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What to do in MOROCCO??

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1. Posted by Eefs (Budding Member 77 posts) 10y

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Hi there!

I am travelling to Morocco for a week from Saturday 15th July (this SAT!). I will be staying in a villa just ourside of AGADIR. We are hiring a car and plan to drive to Marrakech mid week via the mountain pass. We are staying one night there.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other activities? Someone suggested camping in the desert one night (may be too far away??) and I would LOVE to do some diving if I got the opportunity.

As well as this there is obviously the shopping element that I would love so any tips on that would be great! My boyfriend also loves to eat out so restaurant tips would be great too.

Thanks all!

Aoife

2. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 10y

Hi,

The road from Agadir to Marrakech is good one, you just have a port to pass, but it is nice place. From Marrakech to Ouarzazate, for instance, at the beginning of the desert, you have about 200 km passing the Atlas. The main roads are good (national roads).

About restaurants, just one tip: Morocan cousine is excelent everywhere you go, all kind of prices depending on the category of the restaurant.

Regards,

Aitor

3. Posted by bbujol05 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Hi, I saw here that Moroccan cuisine is excellent; what are some Moroccan dishes?

4. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

For Moroccan Cuisine, you can sample the following:
Lamb/Chicken Tajine (It's everywhere)
Mint tea (also everywhere)
Orange Juice/Jus D'orange/Hazeer Boortokal (Marrakech, remember to bargain)
Anything grilled at the Marrakech market at 6pm.
Jus du Panache (It has avocado, banana, orange, apple, very tasty!)
Cous Cous

It also depends on the restaurants you'll be going to. Some restaurants serve a lot of different dishes, I'm not sure if they're really Moroccan or not.
Check this out for reviews:
http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=marrakesh%40183&cur_section=din&sort=overall_rating&review=brief&pg=1
Just remember, high profiled restaurants are quite expensive.

Just try not to get "tajined" out.

In terms of shopping in Marrakech, you'll get a lot of handshakes and people pulling you into their stores at the Medina. If you look like a tourist, you'll have lots of fun, or perhaps you might not enjoy that experience. Remember to bargain! Bargain! Bargain! Things are marked up over 200%. eg, if you see an item for 100 dirhams, chances are you can get it for 30 dirhams or less!

5. Posted by bbujol05 (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Maybe I'm just being like a giddy little girl when I say it but it sounds majestic! My husband and I were considering having a Moroccan theme for our wedding. I hope that you have a great time travelling, Aoife.

6. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

Quoting bbujol05

Maybe I'm just being like a giddy little girl when I say it but it sounds majestic! My husband and I were considering having a Moroccan theme for our wedding. I hope that you have a great time travelling, Aoife.

Top it off by getting married at a church built with mud like a kasbah!

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

I remember the rental car lady asking, in French, is this your first time in Morocco? Yes. Are you travelling by yourself? Yes. Is anyone meeting you before you go? No. Who's going to drive this car? Me. Are you going to hire a driver? No. Are you going with anyone else? No, just me. Are you sure? Yes, really, I want to drive across Morocco by myself. The whole series of questions repeated when we met up with her male boss just before I got the car to myself. When I returned the car intact there was indeed a bit of shock on her face.

Admittedly, the drive out of Marrakech was terrifying. There were people on bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles weaving all around me, there were pedestrians in between all the cars, and the lane lines were but a mere suggestion not to be taken seriously by anyone. But after you get out of the city the drive is a piece of cake. Two lane highway for as far as the eye can see with very few cars on it.This was by far the most relaxing part of the trip.

The drive from Agadir to Essouira is gorgeous, Breathtaking views of dune-lined beaches and an inland jaunt through argane-covered hillsides. The City is really nice, much better than Agadir, which is all modern concrete, its a 3hr journey from agadir.

Essouira to Marrakekch is 160 km and pretty good road conditions, Marrakech is a fun and cool place -- it's changed a lot and has become a lot more tourist-friendly over the past few years, The Djema El-Fna is awesome. I spent loads of time there, it never got boring. there's loads of little cafes on the edge to have a coffee or meal if you want to people watch from a distance.

Outside the city, a highly recommended activity would be to drive up and over the Atlas mountains and back, Ait Ben Haddou is neat, but personally, I'd rather wander around some real villages in the Atlas mountains, the Erg Chebbi is indeed a more spectacular site, very hard in summer (up to 44 degrees Celsius), so you need to prepare for that but it's feasible, Omar at www.cameltrekking.com. is truly a gem -knowledgeable, funny, caring and attentive, making sure that i enjoyed my trip.

I also went to Fes. This seemed to me a more modern city overall, but the old medina is definitely worth a wander round (I took a guided tour, as recommended to me, but - with a few more years of travel now under my belt - I would now possibly have wander round by myself. Then again, the guide did get me into the tanning factories, carpet weaving co-operatives, etc., each with their own hard-sell, but I managed to avoid buying anything other than a couple of djellabahs).

Driving in Morocco is not that scary. Personally, I think Europe is worse. What you want to be careful of is driving at night - best to avoid it, really. If you drive, strictly observe the speed limits (which can be incredibly stupid) as they have started a massive campaign of road safety last year, and there are a lot of speed checking going on (sometime in 40km/h zones).

Drink lots of mint tea, and have a great time - it's a wonderful country.

8. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

Hey Donana,

The drive out of Marrakech can be a little freaky but it is similar throughout many big cities in developing countries. I don't think anyone should worry too much about those motorbikes zipping around. I find it a very interesting and exciting experience!

;)

9. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 10y

I liked Ait Benhaddou, too.

Nature is very beautiful around Ouarzazate: In the South you can go where the Sahara starts and there are amazing gorges. Unfortunately I don't remember the name; it's already long time that I've been there.