Uncover the Roman ruins of Lixus
Think of Roman sites in Morocco and you'll probably picture the mosaic-floored houses of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Volubilis. Everybody does. Which is why you should head to the ruins at Lixus, 5km up the coast from Larache, instead.
This is one of the oldest inhabited sites in Morocco, at one time also occupied by the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians – and, as legend would have it, Hercules, who is said to have stolen the Golden Apples for his last-but-one labour here.
2. Trek across the Jebel Saghro
The majority of organised trekking in Morocco is concentrated on the Toubkal Massif, a hiking honeypot in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakesh. So if you want to (literally) get off the beaten track, you'll need to venture east instead, to the Jebel Saghro.
This is very different terrain – think dry river valleys and stark volcanic spires rather than snow-capped peaks – and a very different set-up. While guides can be hired in several of the trailhead towns, the Saghro region is much less geared up for tourism.
3. Explore the holy town of Moulay Idriss
It's been little more than a decade since non-Muslims were allowed to even spend the night in Moulay Idriss, and foreign tourists visiting this holy town near Meknes are still few and far between.
Perched on the scrubby slopes of Jebel Zerhoune, Moulay Idriss is like a miniature Arabic version of an Andalucían White Town, its sugar-cube houses seemingly stacked on top of each other.
4. Take an epic road trip along the N2
Morocco’s forgotten mountains, the Rif see a fraction of the visitors who hike around the High Atlas. Partly, the range is more remote, lacking the accessibility provided by a big-town base like Marrakesh. And partly, the region – historically existing just outside government control and with a local economy still driven by the cultivation of cannabis, or kif – is altogether edgier.
But it is also quite beautiful, and with a bit of common sense, perfectly fine to explore by car. Drive the scenic N2 between Chefchaouen and Al Hoceima, and you'll dip in and out of olive farms, cork oaks and cedar forests, travelling along the ridge of the mountains as they trace the Mediterranean for over 200km whilst enjoying spectacular views down towards the coast.
5. Admire Art Deco architecture in Sidi Ifni
Heading to Morocco’s far reaches is usually a sure way of escaping the crowds, and the former Spanish enclave of Sidi Ifni, closer to the Canary Islands than to Marrakesh, is a case in point.
Characterised, like Casablanca, by its Art Deco architecture, Sidi Ifni’s location in the deep south of the country means that far fewer visitors clap eyes on its charming colonial buildings, bleached a pale cream by the sun and decorated in pastel-blue stripes and with floral motifs
Let the wind be your guide in Dakhla
Dakhla is a dream come true for wave and wind sports. Under perpetually clear, sunny skies on the Atlantic coast, get carried away by the waves and let the wind be your guide. There are three particularly well known spots in the area. On the lagoon side, the PK 25 beach is especially appealing to kitesurfers. Get caught up in its favorable winds and cut some of your finest figures ever. Look a bit further to where a sand dune sinks into the sea, marking the most beautiful site in the area. This is Pointe du Dragon, the place to be for wave lovers. If you are "just" a surfer, head straight for the ocean side and Foum El Bouir beach, where surfing virtuosos convene.
A paradise of sand and stone
Thrills galore at the gateway to the desert!
Are you searching for excitement in an idyllic setting? Look no further than the region of Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir for intense sporting adventures: hikes, camel treks, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking in the mountains of Jebel Saghro, summiting Mount M'goun and a plethora of motor sports on the Chgaga Dunes – these are just some of the myriad activities that await you around Ouarzazate. Thrills and chills are guaranteed!
Land and sea sports
The walls of Essaouira feel like a cocoon: wind through the alleys and take a timeless stroll along the parapet. It is an enchanting environment for relaxing and for flexing your muscles. Essaouira is full of sports and activities you have to try.
Head to the beaches, where the Atlantic Ocean serves up wind and waves for your pleasure. See for yourself why Essaouira is a hot spot for surfing, kite-surfing and windsurfing. Perhaps you will rent a land yacht and let the wind carry you across vast stretches of golden sand.
Full of thrills in the heart of the High Atlas
Excitement awaits in the heart of the Atlas Mountains
Azilal and its surroundings are the perfect destination for those who prefer an active vacation. Here in the heart of the Atlas, there is something for everyone. Water sports and even paragliding are on the menu. The area around Azilal is especially well suited to ecotourism thanks to the abundance of unexpected sites located in a well-protected natural setting. This makes it is the ideal place for a variety of high-adrenaline activities. Mount M'goun, the second tallest peak in Morocco at 13,346 feet, offers visitors a great spot for mountain climbing, but be warned that it takes six days to reach the top! Are you a thrill seeker?