Travel to Morocco to find your Sahara dessert oasis, visit Kasbahs and experience traditional markets in Marrakech. Learn the Moorish history, ride camels in the dessert and delight in golden sunsets.
Most travelers choose to begin their vacation in Marrakesh, known as Morocco’s “Jewel of the South.” An ancient city that has been invigorated with new hotels, restaurants and bars, Marrakesh feels like old and new Morocco. The can’t-miss sight in Marrakesh is Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the world’s great markets and the heart of the old city. Day and night, the open-air market bustles with locals selling spices, rugs, street food and kitschy souvenirs. After a whirlwind experience at the market, find some peace and quiet at Majorelle Garden, a Moorish-style botanical garden designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle.
Travel to Morocco
Medina Night Markets in Marrakech
You haven’t lived until you’ve visited the Medina markets. Master the Moroccan art form of haggling, as you browse around stall vendors under a dusty floodlit sky with desert earth beneath your feet. It’s a unique moment you will cherish from your travels to Morocco. Haggling is part of the cultural transaction which ensures each purchase ends with a satisfied smile and reminds us how merchants from Africa have traded for hundreds of years. Wander the markets eating fresh dates and dried figs while watching snake charmers hypnotize reptiles to entertain the crowd.
Kasbahs and Citadels
As a sign of wealth and power, local leaders and families built mud and red brick kasbahs – not only to protect from invaders – but also as a place for traders to visit. The Kasbah of the Udayas, in the capital of Rabat, was built in the 12th Century and typifies the beautiful architectural style of Morocco. The doorways, arches, and colorful glass windows are an incredible throwback to a time when Bedouins on camels roamed the deserts of the Sahara.
Riding a camel through the Sahara Desert is just one of those unforgettable bucket list experiences. Luckily, that’s perfectly doable in Morocco, which is home to a large part of the Sahara. If you plan on adding the desert to your itinerary, you’ll most likely want to base yourself in the village of Merzouga, where the sand dunes (known as “ergs”) of Erg Chebbi lie just outside the village borders. Whether you go on a trek for a few hours or a few days, this is one adventure you’ll never forget.
The exotic allure of Morocco awaits! On this 9-night escorted vacation, travel to Casablanca, Fez, Erfoud, Ouarzazate and Marakesh as you experience bustling markets, ancient artifacts and the Sahara Desert.