Places to Visit for Unique Holidays in Morocco

Last updated on: Jun 16, 2020

(Last Updated On: June 16, 2020)

Walking in Morocco is an experience for the senses, and as a lover of architecture, it’s great to actually experience places I’ve read about for years.  I just couldn’t get enough of the amazing tile work and the most beautiful doors I’ve ever seen! Here are a few places to add to your itinerary to have unique holidays in Morocco.

For more insights, check out my video on A Taste of Morocco

Stay in a riad

When taking holidays in Morocco, staying in a riad is a must. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with interior courtyards, and they can range in size, but most have fewer than 10 bedrooms.

I enjoyed my stay in several incredible riads across Morocco, from the traditional to the modern style. They are often hidden behind plain facades that don’t give a hint of what’s inside, except for perhaps a beautiful front door. How I would love to live in a riad!!

Riad Interior - Holidays in Morocco

Ait-Ben-Haddou

One of the architectural treasures of Morocco is the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Ben-Haddou, just outside Ouarzazate. This traditional mud-brick city still houses a handful of families and has been the site of tons of films and TV shows from Lawrence of Arabia to Game of Thrones.

It’s a really cool labyrinth-like compound with many alleyways, archways, and of course, many stairs. When visiting one shop, I was completely fascinated while watching the merchant “paint” a traditional work of art by burning the back side of the paper.

Aitbenhaddou merchant - Holidays in Morocco

Meknes

Just west of Fes inside Meknes lies this really cool (and I mean literally cool) former granary and horse stable, Heri es-Souani. It’s an experiential place that was exceptionally designed to store grain and house up to 12,000 horses for the king.

When you walk into the massive vaults, you feel immediately refreshed, because the temperature is 2o degrees cooler than outside. This is due to a system of underfloor water channels and an asymmetrical floor plan that encourages cooler temperatures and air flow.

Heri es-Souani - Holidays in Morocco

Next to the vaults, are the horse stables, which are also an engineering masterpiece. I stood in awe of the amazing diagonal sight lines and perspectives. It was well worth the visit!

Moroccan foods

I love the medley of flavors in Moroccan cuisine.  I sampled many of the staple foods Morocco is known for, including cherries, olives, dates, figs, and oranges, which are commonly sprinkled with cinnamon (yum!).

Argan - Holidays in Morocco

I bought some saffron, argan oil (argan nut shown below), which is great for skin but is also used in cooking, and the quintessential ras-el-hanout, a Moroccan spice mix of cardamom, cumin, clove, and many other spices.

Breakfest in Fez - Holidays in Morocco

Mint tea is a staple in Morocco, and you can find it anywhere, but Berber tea is a specialty from the Atlas Mountains. Berber tea is filled with a variety of ingredients like Moroccan ginseng, chamomile, and anise.  I bought some at a shop in Marrakech along with some eucalyptus crystals–something I had never heard of.

The merchant told me to put a tiny amount of eucalyptus crystals in the Berber tea, and after I did so, the whiff from the eucalyptus was so strong, it caused my eyes to water. The taste of the eucalyptus Berber tea was surprisingly very good with the added benefit of clearing my nasal passages. So now, this Berber tea mix has become my new go-to medicinal drink!

Eucalyptus crystals - Holidays in Morocco

My favorite meal in Morocco was during my stay at L’Ma Lodge, a modern guest house with the most stunning grounds nestled among palm groves (shown below). It was such a relaxing oasis and the perfect place for a retreat or group trip.

There, I got another chance to eat my favorite Moroccan dish, chicken with preserved lemon and olives! I also had the freshest salad greens pulled straight from the organic garden where owners Vanessa and Xavier grow a variety of fruits, herbs, and vegetables. This place fully embraces the farm-to-table concept.

L'Ma Lodge - Holidays in Morocco

As for Morocco, I’ll be back soon. Just to buy argan oil from the source and stay in a riad are good enough reasons to return.

Have you taken holidays in Morocco? How was your experience?

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Taryn White
With 75+ countries and all 50 U.S. states crossed off her list, Taryn's wanderlust and wanderlist continue to grow! She loves historic places, off-the-beaten paths, and beautiful beaches. Follow her pursuits on Instagram and www.tripwishlist.com.

26 thoughts on “Places to Visit for Unique Holidays in Morocco”

  1. Definitely some of the most beautiful doors I’ve ever seen! Morocco is an architect’s delight! I love Moroccan food, the freshness or their knack of perfecting dried fruit! Beautiful photos!

    1. Hi Yesh,

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s a design lovers paradise. Their dried fruit and oranges are so tasty. I now sprinkle cinnamon on my sliced orange.

  2. We were in Marrakech a couple of weeks ago and had a fab time and drinking endless glasses of mint tea. We would love to go back to Morocco and explore the North. Staying in a riad was amazing with the courtyard pool perfect for a cool dip to escape the heat. Food was super tasty, especially beef with prunes and almonds! Oh yes don’t forget the argan oil!

  3. great pictures of the architecture there! I’ve only visited the Agadir area and Essouira and missed so much of this beauty unfortunately… guess I will have to go back to see the spots you show here 😉

  4. I always know that Morocco’s architecture is really something to behold. What I did not know was that it also had some amazing cuisines to try out! Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

  5. I want to visit Morocco soon and this is such a lovely blog- I am bookmarking it for my next visit- I am going back to see the pictures in this post again – such a beautiful place.

    1. Hi Travelquartz,

      Thanks! I highly recommend you do so, and do reach out if I can help you in the future. There are so many unexpected delights in this fascinating place!

  6. Morocco is very high on my list on places to visit, I know it’s a country I would just fall in love with and like to say, it’s experience of all your senses. Every post I read makes it looks so colorful, yet so authentic and the food, lets not even go there haha. Ok well thanks to this post it’s making me want to go now haha

  7. I’m glad I ate before reading this! Amazing food. Also amazing photos of the architecture. Loved reading your informative, inspiring post.

  8. Ah your pics are fabulous and I really need to book a trip to Morocco. The organic farm looks nice, I’d love to stop for lunch over there.

    1. Hi Monica,

      L’Ma Lodge is incredible, and it’s off the beaten path outside Ouarzazate. It’s definitely worth spending a couple of days there relaxing.

  9. Hidden gems of Morocco in true sense. Intricately designed interiors and exteriors. Exquisite feel of your pics. All are wonderful.

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