Endless deserts, medinas, surfing villages and the dream of 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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How long do you stay? At least two weeks

Best time to visit Morocco: October – June

Budget: 55 per day

Delicate and extraordinary architecture, wonderful riads, colorful markets and an incredible landscape. Your eyes will be overwhelmed by all the colors and ornaments. The cuisine combines a unique blend of sweet and savory. Moroccans are also hospitable, open and extroverted. This time we visited Fes, Chefchouen and Meknes. We felt like we were traveling back in time and were fascinated. As a woman traveling alone, we rarely went unnoticed in Morocco, yet we found Morocco to be a really easy and comfortable country to visit.

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Morocco is one of the most modern Islamic countries. We were told that the Islam practiced in Morocco is very different from the more conservative Islam. You cannot enter mosques, but there are only minimal restrictions for non-Muslims.

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Beaches the Morocco

Along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, there are a multitude of beaches that offer everything from dreamy, sun-drenched bays to gentle dunes and crystal-clear lagoons. Whether you are a water sports enthusiast or just want to relax on the beach with a good book, Morocco’s beaches have something for everyone.

Surfing in Morocco

Morocco is a great winter surfing destination. Renting surfboards in Morocco is very cheap. If you feel the need to pamper your body after a day of surfing, you should pop into a Moroccan hammam!

Visit Morocco’s beaches:

  • Agadir
  • Tangier

 

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Desert in Morocco
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Desert in Morocco

The Moroccan desert – the dream of 1001 nights

In the Moroccan desert, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Perhaps it’s the camel rides along the dunes, the nights under the stars in Bedouin tents, the villages carved into canyon walls or the old kasbahs that still stand as fortresses along ancient trade routes. Whatever the reason, a trip through Morocco’s deserts will be an unforgettable experience.

Before we get to the desert, it is important to know that the Moroccan landscape is characterized by three major mountain ranges: the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas. The Middle Atlas is the northernmost and many travelers start here to travel south from the city of Fes. Each of these mountain ranges has its own desert landscape to explore.

The Middle Atlas is home to: cedar forests (similar to Lebanon) and mountain meadows as well as some of Morocco’s most historic sites. You will also find ancient Roman ruins and medieval castles that characterize the landscape.

The Anti-Atlas is a less-visited region, but its rocky gorges and oasis villages are worth the effort to reach.

And finally, there is the Sahara desert itself. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and is the largest hot desert in the world.

Start your desert adventure from:

      • Marrakech
      • Féz

Let yourself be pampered in a steam bath

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan bathhouse that offers a unique and authentic experience. If you want to relax and rejuvenate, a visit to a hammam is a must for you in Morocco. Hammams are often located in riads (traditional Moroccan houses) or hotels and have separate areas for men and women. During your visit, you will be pampered with a steam bath, a peeling and a massage. After your visit to the hammam, you’ll feel like a new person – refreshed, relaxed and ready for the rest of your Moroccan adventure! A visit to the hammam is my special treat and I can’t get enough of it!

Here you will find beautiful hammas:

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streets of Fez, Morocco

Morocco’s enchanting medinas

In Morocco, the term medina refers to the historical center of a city. If you are planning a trip to Morocco, you should definitely plan a visit to one of the country’s medinas. These old city centers are full of history and culture, making them a unique experience. Seven medinas in Morocco are World Heritage Sites, so you have plenty of options. And if you don’t know where to start, here’s a little insider tip: the medina of Fes el-Bali in Fez is simply incredible. It is the largest car-free urban area in the world and is full of winding alleyways, colorful souks and historic mosques. Believe us, it’s worth a visit!

Morocco’s most beautiful medinas:

  • Marrakech
  • Fez
  • Méknes
  • Chefchouen

Learn about Islam

With its rich Islamic heritage, welcoming locals and numerous opportunities to engage culturally, Morocco is undoubtedly an easy place to understand the basics of Islam and thus develop an understanding of this faith and its cultural significance in the country.

Morocco’s medinas, the old city centers, are living museums of Islamic culture. For example, you will find many richly decorated fountains and archways.

In the medinas, you can talk to locals, ask questions about Islam and even take part in traditional Islamic workshops for calligraphy or pottery.

In addition, a visit during Islamic holidays such as Ramadan or Eid offers an intense experience where you can observe fasting, take part in iftar meals and experience the joyous celebrations at the end of Ramadan.

Moroccan families often open their doors to travelers and invite them to share in the spirit of these special occasions.

