What is Morocco known for in the world? Sahara Desert, Moroccan tea, carpets, their species and of course Moroccan haggling are some of the popular things about Morocco, but there are many more.
Top 17 things Morocco is famous for
Morocco is for sure on the top of the most popular African countries in the world and it has been for many decades one of the most touristic ones too. Because of it, now a days there are many stereotypes about Moroccans and their country. We have made a list with the 20 most famous Moroccan things, so you can find out, which myths are real and which ones aren´t:
Most famous places to vist in Morocco
There are all kind of places to visit in Morocco, from historical big cities like Fez or Marrakesh to small charming towns in the middle of the desert like Merzouga. You will also be able to relax by the beach, in cities like Essaouira or go for adventures in the Atlas Mountains. There is everything you could imagine, but so you can have an idea, here you have 3 of the most popular landmarks in Morocco:
1) Sahara Desert
Of course, in this list of “What is Morocco famous for in the world”, we had to start with one of our favorite places, the Sahara Desert. The feeling when you first step into those sand dunes, is indescribable.
The Sahara, is the biggest desert in the world and it covers parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia, which in total is 9 million square kilometers (3,500,000 square miles), around 31% of the whole continent. That just tells you how impressive it is.
2) The Atlas Mountains
Maybe it isn´t as extensive as the Sahara, but the Atlas Mountains also covers a lot of the country´s land and it is also an important part of Tunisia and Algeria.
Throughout the whole Moroccan Atlas, you will be able to find the highest peak in north Africa, called Mount Toubkal, incredible valleys and canyons and few Oasis.
The best thing about the Atlas, is how the landscapes change from one side to the other. If you want to fully discover it, you will need at least two weeks, as it is also fun to meet the locals and understand how is the life over there.
3) Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech
The last site of our list is located in the most popular city in Morocco, it is an icon of the country and you may have seen photos of it, its name is Djeema El Fna.
This square is the gate to Marrakech medina and it is where life takes place, just so you can have an idea, it is like the Times Square of the city.
Locals and tourists visit it in the evening, to listen some music, spend some time with the friends and of course see what´s going on in the market.
What food and drinks is morocco famous for?
Another reason why Morocco is so famous is its food , but unlike it happens with the churros in Spain or the pizza in Italy, here you won´t find a dish that is popular all over the world. That said, they still have some delicious meals you should try, like the Moroccan Tajine and Couscous.
What it is famous though, are the different elements they use to cook so well as well as a drink that you will sure know about…
4) Moroccan Mint Tea
Mint Tea is one of those Moroccan specialties everyone loves and they serve quite ofently. If you happen to be staying at any Riat or at a local guest house, you will see how they always offer you mint tea before or while you do the check in. At some places they even serve it daily, which is the best way to relax after a long day visiting places.
There is a reason why these teas are so good, which is the incredible amount of sugar they add to them and in case it isn´t enough sugar for you, they usually come with Moroccan pastries, which are also delicious.
Don´t think too much about gaining some weight, because you are in Morocco and you really need to have the whole experience.
5) Famous Moroccan Spices
Moroccan food is very tasteful but not too spicy, this is primarily thanks to all the type of spices they add. Some of the most popular ones are the saffron, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and white pepper. They also use other international spices like pepper, salt, and ginger.
If you are visiting Morocco, make sure to get some, because they are super cheap, and you will find rare and unique ones. The best place to get them are of course the Moroccan Markets which are all over and by the way, are coming next in our list of What´s Morocco known for?
Famous Maroccan products and markets
Moroccan products are an important part of the culture of Morocco, furthermore we could even consider them as the authentic Moroccan art.
Almost every city in Morocco has a big market and that´s where life takes place. If you want to see how is the day-to-day of the locals, you should really stop by at a market, even if you don´t want to buy anything.
6) Carpets from Morocco
Carpets are one of those things to buy in Morocco. The will for sure catch your attention, but if it is your first time in the country, don´t let yourself be fooled by the sellers, these carpets do not fly or have any kind of magic like the one in Aladdin. That said, we must admit they are a real piece of art.
Moroccans have been producing these carpets for many years, and the detail they have is speechless. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to see how they make them in one of the many market stalls.
7) Moroccan Lamps
Maybe carrying with a huge carpet at the airport is not so comfortable, but don´t worry, because you will be able to see many other great things in Morocco to decor your home. As it happens in other Arab countries, like Tunisia or Turkey, lamps are everywhere in the markets, they are super colorful and again the details are impressive.
The best of all, is that as we said before, these products are like art for them. So, you will be able to see many different types of lamps with different colors and materials.
Famous Animals in Morocco
Every country has its own problems and Morocco is no exception. If you have been following us for a while in Instagram, you will probably know how much we love animals. We really enjoy when we get to see them, but we believe they should be free and not humans´ slaves, therefore, we do not support any kind of animal cruelty.
Unfortunately, it is everywhere here in Morocco. Furthermore, it is one of the things Morocco is famous for and that´s why we must talk about it:
8) Camel rides
Camels were traditionally used in Morocco to transport products from one place to another. Now a days, their function is totally different, and they are primarily used by tourist.
Almost everyone who thinks about traveling to Morocco, imagine themselves riding a camel through the Sahara, they even see it as a dream they would like to achieve. We are sure they would think twice before doing it, if they knew what those camels have go through almost every day of their lives.
