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Hello, fellow travelers! I’m so excited to share with you my amazing experience of visiting Morocco, the land of colors, culture and camels. I joined a 8-day tour that covered the most iconic places in this beautiful country, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Here’s a summary of my itinerary and some highlights of each day.
Day 1: HOMETOWN ✈ CASABLANCA – CITY TOUR – RABAT (Dinner)
I arrived in Casablanca, the largest city and economic capital of Morocco, and was greeted by my friendly tour guide. He took me and the other travelers on a city tour that included some impressive landmarks, such as the Mohamed 5th Square, the Royal Palace, the Notre Dame Lourde church, the Central Market, and the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest mosque in the world. The mosque was especially stunning, with its intricate architecture and its location by the Atlantic Ocean. We also visited the Habouss Quarter, a traditional area with shops and cafes. After a busy day of sightseeing, we drove to Rabat, the political capital of Morocco, where we had dinner and stayed overnight.
Day 2: RABAT – CHEFCHAOUEN (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
In the morning, we explored Rabat and saw some of its historical attractions, such as the Hassan Tower, a minaret that was supposed to be part of a grand mosque but was never completed, and the Mohammed V’s Mausoleum, where the former king and his two sons are buried. The mausoleum was very elegant and solemn, with guards standing outside. Then we headed to Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue City, because of its charming blue-washed houses and streets. Chefchaouen was one of my favorite places in Morocco, because it was so peaceful and picturesque. We walked around the medina, the old town, and admired the colorful handicrafts, carpets, pottery and jewelry. We also visited the main square, where there was a lively atmosphere with musicians, performers and vendors. We had lunch and dinner at local restaurants and enjoyed some delicious Moroccan cuisine.
Day 3: CHEFCHAOUEN – FES (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We left Chefchaouen and drove to Fes, the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco. Fes is famous for its medina, which is the largest and oldest in the world. It’s like a maze of narrow alleys, filled with shops, mosques, schools, workshops and houses. We had a guided tour of the medina and saw some of its highlights, such as the Royal Palace (from outside), the Nejjarine fountain, which is decorated with mosaic tiles and carved wood, and the Madrasa Bouinania, which is an Islamic school and mosque that dates back to the 14th century. We also visited a tannery, where leather is processed using natural dyes and traditional methods. The tannery was very smelly but also very fascinating to see. We had lunch at a restaurant inside the medina and dinner at our hotel.
Day 4: FES – IFRANE – MERZOUGA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We left Fes early in the morning and drove to Ifrane, a small town in the Middle Atlas mountains that is known as the Switzerland of Morocco because of its alpine-style architecture and climate. We had a short walk around the town and saw some cute chalets, gardens and fountains. Then we continued our journey to Merzouga, a desert town near the border with Algeria. Along the way, we saw some amazing scenery of mountains, valleys, forests and oases. We arrived in Merzouga in the afternoon and had one of the most memorable experiences of my trip: a camel ride in the Sahara desert! We rode our camels for about an hour until we reached our campsite in the middle of the sand dunes. We watched the sunset over the horizon and felt like we were in another world. We had dinner at our campsite and enjoyed some music and dancing around a bonfire. We slept in tents under a starry sky.
Day 5: MERZOUGA – TINGHIR – OUARZAZATE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We woke up early to catch the sunrise over the desert and then rode our camels back to Merzouga. We had breakfast at our hotel and then drove to Tinghir, a town near the Todra Gorge, which is a spectacular canyon with towering cliffs that reach up to 300 meters high. We walked along the gorge and admired its natural beauty. Then we drove to Ouarzazate, a city that is known as the Hollywood of Morocco because of its film studios that have hosted many famous movies such as Gladiator, The Mummy and Game of Thrones. We stopped at the Kasbah Taourirt, a fortified palace that was once the residence of a powerful local ruler. The kasbah was very impressive, with its mud-brick walls and towers, and its intricate decorations inside. We had dinner and stayed overnight in Ouarzazate.
Day 6: OUARZAZATE – MARRAKECH (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
In the morning, we visited another famous kasbah, the Ait Benhaddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most well-preserved examples of Moroccan architecture. The kasbah is a complex of houses, towers and courtyards that are built on a hillside and surrounded by a wall. It was also used as a filming location for many movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Gladiator and The Prince of Persia. We explored the kasbah and enjoyed the panoramic views from the top. Then we drove to Marrakech, the most popular tourist destination in Morocco. Marrakech is a vibrant and colorful city that combines tradition and modernity. We had lunch at a restaurant and then visited some of its attractions, such as the Jemaa Fna Square, which is the heart of the city and where you can find all kinds of entertainment, such as snake charmers, acrobats, storytellers and musicians. We also saw the Koutobia Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Marrakech and has a 77-meter-high minaret that dominates the skyline. We also visited the Old Market, where we saw some amazing crafts, spices, clothes and souvenirs. We also visited the Bahia Palace, which is a 19th-century palace that showcases the finest Moroccan art and architecture. We had dinner at our hotel.
Day 7: MARRAKECH – CASABLANCA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
We had some free time in the morning to explore Marrakech on our own or do some shopping. Then we drove back to Casablanca, where we had lunch at a restaurant. We had some free time in the afternoon to relax or do some sightseeing. We had dinner at our hotel.
Day 8: CASABLANCA ✈ HOMETOWN (Breakfast)
We had breakfast at our hotel and then transferred to the airport for our flight back to our hometown. We said goodbye to our tour guide and fellow travelers and thanked them for an unforgettable trip.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Morocco adventure as much as I enjoyed living it. Morocco is truly a wonderful country that has so much to offer to any traveler who loves culture, nature and adventure. I highly recommend you to visit it if you have the chance. You won’t regret it!