Best Morocco photos – Our favorite Morocco Instagram photos
Morocco can be chaotic and stressful on the one hand and, on the other, nurturing and magical. Morocco is a country that fills your senses to overflowing from the spice markets and its food with tagines, kabobs and couscous, to the aromatic mint teas and mesmerizing calls to prayer, to the clamor of merchants hawking their wares in the winding corridors of crowded medinas.
Everywhere you look, bright colors dazzle the eyes. The sunsets in the Sahara lead the imagination on an endless journey across golden sand dunes and hidden oases. Morocco is both exotic and gritty. It is known as one of the most tolerant of the Arab nations, and its people, both Arabic and Berber, are warm, hospitable and so very friendly to travelers. It is a country that does get inside your soul, we promise you. Which is why so many travelers return after a first visit.
We’ve been to Morocco twice now, most recently traveling for over four weeks on an adventure that took us through Tangier, Asilah, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Fes, Merzouga and the Sahara Desert, Dades Gorge, Tamoungalt, Ait Ben Haddou, Imlil and the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Rabat, Sale, and Casablanca. We spent plenty of time shooting thousands of photos of the cool things we saw and experienced.
Here, we’ve included a few of our best Morocco Instagram photos to help inspire your next visit to Morocco, or perhaps fondly remember your last. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with our latest inspiring images from around the world.
Enjoy a selection of our best Morocco photos below, taken from our favorite Morocco Instagram photos
Passing in the night. The Bab Homar medina gate in Asilah Morocco is a busy place all day long since it offers pretty central access from markets to the old town. It’s also a tourist magnet with its impressive structure. Oh, and cats love lingering on the steps too. Read more about Asilah in our story here.
Sunset washes over the old city walls in Asilah’s medina in Morocco. Asilah sits just south of Tangier on the Atlantic coast. The well-preserved 15th-century ramparts, bathed in sunset light here, were built by colonial Portuguese. To learn how to get from Spain to Tangier and then to Asilah, read How to get from Spain to Tangier Morocco.
When life becomes art. In Chefchouen, the intense shades of blue the town is painted in, combined with shadows and the colorful displays of product for sale create a feeling one is walking into a painting in a very surreal art gallery.
Full moon rising over Fes, Morocco. A sight to behold, particularly from the Marinid Tombs on a hill above the sprawling town and its medina. You won’t be alone: It’s a popular sunset view — and for good reason. Click here to read about the Riad Laaroussa in Fes.
Olives anyone? Or spices, camel meat, flowers, carpets or scarves? You could spend days exploring the sprawling souk (market) in the Fes medina of Morocco. Founded in the 9th century and home to the oldest university in the world, the medina in Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is considered one of the most extensive and best-preserved historic towns in the Arab-Muslim world. We spent an afternoon wandering its narrow, winding alleys and barely scratched the surface, constantly surprised and charmed by smells, sights and sounds. (The medina itself is 280 hectares (more than a square mile). One warning, however: Best to go into the area with a trained local guide since it’s very easy to get lost, and there are parts that can be quite dangerous. Night is off-limits too. Be sure to take a day – or two – to saunter and explore, barter and observe, as the Moroccan market comes alive day after day. Read our story Is Morocco safe? Insider’s guide to travel safety in Morocco.
Checking out of the riad in Meknes, Morocco. Cars are prohibited in the narrow passages of the medina, so it’s all carts, motorbikes, bikes and pedestrians of course. Riad, by the way, is an old home transformed into a guesthouse. Wondering about travel safety in Morocco? Read our story Is Morocco safe? Insider’s guide to travel safety in Morocco.
RABAT / SALE
Sunset over Rabat. The lights of the Kasbah des Oudaias sitting atop a rocky cliff overlooking the point where the Bou Regreg River and the Atlantic Ocean meet. A lighthouse flashes at the entrance to the river. The beach, busy during the day, is now quiet. Click here to read about the Repose Riad in Rabat.
Hibiscus tea is served, with style. Sitting on the rooftop terrace of The Repose riad in Rabat, Morocco. Soukaina puts on a show turning a simple act of pouring tea into something magical. Click here to read about the Repose Riad in Rabat.
AIT BEN HADDOU
Sun sets over Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987. It has been featured in many films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Starry, starry night in Morocco. The Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou is not-to-be missed. Unfortunately, most people come on buses from other cities for a day trip, turning it into a “cruise ship town” with madding crowds during the day. That means in the early morning and late afternoon into the evenings, it is most delightful and quiet — most of the trinket hawkers even shutter. We stayed at Kasbah Tebi, which is lit only by candlelight. That’s what you see in this photo — Kasbah Tebi at night. What a glorious place to stay!
Morocco dessert — simple, refreshing, delicious. On a very hot day in Tamnougalt and at the end of a cooking class in the ancient Kasbah, we reveled in the cooling taste sensations of oranges, thin apple slices, and small banana chunks, sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with date syrup and of course fresh pomegranate on the side. Click here to read about the Bab el Oued Ecolodge.
A sunset painting the mountains and sky was our greeting upon arrival at the Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, located just above Imlil, high up in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. To say the hotel and its location are amazing would be a fabulous understatement. Located only 60 kilometers from Marrakech, this hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the Toubkal National Park and also make a summit attempt of the Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 feet).
Morocco high five. We were treated to a wonderful visit, and of course Moroccan mint tea, with a family in Armound, a tiny Berber village above Imlil that sits in the shadow of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains at 4,167 metres. The home was the oldest in the village with its only access by donkey or foot. The delightful children were really into high fives.
Reflective reflections. At the cistern in El Jadida, Morocco, the water is so still and the reflections stunning. El Jadida is a small city south of Casablanca on the coast with thick “un-moorish” Portuguese-built city walls. The cistern is — historians think — a former warehouse, but was converted to its cistern use in the 16th century. The city is a popular summer retreat for well-to-do Moroccans but go in the off season and you’ll see the local scene come to life.
Morning at the harbor in Essaouira, Morocco. The harbor is an active, working harbor that is a wonderful early morning visit. Several hundred thousand tons of fresh sardines come from here to be shipped around the world.
Sunset silhouettes during our Sahara camel ride in Morocco as we made our way to the Sahara Sky luxury camp for the night.
Sahara desert photo shoot with Habib of Open Doors Morocco and Therese Iknoian of HI Travel Tales. Therese is using a Sony a6500 camera and wearing a Macabi Skirt and an ExOfficio top. The camera bag is the MindShift PhotoCross 10 from Think Tank Photo.
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