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6 Reasons Why This African Country Is Growing In Popularity With American Tourists


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Morocco is an incredibly beautiful country with a rich culture and options for all budgets.

In a post-covid world, Morocco is working hard to attract a more significant number of visitorswhich means you’ll find warm and welcoming people here who are willing to make sure you have a good time.

And the growth plan is working.

Moroccan Kasbah, Atlas Mountains, Africa

The number of visitors traveling to Morocco has grown by 17% this year compared to the same period in 2019.

The countries with the greatest increase in the number of tourists visiting Morocco are Spain, Great Britain, Italy and America.

Here are 6 reasons why Morocco is gaining popularity among American tourists, and why you should consider visiting it too:

A melting pot

Morocco is a cultural melting pot with mixed Berber and Arab influences making up the majority of the Moroccan people. Morocco’s heritage is also influenced by Andalusia in the north and sub-Saharan cultures in the south.

This diverse cultural mix means that the people of Morocco are tolerant and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

People shopping in a colorful souk in Morocco.

Many people who visit Morocco come for the UNESCO heritage sites, the weather, and the beaches. But the highlight of your trip is often its people.

The Moroccan government has launched a new tourism promotion for 2023 called ‘Morocco, Land of Light’. This focus on promoting tourism means that the people of Morocco are warmer and more welcoming than ever.

Friendly and down-to-earth Moroccans are often willing to share a meal with you, invite you into their homes, and give you an insight into their way of life.

Beautiful beaches

Many Americans are drawn to Europe for its beautiful beaches, calm waters, and soft white sands. But if you’re looking for European-style beaches at more affordable prices, Africa and Morocco are great options for 2023.

Like the most popular beach vacation countries of Spain, Italy and Turkey, Morocco boasts access to both the calm waters of the Mediterranean and the wild beauty of the Atlantic.

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Colorful surfboards resting on a beach in Casablanca, Morocco.

Some of the best beaches in Morocco include the beautiful 10 km long Blue Flag beach of Tagharte Bech in Essaouira.

If you’re looking for a natural, crowd-free beach, head south to the village of Sidi Kaouki, where Sidi Kaouki Beach is exposed to powerful Atlantic winds and attracts surfers from around the world.

Affordable and Accessible

Whether you are looking for a lover of luxury or a backpacker on a budget, Morocco is a very cheap country by Western standards.

In today’s financial climate, travelers are looking to get more for their money, and Morocco is one country that offers this in 2023.

Colorful spices in the Medina of Marrakech, Morocco.

The US dollar is currently very strong against the Moroccan dirham, which means that luxury travelers will find their money goes a little better. And you’ll find plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants and luxurious resorts to spend that money on.

Meanwhile, public transportation is easy to navigate in Morocco, and camping is common and popular, so it’s easy for budget travelers to cut their costs considerably here. You can easily spend $12-$15 a day on food and drink and still eat delicious and hearty dishes.

An abundance of beautiful attractions

Morocco has a rich cultural heritage with more attractions than you could fit into one vacation.

The country boasts 9 UNESCO World Heritage attractions. The most recent of these, the modern capital and historic city of Rabat, was added to the list in 2012.

Moroccan horizon

Most visitors to Morocco will head to its most famous city, Marrakech, where they can visit historic palaces, shop in the famous medina and souks, and relax in a traditional Moroccan hammam.

The old city of Marrakech was founded in the 11th century and is a great place to get lost and explore the authentic heart of Morocco.

Activities for adventurers

If you’re looking to do something a little more exciting than wander past the historical attractions or relax by the pool, then Morocco is the place to be.

There are attractions here for every type of adventurer.

Visit Dakhla if you want to try water sports like surfing and kitesurfing. Overlooking both the desert and the Atlantic Ocean, Dakhla is considered a surfer’s paradise. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards here.

A young woman wearing a yellow dress as she walks through the blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco, North Africa

Chefchaouen, Morocco’s famous Blue City, is located in the Rif Mountains and is a great place for hiking, climbing, and other outdoor activities.

The Moroccan authorities are interested in attracting all types of tourism and are promoting activity breaks in the country.

Other activities for adrenaline junkies available throughout Morocco include camel riding, quad biking across the sand, or a hot air balloon ride over the Sahara desert.

Morocco is a safe country

Despite its location in an unstable and volatile region, Morocco is a safe country for tourists. It is politically stable and has steady economic growth.

On the US State Department’s four-level travel advisory scale, Morocco is currently at level 2. This means that American visitors to the country should exercise extreme caution.

A square minaret seen through the Bab Bou Jeloud gate in Fez, Morocco

Due to the small risk of terrorism in the country, Americans in Morocco are advised to avoid demonstrations and crowds, remain vigilant in places frequented by Westerners, and follow the State Department on both Twitter and Facebook for updates or alerts.

While you should be careful in Morocco, Morocco is still safe. Crime in the country is mainly petty crime, such as robbery and pickpocketing.

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