Morocco. Travel and holidays in African Morocco.

Morocco. Travel and holidays in African Morocco.

Marrakech, Gibraltar, Casablanca… Sounds like music, doesn’t it? If you have long wanted to go to Morocco, but do not know how to approach the planning of the trip – you want to see everything at once! – Take our expert travel guide for a complete itinerary.

Marrakech → Ouarzazate → Fez → Chefchaouen → Tangier → Gibraltar → Casablanca.

Days 1-3. Marrakech

Photo: Marrakech

Marrakech, or the “Red City,” is considered the center of the Moroccan east. It is exotic, chaotic and colorful.

In Marrakech we suggest you stay three days and devote one of them entirely to a visit to Ouarzazate and the fortress of Ait Ben Haddou.

Stay two nights in one of the traditional riad hotels:

Jema el-Fna Square and the Medina

Photo: Medina Marrakech

The square in the center of Medina is not known for its calm and quiet: there is shopping all day long and never-ending performances by street musicians, acrobats and storytellers. And in the evening the square turns into a huge open-air restaurant, where you can taste any traditional and exotic dishes.

Around the area is the most colorful and authentic district of the city – the Medina. Here hundreds of narrow streets intertwine to form eastern bazaars and shops selling Moroccan products: ceramics, carpets, scarves and shoes.

Address of the square: Rue El Ksour, 38, Marrakech

Qutubiyah Mosque

Photo: Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the most iconic religious building and symbol of Marrakech. It heads the Djema el-Fna Square and its 77-metre minaret is the tallest structure in the city.

Only Muslims can go inside the mosque, and visitors of any other faith have the opportunity to view the ancient elements of the mosque from the outside.

Behind the mosque, take a stroll in the cozy Lalla Hasna Park with picturesque views and swimming pools.

Bahia Palace

Photo: Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace is one of the richest monuments of 19th century Moroccan architecture. Its interior is decorated with exquisite ornaments and characteristic courtyards with columns.

Entrance is open every day from 9:00 to 17:00 and a ticket costs 70 MAD.

Address: Avenue Imam El Ghazali, Marrakech

El Badi

Photo: El Badi

El Badi is the ruins of a once majestic 16th century palace. Here you can stroll through the plaza with its huge swimming pool and the inner corridors and rooms of the former palace. From its upper decks you can see the views of El Badi and the surrounding area.

Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00.

Ticket price: 70 MAD

Address: Ksibat Nhass, Marrakech

The Menard Gardens

Photo: Menara Gardens

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The Menara Gardens are spread over a large area where you can take a break from the bustle of Marrakech. There are mostly olive trees, palm trees, orange trees and other fruit trees. Some of them are up to three hundred years old.

The main attraction of the gardens is the lighthouse pavilion, standing on the shore of the pond. Be sure to look at it from the opposite side of the pond – it offers a picturesque view of the pavilion, palm trees and towering mountains on the horizon.

Entrance is free from Avenue de la Ménara from 9:00 to 17:00 daily.

Jardin de la Majorelle

Photo: Majorelle Garden

An impressive creation by French painter Jacques Majorelle is the Majorelle Garden. Here you can admire a collection of plants brought here from all over the world, small ponds and a villa built in Art Deco style. There is also a museum of Berber culture.

The garden is open from 8:00 to 18:00, the ticket costs 70 MAD.

Address: Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech

Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

Photo: Ait-Ben Haddu

On the second day of your trip you will visit the city of Ouarzazate and the fortress of Ayt-Ben Haddou. To get there we recommend taking a day trip with Moroccan Guides.

The tour starts at 7:30 and ends at 18:00. The price includes all transfers and a ticket to the fortress.

Ait Ben-Haddou Fortress is a World Heritage Site and is included in the UNESCO list. Xar (fortified city) many times served as a film set for movies and TV series. The fortress is notable for its massive walls of ochre and brick color, standing in several tiers. Walking around it, you can feel like a hero of an oriental fairy tale.

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At the foot of the fortress there’s life in the traditional streets of the medina. There you can buy interesting things and souvenirs of local production. In addition to the visit of the fortress itself be sure to look at it from a distance: the scenery of an ancient building surrounded by downy palm trees leaves no one indifferent.

