4 alternatives to Marrakech in Morocco

Don’t get us wrong, we love the winding alleyways and bustling souks of Marrakech, but we also know that there is so much more to Morocco than this one city. Whether you’re looking for ancient walkways, a secluded wilderness or a bit of beach relaxation, this country really does tick all the boxes. Whilst the majority of holidaymakers flock to the riads of Marrakech, let us look to Morocco’s equally beautiful alternatives.

Agadir

It’s easy to assume Morocco is all pulsating cities, yet if you were to venture a little further afield, you’d find 1200 miles of spectacular coastline. Agadir is a vibrant seaside resort nestled along this stretch of glistening water and since it boasts year-round sunshine, an array of shops, café’s and bars, it’s ideal for every type of traveller. It’s a busy place, but it’s one that allows you to immerse yourself in its energy one day, and lose yourself in a meditation session the next.

Agadir

Fes

Enter Fes and you’ll experience a pedestrian city that represents 1200 years of dynasties, monuments and ancient tales. With the same vibrant buzz of Marrakech, yet slightly less frequented by holiday makers, Fes is ideal for discovering authentic Moroccan culture. Roam through the medina where brilliant craftsmen settle down to work and enchanting alleyways lead you from one hidden gem to another. It’s a trove of cultural wonders, and one that definitely shouldn’t be left off your itinerary.

Fes

Atlas Mountains

Far above the narrow pathways and frantic city markets lies a world of vast and spectacular landscapes. A world we know as the Atlas Mountains. For fresh air, stunning hikes and a closer look at Berber living, these peaks are the place to be. The Atlas Mountains thrive with unique experiences that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Morocco. Spend the night in a Berber village, take a hike accompanied by camels, or camp in the wilderness for total seclusion.

Atlas Mountains

Tangier

This port city is another one of Morocco’s coastal delights. Situated at the northern tip, Tangier is the gateway to Morocco and boasts a distinct continental feel. Since the 1960’s it has been a creative hub, once acting as a hotspot for artistic Europeans and Americans. Combining both beach and medina, Tangier is great for those of us who enjoy a slower pace of life with a slice of culture. Sipping a fresh mint tea and gazing out across the ocean is just one way to take it all in.

Tangier

Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.

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  1. Ian Ford says:

    The Atlas Mountains have never attracted the attention they deserve. I hiked there for weeks years back and had some great experiences. Would happily return, time permitting.

  2. Jane Rees says:

    My husband and I did a road cycling tour through the Atlas and Anti Atlas Mountains three years ago. Stunning, best way to see it by far. Fantastic roads, wonderful food, lovely and sunny, it was 7 day cycle over new year. A fascinating insight into the Berber way of life!

  3. Yvonne says:

    Taroudant in Morocco is often called little-Marrakesh and a really interesting and more authentic place dor souvenir shopping not too far from the real Marrakesh. The drive over there through the Tizi n Test pass is amazing!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I’m currently staying in Marrakech having just returned from the Atlas Mountains. They were stunning with the valleys ablaze with autumnal colours. If I had more time I would definitely spend longer exploring them.

  5. Phượt says:

    Hikking and Trekking are the same? who can answer help me with!

    • Paul Johnson says:

      They are similar. I think trekking might be widely considered slightly more serious than hiking – perhaps somewhere between hiking and mountaineering. Trekking is perhaps more physically demanding and over more rigorous terrain, whilst hiking would largely be on marked walkways or trails. Hope this helps.

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