Thinking about Morocco may conjure images of bustling, colourful souks filled with spices and bright textiles, vast desert treks, and ancient, beautifully tiled buildings. But there are a number of attractions in the African country that are lesser known — but no less worth checking out. Here are five things to consider adding to your Morocco itinerary.

1. Schedule a visit to the Jewish Museum

The Moroccan Jewish Museum in Casablanca is the only museum in the Arab world dedicated to Judaism (Morocco is home to the highest concentration of people practicing Judaism in the region). The museum is relatively new attraction in the ancient city — it was built in 1997 — and hosts a collection of artifacts, clothing, and educational literature that makes it an interesting and invaluable addition to the city and country.

Copper lanterns are among the wares available at Morocco's many famous souks.
Copper lanterns are among the wares available at Morocco's many famous souks.

2. Peruse the wares of coppersmiths in Marrakech

The Moroccan city’s souks are famous for their towering pyramids of spices, beautiful, elaborate textiles, bright tagines, and handcrafted traditional slippers. But Morocco is also home to a number of talented coppersmiths, who make (and hand engrave) beautiful pots, pans, plates, and lanterns. (Tip: if you’re thinking of buying something, wait till your last day. That way, you’ll know exactly how much space you have left in your suitcase.)

3. Go for a walk around the world’s oldest university

The University of Al Quaraouiyine, in Fes, was founded in 859 AD, making it the world’s oldest continuously operating university. The design of the building is austere and conservative, and, unfortunately, non-Muslims are not permitted within any of the university’s buildings. Nevertheless, visitors can tour the grounds, and peek inside the buildings through any open doors.

4. Hike through the Todra Gorge

The breathtaking scenery of the Todra Gorge is accessible to even novice hikers, thanks to paved roads that snake through the area. For those looking for a bit more adventure, the gorge’s rock walls are perfect for rock climbing, with more than 150 routes to climb along the way. In addition to the beautiful views, there are a number of Berbers who live in caves in and around the gorge; you’ll likely encounter them herding animals as you hike.

Essaouira's scenic coastline is a great surf spot.
Essaouira's scenic coastline is a great surf spot.

5. Go surfing in Essaouira

Morocco is a desert country, but’s not landlocked, and the coast of Essaouira boasts some great surfing opportunities. The coastal town has a number of surf schools and classes available for tourists and visitors, in addition to great swimming and opportunities for ocean-side strolls.

Getting there

G Adventures offers a number of tours and itineraries through Morocco that will take you deep into the vibrant culture, fascinating history, and breathtaking scenery of the North African country. We're excited at the prospect of showing you around the cities, towns and natural landscapes of Morocco. Check out our small group itineraries to the region here.