Top great things to do in Morocco
You’ve decided to take the plunge and sign up for a volunteering project in Morocco. Of course, you’ll be working hard and getting stuck in to help the local community but don’t forget you’ll have some free time too! So, what can you do with your evenings and weekends….?
Here are some of our favourite activities to ensure you make the most of your trip and take some wonderful memories back home!
Guide escorts a camel trek through the dunes.
Camel trek through the dunes
We think this is the number one essential activity for our all volunteers! You’ll love taking a guided tour over the shifting sands of the Sahara and going back in time to spend the night in a traditional Bedouin tent amongst the dunes. A truly authentic Moroccan experience you’ll never forget! Costs around £70.
Nearly every volunteer visits the Ouzoud waterfall during their stay.
Visit the Ouzoud waterfalls
The stunning Grand Atlas Mountains are a short visit away from Marrakech. Take a walk through lush olive trees until you find yourself at the bottom of the magnificent falls. Fancy a closer look? Take a raft and drift under the cascades of water – don’t forget to take your towel! (Costs around £40).
The main square in Marrakesh, an unmissable experience both day and night.
Sightseeing in Jemma El Fna
A lively part of Marrakech, the square is the place to go to sample bustling souks (markets) and cafés serving traditional teas. Browse a range of wonderful stalls selling fresh juice, hot food and spices – you may even see a few snake charmers! When the sun sets at the end of the day, the main square comes alive with magicians and story tellers. You can also just sit and enjoy the view! (Drinks & snacks cost around £1 or £2).
OV Volunteers learn how to make bread at the Berber House.
Dine at the Berber House
Our volunteers love to visit the Berber House! It’s THE place to visit if you want to experience a real master-class in Moroccan – sorry, Berber – cuisine! You can expect to enjoy a donkey ride and a glass of ‘real’ mint tea – far better than the drinks served to tourists in Marrakech and highly recommended! (Costs around £30).
It’s not all hard work, take a break at a Marrakesh pool for a lazy afternoon.
Relax at the Swimming Pools
Fancy a few hours at the pool to relax and cool off with your friends? It’s just 10 minutes away by taxi so you can drop by after work or at weekends. (Taxi costs around £2- £3). If you fancy a quieter setting for your swim, there’s a pool on the way to the picturesque village of Tahanaout – about 30 mins by bus from Marrakech. (Costs around £5).
The beaches are a popular draw for the surfing community.
Spend time at the beach in Essaouira
Plan a weekend trip to the popular coastal city of Essaouira to enjoy sandy beaches and a cooling sea breeze! A relaxed area, Essaouira is often visited by surfers and backpackers but is less busy than other coastal towns. Just 2-3 hours away by coach, there are regular departures from Marrakech bus station which is around 15 minutes away from your volunteer house. (Coach trips cost around £30).
Eat, drink and have fun at the Mama Africa café
If you fancy a change from tajines and tea, why not try the African reggae vibe at Mama Africa‘s? Located on the edge of the new town in Gueliz, it’s a very popular spot for volunteers and locals alike. The café is famous for its food, drink, music and TV for a young, fun-loving crowd and if you’re a Drum n Bass fan, DJs are often in residence. The delicious salads and fresh juices are worth trying and there’s often reggae music and the National Geographic channel on TV! (Food costs around £15-£20 for a generous main course).
Drop by Frito’s café & take away for low-cost treats
Fritos isn’t very far from your volunteer house and is ideal for a quick snack or an evening meal. Serving a range of pizzas and paninis, you can choose to dine-in or take your meal home to enjoy it on the terrace back at the volunteer house. Very popular! (Costs around £5-£8).
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the “Panini Place”
All our volunteers know about this famously friendly eatery! Manager Said and his team enjoy serving a range of breakfast crepes, mint tea and chips! Whether you choose to dine in or take your snack away, it’s ideal for picking up something to eat before you head out for the day with your friends. We recommend trying the chocolate and honey crepes – delicious! (Costs around £1 for a crepe or £3 for a panini).
Ait Benhaddou village is a popular trip from Marrakesh and is also used as a film location.
Take a tour of the Southern villages
Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city along the historical travelling route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Well known for its kasbahs, Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World heritage Site since 1987. It’s also been used as a stunning backdrop for many famous films including: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Prince of Persia (2010) and Game of Thrones (2012). The town itself is the main attraction, with mud buildings climbing up the side of the hill. It’s worth visiting The Granary at the top and also The Mausoleum of Ben-Haddou at the bottom. Around 2-3 hours by bus from Marrakech, allow a whole day to visit this beautiful town built by the Berbers. (Costs around £80).
If you’d like to go on an excursion during your trip, please let us know in advance by filling in the details on your final form. There’s no need to pay up front but it would be really helpful if we could let the local team know who would like to see more of Morocco – then we can arrange for you to travel with a group!