Travel along Northern Morocco's Mediterranean coast

  • Northern Morocco, Morocco
    © Philip Lange / 123RF
  • Northern Morocco, Morocco
    © Karol Kozlowski / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Morocco

Forget Marrakech, Agadir and Essaouira and discover an entirely different Morocco, more authentic and traditional but just as amazing. The spiritual city of Fes, rebellious Tangier and discrete Tétouan are just some of the cities to visit, where you can take a stroll through the 'medina' (old town) and explore the different parts of the souks (markets). Those who travel to Northern Morocco can enjoy plenty of relaxation on the Mediterranean Coast where you can make the most of the sea and its warm waters. The north of the Kingdom is the ideal destination to discover a different Morocco, far from the tourist areas and club hotels.

Northern Morocco: the key figures

Surface area : 659970.0 km2

Population : 32200000 inhabitants

Time difference : The UK and Morocco are both in the same time zone so normally there is no time difference. However, daylight saving starts and ends on different dates in both countries, so at certain times of the year the UK can be one hour ahead.

  • Untameable Tangier
  • Tetouan, a city to explore
  • The fairly well-preserved Mediterranean Coast
  • The many tourists at Chefchaouen
  • Be careful on certain roads in the Rif region (and Kif)

Northern Morocco: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • , The Rif, Landscapes, Northern Morocco
    The Rif
  • The Rharb plain , Meditation on the seafront , Morocco
    The Rharb plain
  • The Rharb plain , Meditation on the seafront , Morocco

Coasts

  • The Mediterranean coast , Morocco
    The Mediterranean coast
  • The Atlantic coast , Morocco
    The Atlantic coast
  • The Atlantic coast , Morocco

Arts and culture

  • The museums , The Majorelle Gardens , Morocco
    The museums
  • Orientalist paintings , Inspirational Morocco , Morocco
    The Orientalist painters
  • Dar-Batha Museum in Fez , Safeguarded traditional Fez art , Morocco
    The Dar-Batha Museum
  • Dar-Batha Museum in Fez , Safeguarded traditional Fez art , Morocco

Monuments

  • , The Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, Monuments, Fez, Northern Morocco
    The Al Quaraouiyine Mosque
  • The Fassi houses , Morocco
    The Fassi houses
  • The Fassi houses , Morocco

Northern Morocco: what to buy?

Moroccan artisanry is very rich and varied. Carpets, wrought iron lamps and furniture, jewellery, pottery and basketry are just some of the souvenirs you can take home as decorations. Leather work, as well as wood and metal, also make beautiful pieces to take back. Cooking enthusiasts can fill their suitcases with an array of spices and, in particular, argan oil (excellent with salads but also good for the skin). Ladies might want to buy some of the beauty products, such as black soap and ghasoul. If you shop at the souks, feel free to haggle.

Northern Morocco: what to eat?

Moroccan cuisine is refined and tasty, with spices playing an important role. To start with, try the harira, a thick chickpea or lentil soup, then of course the famous tajines (mutton, chicken, lamb and even fish). There's also chicken or mutton couscous served with vegetables and semolina to try. Add to this the fish, kebabs and mechoui and there's plenty to enjoy on a trip to Morocco. Another must-try Moroccan dish is pastilla, which takes a long time to prepare but is worth the wait. This sweet or savoury pie is a culinary marvel. To finish off a meal, try the Moroccan pastries (gazelle horns, chebakia etc.), with a mint tea or fruit juice to wash it down. Morocco also has some quality wines.

Northern Morocco: travel tips

The north of Morocco is a region that isn't popular with tourists yet, which is a good thing. You won't come across many tour buses, which is ideal for visiting the cities and sites. Of course, Fes attracts a lot of tourists but take the time to linger in the Medina of Tetouan, which, although little-known, is well worth the visit. Another region that has escaped the crowds of tourists is the east, near the Algerian border. At Saidia, a new beach resort, the beach is long and the sea is divine. It's the perfect place to relax without too many people crowding the beach.

Northern Morocco: Latest hotel reviews
  • 8.85 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Riad Fés
    Fès - Morocco
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Riad Fès is THE ADDRESS in Fez. This riad, recently renovated ...

  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    El Minzah
    Tanger - Morocco
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The hotel El Minzah remains the most popular hotel in Tangiers. ...

  • 8.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Sofitel Palais Jamai
    Fès - Morocco
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Le Sofitel Palais Jamaï remains THE hotel of Fez. In the heart ...

  • 8.65 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Grand Hotel Villa de France

    One of the most mythical places in Tangier, a once cosmopolitan ...

  • 8.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Mirage Club
    Tanger - Morocco
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Mirage Club is very popular with celebrities stars and politicians. ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Movenpick Tanger
    Tanger - Morocco
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Movenpick hotel in Tangier is a hotel of luxury and quality. ...

  • 8.1 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Riad Sherazade
    Fès - Morocco
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Riad Shérazade is well known in the medina of Fez. An address ...

  • 7.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Dar El Ghalia
    Fès - Morocco
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Dar El Ghalia is a very good place to stay in Fez. You will ...

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