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The Secrets Out: Things Not to Do in Morocco

Situated in Northern Africa, lies the colourful country of Morocco. This diverse destination offers everything from century-old mosques to mountainous regions and busy souks to Riad rooftops, the dunes of the Sahara Desert and a dry climate.

So, if you’re tired of reading travel guide after travel guide listing the countless reasons why you can’t enjoy Morocco holidays without going on this excursion, eating in this restaurant or shopping in this area then we have just what you’ve been looking for.

Do you ever want to know what not to do in Morocco? If so, you have come to the right place because we have listed the things to miss off your travel itinerary as well as the things to try instead. Take a look you might be surprised.


  1. Forget a Calèche Tour, try a Marrakech Guided Day Tour

One thing you can’t avoid during holidays in Marrakech is calèches. For those of you who have no idea what we’re talking about a calèche is a horse-drawn carriage which is used mostly by locals and tourists as a form of transport.

Although this is an enjoyable way of making your way around the city it can also be an expensive one. You’ll often find that drivers go off track or take the long route to make more money out of you, so if you want a tour of the city we suggest you try a Marrakech Guided Day Tour instead. These tours are great as first time visitors can explore the city in the safe hands of an official guide. This is also one of the best ways to discover the city’s hidden gems while learning a thing or two about Morocco’s interesting history and culture. Plus, travelling by foot is a great way to familiarise yourself with a big city, so we suggest you put this on your list of things to do in Marrakech


  1. Forget The Tanneries, try The Merenid Tombs

The Tanneries may be one of Fez’s top tourist attractions but are they’re really worth the visit? No – unless you’re a lover of leather maybe. These medieval vats aren’t for everyone with their distinctive smells, overworked labourers and overpriced shops. That’s right – the prices here are ridiculous with items sold at four times their value, so don’t be fooled!

Alternatively, why not escape the smells of the city and take in panoramic views of Fez at the Merenid Tombs? These ancient tombs sit atop the hillside overlooking the city below. No one seems to know exactly who was buried here but this only seems to draw in more tourists as most visitors seems to be intrigued by the unknown.


  1. Forget Souk El Had, try La Médina d’Agadir Coco Polizzi

As most of you will know Morocco is renowned for its shopping spots, so if you’re a shopaholic you’ve come to the right place. Souk El Had may seem like the obvious choice in Agadir if you’re looking for a Middles Eastern shopping experience, but we would only advise going here if you’re not bothered about the goods on sale being genuine – and by this we mean not made in Morocco.

Why not try La Médina d’Agadir Coco Polizzi where you can purchase Moroccan made goods? Here you can watch in amazement as craftsmen create leather shoes and hand-carve stone. Even though the prices are often fixed, the products on sale are genuine. Besides, you can always ask the shop owner if they are willing to drop the price and they won’t be offended.


  1. Forget The Old Medina of Casablanca, try The New Medina of Casablanca

Casablanca’s Old Medina gives its visitors a feel for what a Muslim city looked like centuries ago. This Medina is a lot smaller than the one in Marrakech with less going on, but if you’re hoping to find hints of the real Morocco on your travels this may be worth a visit.

Alternatively, it may seem strange going all the way to Morocco and visiting the New Medina instead of the Old Medina, but we promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for somewhere with a more modern and laid-back feel this is the place to venture. You’ll often find that the shop keepers are friendlier, which means you can look at stalls without being hassled, the streets are cleaner in comparison to the Old Medina and there’s a selection of branded boutiques, so you’re not just limited to the souks. But not everything in this area is new. In fact, this Medina also attracts visitors with its wonderful mixture of old and new architecture.


  1. Forget The Kasbah des Oudaias, try The Chellah Necropolis

As the capital of Morocco, Rabat has its fair share of ancient attractions so make sure you visit the right ones if you’re time here is limited. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard of Kasbah des Oudaias, but for those of you who haven’t, it’s a tiny neighbourhood which sits inside 11th century fortress walls. Although this is an impressive sight, cafés in this area can be overpriced and the area tends to be overpopulated by tourists.

Why not try Chellah Necropolis instead? These 14th century ruins stand on the outskirts of Rabat and are considered to be the oldest known settlement along the banks of the Oued Bou Regreg. This is a history lover’s paradise as you can explore the sights and views at your own pace as the area isn’t overrun by tourists. As you wander through this settlement you’ll come across a fully intact praying tower, still-standing arches and lush gardens. Who said History was boring?

If we’ve inspired you to tour this beautiful country the right way, be sure to take a look at our great range of cheap holidays to Morocco.

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The oldest leather tannery in the world by 16:9clue

PA176389fs by Paul Barker Hemings

Kasbah des Oudaias by Marina Sanz Biendicho