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Quick guide for Morocco

Quick guide for Morocco

Morocco Guide, Things you Must See things in Morocco!

 With Morocco, it is a whole range of destinations of varied natures which are offered to the traveler: Marrakech arrives at the top of the list obviously, with its superb medina, its colored souks and the place Djema El-Fna; it is a bit the quintessence of the (tourist) idea that we have of the country … 

A tour of Morocco

But a stay could just as well take Fez and its rich heritage as a setting, Essaouira, its port and its marine decor, Agadir for its beaches and its leisure activities, Ouarzazate at the gates of the Sahara, Rabat the capital, Tangier the hyphen. , the modern and trendy Casablanca , the Toubkal National Park , the Atlas Mountains , or even ski resorts in winter … The possibilities are immense!

Morocco is a country with a contrasting geography, marked by a rich history and by the strong identity of its inhabitants, which gives it all its depth.

The kitchen Moroccan will be another exciting part of a trip to Morocco, the famous couscous and tagines, among many other specialties, street food also … It is easy to feast (without breaking the bank) and many n ‘ do not hesitate to classify Moroccan cuisine among the best in the world … it only remains to be convinced.

Morocco Guide at a Glance

The main places to visit : Draa Valley, Djema El Fna square, the souks of Marrakech, the medina of Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca

Average budget for a week : 400-500 € (flight + hotel)

Getting there : by plane: Marrakech-Mérana International Airport

Where to sleep : Riads in the heart of the Medina (Marrakech, Essaouira and Fez), traditional inn (Kasbah), hotels

Main events : Throne Day (March), Marrakech du Rire (June), Tangier Music Festival (July), World Tourism Festival (September), Asilah Cultural Festival (August)

Avoid : swimming in stagnant water / in wadis, raw food

Gastronomy : couscous, tagine, pastilla, harira

Local transport : on foot, by taxi, by bus

When to go : during spring and fall

Holidays in Morocco and budget

Good news, the budget to be planned with Morocco remains very affordable, one of the reasons undoubtedly of the tourist success of the country.

Many low-cost flights connect Morocco to France for example, just like an incalculable number of tourist stays are designed by tour operators, with hotels, excursions, visits, activities, etc. Even if many will simply take the option of simply walking around on their own, and according to their desires.

As for accommodation, the riad remains emblematic in Morocco: the right addresses offer an exceptional setting, accompanied by a service worthy of the great Moroccan hospitality. In the tourist towns of the country, the range of accommodation is wide, with classic establishments or large-scale hotel-clubs, all in decent price ranges but not that cheap.

The budget will turn to hostels or homestays because the low-end hotels throughout offer a very relative comfort … check it out before getting a room. 

Close and yet always so exotic, Morocco can be considered as well for a good month of travel as for spending a few days of relaxation … On condition, in this case, to plan to come back!

Ideas for itineraries in Morocco

On the borders between the West and Africa, prisoner between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Moroccan territory is full of wealth.

Historically, the country has lived to the rhythms of different dynacies which have followed one another, leaving behind architectural, cultural and symbolic vestiges. The times of colonization ended with obtaining independence, the opportunity for Morocco to assert itself as a constitutional monarchy.

Nowadays, Morocco exists thanks to a strong civilization, enriched by its past and which, because of this fact, attracts many tourists throughout the year. Morocco is also a warm atmosphere, a territory with warm colors, an open population, sharing its know-how and traditions.

Between souks and museums, monuments and excursions, palm groves and palaces, visitors will be able to satisfy their thirst for discovery and visit, each more unmissable than the next. There is no doubt that visitors will fall in love with this land of a thousand and one nights.

You will have the choice between many tours and stays in Morocco. The two most classic circuits are the imperial cities and southern Morocco. Many tours, usually longer than a week, combine the two. Here are some itinerary ideas in Morocco:

Two weeks in Morocco: itinerary starting from Tangier

A two-week itinerary that will take you through all the must-see places in Morocco. The route starts and ends in Tangier, assuming you arrive in Morocco from Spain:

The stages : 

– A day in Tangier

– 2 days in Fes with a stopover in Chefchaouen

– 2 days in Meknes and Volubilis

– 1 day in Rabat

– 1 day in Casablanca

– 2 days in Marrakech

– 2 days in Ouarzazate plus excursion in the desert

– 1 day in Essaouira

– A day in Agadir – return to Tangier 

Highlights – Casablanca, the main city of Morocco – Marrakech for its lively souks – Fez, the former capital of Morocco – Meknes, a city often nicknamed the ‘Versailles of Morocco’ – Ouarzazate, for its very well preserved kasbah – Rabat, the capital of Morocco – Tangier for the enigmatic charm of its old town – Chefchaouen, the blue city – Volubilis, the most important site of Roman ruins in Morocco –  

Transport and accommodationcar – hotel and board 

Budget idea on site300/600 euros per week

Two weeks in Morocco: itinerary starting from Marrakech 

A two-week itinerary in Morocco that will take you through all the must-see places of Morocco. The route starts and ends in Marrakech :

The stages : 

– 2 days in Marrakech

– 2 days in Ouarzazate plus excursion in the desert

– 1 day in Essaouira – A day in Agadir

– 1 day in Casablanca

– 1 day in Rabat

– 2 days in Meknes and Volubilis

– 2 days in Fes with a stopover in Chefchaouen

– A day in Tangier

– Return to Marrakech

Highlights– Rabat, the capital of Morocco – Tangier for the enigmatic charm of its old town – Chefchaouen, the blue city – Volubilis, the most important site of Roman ruins in Morocco – Casablanca, the main city of Morocco – Marrakech for its lively souks – Fez, the ancient capital of Morocco – Meknes, a city often nicknamed the ‘Versailles of Morocco’ – Ouarzazate, for its very well preserved kasbah.   

