The new ranking comes as a range of travel guides and rankings have ranked some of the beautiful Moroccan cities as top international tourist destinations.
Rabat – Travel guide website Lonely Planet has listed Morocco among top ten destinations for 2020.
The list of the ten best destinations for 2020 features Morocco as the ninth most beautiful destinations in the world ahead of Uruguay, the tenth on the list.
“Morocco is having a moment, with time-honoured attractions complemented by sustainable-yet-stylish lodging, restaurants serving up seasonal produce and coastal wellness retreats mixing up yoga and surfing.”
The ranking extolled Morocco’s “improved infrastructure” which makes it easier for visitors to get around by road.
Lonely Planet also recalled the inauguration of Africa’s first high-speed train known as LGV.
“[This] means that you can zip from Casablanca to Tangier in just two hours.”
The ranking guides its readers and followers to the most nostalgic areas in the countries, including the medinas (old cities) in Fez, Essaouira, Meknes, Tetouan and Marrakech.
“You can still escape the crowds in Berber mountain villages, deserted Atlantic baches and far-flung desert outposts,” Lonely Planet wrote.
Bhutan topped the list ahead of England, the second on the list, and North Macedonia.
Morocco’s beautiful weather and culture continue to attract millions of visitors annually. Nearly eight million tourists visited Morocco by the end of July 2019.
The recent ranking from Lonely Planet is among a recent surge in reports that tout Morocco’s tourism assets.
Last week, Canadian-based online travel company Flight Network named Marrakech one of the top 50 most beautiful cities in the world.
Last year, Lonely Planet listed Meknes among the top ten cities to visit worldwide in 2019.
Meknes is located about 60 kilometers west of Fez and 155 kilometers east of Rabat.
“The notorious war-mongering sultan who moved Morocco’s capital to Meknès in 1672 would be turning in his grave if he knew how few visitors the city receives today compared with Fez and Marrakesh,” wrote the famous travel guide publisher.