Last Updated on June 21, 2019 by Imani Presseley
Exploring Morocco was by far the most anticipated part of my study abroad trip because I have always dreamed of visiting the continent of Africa. The people were so welcoming and everywhere I went I was greeted with joy! While there were many things I did this weekend in Morocco, I’m going to highlight the “must-do” events that still have me gushing over the pictures I took while exploring this beautiful city, anticipating my next visit!
1. Have a meal in an authentic Moroccan restaurant
When visiting a new culture one of the most common ways of immersing oneself into the new culture is through trying the foods of that culture! Moroccan cuisine is different than anything I have ever tasted; each dish is filled with a mixture of several different spices such as ginger, paprika, cumin, and turmeric. Each dish is guaranteed to be filled with flavor! The beautiful Moroccan décor and ambiance that surrounds you while in the restaurant creates a comfortable vibe that adds to the amazing experience!
2. Visit the Caves of Hercules
If the name doesn’t draw you in, the view of the blue sea from the inside of the cave will definitely do the job! The sea opening is in the shape of Africa when viewed from the ocean, which is one of the reasons why it is referred to as the “Map of Africa.” Legend has it that Hercules stopped and slept in this cave during one of his quests.
3. Ride a camel!
For a very low price, you can easily knock this off of your bucket list! If you think riding a horse is fun, wait until you ride a camel! After getting on the camel while it is on its stomach, its extremely tall and long legs bounce right up when it’s ready for the journey and you will bounce up with them. You’ll sit so high that you feel like you’re on top of the world!
4. Shop in the Souks of Morocco
Items and souvenirs in Morocco are very affordable and are often made by the Moroccan people. Many locals sell their items to make a living, so bartering and pushing customers to buy things is something that is very common in the souks. One of the most common commodities sold in Morocco is leather! The leather bags come in all shapes, sizes, styles, and colors for very affordable prices!
5. Visit “The Blue City”
This is one of the most electrifying places I have ever seen. Beautiful shades of blue cover every building throughout the city, dating all the way back to the 15th century! Some say Chefchaouen is painted blue to reflect the blue sky, others say it is painted blue to deflect the sun, providing shade and coolness. While I don’t know the exact reasoning behind this “blue city,” I know that it is definitely worth a visit!
This post was contributed by Imani Pressley, who is studying abroad with AIFS in Granada, Spain this summer.