When you think about Morocco, do you immediately think of the bustling busy street markets of Marrakech? That is just one part of this interesting culture filled country and quite an experience not to be missed (and not for the faint hearted)!
10 days in Morocco
My 10-day trip to Morocco was a whirlwind and I loved every minute of it. We went from the crazy city of Marrakech with cute little streets and winding alleys that led us to our tranquil riad, to the coastal airs of Essaouira, over to the peaceful sand dunes of the Sahara, and back up to the fresh heights of the Atlas Mountains. Needless to say, it was a non-stop trip, but it was an amazing way to see all of the sights.
We had a driver that took us on this trip and it made everything much easier as we didn’t need to navigate public transport and we could move at our own pace. I would recommend perhaps adding a few more days on if you are planning this trip so that you can make a few more stops along the way to break up the driving.
Must-dos in Morocco:
- Taking a hot air balloon ride at sunrise is a definite must. Our pilot was also hilarious and made it a fun experience. He even landed the basket of the balloon on the back of a parked truck trailer!
- Camping in a luxurious desert camp. It’s amazing to sit under the stars around a fire with local berbers playing drums and singing songs. We laughed a lot on that trip. You can also try sand boarding down the dunes and taking a camel trek with no one else around.
- Stay in a small hostel in the mountains where the staff treat you like family. The buildings are rustic and cosy and the food is amazing! You can also take a walk up from where you are staying to the highest point you can get to. If you feel adventurous you can also book onto a hike up to the summit of Mount Toubkal.
It can be a culture shock for some but the people are lovely once you get talking to them. I have heard of people having bad experiences in the craziness of the centre of Marrakech but we didn’t have any problems at all. If you still feel unsure, you can take a private guided walking tour instead. Just be aware that people make their living from tourists in Jemaa el-Fnaa, which is the main square in the medina quarter. So you will likely get lots of attention and they aren’t afraid to grab your arm to try to get you to buy things. If you want to view the square but don’t want to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, you can head to a rooftop cafe and watch the commotion below whilst sipping some calming Moroccan mint tea!