Musings: Magical Morocco

When you think of some of the most gorgeous natural beauty to be found in the world, the cradle of civilization is one of the travel spots that always comes to mind, first. But to get the African adventure that seems the stuff of dreams, you don’t have to travel all that far. Just south of Spain on the north coast of the continent is Morocco. It might not be the heart of the continent, but it has all of the wild and wonderful beauty you could hope to see.

 

Take a dip

When you think of Africa, it’s not all imposing dunes and wild savannahs. Many people think of those rich, secluded spots of fresh water that feels better than just about anything on a hot day. Morocco has some of the best, particularly in gorgeous 100-meter-tall waterfalls of Ouzoud. A network of cascades that create a gorgeous picture on the cliff in a landscape of red stone and rough sands creates a real feast for the senses. They’re also surrounded by lush vegetation that gives a home to the only tailless monkey in the world, the Barbary monkey. So, if you don’t feel like a swim, you can always get a photo with some of our more distant and adorable relatives.

Travel the horizon

There are two sides of the horizon to Morocco. On one hand, there’s open water, whether it’s the Mediterranean Sea or the Atlantic ocean. On the other side, it’s all mountains. The Atlas Mountains are a masterpiece of nature that stand tall over the whole country and will be in sight most of the time you’re there. It’s no wonder that some of the hikes like the Mount Toubkal trek always attract visitors. Besides climbing the heights and getting views that are impossible to replicate elsewhere in the world, it also gives you the chance to see some of the local cultures that have gone virtually unchanged by way of lifestyle for years.

 

See the wonders while they’re still there

Unfortunately, not all can be preserved in Morocco. The country is well known for its gorgeous coasts and, particularly, some of the more unique geological structures on said coasts. One of the most impressive was once two of the most impressive. The two archways of Legzira beach have always been considered natural beauties until one of the two collapsed after standing for over thousands of years. For that reason, Legzira has become an item that has jumped up in popularity. Besides seeing the rubble, there’s still one gorgeous archway left. The site now stands as a monument to the fact that nothing in the world is going to stand forever, so it’s a good idea to go and see what you want while you still can.

From the indomitable Atlas Mountains to the rich lagoons of pure, fresh water, it’s easy to get everything you could want from an African adventure in Morocco. If it’s not on your bucket list yet, this post should have given you three great reasons to add it now.

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.

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