Morocco may be known for many things — rich culture, fascinating history, delicious food, and unique tourist attractions — but what the North African country should be most famous for is its stunning scenery. While other options may be entertaining, the outdoors are so awe-inspiring that you'll have to take a step back to soak it all in. Take a look at our list to see the most worthwhile sights that Morocco has to offer.
While trees in Australia have koalas, trees in Morocco have goats. Yes, you read that right. Morocco's argania tree is a rare variety known for producing a sweet and delicious fruit that's used in argan oil, and it attract lots of these cute, quirky visitors. The region’s goats actually find the fruit to be quite tasty and will climb the trees, perch on its branches, and eat its fruit – often in droves – making quite the shocking appearance.
Found in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is the Todra Gorge; cliff-side canyons spanning roughly 15 miles long with a floor elevation of almost 5,000 feet high. While the river that created the gorge has since dried up, the Todra has become a popular tourist destination for hiking, rock climbing, and viewing the sunrise.
Recently named one of the “best beaches on Earth” by Huffington Post, Legzira Beach borders the small, Southwestern fishing city, Sidi Ifni. Estimated to be about five miles long, the beach is vast, rocky, and frequented by high tides and harsh winds. For thousands of years, these same harsh winds and waves eroded the red rock cliffs, leaving behind breathtakingly beautiful, natural arches. Sadly, one has since collapsed, but those that remain make for a popular photo op with tourists that visit the beach to surf, paraglide, or simply bask in the African sun.
Erg Chebbi Dunes
Created by wind-blown sand, Erg Chebbi is one of Morocco’s largest Saharan sand dunes. The southern oasis, which is comprised of unique, orange-colored sand spanning over 30 miles, is more than just a gorgeous site located along the Algerian border – it’s a hot bed of activity. Visitors are known to go sand boarding, overnight camel trekking, ATV riding, camping, desert hiking, and more.
Morocco is home to many tanneries, but the largest is located in the city of Fez. Believed to have been built during the 11th century, the tannery uses traditional methods to produce spectacular leather goods. Should you venture here, you'll be given a sprig of mint to deter the overpowering smell of ammonia and rotting cattle hide (don't say we didn't warn you) but enduring the stench is a small price to pay. Here, the age-old process is mesmerizing. It includes dipping the skins into large vats of limestone and pigeon poop (which is very acidic), working the mixture into the hide, and then placing them in beautiful colors of natural dye. You can even make authentic purchases here — everything from leather bags, belts, rugs, and shoes are sold at a bargain price.
Friouato (Hercules Caves)
Morocco is a country rich with tradition, customs, and history that extends even to their geology. Located in Cape Spartel near the city of Tangier, the Caves of Hercules are named for the face shape of the shore-side entrance. Roman Mythology dictates that on his journey to Hesperiedes’ Gardens, Hercules encountered the mountain that was once a titan named Atlas, who was forced to hold up the sky for all of eternity. It is said that instead of going around the mountain, Hercules simply ran right through it, creating the shape that stands today and the connecting point of the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea (ie the Strait of Gibraltar). While Greek Mythology tells a slightly different tale, there’s no doubt that the caves are rich in both fascinating folklore and natural beauty.
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