1. How to get there
From Europe it’s pretty easy and cheap to fly to Morocco, book at least 3 month earlier then you can get the best price. Especially Ryanair is really cheap. From the US you probably have to change in London or another big airport, I would combine it with a trip to Europe.
Of course you can also go there by car, if you have a lot of time, and visit France and Spain meanwhile – a dream of mine…
From the US you probably have to change in London o another big airport, I would combine it with a trip to Europe.
2. Season to visit
If you don’t like it too hot – you should better go there before June or in Autumn. There are different times to visit, February is the best time for storks, Mai is for example famous for roses – then the roses valley blooms.
Hotels: There are many really luxurious world class hotels, which are even visited by superstars, but they aren’t in my price limit. From 50 €
Riads: Riads are the beautiful inner courtyard in the Medina houses. You can’t see them from the outside, but in the Inside they are really beautiful with plants, ornaments and fountains. Riads are also used as guest houses, hostels or bed and breakfasts. For are price of 30 € you can sleep in a very beautiful bed and breakfast/guest house Riad. If you don’t have high expectations and just need WIFI and a bed then there are hostels from 5 €, which are totally ok.
4. Places to visit
Marrakech: Marrakech is the place to visit in Morocco. It is the Berber capital and you must smell and taste this city! Marrakech consists of the Ville Nouvelle, the Medina and other parts – it is the same with all other Moroccan towns – the Ville Nouvelle is characterized by the French colonial domination and very modern, the Medina is how you imagine 1001 Nights.
Must do is Jardin Marjorelle. I can also recommend a day trip to Cascades d’Ouzoud – a waterfall.
Medina from the top
Jardin Majorelle – Beautiful Blue House
Also visit from there the Ouarzazate, Aït-Ben-Haddou, the Kasbahs and canyons, for example the todra gorge, and the beautiful desert.
If you want to make an experience with the Moroccan culture and Berber culture visit the Berber Cultural Center.
Fes is the religious capital of Morocco, with beautiful green landscape around, the tanneries and a huge Medina.
Chefchaouen lays in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. Most of the houses in this sweet little town are painted blue.
The blue city
Rabat is the capital of Morocco. It is very modern according to the other places I saw. There is the Mausoleum Mohammed V., the beautiful Kasbah des Oudaïas, the sister city Salé and also really worth visiting is the Chellah, an old roman ruin full of storks.
Chellah – Million storks
Oued Bou Regreg and Kasbah de Oudaïas
Essaouira is the hippie and artist city of Morocco. It is a very cute seaside town at the Atlantic coast.
I didn’t visit those places but they look really nice:
- Meknès (beautiful Medina like Fes)
- Tétouan (lays in the Rif mountains, nice Medina, close to Tanger)
- Sidi Ifni (great beach and stone formations)
- El Jadida (cool surfer and hippie town like Essaouira)
The Morrocan kitchen is always fresh and local. Moroccans get their meat from the butcher next door and plant their own vegetables. Like it was in Europe 50 years ago… The classic Morrocan dish is the Tajine which is named after the pot in which they cook it, a kind of stew and of course don’t forget Couscous.
To drink you have a fresh pressed orange-juice, avocado-juice and grenadine-juice, and other fresh pressed juices. You get them everywhere for around 70 ct.
And try prickly pears.
Don’t forget the super sweet mint tea, they put over 5 lump sugars in it!!!
Tasty! Tajine in Marrakech
Very sweet mint tea
Only one third of the Morrocan streets are made. So a lots of action-lovers love to drive in Morocco. Be careful because Moroccans and especially kids don’t always know traffic rules, sometimes they even cross highways…
Better take the Taxi or public transport, it’s so cheap, everybody can afford it. There are two kinds of taxis the “petit-taxis” and “grand taxis”. You always pay for the car, not per person, the grand taxi is more expensive if you are fewer persons, but if you are a big group it’s cheaper. The Taxis, in most cases, are old Mercedes.
Taxi station Iminatanoute
Busses are the only public transport so the bus network is very well developed. Please book for a long journey at least eight hours earlier, you can buy it at take the bus terminal. CTM and Supratours are the best provides, if you take others you will have an adventure… 😀 The busses are on time, don’t be to late.
Also there are trains in Morocco, but just two main lines from Tanger to Marrakech with some stops and from Tanger over Fes to Oujda. The trains are ok, not too expensive, but a little sticky. The train stations are really modern.
Train station Rabat
Of course the best is, if you speak Arabic and some Berber dialects, but you don’t need to. If you speak French you can speak nearly to everybody, even really old people. Young people and the people from tourism industry also speak English. Many Moroccans also speak Spanish and some German.
8. Travel as a young woman
Morocco is full of tourists and it is saver than you think. But be careful, there are lots of men who try to chat you up. Always be with a man or girl, doesn’t matter which gender, just never be on your own, then you’re quite save. On the tourist places there is always the police in civil, so nothing can happen there.
A tip: I looked on a German webpage called joinmytrip.de where I looked for a male travel partner, which worked out pretty well. See here.
Probably there are similar webpages in other languages.