TRAVEL MOROCCO

Morocco itinerary

Endless deserts, Medinas, souks and a feeling 1001 nights

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Marrakesh

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Féz

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Meknes

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Chefchaouen

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Duration: at least 2 weeks

Best time to travel: October – June

Budget: $45 per day

Delicate and extraordinary architecture, marvelous Riads, colorful markets, and incredible landscape. Your eyes will be overwhelmed by all the colors and ornaments. The cuisine combines a unique mix of sweet and hefty. On top of that, Moroccans are hospitable, open, and extroverted. This time around, we visited Fez, Chefchouen, and Meknes. We felt like we went on a journey in time and were mesmerized.

Morocco’s population is made up of Berbers and Arabs. Both contribute to the rich traditions still practiced today. Wherever we went, people proudly demonstrated their customs.

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Morocco is one of the most modern Islamic countries. We have been thought that Islam practiced in Morroco differs quite a lot from the more conservative Islam. While you can not enter any mosques, there are minimal restrictions for non-Muslims.

Discover Morocco

Why visit Morocco

Beaches in Morocco

As anyone who has spent time in Morocco can attest, the country’s coastline is absolutely stunning. With a diverse range of stunning beaches scattered along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, you can find everything from gorgeous sun-soaked bays to rolling dunes and crystal clear lagoons. So whether you’re a dedicated water sports enthusiast or just looking for somewhere to relax on the beach with a good book, Morocco’s beaches have something for everyone.

Visit Morocco’s Beaches:

 

beach in Agadir, Morocco
Morocco surfing

Surfing in Morocco

If you’re looking for an amazing winter surfing destination, you need to check out Morocco. The country has a 1,835 kilometers long coastline with great waves. Renting surfboards in Morocco is very cheap. If you feel like you need to pamper your body after a day of surfing, check out a Moroccan hammam!

Best surf spots in Morocco

Visit a Moroccan hammam

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan bathhouse that offers a unique and authentic experience. If you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate, a visit to a hammam is a must-do while in Morocco. Hammams are often located within riads (traditional Moroccan houses) or hotels and have separate areas for men and women. During your visit, you’ll be treated to a steam room, exfoliation, and massage. After your hammam experience, you’ll feel like a new person – refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on the rest of your Moroccan adventure! Visiting a hammam is my special treat, and I cannot get enough of it!

You’ll find beautiful hammams in:

Moroccan desert – the dream of 1001 nights

Something about the Moroccan desert feels like stepping back in time. Perhaps the camel rides along the dunes, the nights spent under the stars in Bedouin tents, the villages carved into canyon walls, or the ancient kasbahs still standing as fortresses along old trading routes. Whatever the reason, a journey through Morocco’s deserts will be an unforgettable experience.

Before we get to the desert, it’s important to note that three main Atlas mountain chains punctuate Moroccan terrain: the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas. The former is the northernmost, and many travelers start here, journeying from the city of Fes roughly southward. Each of these mountain ranges has its unique desert landscape worth exploring.

The Middle Atlas is home to cedar forests and alpine meadows, as well as some of Morocco’s most historic sites. In addition, this is where you’ll find ancient Roman ruins and medieval castles dotting the landscape. The Anti-Atlas is a less-visited region, but its rocky canyons and oasis villages are well worth the effort to reach. And finally, there’s the Sahara Desert itself. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, this is the largest hot desert in the world.

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Morocco’s magical medinas

In Morocco, the term medina refers to a city’s historic core. If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, add a visit to one of the country’s medinas to your itinerary. These ancient city centers are brimming with history and culture, making for a truly unique experience. Seven medinas in Morocco are World Heritage Sites, so you’ll have plenty of options. And if you’re not sure where to start, here’s a little secret tip: the Fes el-Bali medina in Fez is absolutely incredible. It’s the largest car-free urban area in the world, and it’s full of winding alleyways, colorful souks, and historical mosques. Trust us; it’s worth a visit!

Morocco’s most beautiful medinas

Streetfood in Fes, Marokko

Morocco’s food culture

Moroccans take great pride in their cuisine, and it is no wonder why. Moroccan dishes are incredibly flavorful, thanks to the use of unique spices and herbs. The country’s cuisine is also highly diverse, with influences from both Africa and the Middle East. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite from a street vendor or a luxurious meal at a fine-dining restaurant, Morocco has something to offer. And of course, no discussion of Moroccan food would be complete without mention of the country’s famed mint tea. This refreshing beverage is served throughout the day and is the perfect way to cool down after a spicy meal. If you’re looking to experience the best that Moroccan cuisine has to offer, be sure to try some of Morocco’s iconic dishes.

