My girlfriend and I we are planning to go to Morocco for about 10 days, on the 2nd and 3rd week of August. I have seen many interesting tips on suggestions on where to go, but they all seem so fantastic that it is very hard to decide (plus, I cannot get a clear picture on how much will we be capable of doing in 10 days). Thus, I am asking to my fellow travelers!
So any of you out there who has been in Morocco, lives in Morocco or has had a "Moroccan" experience... could you suggest places to go-things to do in those 10 days? The most probable entry and leaving point would be Casablanca.
Looking forward to your reply...
Are you flying in from Chile??
ha ha ha! I forgot to mention that bit... No, I live in Barcelona, so it'll be just a couple of hours. Ten days wouldn't be enough if I would be travelling from Chile!
The way I did it was....
Barcelona to Algeceras (probably spelt that wrong - but you'll know it, as you're a local), via Bobadilla Antiquera on the train. I got the train that leaves Barcelona at around 20:00, Bob/Ant at about 6am. The Algeceras train arrives about 9am and gets to it's destination near on 11. Incidentally, Bob/Ant is a tiny little station with goats and farmers all playing chess and drinking brandy (yep - even at 06:00!!).
From Algeceras, I got the ferry to Ceuta (Africa mainland - but still part of Spain), then a taxi to the Spain/Morocco border. Once over into Morocco (no visa required for EU citizens), I got a cab to Tangiers. After that, the trip is up to you. Buses and trains to everywhere in Morocco to Tangiers, I would recommend a couple of days in the Atlas Mountains. Look in the little streams at all the fresh water turtles.... Wonderful region.
It also depends on what you want to see. With a car, you can explore more than just the cities which is particurly good if you want to enjoy the fantastic landscape Morocco has to offer.
Although visiting one or two cities is great, I find only visiting cities rather boring.
I wouldn't stay longer than one day in Casblanca and personally I would go visit the south, but I am biased
2 and 3 Marrakech
4 Over the atlas mountains towards Ait Ben Haddou
5/6: towards the route du kasbah, visiting the Dades and Todra Gorges
7: Merzouga Erg Chebbi (desert)
8 Go to fez, deliver the car
9/10 Fez and on to Casblanca again.
Just one of a million examples
I would do as Utrecht suggested, there are miliion of examples ... or you can do the big tour of Morocco in 10days, North to east to south and west to Casablanca via Marrakesh .
A sleeper in a cheap overnight train from the north will save on a nights accommodation costs. Marrakesh is good for a few days with accommodation in the medina from around €8 inc breakfast. The food in the square is good value and absolutely amazing. There are many desert tours from there (anything from one to four nights, inc camels, etc) though I didn't get to do one.
Agadir on the coast is very western and could be any tourist town in Europe (great beach though) but up the coast a few miles is a surfers community - can't remember the name but the look of it reminded me of 'Bedrock' in the Flintstones. I was traveling on still further up the coast to Essoaria so didn't get to stop. Local buses linking these places are slightly cheaper and worth at least one try if you want a 'Moroccan Experience'.
Oh ... and no matter how prepared I thought I was, they are very clever at still parted me from my money - but don't let that thought put you off - they are also lovely people.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2009, at 07:32 by fabyomama ]
hey man dont for get to visit agadir is there where it's mt city u better visit here the most beautiful beach on morocco and also most lovely weather too and try to visit marakkech it awesome place too no need to be worry in morocco it too safe place and if u need any help just mail me in here and have a good holiday
Remember it's Ramadan...
It will start this year on around the 21st August. It's not an ideal time to see this fantastic country. The holy month finishes on about the 21st September with the festival (Eid).
I never was in a Muslim country during Ramadan. Can you perhaps enlighten (if you have) what restrictions there are on what you'd expect to find normally??