If you love to admire the typical architecture of the places you visit, Berkane will certainly bring you closer to the most authentic essence of Morocco. While wandering its streets you will stumble across charming adobe houses, low ceilings and captivating rectangular floor plans.
As for the main monuments of Berkane, its beautiful 13th century mosque which is currently the oldest building in the medina is worth mentioning. Another religious building of interest is the local Catholic Church built by French settlers in 1912 and consecrated to Saint Inés, as well as the several curious paintings to be found inside.
Take a moment to contemplate the Palace of Dar Sebti. Founded in 1938, it houses a centre for studies of Andalusian music, while hosting exhibitions and other cultural events.
Nor should you miss Berkane's lively markets where traders from all corners of Morocco, meet to offer a host of handicrafts and fresh fruit.
Three other tourist attractions nearby are the Hiking Routes, the Zegzel Gorge - an imposing 14 km long valley studded with fruit trees - and the Camel Cave, located in the Beni-Snassen Mountains, southwest of the city. This cave owes its name to the capricious shape of one of its stalactites and is often frequented by caving enthusiasts.
However, if you are a fan of traditional music, then you are in the right place, since Berkane is the capital of Reggada Music. Famous in both the Oriental region of eastern Morocco and in Europe, the biggest quarry of artists of this genre can be found here. Of Berber origin, it is a war dance used in the past to celebrate victories over enemies. At performances, shotguns or canes are used, with lots of shoulder moves and stamping on the ground to the rhythm of the music, which symbolizes belonging to the earth. La Reggada owes its name to the village of the same name, barely 9 km from Berkane.
If you like to visit festivals in Berkane, the Mechoui International Festival, whose star dish is freshly grilled lamb, and the Festival of Popular Arts of the eastern region, dedicated to eastern music and dances are worth mentioning.
Finally, foodies will find Berkane stuffed full of bars and restaurants perfect to try the delicious Moroccan food. Among the typical dishes that you can't miss, are the tajines made of beef, chicken or vegetables, an exquisite soup called harira, the Berber omelette (with tomato sauce) and of course, couscous, the national dish of Morocco par excellence.