Morocco has so many wonderful vacation experiences, sights, and sounds, with numerous options to make your trip even more unique.
Many visitors come for the long sandy beaches, towering mountains, and atmospheric old cities like Marrakech and Fez. Add some one-of-a-kind experiences to your itinerary for a vacation to remember.
-Try a Variety of Delectable Foods
Tagine can be found all over the country; try different types to find your personal favorites. Another popular dish is couscous, which is only available on certain days of the week. Couscous is traditionally eaten on Fridays in Morocco.
Look for the local dish tangia in Marrakech. It’s a one-pot meat-filled meal that’s traditionally cooked in the embers of a neighborhood hammam’s heating room! Request that a butcher prepare a pot for you and bring it to the hammam to slowly cook for a few hours. It’s an interesting experience!
Camel milk and meat are available, and for something truly unique, visit La Fromagerie in Essaouira to sample their camel-milk cheeses.
Morocco is well-known for its argan oil, which is thought to have skin, hair, and nail benefits, but did you know it can also be used in cooking? Look for amlou, a dip made with argan oil, almonds, and honey, in the Agadir area.
When in Morocco, don’t forget to try gazelle ankles! Don’t be alarmed; these aren’t real ankles. They’re also not made of gazelles. They are sweet and sticky pastries stuffed with almonds and cinnamon that are known locally as Kaab el Ghazal.
-Enroll in a Cooking Class
Cooking classes are not unique to Morocco, but at one of the country’s many cooking schools, you can learn how to make tasty and authentic Moroccan dishes as well as learn more about cooking traditions and ingredients.
In addition to cooking schools, a number of guest houses and hotels provide cooking lessons.
-Bread from Morocco
Some classes also cover bread baking and pastry making. Going into a local’s kitchen to learn their culinary secrets is one of the most unique experiences cooking enthusiasts can have in Morocco. Several companies match hosts and guests, allowing you to have a truly authentic experience.
Visit wineries and breweries.
Morocco has several vineyards, wineries, and breweries where you can learn more about their processes and techniques while also sampling locally made drinks, which is unusual for an Islamic country.
Several wineries surround Meknes, including the prestigious Château Roslane and Domaine de la Zouina. Tangier, Fez, and Casablanca are home to Brasseries du Maroc breweries.
-Purchase Traditional Clothing
Moroccans in traditional long hooded robes can’t help but catch your eye. The djellaba is an important piece of clothing in Morocco for both men and women. In an ornately embellished kaftan or tackchita, ladies can feel elegant and fancy.
Another traditional Moroccan item to bring home as a souvenir are the soft leather slippers known as balgha. Most of the country’s larger souks, particularly those in Marrakech, Fez, and Tangier, have a large selection of clothing and footwear.
-Obtain a Henna Tattoo
Henna tattoos, which are both temporary and attractive, are an important part of Moroccan culture. Designs frequently have multiple symbolic meanings. The henna party is an important ritual during weddings, and henna is also proudly worn during festivals and other special events.
There are many talented henna artists in Morocco who can create beautiful designs on your skin. A henna design, which is commonly found in busy souks in popular tourist areas, allows you to wear a little piece of Morocco for up to several weeks.
However, use only genuine henna, which should be a reddish brown color. Black henna contains several chemicals that can cause severe allergic reactions and skin irritations in some people.
Stay at a Riad or a Dar.
Riads and dars are traditional Moroccan dwellings found in the country’s ancient medinas. Wealthy members of society and wealthy merchants frequently used grand riads as city residences.
Other people who lived in the medinas lived in dars, and some lived in smaller properties called dourias.
Many riads and dars are built upwards to maximize space; light enters the property through the open roof. Rooms are built around central balconies, so all levels are accessible.
An interior garden is a distinguishing feature of a riad. The gardens traditionally have trees, flowers, and fountains, and the inner walls are typically decorated with ornate tiles and plaster work.
In contrast, a dar has a central courtyard rather than a full garden. Many of these traditional properties have been renovated and restored to provide lodging. Staying in such a place allows you to experience Moroccan customs around the clock.
Explore the World’s Oldest Leather Tannery.
The enormous and pungent leather tanneries of Fez are among the country’s most unique destinations, despite being a well-known attraction in Fez.
Fez has three major tanneries, with the Chouara Tannery being the world’s oldest leather tannery. Head to a roof terrace, armed with a sprig of herbs to help combat the stench, and watch as people work hard in the huge vats below to treat and dye various types of leather.