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Capturing Morocco’s Majestic Beauty Through Photography

Morocco is considered by many global explorers to be one of the most picturesque countries in the world. As such, it’s become something of a hidden gem amongst photographers keen to expand their horizons and snap some true natural wonders. Today, we’ll be offering a few top tips for snap-happy tourists looking to take some truly incredible photographs and give their portfolios some real African flair.

Stunning Compositions in Chefchaouen

Our photographic journey begins in the enchanting town of Chefchaouen nestled deep within the Rif Mountains. Famous for its striking blue buildings, Chefchaouen offers a plethora of picturesque spots, including the famous Blue Alley, Ras El Ma, and the Spanish Mosque. With its cobblestone streets and vibrant hues, Chefchaouen provides endless opportunities for capturing the magic of Morocco and you won’t even need to use any filters to make it look exotic!

Cycling Photography in the High Atlas Mountains

For adventurous photographers, the High Atlas Mountains offer a dramatic backdrop kissed by thousands of incredible natural wonders. These mountains are not only a haven for hikers but also for cyclists and just imagine capturing the sweeping vistas, terraced villages, and snow-capped peaks as part of a guided cycling tour. These mountains can reach altitudes of 4,167 meters though, so it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

The Golden Dunes of the Sahara Desert

No visit to Morocco would be complete without witnessing the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert. There’s a unique contrast between the endless sands and the brilliant blue sky that you’ll struggle to capture anywhere else on Earth as the sun rises or sets over the dunes and the play of light and shadows creates a mesmerizing spectacle. You could also spend your time in the area capturing the magic and tradition of the camel caravans and the tranquillity of the desert oases.

Explore the Winding Roads of Fes Old Medina

Fes, with its labyrinthine streets, is a real photographer’s paradise. From the intricate tilework of Bou Inania Madrasa to the bustling markets of Bab Bou Jeloud, every corner of Fes Old Medina represents a unique opportunity for Instagrammable snaps. Spend some time exploring the tight alleyways of this ancient city and you might be so taken with its beauty that you forget to take any pictures and just get lost in the majesty of it all.

Photography in Morocco – A Guide

Of course, there are cultural rules and requirements you must be aware of before loading up your camera with film and booking that flight. Respecting local customs and obtaining permission, where necessary, will ensure you don’t end up making yourself feel like a nuisance tourist. Cultural sensitivity is key for any budding photographer, and it sets a great example for other tourists.

Thomas Leishman

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