I stumbled on this website while trying to google for information about turkey vs morocco.
Let me explain, my girlfriend and I are looking to go in the next 3-4 days to Turkey or Morocco and we have absolutely no idea about either of these countries. The reason we haven't done as much research as we'd hoped to is because we didnt know we were going until just a few hours ago and it's basically this or wait a year to go anywhere else so we're jumping for this.
To make it simple and easy to understand what we're looking for i'll just bullet point:
1. Neither of us are very experienced travellers and we don't want to slum it so things like overnight trains, lots of moving around, budget hotels with awful bathrooms etc won't be appealing at all
2. We want somewhere romantic where we can chill out, meet people, smoke shisha, be pampered a bit in a spa or hamam, go out to clubs, bars, nice restaurants etc.
3. We don't want to be somewhere too busy but obviously not too quiet either.
4. For Turkey: We'd like to do some sight seeing but dont want to be on the road every day. We've read up that people tend to start in istanbul then drive through the Agean coast (and presumably stay there?) and then head to Cappadocia
5. For Moroc: The same, but we've heard that Marrakech is basically the only place to be.
So based on this info, can you recommend, which country to go to, where to stay (which hotels), how to get around (rent a car?), and what to do?
I realise this is a lot to ask and I honestly wouldn't ever dream of asking someone else to do the leg work for us but given the short time frame and the fact that we still need to book tickets and everything else, any help would really be appreciated.
Thank you so much
with my partner I have spent the first 2 weeks of September in Morocco. Those who say the only place where to be is Marrakech have not visited Morocco (sorry for that!). Essaouira, Fes, the desert are beautiful places where to be and where to find very good accommodation and food.
You can check for accommodation on this site, they have good suggestions. In Fes you can sleep in the Hotel Splendid (very nice, good deal for good price + swimming pool). In Essaouira there are a number of Riad you just find in the old town or you can search for in this site (same for all other Moroccan towns).
Meknes is also very beautiful and calm, with nice places where to see.
Fes old town is your paradise if you like shopping.
Have a safe trip and be well!
Thank you for your helpful post. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it's been decided for us that we are to go to Istanbul just because the ticket prices to Morocco/Marakech are absolutely extortionate and the ticket prices for istanbul are about 20% in comparison.
Sooooo now that we've been steered towards istanbul, can anyone recommend where we might stay?
We're both 25 so we'd like a relatively lively district that's buzzing with cafes and night life, but a hotel nice enough to be quiet and romantic when we want to be alone.
Preferably a cute, boutique type hotel with interesting rooms as opposed to the hiltons/movenpicks/ritz carltons etc
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2009, at 19:13 by thekaktus ]
Istanbul has 2 areas with budget hotels and hostels: on the European side of the city in the Sultanahmet area, near the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia and the second on the Asian side of the city around Taksim square.
Sultanahmet is the traditional backpacker's hangout, cheap with lots of culture and some partying in the bars of the hostels. If you want to see the main sights of Istanbul stay in Sultanahmet.
Taksim is where the locals go to party.
As for where to stay exactly: try the Accomodation link on this website (left hand bar) for ideas.
I can also recommend that you check out the excellent www.turkeytravelplanner.com and buy a decent guidebook. I used the Lonely Planet Turkey when I was there and I was happy with the book.