Days 3-5. Fez .

Photo: Fes

On the third day you depart for the ancient city of Fez. The comfortable train leaves from Marrakech station at 19:00. The train will take 6.5 hours and you’ll be at the station in Fez at 01:30.

The train ticket costs 195 MAD. Details are here. The best way to get to the hotel is by cab.

In Fez we suggest you stay at the riad Fes Baraka which is located at the beginning of the Medina:

Fes el Bali

Photo: Fes

Take a day to walk around Fes el Bali, the oldest part of the city, consisting of 6,000 streets of the medina and a UNESCO heritage site. Check out the oriental bazaars where you can buy local products such as leather goods, authentic ceramic tagine, traditional babushi slippers or silver and goldware.

You can also drop in at one of the dye houses in the tannery quarter where leather is dyed in different colors in a traditional way.

Day 5. Transfer to Tangier. Chefchaouen .

On the morning of the fifth day of your journey leave for Tangier. On the way stop at Chefchaouen.

To get to Chefchaouen take the CTM bus at the CTM Bus Station. The trip takes about 4 hours.

Shefshauen

Photo: Chefchaouen

Schefshauen is famous for the houses and streets painted blue. Arrive at the Gare Routière in Chefchaouen and go for a walk in the old town. From the station head in the direction of the Bab El Ain. It will take you about 20 minutes.

After passing through the gate, you will find yourself in a fabulous perimeter of narrow streets and passages. The traditional house doors and staircases are particularly charming, and you can often see the local cats on them. In the streets you will find a variety of restaurants serving Moroccan food, as well as shops selling souvenirs and items of clothing and lifestyle.

In the evening, take the CTM bus to Tangier. The bus takes about 2.5 hours.

Days 5-7. Tangier and Gibraltar

You will spend two days in Tangier, one of which we suggest you dedicate to a trip to Gibraltar.

We have selected two accommodation options for you:

Gibraltar

Photo: Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a small state which is a British Overseas Territory. The official language here is English, and the currency is Gibraltar pound.

To get here, take the ferry FRS Iberia. It will take you to the Spanish city of Tarifa. From Tarifa to Gibraltar there is a bus. Total travel time is about 2 hours.

Once you arrive in Gibraltar, head to its spectacular sights:

Europa Point is a picturesque spot at the tip of Gibraltar. You can see the shores of Africa from here. Walk the grounds and paths, see the lighthouse, and enjoy the mountainous landscape of Gibraltar. Nearby stands the white Ibrahim al-Ibrahim mosque.

Gibraltar’s most significant site is considered its nature reserve: an area covering about 40 percent of the country. To get up there, use the cable car. Its station is located at Red Sands Rd. At the top you will have breathtaking views of the state’s highest peak, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Then go down Signal Station Road and cross the Wall of Charles V. Here is a colony of Berber monkeys, the Magothas. Be careful with them – they love to snatch everything out of their hands, so hold your phone and camera tightly.

The cost of a cable car ride is 16 GIP.

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Photo: Gibraltar

To enter the park we suggest you buy a ticket that includes all the attractions of the park. The price is 12 GIP.

Another attraction that offers breathtaking views is called the Sky Walk, a transparent glass walkway at 340 meters high. It offers panoramic views of Gibraltar. Not far from the walk you can walk across the Windsor Suspension Bridge.

Be sure to take a walk through Gibraltar’s Old Town. Here you’ll find a mix of European and English architecture, lots of stores and restaurants.

Tangier

Photo: Tangier

The Bab Kasbah Gate, Place du 9 Avril 1947 and the port border the city’s most colorful and oldest district, the Medina. Head here for a stroll through the narrow streets, where numerous vendors sell locally made products and souvenirs.

After enjoying the Moroccan architecture of Medina, see the ancient fortress of Kasbah, built by the Portuguese. The fortress is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the ticket price is 20 MAD.

In the port area you can see the exquisite Mosque of the East.

Days 7-9. Casablanca

Photo: Casablanca

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In the evening of the seventh day, head to the Tanger Ville train station. A transfer to Casablanca awaits you.

We suggest taking the 7:00 p.m. flight. The train passes through the town of Kenitra, where you will need to change to another train to Casablanca. The total travel time will be about 3 hours. Details of the itinerary can be seen here.

