Marvelous Morocco – Photos To Inspire You

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My trip to Morocco was the first time that I set foot on the African continent! It's always really exciting when you get to visit a new continent, isn't it?

This was a uni class trip (huge group of Masters students going on holiday together, what could go wrong?:P). I was actually in charge of organizing part of the trip (the part that's not covered in this post because it was all about visiting businesses and another uni in Casablanca, and you don't want to read about that, trust me:P). 

Anyway, we visited a lot of different places in Morocco, from Casablanca to Rabat to Marrakesh, with a few day trips into the mountains and the desert in between. My impression was that all these places were very different from each other, and all very unique in their landscape, which made the country super interesting!

My favourite part was meeting the camels we rode in the desert (although it got very painful in unmentionable body parts after a short while), but it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Morocco - Photos to inspire you to travel there!

True to form, I'm including a map for you to check where all these destinations are:

Mausoleum of King Mohammed V

Rabat

mausoleum of king mohammed v
mausoleum of king mohammed v
mausoleum of king mohammed v
mausoleum of king mohammed v

Kasbah of the Udayas

Rabat

morocco kasbah of the udayas
morocco kasbah of the udayas
morocco kasbah of the udayas
morocco kasbah of the udayas
morocco kasbah of the udayas

Like I mentioned before, all the places we visited were super different from each other. The Kasbah (fortress) of Rabat was situated on the coast and the whole landscape was so unique, with the fortress walls towering over the coastline, the vast green spaces, and the blue sea. It made for great photo opps! I don't think I'd ever seen so much grass on a coast before, it felt quite unusual. I think it's definitely a sight to be witnessed if you ever go to Morocco.

The inside of the Kasbah was full of blue-painted buildings, characteristic of the famous city of Chefchaouen (which I mistakenly thought I'd visited on this trip, woops, my bad...). Everything was astonishingly blue!

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Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca

hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca
hassan II mosque casablanca

Casablanca was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, we saw magnificent monuments such as the mosque (more on that below), but on the other hand, the city felt a bit devoid of cultural personality. It's more of a business hub that doesn't cater to tourists as much as other destinations in Morocco such as Marrakesh.

However, the sights we did see were lovely. I especially admired the intricacy of the building ornaments and decorations. It's amazing how detailed they are! Additionally, the type of art and architecture are so different from what I'm used to.

The Hassan II mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco and 13th largest in the world (according to Wikipedia). It's very impressive from both the outside and the inside. The minaret towers over you and the high ceilings inside give it an allure of grandeur and serenity. The inside is also beautifully ornate. I highly recommend booking a guided tour of the mosque because the guide will tell you all about the interesting history of the mosque. Worth it!

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Marrakesh

marrakesh
marrakesh by day
marrakesh at night

Marrakesh was again very distinctive. The city highlight is the huge medina (market). It's unlike any market I've ever been to. The noise is incredible, there are people shouting from every direction. There are also a lot of different smells from the spices and products that are being sold. Overall, it can get quite overwhelming and it's quite an assault on the senses. This can be exacerbated by the pushy crowd. Nevertheless, if you're not claustrophobic, you'll enjoy the buzz.

I loved walking around the stalls and inspecting the items on sale. If you want to buy something, barter with all your might, and if not, try to ignore the extremely insistent stall owners who will shout at you to spend money at their stall.

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Atlas Mountains

atlas mountains morocco
atlas mountains morocco

Sahara Desert

Ouarzazate

sahara desert morocco
sahara desert morocco ouarzazate
sahara desert morocco ouarzazate
sahara desert morocco ouarzazate

See that last photo? That's me on a camel!! 😀

Camel riding is really fun for about 5 minutes, and then you get tired of the bumpiness and your unspeakable body parts start hurting... In that way, it's different from horse-riding, which is a lot smoother. But still, the camels were adorable and even posed for selfies!

