5 Places Every Volunteer Must-See in Morocco
Check out our Rabat-based Program Specialist's (Emma Rinaldi) curated list of things to do in Morocco:
Known as the “Blue Pearl” of Morocco, Chefchaouen was recently ranked the sixth most beautiful city in the world—and with the brilliantly blue-washed walls of the medina, incredible mountain ranges, and hiking through waterfalls, we totally get why! Just a bus ride away from our Rabat Home Base, this incredible city in northern Morocco is a volunteer favorite who travel there on the weekends to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.
2. Camel Rides
Camel rides in the desert: Who could travel to Morocco without visiting the Sahara desert and climbing on the back of a camel? This unique experience is very special to us here in Rabat because many of our staff come from southern Morocco and the beauty of the desert breathes life into every aspect of our culture. On your way, stop by the UNESCO World Heritage site Ait Benhaddou, located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the Atlas Mountains. You can travel there on your own, or arrange a trip through CCS and have the staff come with you!
Fes is the shoppers dream! Known for its famous tanneries and beautiful medina, volunteers frequently bring incredible treasures--from intricately woven rugs, to beautifully dyed leather jackets--back to the Home Base after a few days visiting Fes. It is super easy to get to Fes from Rabat and, while you’re heading that direction, you should stop by Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and common destination for archeology and history buffs alike.
A trip to Morocco isn’t complete without a visit to the Jemaa El Fnaa Square in Marrakesh. In this whirlwind experience, volunteers find hawkers, story-tellers, monkeys, and steaming bowls of savory escargot. Round out your experience by visiting the Saadian Tombs or the Jardin Majorelle, the pride and joy of Yves Saint Laurent. Marrakech is a place of vibrant and intense beauty and not for the faint of heart!
Looking for a little beach time? Morocco boasts almost 3,000 km of coastline, but our favorite spot to soak up the sun, and maybe get in a little surfing, is a little port city called Essaouira. Known for its beautiful wooden crafts and delicious fish, Essaouira is a great place for unwinding while getting a little taste of small-town life in Morocco. It is a little trek from Rabat, but definitely worth the travel time!