Morocco has plenty of things to do for all styles of travelers. As for adventure lovers, Morocco’s varied landscape and climate offer a wide range of activities to do in Morocco. With a pleasant year-round climate and stunning scenery, it’s a good idea to get some exercise during your holiday.
Water Activities to do in Morocco
Sick of cold winters back home and in search of sun and waves? Then Taghazout is your go-to place if you’re a surfing enthusiast. It’s located north of the Agadir resort and gathers surfers from all around the world. Morocco has year-round surf due to its curving coastline that faces both north and south.
However, if you want to find those great, lined-up, grinding right-handers, it is best to go in September through to March. North of Essaouira, the industrial and port city of Safi is home to sandy beaches and constant strong wind and is popular with kites and windsurfers.
Under the constant Moroccan sunshine, along one of the country’s many rivers that wind through the hilly highlands give a tranquil background for some of the world’s most exciting Morocco kayaking and river rafting excursions. You can either go to The High or Middle Atlas Mountains.
A must for kayaking, Oum Er-Rbia is the second-largest river in Morocco after the Sebou River. It originates in the Middle Atlas and passes through the city of Khénifra, arriving at its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean at the port of Azemmour.
If you choose to raft through the Middle Atlas, you will be in the waters of Ahanssel, a popular kayaking destination, with many sections suitable for beginners to intermediate paddlers. Families will be glad to learn that rafting is a kid-friendly activity that takes place in specific locations where the river is tranquil and they can relax and enjoy the scenery.
Morocco offers 4000 kilometres of gorgeous coasts between the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans, where you may experience a variety of aquatic life. Divers can view dolphins, whales, sea turtles and spot tunas, eels, groupers, and sea bream on the reef.
Agadir and Essaouira are two of the most popular Atlantic diving destinations. The Atlantic provides year-round sunshine, wreck diving, continental drop-offs, and the opportunity to swim with orcas and sardines.
On Land Activities to do in Morocco
You should never skip a camel ride in Morocco, it would be for sure one of the highlights of your adventure activities to do in Morocco. Nothing compares to a sunset ride in the magnificent Sahara Desert with its sandy dunes and centuries-old majestic Kasbahs. Imagine riding your camel in a caravan lead by nomads towards your desert camp for the night under the million stars.
The first spot that comes to mind when thinking of camel riding is Erg Chebbi (Merzouga), the highest and most fascinating sand dunes in Sahara. Some camel tours include exploring the Dades Gorge and Ziz Valley plus visits to historical desert towns like Ait Ben Haddou or Berber villages.
Hiking / Trekking
Exploring Morocco on foot is the ultimate adventure experience. Especially if you intend on trekking, you will get to enjoy the beauty of the cities and surrounding regions. While summer is peak hiking season, most areas will be empty if you visit before July. The hiking season runs from April through November.
North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal stands 4.176m tall is an excellent excursion with easy access to nearby cities but can take 2 to 3 days to hike. Then, there is Jbel Saghro, located in the Atlas Mountains and provides stunning winter scenery with fewer obstacles. You can take tranquil strolls along Essaouira’s Atlantic shore for the most pleasant treks of all.
With 400 mountains, it’s no surprise that rock climbing is becoming a popular activity in Morocco. Climbing is possible all year, although the months of March-May and September-November are the most pleasant and popular.
The two top places to rock climb are Todra Gorge, in the eastern portion of the High Atlas Mountains, a spectacular scenery with a thriving oasis encircled by limestone cliffs that rise up to 600 meters high. There are fantastic simple climbs, spectacular lengthy excursions, and difficult overhanging routes to choose from.
And the Taghia Gorge, located in the High Atlas Mountains that offers some of Morocco’s greatest large wall climbing, with routes up to 800 meters long. Taghia, a little community at 1900 meters, is encircled by overhanging red limestone cliffs and peaks reaching 3000 meters.