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1. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 1012 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

My euro-centric travel companion of 50+ years is suddenly obsessed with morocco, about which i know absolutely nothing.

any and all comments appreciated on anything you think may be helpful, including even the most basic.

thanks

2. Posted by Zou86 (Inactive 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi nicolaitan,

What is it that you would like to know? Are you looking for information about the culture and how the country is like or are you looking for information about how to travel to Morocco and what you can do there?

Brgds,
Zou

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4305 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I was in Morocco a looong time ago.

I remember Marrakech (Marrakesh) as being interesting and quite different than European and Asian countries I had been to previously. For me, not a place I would choose if you like a lot of barhopping. But history, shopping, various oddities, smells, sounds and food choices should keep you interested.

From this TP forum:

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Marrakech/

Have fun.

4. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 1012 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

appreciate your interest
in no particular order

we anticipate 6 maybe seven days in country, not including flight days. never have gone on a bus tour with multiple cities in a week, superficial site visits often without going inside, pre prepared limited choice menus of american friendly food, isolated cookie cutter hotels, and pseudo immersive so called cultural events to waste a half day.
generally spend no less than 4 days in any place we visit
see most everything on our own when we can, take our time
seems like marrakesh is the prime city for visitors.

generally bring two guide books for the museums, archtitecture, sites.

is september too hot for those of us approaching 80 yo.
royal air maroc change casablanca or european airline, change is europe
can we profitably spend our time in marrakesh or should we add a second city
top flight hotels we can walk out of and be in the center of the city on not where there is good access for the tour bus
excellent local restaurants where all the patrons are not visitors -- our best experiences have come from vt and tp, not travel agents.
changing currencies
uber taxi whatever for local transit
day trips particularly if we spend the whole time in marrakesh with any recommended local guide you may remember.

anything you can offer is received with gratitude

5. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 1012 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

if you are selling something (see above post) go elsewhere

6. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 410 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Marrakech is great but if you are looking for a second less touristy city I can recommend Fes. We haven’t done much of Morocco otherwise but have heard great things about Essaouira and Chefchaouen.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2555 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I'd also look into trips out into the Atlas mountains.
I've not been myself, but a friend raves about how lovely the landscapes are and how different it is to the arid coastal areas.

8. Posted by olibe (Budding Member 45 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nicolaitan

My euro-centric travel companion of 50+ years is suddenly obsessed with morocco, about which i know absolutely nothing.

any and all comments appreciated on anything you think may be helpful, including even the most basic.

thanks

Great destination,
i recommend the central north east : Fes (the souk is just the most incredible of the country) and Meknes (the imperial city) : not crowded with tourists (like Marrakesh or Agadir) beautiful cultural heritage, great food, and less harassed by street vendors.
more relax,
In my opinion not a lot to see in Rabat, a little bit more in Casablanca (for a tribute to Humphrey :)
If you like desert landscape, then Ouarzazate definitely worth it (The ryads are sublime, the calm, the feeling of traveling back in time), if you are more "coastal" Essaouira is the coolest.
Hope it will help.

9. Posted by DeanMcMcr (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Was there last week, here's my stop off points for sights, food & accommodation in / around the medina as well as a few ideas for trips out of the city if you have time

https://goo.gl/maps/dQe8QrNpWhY8uPta6

The people are generally nice. you WILL get lost, it's fine.... just find your own way out with a map rather than being led down a passage.

Get a local SIM to make this easier/to keep internet access

10. Posted by nicolaitan (Budding Member 1012 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

appreciate

have my homework set for the summer

thanks

n