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Things to do in Morocco

Modern Morocco is very much a product of its history. The culture is a blend of Arabic and European influences. The French and, to a lesser extent, the Spanish both established colonies that can still be felt in the architecture and language. French is spoken everywhere, as is Moroccan Arabic, while English-fluency is less easy to find. It’s a good idea to have a French-English dictionary on hand as you think of things to do in Morocco.

For ancient cities, there is no better place to visit than Fez. The most complete medieval city in the Arab world, Fez’s twisting streets give way to stunning palaces, mosques and busy souks. Wondering what to do in Morocco, but don’t have much time to spare? There is only one building that you must see and that is the Medersa Bou Inania, a splendidly renovated mosque and Fez’s only active religious building that non-Muslims are allowed to enter. Even though the country is a very traditional Islamic state, Morocco travel is perfectly safe and visitors will feel welcomed by the culture’s hospitality and openness.

Looking for things to do in Morocco that let you channel your inner-Lawrence of Arabia? Hire a driver to take you into the Sahara and grab a camel ride in one of the many desert towns worth visiting, like Ouarzazate or Merzouga. Those with weak stomachs should be prepared for the drive through the Atlas Mountains to get to the desert. The narrow, winding roads are enough to make anyone queasy, but add to that the break-neck racecar driving that some locals practice and you are in for a real treat.

Wondering what to do in Morocco if you’re only going to Marrakesh? Spend at least one evening in the center square, Jemaa El Fna, which is slammed every night with snake charmers, acrobats, and musicians. Afterward visit the striking Koutoubia Mosque, the symbol of Marrakesh. The twelfth-century minaret pierces the sky and can be seen from all over the city. To enjoy some nature, see the Majorelle Garden in New Town, formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent.

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  • Arabic Language Institute in Fez

    This well-known school in Morocco offers organized trips to nearby Khenifra’s carpet souks and classes on Maghrebi literature and Arabic calligraph... More
  • Arganza

    At the newly opened Arganza, you’ll find shelves of argan oil—derived from a native tree—which is known as “Moroccan liquid gold” for its ability t... More
  • Atika, Marrakesh

    The shop has a loyal following of travelers who come just for the latest models and colors of its Tod’s-like loafers (most less than $50 a pair). More
  • Bazar Atlas

    The go-to place for carpets. More
  • Beldi

    This tiny boutique Beldi dresses some of Marrakesh’s most fashionable residents in linen shirts, mandarin-collared cashmere jackets, and embroidere... More
  • Belghazi Museum

    Nestled deep into the medina, you’ll find the Belghazi Museum, a former 17th-century riad full of carpets, weapons, and wedding chests, some of whi... More
  • Boutique Majid

    Deep within the medina, Boutique Majid stocks historic indigenous furniture and objets d'art (armoires; birdcages) alongside oversize antique Berbe... More
  • Boutique Volubilis

    The utterly distinctive, handmade, oddly colored booties are embellished with covered buttons and lacings. More
  • Casabarata Flea Market

    Goods spill out along the seemingly endless miles of rough sidewalk: everything from incredibly inexpensive tin lanterns ready to be repurposed as ... More
  • Cinema Rif

    The Art Deco cinema was saved by local artists in the community as part of a larger effort to save Tangier's historic buildings. More
  • Cinémathèque de Tanger

  • Coin Berbère

    The place to go for a traditional Berber rug. More
  • Coin de L'Art Berbère

    The owners provide Perrier shoppers troll the endless array of carpets, most of them ridiculously underpriced at around $300. Make sure you measure... More
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