First Time Travellers: Morocco’s Hidden Gems
Morocco is a mountainous country in Western Africa, famed for its rich culture, honored traditions and outstanding natural beauty. It attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year, who flock in droves to experience all the splendor and authenticity that Morocco has to offer.
Nevertheless, as popular a destination as it is for visitors around the world, Morocco still has the capacity to appear rather daunting. This is most often the case for first time visitors from Western counties, for whom Morocco’s culture, traditions and landscape may appear very unfamiliar. For these people, the following pieces of advice may help you to get the most out of your first Moroccan experience.
Consider a Tour Holiday
If you’re nervous about travelling to Morocco, you may wish to consider the benefits of booking a tour holiday with Encounters Travel. Tour holidays are actually a great way to experience a new country, especially if that country has a very different history, culture and language than your own. Reputable tour holiday providers will usually employ local people to run their trips, which means you’ll be able to experience the wonders of Morocco first hand without worrying about getting lost or missing out on any of the country’s beautiful sights and experiences.
Visit the Markets
Morocco’s markets are world famous and you’d be very amiss not to pay them a visit. But remember, in Morocco, negotiations are a way of life. Whether it’s for a hotel room, the price of a meal or a piece of clothing, the majority of purchases can be haggled over. Much of Morocco’s cultural charms can be experienced in the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, but take care to be sensible about how much you end up paying for goods and services.
Morocco’s third largest city often gets overlooked in favour of the better-known Marrakech, but travellers would do well to pay Rabat a visit to experience all this unique city has to offer. Ancient stone ruins site side-by-side with polished marinas and continental-style cafes. Medieval tombs sit below the city, and the Royal Palace Courts are a must-visit destination.
Al Hoceima National Park
Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to the Al Hoceima National Park. Situated on the northern Mediterranean coast, its home to a stunning array of flora and fauna, including dolphins and osprey, and is famed for its beautiful, unspoilt beaches. Accommodation is available for anyone who wishes to explore the park at their leisure.