I wouldn't miss out on a camel tour into the desert (just try to keep it short), and a one-night stay at a desert camp (or more like, glamp because the tents were heated and the beds very comfortable...:P)! I would definitely count that towards the unmissable experiences you need to have in Morocco, 100%.

 

Hope you like this post about the best sights to visit in Morocco!

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Helene is a lifestyle blogger whose goal is to inspire others to live their life to the fullest. She loves dancing, and she would love to see as much of the world as possible!

26 Comments

  1. Kelly
    October 13, 2017

    There really are some super inspiring pictures here Helene. Marrakech has been on my wishlist for quite some time now but your pictures highlight some other, equally beautiful areas.

    Kelly xoxo http://www.jellywiththebelly.co.uk

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Thank you! I didn’t have my mirrorless camera then, so I tried to do my best with a point and shoot:) Glad to hear the photos still came out ok!:D I didn’t have a single clue about Morocco before I went, so it was great to be able to explore the different places without any expectations!

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  2. Zoe Jackson
    October 13, 2017

    Omgoodness your photographs are stunning you have really captured Morocco through the lens. Such an amazing trip! The architecture is beautiful, if I was to travel it would be to places like this around the world. Theyre so beautiful!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Thank you! I had loads of fun! Especially in the desert with the camels:P I hope you get to go sometime:)

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  3. Kirsty-Louise Bates
    October 13, 2017

    I love your photos. You get a true feel for the place. I really can’t wait to travel. What a beautiful place!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Thank you! I hope you can visit someday, you’d love it:D

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  4. yourfriendkate
    October 13, 2017

    I’ve never thought of going to Morocco but it looks amazing. Love your photos they’re fantastic

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Thank you! Hope it’s inspired you to consider visiting:)

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  5. Nicola J Ogston
    October 13, 2017

    Wow beautiful photos. I’d love to visit Morocco someday. I’d really like to visit Casablanca and Marrakesh
    X

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      I hope you can, there are so many cool places to see there:) Thanks for the compliment!

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  6. frank
    October 13, 2017

    These places are amazing and you had a great trip, such a great places to visit actually.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Thank you!??

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  7. Aditi
    October 13, 2017

    I’ve never been to Morocco, and I just can’t get over the Kasbah. Those blues of the city are just perfect. Mission 2020 😉 Cheers!!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 13, 2017

      Haha I’m sure you’ll love it when you go!! There are so many different landscapes??

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  8. Marie
    October 14, 2017

    That’s what I call a cool uni trip! The pictures look great! 🙂
    Did you stay in a hotel?

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 14, 2017

      Thanks! Yeah we stayed in a hotel in Casablanca and one in Marrakesh??

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  9. lexieanimetravel
    October 14, 2017

    Wow Morocco is so beautiful, my mother-in-law always tells her experience in Casablanca, and the other cities near to it. this is great to see a summary of all awesome place that travellers can potentially plan their visit. I’m sure your experience is top!

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 14, 2017

      Thanks!!??

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  10. Travelquartz
    October 14, 2017

    Marrakesh and Morocco are in my list for so long now. this post has all the details one requires while planning a visit . I am bookmarking this for sure- cheers.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 14, 2017

      You’ll love it when you go! It’s got so much to offer:) Thanks, hope you find the post useful:)

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  11. Digital Travel Guru
    October 16, 2017

    Stunning photography and photo – Morocco is such an amazing place to photograph, cannot wait to explore more of it, really enjoyed this post.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 16, 2017

      Thanks!??

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  12. Lola Bellouere
    October 16, 2017

    Wow you saw a lot on your trip – I LOVED Morocco and it is the one place I would go back to time and time again! x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 16, 2017

      I did! It was an action-packed week:) Would also definitely go back!

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  13. Sonam Lotay
    October 16, 2017

    Your pictures look lovely! Im glad you had a good time in Morocco. I unfortunately didn’t have the greatest experience but would like to go again.

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    1. Helene Choo
      October 16, 2017

      Oh sad to hear that! What happened? Thanks for your kind words!

      Reply

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