Where is Morocco Located?
So you’ve seen the pictures of colorful souks and sweeping deserts from your friend’s vacation photos and now you’re wondering to yourself “Where is Morocco?!”
Morocco is an African country, located in the most northwestern corner of the continent, directly below Spain. In fact, the two countries are only 8.6 miles apart at their closest point, meaning Morocco sits closer to the European continent than any other country in Africa.
Morocco has coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Algeria to the east and Western Sahara to the south.
Flights to Casablanca, Marrakech, and Essaouria can be found from all across Europe on budget airlines which means a trip to Morocco can easily, and cheaply, be combined with a European vacation.
Direct flights to Morocco are also available from multiple U.S. cities, including Miami, Washington, and New York.
U.S. citizens can travel visa-free to Morocco. Check out the Best Time to Visit Morocco for help with planning your trip.
Top Reasons to Visit Morocco
The tourist track through Morocco is well-worn and English is widely spoken by Moroccans. In fact, Morocco is the most visited nation in Africa with over 11 million foreigners exploring the country in 2017, according to the World Tourism Organization.
Whether you’re looking for a laidback surf trip, an exploration of charmingly hectic Medinas, or a night’s sleep under a sky full of stars in the desert, Morocco is the destination for you. So where is Morocco’s top spot? Decide for yourself by reading about three of the top cities below!
Where is Morocco: City by City
Morocco is a whole different ball game. In Marrakech’s main square, snake charmers draw in tourists with their flutes, neverending rows of spices are heaped above the brim, and endless quantities of mint tea are served on golden platters. Be sure to brush up on your haggling skills before stepping foot in the Medina, the old part of the city.
Outside of Marrakech, you can go on many excursions in the surrounding desert. There you can ride a camel through the palm groves and sleep under the clear Saharan sky.
Chefchaouen is a millenniums-old city and a modern-day Instagrammer’s dream. Painted in endless shades from periwinkle to sapphire, “The Blue City” has an ethereal effect on visitors, making them feel blissfully lost in a land of lanterns, cobbled streets, and leather workshops.
The Atlantic Coast’s seaside town of Essaouria is a bit more hip and chilled out than it’s inland counterparts. It retains its Moroccan charm but offers visitors many more options for chic accommodation and trendy eateries.
Wander down alleyways draped in intricately patterned carpets for sale to eventually reach the city walls. Just outside, you’ll find golden sand beaches with tiny blue fishing boats bobbing in the waters.
If you’re looking for more of an off-the-beaten-track backpacker vibe, check out Tagazoute which is also home to some of the best surf in Morocco.