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While I did my research before my 6-day trip to Morocco last month, most of the articles and videos I’d read/watched, had addressed things like dressing appropriately, haggling prices at the souks, not taking photos of people, holding cash, being weary of supposed ‘guides’. What I never read or was told is that I was a major import into the economy. Morocco is so self sufficient, they literally make and build everything using their materials down to animal fossils.
Right from the airport, you’re like a good/shipment that’s just arrived a the wharf for clearing. Unfortunately, my immigration officer was ‘new on the job’. After what seemed like an hour of repeated questions and annoying glances, he (after consulting with a superior) returned my passport and told me bye. A few steps away while on a short queue, this man calls me back, requests my passport and starts massaging my visa like I painted it on my passport page. *sigh*. Click here to watch full vlog.
Asides that, every other person (especially outside Marrakech) was super helpful and a tad calm – obviously looking to get paid for any and everything – especially the KIDS! Ugh.
My 6-day in Morocco was perfect for the following reasons;
1. Got my visa a month to the trip – The visa process to Morocco is pretty much straight forward. See your required documents and book an appointment from their website on here. We didn’t spend more than 20 minutes at the Paddington office. You’d only be able to get single entry on your first application – this cos £20. Our visas were ready for collection in exactly one week just as informed on application.
2. I used a tour companyI knew how I wanted our trip to pan out. Stressless, no unnecessary map-bingeing, knowledge, food, fashion and photography. The only way to achieve this was to get my itenerary actualised with a company.
Thanks to hashtags, I found a lovely young man (a Marrakech tour guide) and began travel conversations. It was while talking to him I realised we hadn’t made a sound decision booking 3 days. I knew I wanted to visit Fes, Chefchaoeun, Rabat and maybe Casablanca. I checked the hours driving etc and made a small plan.We increased our days to 6 by the way.
I watched this video on YouTube that referred me to a travel company. I reached out and they got in touch, made a dope 6-day plan with a bill of 42,000 Dirhams/ €4,200. LOL. Emailed back that this was too pricey and they said 23,000 Dirhams/€2,300 was the least they’d accept. Imagine the difference. Anyways, your girl had a possible plan – PDF’d and all. Took my plan back to the instagram dude, he found a van that would do the cities for 5,000 Dirhams/€500.
I still wasn’t feeling the plan with Van and instagram because it didn’t seem smooth. Ran my findings with the partner and he said ‘Sahara Desert is all I want’. You should note that Sahara Desert from Marrakech would never take one day. I decided I’d find a camel somewhere so we ride. During this quest, I found the Camel Trekking Tour company. Saw great reviews and was about to book a €35 each camel ride when I called the owner instead. He slid into my WhatsApp, I sent him my PDF and man did he craft an amazing plan which started with Sahara Desert and ended with Marrakech. see below;
Airport -> Ouarzazate -> Sahara -> Fes -> Chefchaouen -> Marrakech -> Airport
We spent one night in each city above and 2 in Marrakech.
We also touched Tizi-n-Tichka, Atlas Mountain, Ait Ben Haddou, Dades Valley, Tinghir, Todra Gorges, Tinjdad, Erfoud, Ziz Valley, Middle, Ifrane, Rabat and tons of places in Marrakech including the Jardin Majorelle.
The first two nights accommodation and feeding , airport pickup and all travel (in an air-conditioned 4×4) were covered by the company. All for €650 each, €1,300/13,000 Dirhams.
3. I planned my outfits
Most of my clothes were maxi dresses with an orange theme to match the sand and buildings. I also decided on what look depending on the city and activities we covered while in. Travelled with 2 scarves and bought one scarf from a roadside seller. All footwear were flats.
Top 10 Cities to visit in Morocco
10. Legzira Beach (most unique beach)
8. Meknes (bear the Roman ruins of Volubilis)
7. Chefchaouen (buildings in various shades of blue
6. Asilah (white washed buildings) (close to Paradise beach)
5. Essaouira (harbour & old city walls) (small lanes & interesting streets, perfect place to get lost.
4. Fes (former capital) culture, ambience & history
3. High Atlas Mountain (tallest in North Africa (visit the Todra Gorge
On the edge of the HAM is the Aït-Benhaddou, a traditional mud brick city that has appeared in movies like Gladiators.
2. Merzouga (not too far from Algeria boarder. Overnight camel ride
• Medina walk
• Watch a snake charmer
• Eat local delicacies (eg sheep’s head
• Massage in a public bath
• Jardin Majorelle
Click here to see photos of food we ate..
Click here to watch the video of what we wore, food we ate and reads we stayed at.
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