Morocco is a country of contrasts. Explore it and be left with memories for life; Extensive beaches, dry deserts, lush palm oases and dramatic mountains are just some of the sights waiting for you.
In Morocco you can find both pulsating cities and charming untouched little villages.
Cities in Morocco
Marrakech is a colourful city with a charming atmosphere and a spinning tempo. A must see in Marrakesh is a visit to the Djema el Fna; the epicentre of the city and the main market. This place is as lively during the night as it is during the day.
On the coast of Morocco you can visit the picturesque town of Essaouira, a town that charms everyone. This city has a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. If you want a vacation on the beach and an unpretentious and relaxing holiday then the mile long beaches of Agadir are a great choice. Just outside of Agadir you will find the small fishing village Taghazout. The main activity here is surfing. The waves are great and most of the year the water is warm.
Heading further north you will arrive in Casablanca. This is Morocco's largest city and functions as a commercial centre in Morocco.
Morocco's capital Rabat is located a short train ride from Casablanca. It has a laid back and a distinct European feel to it. It is both beautiful to look at as well as interesting to explore.
Mountains, Sahara and country life
If you want to get out of the cities of Morocco we recommend that you rent a car and drive into the Atlas Mountains, which offers amazing trekking opportunities. Here you wil see sights that will stay with you for ever; ragged cliffs, deep valleys, small glittering lakes and lush palm oases.
To the west of the Atlas Mountains the desert takes over, mighty and endless; at least it feels that way. A camel ride over the hot desert sand is a fantastic experience and it is definitely recommended!
There are endless small charming villages in Morocco, both to the north and south, whichever way you go you are sure to stumble across one. A few real gems are Ait Benhaddou, Skoura and Todra Gorge. Once in one of these villages you will not only feel the relaxed atmosphere but also get a real dose of history! Impressive Kasbahs; a sort of fortress made of clay and straw that was built many hundreds of years ago.
Eating and drinking in Morocco
You can't visit Morocco without trying the Tagine; a traditional dish that is prepared in a clay pot. The Tagine dishes are normally made of meat, usually lamb, chicken or fish with loads of vegetables. Without exaggerating this dish is found on every menu in Morocco. Another typical dish is couscous that is mixed with various vegetables and meat. Dried fruits such as dates, apricots and plums can also be found all over Morocco.
Since 99% of all Moroccans are Muslims the subject of alcohol can be a sensitive one and most restaurants do not serve alcohol. The more touristy places in the larger towns are an exception to the rule.
Tips for visiting Morocco
Haggle! Start low and as a rule you should start haggling under half the price. In this way you will be able to agree on a price that both you and the shop keeper are satisfied with. There are markets everywhere in Morocco and they sell everything from clothes and handicrafts to spices and dried fruits. A must for testing your haggling skills!
You should check out if there are any festivals going on during your visit in Morocco. Every year there are a number of festivals throughout Morocco. No just in the larger cities but also in the smaller towns and villages.
When to visit Morocco
Morocco can be visited any time of the year, but most travellers visit during spring or autumn. During the summer months the temperature can rise very high, so avoid the summer months if you have problems with serious heat. The weather varies depending on which part of the country you are in, so it is also advisable to check the climate for the specific area you plan to visit in order to get a more precise idea of the climate.
Education and study tours to Morocco
Did you know that KILROY can also help organise your study tour to Morocco? Read on to learn more about how we can plan your study trip with the right academic content and interesting study visits in the city of your choice.