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Street food in Fes, Morocco

Morocco’s food culture

Moroccans are very proud of their cuisine, and it’s no wonder. Moroccan dishes are incredibly tasty thanks to the use of unique spices and herbs. The country’s cuisine is also very diverse and has influences from Africa and the Middle East. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite from a street vendor or a luxurious meal in a good restaurant, Morocco has something to offer. And of course, no discussion of Moroccan food would be complete without mentioning the country’s famous mint tea. This refreshing drink is served throughout the day and is the perfect way to cool down after a hot meal. If you want to experience the best that Moroccan cuisine has to offer, you should definitely try some of Morocco’s iconic dishes.

Cultural and religious festivals

The country’s diverse heritage and traditions are brought to life through a vibrant festival calendar that offers a unique insight into Moroccan culture.

One of the most important festivals is Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims. The streets and markets are colorful as families come together to exchange gifts and enjoy a sumptuous feast.

The Rose Festival in Kelaat M’Gouna allows you to admire the beauty of thousands of roses in bloom.

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is a spiritual and musical spectacle that brings together artists and musicians from all over the world and is a must for anyone who wants to better understand Morocco’s spiritual heritage.

You can also immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of traditional Berber festivals in the Atlas Mountains, where old customs and rituals are celebrated with dance, music and local cuisine.

These festivals offer an authentic insight into Morocco’s local heritage and create lasting memories for adventurous travelers.

The cultural and religious festivals in Morocco are a captivating experience for anyone who wants to get to know the country’s diverse traditions and interact with the hospitable people.

Whether you are drawn to the spiritual essence of Islamic festivals or the colorful tapestry of Berber festivals, Morocco’s calendar of events is sure to have a surprise in store for you.

Practical travel tips for Morocco

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What language is spoken in Morocco?

Several languages are spoken in Morocco, as the country has a diverse cultural and ethnic composition. The official language is Arabic, which is used in government, education and administration. In addition, Tamazight, a Berber language, is also officially recognized and is spoken by a significant number of people, especially in the Berber communities of the Atlas Mountains and other rural areas. French is also widely spoken and is often used in business, education and the media, while English is becoming increasingly important in the tourism sector and in international business environments.

What is the best time to travel to Morocco?

In general, the months of April, May, September and October are ideal for a visit, as the weather is pleasantly mild at this time and there are fewer tourists.

These months are ideal for city trips, desert excursions and trekking in the mountains.

The summer from June to August can be very hot in Morocco, especially in the desert areas and inland, but the coastal regions offer more pleasant temperatures and are popular for beach vacations.

In winter, from November to March, it can be chilly in the northern cities such as Marrakech and Fez, but it's a good time to visit the south and explore the desert.

Ultimately, the best time to travel to Morocco depends heavily on your personal preferences and the activities you have planned.

Is Morocco safe?

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The violent crime rate is low and political stability is high, which makes traveling a safe experience. Although you should take extra precautions when visiting a place - such as taking an Uber or cab after dark and not walking around alone in secluded areas - you can rest assured that safety won't be the main concern if you choose Costa Rica as your first destination.

What is the currency in Morocco?

The national currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

Public transportation in Morocco

In den Städten

Grand Taxis berechnen pro Sitzplatz, während Petit Taxis pro Fahrt abrechnen. Normalerweise sind Grand Taxis billiger.

Außerhalb

Die Busse fahren recht häufig und sind ziemlich bequem.

Das Kaufen von Tickets stellte für uns so manchmal eine Herausforderung dar. Die Marokkaner haben uns aber sehr geduldig und freundlich geholfen.

Internet and SIM cards in Morocco

I have recently started using e-Sim cards more and more. There are great options for Morocco from Airalo.

Otherwise you can also buy a SIM card from Orange or Maroc Telekom.

We found that both Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage in the cities was very good, so we were able to work while traveling.

Can I drink the tap water in Morocco?

No! Be sure to take a water filter or a UV bottle with you. According to Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani, tap water in Morocco is safe for human consumption. The Prime Minister made this statement in February 2018 after officials uncovered problems with the public water supply system. Despite the government's assurances, however, mistrust of tap water is growing. One problem is that the government is slow to react and often lacks transparency in its communication. In addition, several reports have pointed to increased nitrate levels in Morocco.

What should I look out for on my trip?

Shopping: Low-quality Chinese products and goods manufactured under questionable working conditions are sold everywhere. When shopping in Morocco, be aware of this and consciously buy locally made handicrafts.

Water: Avoid plastic pollution and take your own water filter with you! So your water stays cool too!

Sun protection: Protect Morocco's coastline by using reef-friendly sunscreen.

us walking in Chefchouen, the blue city in Morocco

Packing list Morocco

Packing for Morocco can be a challenge, as the country has many landscapes and activities to offer. But with our packing list, you’ll be well prepared!

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

Marrakesh | Live dream of 1001 nights

Marrakesh | Live 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.

Meknès | Authentic vibes between beauty and roughness

Meknès | 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.