Carrying humans isn´t an instinct a camel has, therefore, they are force to do it, many times being mistreated by their owners. If we keep joining this kind of activities, those camels will never get to have the free live they deserve.
Another things that is also very famous in Morocco are their cats and this time it isn´t a bad thing, but an interesting fact.
Almost every city and town you visit in the country is full of cats. You will see many domestic cats, but there are also some wild ones. At this point, the population of these cats is out of control, so don´t be surprised if you are having some lunch at restaurant and a bunch of them come by your side to get some food.
People tend to leave some water and sometimes even food outside their homes, so they don´t starve.
Famous movies filmed in Morocco
Not many people know about it, but Morocco is known as the African Hollywood. They even have a huge studio in Ouarzazate called Atlas, where many shows and movies were filmed.
You may not believe it, but some of the most famous shows and movies in the last decades, like Cleopatra, Gladiator or Vikings were filmed in Morocco. Out of all, there is one that stands out:
10) Game of Thrones
That´s right! Some episodes of the most popular show in the last years and probably the best one ever (at least for some people), was filmed in Morocco.
The different scenes took place in the popular Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah and the Atlas Studio in Ouarzazte, as well as the city of Essaouira.
The most famous one of them, is of course Ait Ben Haddou, which represents the slave city of Yunkai in Game of Thrones.
What are Moroccans famous for:
The locals are an important part of these country and of course we couldn´t skip them when making this list of the most famous things about Morocco.
As it happens in every other country, Moroccans are known for their stereotypes, but not all of them are real. We are going to talk about them and see which ones true and which ones are fake.
11) Morocco business culture
If there is one things Moroccans are really known, is for being businesspeople, somehow, everyone has the idea that locals from this country can only think about business.
Even though it is true they are sometimes a little bit aggressive and try to sell you everything they can when they see you as a tourist, this is something you would only see at the stores and markets of the big cities. It isn´t so common to see it in small towns and if you have a conversation with them, they can perfectly be friendly and kind.
12) How important is religion in Morocco?
In this case, it is true. Religion is very important in the day-to-day of Moroccan people. As it happens in other Arab countries, you will hear the call to prayer quite often and they must pray at least 5 times per day.
Comparing with other religions, this can be a bit too much, but you should also know that there is a 1-2-hour window within which to pray, so they are more flexible than other Islamic countries.
Moroccans are also known for being truly kind and welcoming.
Every time we visited the country, we meet people who after just 1 hour talking, would invite us to eat lunch at their house or offering to guide us around the city.
Not just that, but also the hotels and guest houses always try their best to make you feel like at home and they always serve you a delicious mint tea with pastries after you arrive.
Famous Architecture in Morocco
Morocco is known for having some of the most impressive and magical architecture in the world. Throughout the different buildings and their details, you can see how this country has been influenced by different cultures and civilizations, European colonizers, Arab neighbours and of course the northern Africa original tribes. Here is the most important architecture element you may recognize from Morocco:
Medinas in Morocco are like the old towns of the European cities. It is where all the important buildings and mosques are located, and they are usually surrounded by a huge wall.
Walking and getting lost through the narrow streets of the medinas is a must and it is the way to really explore Morocco. Usually these are the most vivid parts of the city and where all the markets are located.
The most famous medinas in the country are the ones from Fez, Marrakech, Chefchaouen and Tanger.
Other things associated with Morocco
These are just some of the most famous Moroccan things, but of course there is much more. Below we are going to tell you other important things from Morocco, that are less known internationally:
15) Famous Moroccan people
It is an old country with a lot of history, therefore there are many popular people; artists, explorers, politicians, athletes… Here is a list with some of the most famous people in Morocco:
- Ibn Battuta: As travelers that we all are, we had to start with him. He was one of the most important explorers in the world and he even managed to keep traveling while the Black Death was happening. If he could make it, that means we will all be able travel again after these last pandemic!
- Jean Reno: He was and still is an important actor in Hollywood and probably one of the most famous people from Morocco now a days. You may have seen him in movies like “The Da Vinci Code”, “The Pink Panther” and “Godzilla”.
16) Warm weather in Morocco
Morocco is known for being very hot and the main reason this happens is the Sahara Desert, but actually, once you start traveling around the country, you realized the temperatures and weather change a lot from one region to another. Just so you can have an idea, it is even possible to see snow here, head to the Atlas Mountains in Autumn or Winter and you will see how cold it can get.
If you are planning on making a road trip, make sure to check the climate of each of the places you are visiting, because again, they change a lot.
17) Is Morocco a safe country?
If we had to define Morocco, dangerous would for sure not be in the definition. Years ago (even now a days), many people thought Morocco was an extremely dangerous country and because of it, they wouldn´t even think about going.
Well, we have been many times there and we have never had any problem. Of course, you need to be careful with the places you visit and check where are you going to leave your stuff, but that is something you should always do while traveling. There is nothing to worry about, and we would 100% recommend visiting Morocco.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the famous things in Morocco
That´s all you need to know about “What is Morocco best known for?”, hope you have enjoyed reading about it and if you are visiting Morocco any time soon, have a wonderful trip!
If you have any other question about the popular things in Morocco, please let us know!