Morocco is one of those countries that are just fascinating and intriguing to visit. With the beautiful landscape, snow-capped mountains, the scorching Sahara Desert, the colourful and radiant hills and the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea, there’s really nothing not to love about the country. It’s the kind of country that will always have you wanting to explore and explore without tiring. Apart from the medina walls of Morocco’s big cities, there is a more relaxing side of the country which are the best places to feel the rural rhythm of scenic small towns of North Africa. From the famous Blue City of Chefchaouen to the town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun; here is our top ten beautiful towns in Morocco that simply have to be seen.
Set between the High Atlas Mountains and the sands of the Sahara, the city of Tinghir is an old French town overflowing with blooming flower gardens and narrow streets. A popular activity done by travellers here is hiking up the mountains to see the amazing views of the surrounding areas. Tinghir is now a popular tourist destination.
Zagora is a beautiful small town of Morocco meanders through a lush palmeraie and is one of the most authentic desert settlements of the scenic Dra Valley. Although it is often used as mostly an overnight stop on the way to/from the Erg Chigaga desert dunes (known to be the largest and still untouched of the major ergs in Morocco). The town offers several tourist attractions and nice accommodations, and is worth an extended day if one has the time.
A beautiful Moroccan town nestled beneath the red granite mountains, made up of small pink houses that also glow with fiery colours at sunset. Travellers usually hire a bike to cycle out of the town to view the rock formations, prehistoric carvings and traditional berber houses now being preserved as museums. One of the major appeals of the Tafraoute is the noticeable lack of development, with few travellers when compared to other Morocco’s tourist hubs. It’s such a pleasure to wander the streets, little markets and boutiques selling all kinds of things.
Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns in Africa. A traveller-friendly destination located on the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen looks like its straight out of a fairytale. It is also one of the country’s most destinations for tourism, as it is sited between the two peaks of the mountains. With its houses and shops painted different shades of blue, it’s no surprise that Chefchaouen is nicknamed the ‘Blue City of Morocco’ and known throughout the world for its outstanding natural beauty.
Morocco’s southern town Taroudant still has intact, its mud-brick medina walls, making it look like a living museum. In Taroudant, there are two major markets selling everything from phones to carpets and ceramics, fruits and vegetables. The aura of the town is still influenced by Saharan styles and Jewish artisans who once lived there. Most travellers spend the night here in order to observe the sunset which circles the medina, and as the sun sinks into the mountains.
Known as a nice fishing town that exudes a Mediterranean kind of charm, because of its Spanish history. This history also attracts a lot of Spanish visitors and other travellers who visit the town during summer. You could walk around the stunning town and discover the creativity and traditions in almost every street. The town also boasts of a prestigious International Cultural Festival which will be totally worth your while.
If you’re looking for a nice, quiet and aesthetically pleasing location, then this your spot. A beautiful serene town with small but quality choice of accommodations.
Moulay Idriss Zerhoun
Named after Prophet Mohammed’s great-grandson, who introduced Islam to Morocco and founded the Idriss dynasty, pilgrims usually visit the town to pay their respects at the moussem of Moulay Idriss, and also stop at the several religious shops to buy religious memorabilia. The town of Moulay Idriss, is a renowned host of Morocco’s largest religious festival, every year for about 3 weeks. Some locals say five pilgrimages to the moussem is equal to one hajj to Mecca.
Located in the north of the country, the town of Tetouan (which also means the water springs) is an important port of the Mediterranean Sea. The streets are filled with square looking, white-washed Spanish-style buildings. A very important part of the little city is the Medina, which most travellers visit.
Following a devastating earthquake in 1960, the small city of Agadir which was originally one of Morocco’s oldest towns was rebuilt and became a booming seaside resort with a relaxing atmosphere to match. The laid-back beachfront surroundings are perfect for strolling and enjoying casual life like the local, friendly inhabitants of the city. Agadir it is definitely worth a visit, a renowned destination for beautiful stretch of sand.
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