By Dane on a Plane
I look up. Still a short way to go. I take another deep breath as I try to lay back the last few meters. My feet are sinking into the sand. Almost knee deep.
I’m exhausted but hope that I will be greeted with a beautiful view as I reach the top of the dune.
I take the last few steps and try not to think about the heat and the exhaustion I feel. And Then: I made it. Finally.
View from Erg Chebbi
After two hours on camelback deep into the desert, this was the view that greeted me, once I sat upon Erg Chebbi.
The wind feels much stronger at the top. Sand whizzes past my face, as I marvel at the beautiful view beneath my feet.
I’m standing on top of Erg Chebbi, deep inside of the Moroccan Sahara desert. This is one of the most amazing views I have ever experienced in my life.
In this post, I’m going to show you amazing photos to inspire you to visit Morocco.
The perfection of the desert
Sand, sand and more sand. That’s what you get when visiting the desert. However being surrounded by big sand dunes, and cut off from the rest of the world is an incredible experience.
If you choose to visit Morocco, make sure that you visit the Sahara desert, as it is such an incredible experience.
Caravan on the Sahara Desert
As the sun was just above the horizon the shadows formed a perfect frame of this caravan about to enter the camp in the Merzouga desert.
Sitting on top of Erg Chebbi watching the caravans roll into their camps was an incredible experience. However, to this day, I’m still trying to clean my camera bag for sand!
The Milky Way over the Sahara Desert
As darkness set the milky way slowly started appearing on a moonless night.
Standing beneath millions of stars makes you realise how big the universe is.
Sunsetting over the Sahara
A caravan slowly makes its way towards their camp, as the sun slowly starts setting beneath the bigger dunes.
Taking a camel safari is one of the most incredible things you can do to yourself as you visit Morocco.
The Moroccan personality
If you enjoy observing daily life pass by you will love Morocco.
There are so many interesting personalities, and so much diversity in the way people present themselves through the way they dress.
I have visited more than 20 countries, and can truly say that as you visit Morocco, you will experience some of the most interesting and unique people you will ever come by.
Snake Charmers of Jemaa el-Fna
A snake charmer in the Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech.
Hot Tip: Be aware of those as they will suddenly appear behind you and wrap a snake around your shoulders. Afterwards, they will try to force you to pay them.
Taking a break after a hard day’s work
A local worker relaxing against his cart after a long days work.
It amazes me how locals can wear this much clothing in 35 degrees! (95 degrees Fahrenheit)
This is the traditional headwear of the Berber people in Morocco.
As you travel towards the desert their numbers will increase.
Doors in the Medina of Fez
Doors. These stood out to me, as I made my way around the medina of Fes. For some reason, there are so many interesting doors and different patterns.
Besides, the Medina of Fes will expose you to some of the most interesting locals you will encounter in Morocco.
As you visit Morocco and make your way through the country, you will experience incredible beauty in the architecture.
Everywhere you look you will experience interesting buildings and diversity in the way everything is built.
Making your way through the medinas you will find yourself constantly lost, simply because everything seems to look the same.
However, this is part of the Moroccan charm. Some of the most interesting buildings you will experience are located in the medina.
The medinas are truly fascinating places to witness and it’s magnificent that they have been maintained for this many years.
Inside the medina of Chefchaouen
The medina of Chefchaouen will always amaze me.
Every corner you pass will present beautiful blue streets and countless photography opportunities.
Amazing scenery in the city of Essaouira. The city is known for Game of Thrones.
“The port city of Essaouira was used in season 3 doubling as Astapor. Remember the scene beside the sea when she has rounded up the unsullied and given them a choice to fight for her?”
An incredibly relaxed city where everything seems much less hectic than in cities such as Marrakech or even Fes.
There is an incredible vibe here.
Venturing up towards the Spanish mosque will give you an incredible overview of the blue pearl.
Stop along the route and have views like this, where the sun sets directly behind the city.
Incredible patterns are everywhere on the Royal Palace.
I have been told that it is always packed with people, however, when I visited midday during July, no one else was around. A must visit place in Fes.
The locals venture down “hidden” streets of the Medina in order to avoid the masses of people.
Fez has tons of those small streets and no matter how long you spent in the city, I doubt you will experience all of them.
Having a riad with a rooftop terrace is a must when visiting Chefchaouen. Watching sunset from a rooftop is one of the most amazing things you can do when visiting the blue city.
This wraps it all up!
Morocco is one of the most beautiful and unique countries to experience. I hope that this photo story will inspire you to visit Morocco as the country is truly marvellous.
Hi I’m Niclas author at Dane on a Plane
At the moment of writing this, I have visited more than 20 countries, and look to add another 9 new countries, along with some familiar, over the coming year.
You can read all about my journey, along with tips, guides as well as photography tips over at my website. To see more of more photos make sure you check out my Instagram.