Transport and accommodationcar – hotel and board 

Budget idea on site: 300/600 euros per week

A week around Marrakech

We will devote 2/3 days to Marrakech, then direction the desert and Ouarzazate in the Atlas, then heading for Essaouira and the seaside pleasures:

The stages : 

-Day 1 : Jemaa-el-Fna square – the souks – the Ben-Youssef medersa – the Marrakech museum 

-Day 2 : The House of Photography – the Bahia Palace – the Saadian tombs – the Majorelle garden 

-Day 3 : Dar Si-Saïd and Dar Tiskiwin museums, the Denise-Masson riad. 

-Days 4 and 5 : Ouarzazate and excursion in the desert by : 4×4 or camel, plus bivouac in the desert – visit of the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.  

-Days 5 and 6 : Essaouira. 

-Day 7: return to Marrakech.

Highlights– The medina and the souks – meals on the Jemaa-el-fna square – the landscapes of the Atlas – excursion in the desert and bivouac – relaxation in Essaouira –  

Transport and accommodationrental car, bus – hotel, youth hostels and riad. 

Budget idea on site300/600 euros per week

A week in Agadir

Agadir is especially famous for its large beach and all the seaside activities that accompany it, the city itself is not of great architectural and cultural interest, nevertheless several interesting excursions can be made in the surroundings:

The stages : 

-Day 1: Day at the beach – dinner on the seafront.

-Day 2: Nautical activities, golf, motorized excursion or horse riding – Bird Valley animal park.

-Day 3: Early morning stroll on the fishing port for the auction – visit of the city center and the Casbah.

-Day 4: Excursion to Souss Massa national park.

-Day 5: Excursion to Taroudant.

-Day 6: Excursion to Essaouira.

-Day 7: Rest and day at the beach.

Highlights Day at the beach – dinner on the seafront – the old town of Taroudant – Essaouira  

Transport and accommodation rental car, bus – hotel and pension 

Budget idea on site 300/600 euros per week

Itinerary: Ouarzazate and its surroundings 

The city of Ouarzazate in itself is not of great interest, it is especially known for being the starting point for many excursions in the desert and in green valleys such as the Drâa Valley and the Dades Valley :

The stages : 

– Taourirt Kasbah

– the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou

– 2 days in the Drâa valley

– excursion in the Dades valley

– 2 days in the mountains of Jbel Toubkal 

Highlights – hike in the Drâa valley and its palm groves – the road of a thousand Kasbahs in the Dades valley – the ascent of Jbel Toubkal –  

Transport and accommodation rental car, 4×4 excursion on camel back – hotel and pension, bivouac 

Budget idea on site 300/600 euros per week  

Morocco by car

Visiting the south of Morocco by car will remain an unforgettable experience to do as a couple or with friends, but it seems important to say in the introduction that the idea of driving in Morocco frightens many travelers.

However, after a few hours at the wheel, you get used to driving very quickly.

The first step is to differentiate between city driving and driving on other roads in the country. In town, you have to admit that driving is a bit chaotic. By staying focused, we get by. In contrast, outside the cities, driving is very easy. There are a lot less cars on the roads and traffic in small Moroccan towns is much quieter …

Before that, it is important to remember that it is very important to go through local local rental companies rather than multinational companies such as Avis or RentACar. The service is often better, cheaper and more personal. Opt for a diesel vehicle, the price will be around thirty euros. 

The trip between Marrakech and Ouarzazate is pleasant but on the other hand you will never exceed 50 KM / hour

Finally, do not take the GPS option when you rent a vehicle, buy a 3G Sim card for 10 euros and activate the GPS of your phone, with Google maps for example. Take advantage of your trip to the south to visit Skoura, in the cottage Kasbah la Palmeraie located on the edge of the palm grove often considered the most beautiful in Morocco.

Morocco in 4×4

And Morocco in 4×4, have you thought about it?

Get off the beaten track and opt for a safari-style discovery stay now offered by several local companies or websites. For an all-inclusive week departing from Paris / Lyon / Toulouse / Marseille… with the companies Easyjet / Ryanair / Transavia / Royal Air Maroc, in October for example, count 1025 euros per person.

Tours in southern Morocco will of course take you to Marrakech for a visit to the Bahia Palace and the Museum of Arts and Traditions but also to the Ouzoud Waterfalls where a hike to the bottom of the waterfall is planned, tastings tea with the locals, a night in a bivouac in the dunes of Merzouga, a Berber meal, the visit of Ouarzazate, the Oasis of Fint this green setting 10 KILOMETERS FROM Ouarzazate still preserved from mass tourism, an excursion into the High Atlas for a breathtaking landscape… Everything is there! 

The 4x4s are equipped with air conditioning and have a driver and a guide and everything is included, meals and drinks, overnight stay in a minimum three-star hotel in a double room from the first to the last day, excursions, visits and transfers. A very good formula to see a maximum of them in a week of vacation.

Additional options are possible such as a dinner-show on the last evening in Marrakech, the day before departure.

The best tourism guide for Morocco

In Morocco between the real and the false guides not easy to navigate. On top of that, getting a guide can get pretty expensive. It is for this reason that it is preferable to have a guide with you in order to save the expense of a guide on site, to visit the country at your own pace and at your leisure. Here is a selection of the best tourism guides for Morocco :

Le Routard :

Travel in Morocco :

Morocco tourist guide: Morocco to visit : Visit Morocco : php / fre

Cityzeum Marrakech Guide :

Cityzeum Casablanca Guide :

Moroccans are known for their hospitality and kindness, so do not hesitate to ask them if needed, they will surely not hesitate to help you. Have a good trip and enjoy your stay in Morocco!