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As the most-visited African country, it can be hard to dodge the tourist traps in Morocco.
Three major destinations however can give one a glimpse of age-old Moroccan life without the burden of pushy locals and high prices.
Explore Meknes, Rissani, and Tétouan.
Morocco has a special and unique culture. Unfortunately, tourism often obscures this, in addition to bringing out the worst aspects of the Moroccan people.
How to travel in Morocco and avoid tourist traps comes down in no small part to one’s bravery, as it involves going to places that perhaps seem out of the way and therefore dangerous. However, the opposite is true. The deeper one plunges into Casablanca or Marrakech, the more danger one is likely to encounter, while those living out in the further reaches of the country tend more towards the better aspects of Moroccan people: namely generous hospitality.
Avoiding tourist traps in Morocco doesn’t mean missing beautiful riads, mosques, medinas, deserts, or mountains either. In fact, one can return home knowing that they are uniquely positioned to discuss Moroccan culture, having experienced the more natural side of it.
The busiest and most touristy places in Morocco are Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, and Fes, as well as Chefchaouen in the mountains, and Merzouga and Zagora in the Sahara.
Here will be discussed Tétouan, Rissani, and Meknes. These destinations can all be found in the same general area.