As the most popular tourism destination in North Africa (and the continent at large), Morocco is a beloved vacation hotspot that is frequently in the spotlight. However, the region is also home to other gems worthy of being explored. Like Morocco, these vibrant countries are full of culture, history, hospitality, and incredible landscapes. Here are four amazing North African travel destinations not to overlook.
Tunisia should certainly top the list for Black travelers seeking a destination with a mix of history and natural beauty. Begin your visit in Tunis. The capital is home to the city’s 1,300-year-old medina. There you’ll find bustling souks, ornately decorated mosques, and more than 700 monuments. Explore the ancient ruins of Carthage, where you can marvel at the iconic amphitheater of El Jem. No trip to Tunisia would be complete without a visit to the quaint and picturesque Sidi Bou Said. Its narrow streets and blue and white buildings coupled with its gorgeous Mediterranean coastline have drawn comparisons with Santorini, Greece.
Though less frequented by travelers looking to visit North Africa, Algeria offers its own unique charm and attractions. Located in the capital city Algiers, the Casbah is a UNESCO World Heritage citadel filled with narrow winding streets and Ottoman-era architecture. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the beautiful coastal town of Oran. It is known for its stunning beaches and lively music scene. The city is the birthplace of Algeria’s popular folk music, Rai. History buffs will find themselves intrigued by the rich history of Timgad, an ancient city founded by the Romans in the first century.
Libya is slowly emerging as an off-the-beaten-path destination in North Africa. Here, you can explore the magnificent ruins of Leptis Magna. Once one of the most beautiful cities in the Roman Empire, its well-preserved amphitheater and baths tell the ancient tales of a bygone era of European rule in the region. In the south, you can venture into the desert and immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara. Trek across its golden dunes on camelback and sleep at a campsite under the clear star-filled sky.
Egypt is another popular North African destination. Travelers come from around the world to experience its cultural, historical, and natural wonders. We’ve all heard of the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the ancient temples of Luxor. We might have floated in the crystal blue Siwa Oasis or dived in mesmerizing Sharm el-Sheikh. However, one of Egypt’s most treasured gems is the Nubian city of Aswan. Set upon the banks of the Nile River, Aswan offers a distinct charm that sets it apart from other Egyptian cities. The vibrant Nubian villages of Aswan are known for their colorful houses and warm hospitality, providing a glimpse into their unique culture and way of life.