 

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Language: Arabic and Berber
Currency: Moroccan dirham

Public Transport in Morocco

Grand taxis charge per seat while Petit Taxis charge per ride. Usually, Grand Taxis are cheaper.

Buses run quite frequently and are pretty comfortable. 

Weather in Morocco

The best time to visit Morocco is undoubtedly the autumn (September-November) and early spring (March-April). This is when you’ll have pleasant temperatures, avoiding both extreme heat in summer and cold nights in winter. Beyond this, there is something special to be said about visiting Morocco regardless of the season. In summer, why not take advantage of its famed coastlines to explore or enjoy balmy evenings? And in winter, check out the desert on a cooler day while still taking advantage of lower crowds and prices. 

Safety in Morocco

Our backpacking trip through Morocco was a fantastic experience and something that we would not have dreamed of. We were glad to find that throughout our entire trip, including the more touristy spots and cities, we always felt safe. Whenever we went out late at night, we would take a taxi. Safety in Morocco is sometimes considered a concern, but with a few simple precautions, such as taking taxis late at night, Morocco is a safe country for everyone to enjoy.

Internet & Phone

I recently started using e-Sim Cards a lot more. There are great options for Morocco from Airalo.

Otherwise, you can purchase a sim card from Orange or Maroc Telekom. 

We found both Wifi and mobile coverage to be great throughout cities and towns which allowed us to work while traveling. 

Tap water in Morocco

Bring your Lifestraw Go! Tap water in Morocco is safe for human consumption, according to Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani. The PM made the statement in February 2018 after officials uncovered issues with the public water delivery system. Despite the government’s assurances, however, distrust in tap water is growing. One problem is that the government has been slow to react and often lacks transparency in its communication. In addition, several reports have highlighted elevated levels of nitrates as an issue in Morocco. 

Biggest challenges for the concious traveler

Shopping: Low-quality Chinese products and goods produced under questionable working environments are sold everywhere. When shopping in Morocco, be conscious and check out our shopping guide!

Water: Avoid plastic pollution and bring your own Lifestraw Go! Your water will stay cool, too!

Sunscreen: Protect Morocco’s coast by using reef-friendly sunscreen.

Packing list Morocco

Packing for Morocco can be daunting, as the country has many landscapes and things to do. But with our packing list, you are well prepared!

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Places to visit in Morocco

With a rich history and diverse culture, Morocco is an endless place to explore.

Marrakesh – the dream of 1001 nights

Marrakesh – the dream of 1001 nights

Marrakesh mesmerized me from the second we left the cab. Surrounded by “guides” eager to lead us to our Riad. Never would we have found our Riad ourselves, even though the taxi left us only about 300 m from the entrance. The unimposing door was hiding the beautifully decorated and colorful Riad. We were confronted with the incredible detail of Moroccan style. We stood there with our mouths open. Deeply impressed and taken aback by so many impressions, so much beauty.

Meknes – authentic vibes between beauty and roughness

Meknes – authentic vibes between beauty and roughness

After visiting the blue medina of Chefchaouen, we were off for a more authentic experience. Meknès is not as often visited as its glamorous neighbor Fez. We really can’t understand why. To us, Meknès was a fascinating city to visit. It’s not as busy or big as its famous neighbor Meknes, but that only adds to its charm.

City life & Culture

Marrakesh

Live the dream of 1001 nights

Marrakesh mesmerized me from the first second. Immediately we were surrounded by "guides" eager to lead us to our Riad. We would have never found our Riad, even though the taxi left us only about 300 m from the entrance. The unimposing door was hiding a beautifully decorated and colorful Riad. We were confronted with the incredible detail of Moroccan style. We stood there with our mouths open: Deeply impressed and taken aback by so many impressions and beauty.

City life & Culture

Fez

Wander a maze of 9 400 alleys

Until today, the medina of Fez is the largest car-free zone in the world. Fez's old city, the medina, consists of more than 9400 alleys. As one of the four royal cities of Morroco, Fez was home to respected Imans, artists, and scholars and is a proud, confident city. It felt cosmopolitan and yet quaint at the same time.

City life & Culture

Méknes

Morocco between beauty and roughness

To us, Meknès was a fascinating city to see because it allowed for more authentic impressions of Morocco.
It's not as busy or big as its famous neighbor Meknes, but that only adds to its charm. Meknès offers its visitors plenty of things to do, and we hope to inspire you to visit this gem!

City life & Culture

Chefchaouen

Morocco's blue city

Chefchaouen is a vibrant and lively Moroccan town. Known to many as the "Blue City," its medina's alleyways adorn an array of stalls selling souvenirs, crafts, and trinkets from Morocco. If you stray away from the mainstream alleys, you'll come across enchanting plazas that capture the unassuming character of Morocco.