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11. Posted by vadskaer (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Fez and Tanger are definitely interesting. But avoid Agadir. It's a big touristy place with nothing of interest. Most of the city was destroyed in a big earthquake so there's not much history.

Also the Sahara and without doubt Marrakesh.

Morten
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12. Posted by Punkii (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Where is the best place to start a trek into the Sahara? What are must-see places in Rabat and Fez?

13. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

always had a great time in morocco, food bril and lots to see . if you're driving get your vehicle looked after at a garage/ parking /stick man etc. try all the sweet cakes there fantastic. take them home and you can keep them in the freezer for 3 months. leather goods are second to none. the amber jewelry are worth a look.
the fossil tables /bowls and even sinks! are unbelieveable. but do keep anything valuable out of harms way. a friend was mugged by 6 they stood on his feet held his arms and went through his pockets.all at the same time - so they must have been 6!!! happy to say we always go around with very little to loose. and don't forget to leave some thing of use. there are always someone in needs of it.
we always take things to give away.:)

14. Posted by DONANA (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

It depends on what you want to do of course and how much time you have!
We just got back from Morocco! We arrived in Marrakech, which has a great atmosphere and there is plenty to see.Occasionally I highly recommend you this small agency(www.whitecamel.com).About 60 km of Marrakech there is the Valley of Ourika which if definately worth a visit!
After that We headed south to Ouarzazate. There you can visit the Taourirt Kasbah and not so far away is the famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.
Then We went further south: The Valley of the Draa until Zagora. This valley has great oasis and you can go into the desert if you go further down Zagora.
We also did the Valley of Dadès: the route of thousand Kasbahs! This if really worth visiting! We went just until the Gorge Dadès and Gorge Todra, where you can make great trekkings!
If you want to go trekking the Atlasmountains are of course the place to be and during summertime temperatures is reasonable there!
If you want to stick to the cities for the first time I would recommend: Marrakech (a must!), Fez, Meknes, Moulay Idriss and Volubilus (near Meknes), Asilah (a bit south from Tanger) and Essaouire (great place to relax)

15. Posted by Morocco me (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Here is a trip I propose: try MARRAKECH first to spend some days where I don't avoid to visit MARRAKECH MUSEUM, THE BAHIA PALACE, MAJORELLES GARDENS, THE KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE, THE MEDERSA( coranic school, it was, now converted into monument for tourists to visit for its wonderfull old architecture)and surly to advise you to do experience to go to public hot baths for washing and relaxing then go to the beautifull ESSAOUIRA, 150km from Marrakech. Essaouira is small and charming, the sea is inside the city and you can eat fish on open air restaurants.
Try to find 1 or 2 days in THE OURIKA VALLEY, 66km from Marrakech, berbere countryside where do chalenge to climb the 7 cascades (waterfalls )or to go to OUZOUD CASCADES, 150km from Marrakech, super area.
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16. Posted by vento (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Quoting Punkii

Where is the best place to start a trek into the Sahara? What are must-see places in Rabat and Fez?

To go to the Saara the best way is:

In Marrakech take the bus (or big taxi) to Ouarzazate (4 or 5 hours in route).

Once in Ouarzazate you have 2 good options to see the desert: Zagora or Merzouga.

I've already saw the 2 places and I cant tell you wich one is better!

17. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Quoting G.Star

I am also interested to hear if a female travelling alone would be ok?

Ive just modified my europe trip to include morocco because it looks fabulous! (Place Djemaa El-Fna!!!) But i will probably only make the crossing for a few days, so the chances of finding anyone to do it with me are slim..

I am a single female, and I just spent a day in Tangier, and although I can't tell you NOT to do it, I would likely never do it again. I hired a guide to walk me through the Medina and the city, and it was very intimidating even with a local. The people there are eager and helpful - excessively so if you know what I mean? They were calling to me, grabbing for me, trying to get my attention. It's all quite scary to a single female. I did find some wonderful shops where the men were wonderful and helpful, but I only found them because of my guide. Honestly, if I had not had my guide with me I would have turned back immediately. Just keep your wits about you, keep your eyes open and alert to everything around you, keep your money secure and well hidden (not in your pockets), and be sure to dress appropriately - covered up from shoulders to ankles. The culture there is phenomenal, absorb it all!

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