers can venture given it’s proximity to Marrakesh. This is one adventure you can try without an organized tour and various surfing companies line the beach waiting to teach you their secrets to windsurfing and kite-boarding success.