The best cities to visit in Morocco
Morocco's cities cater to almost every traveler, from those who seek the buzz of lively souks to visitors who wish to unwind with relaxing spa treatments. What binds its diverse cities together is Morocco's incredible color and culture, which offers enriching and unforgettable experiences. Morocco is one of North Africa's most appealing destinations.
What makes Morocco’s cities unique?
Morocco's cities are well-known for their friendly locals, vibrant markets, and stunning architecture. Steeped in history and with amazing sights, Morocco's cities are a joy to explore on your own, or with an English-speaking guide.
The top cities in Morocco to include in your trip itinerary
From the vibrant streets of Marrakech to traditional spa treatments in Tangiers' boutique hotels, Morocco's cities offer ample variety for travelers who wish to relax while experiencing the country's diverse and enthralling culture.
Experience the lively buzz of Marrakesh
For bustling souks, stunning gardens, and magnificent palaces, visit Morocco's cultural hub of Marrakesh. Browse local goods in the Medina before visiting the lush botanical gardens at Majorelle, and the glorious 19th-century riads at Bahia Palace.
Relax in a hammam in Tangiers
If you simply want to relax and rejuvenate in a traditional Moroccan style, visiting an Ottoman-era hammam in Tangiers is essential. Relax at Dar Nour as trained masseuses provide hammam treatments involving scrubs and plenty of bubbles. Following your blissful relaxation session, enjoy a cocktail while overlooking Tangiers' whitewashed rooftops and 1930s promenade.
See all shades of blue in Chefchaouen
The striking, blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen's old town are some of the most magical in Morocco, full of winding alleys lined with local craft shops. For the most scenic view, climb up to the Spanish Mosque, which is a fine example of the country's Arab-Iberian influence.
Take in the scents and sounds of Fez
Fez wins visitors over by appealing to their senses: its labyrinth-like souks are famous for the pungent scents of local spices and incredible colors of finely woven fabrics. The souk at R’cif Square is especially impressive. Taste local delicacies and purchase spices to take back home and recreate Morocco’s best flavors.
Explore history and culture in Moulay Idriss
This white-washed city is the country's most important pilgrimage site, open to non-Muslim visitors since 2005. History buffs can now visit the beautiful, tiled mausoleum of Moulay Idriss before wandering through the city's sleepy, winding streets.
Tips for planning a city break in Morocco
It is easy to visit the biggest cities in Morocco using train connections, as Morocco's rail infrastructure is well-developed compared to other North African countries. However, you’ll need to use taxis to visit isolated areas in the mountains and beyond. It is also important to note the dates of the Islamic festival, Eid, before you book, as much of the country shuts down during this fasting period. Weather-wise, temperatures can get above 100°F in July and August. If you don’t want to travel during the height of summer, the fall season (September or October) are the best months to enjoy Morocco's incredible cities.