Casablanca is the most populous city in Morocco. The word “blanca” in the name comes from the fact that all the houses are painted white.

You will have one full day to see the city.

We have picked for two accommodation options:

Hassan II Mosque.

Photo: Hassan II Mosque

The first thing to do is head to the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco. The majestic building is decorated with detailed mosaics, marble columns and floors, stucco and carved ceilings.

Outside the mosque, gaze at its 200-meter minaret and stroll around the grounds for a great view of the city and the coast.

Address: Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca

Medina

Photo: Morocco

Not far from the Mosque of Hassan II you will find the traditional medina. Here you will find narrow streets, small squares and white-washed houses, many with graffiti.

The palace of Mahkam du Pacha

Photo: Palais Mahkama du Pasha

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The palace of Mahkam du Pasha is a magnificent structure with 64 halls and rich decoration. You can go here only if you are accompanied by a guide. Guides almost always stand at the entrance of the palace and offer their services to travelers.

The palace doors are open to visitors from Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Entrance is free.

Holidays in Morocco: What you need to know

Holidays in Morocco

Where best to vacation in Morocco and how much does it cost? Prices in 2022 for tours, hotels, food, entertainment. Beach vacation. Reviews and tips of experienced tourists.

Morocco is an amazing country. There is a lot to see here: sandy beaches, cedar and citrus bushes at the foot of the mountains, waterfalls, gorges, desert. This natural splendor together with the buildings of the Eastern and colonial architecture is very impressive. An important factor that attracts tourists on holiday is its exoticism and at the same time affordability, because the prices in Morocco are not too high.

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Content:

Tourist reviews of holidays in Morocco

According to tourist reviews, holidays in Morocco are interesting, although not always safe, especially for women traveling without men. The most popular resorts in the country are Agadir, Essaouira and Casablanca. Vacationers go on tours, surfing, play golf and tennis, sunbathing and swimming at the beach.

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Morocco’s best beach holidays in 2022 are in the “white” city of Agadir and bohemian Essaouira. It has everything for a serene beach holiday: hotels, restaurants, stores and entertainment venues. Essaouira is an ancient city and cultural center of the country with narrow streets, colorful oriental market and lots of shops. There are often festivals and international exhibitions, and the entire creative elite of Morocco and some European countries flock to rest.

Leisure reviews in Morocco

Street tables in Essaouira (Photo: unsplash.com / @louishansel)

Casablanca has well-appointed white sand beaches and ancient architectural structures, the most famous of which is the Hassan II mosque. There is not much vegetation in the city, which is not surprising, given the geographical position of the country.

Marrakech is a major city and the former capital of Morocco. Tourists go here for excursions, there is no sea and no beaches. The main attractions – the Koutoubia mosque of the 12th century with a luxurious garden and the famous Djema el-Fna square. Every evening on the square shows with magicians, snake charmers and nimble traders begin. The square is always crowded, and it is easy for a tourist to become a victim of pickpockets.

Where to have a rest in Morocco

Marrakech market (Photo: unsplash.com / @max_libertine)

According to reviews of tourists, the disadvantages of vacationing in Morocco are the cool water in the ocean and hotels, which do not meet the criteria of stardom. Even in July and August with a heat of +40 ° C, the water can be invigorating, and the coast of the warmer Mediterranean Sea in Morocco is most often precipitous.

Another drawback – there are problems with communication. The local population practically does not know English, you need to know French or Arabic. Good French is spoken here, even by young children. Before the trip is advised to learn basic words in Arabic and French (at least the numbers – it helped us a lot), especially in Arabic – the locals are very happy when you say hello, goodbye or say “thank you” in their language (“shukran” – “thank you” in Arabic). It also helps to have a phrase book.

Women often complain about being molested by locals and do not recommend going to Morocco unaccompanied.

In our opinion, the population of northern Morocco is different from southern Morocco: the north is more developed, tourists are used to and not as warmly treated as in small towns and villages in the south.

Holiday in Morocco in 2022 prices

(Photo: Ahron de Leeuw / flickr.com / CC BY 2.0 license)

Beach vacations in Morocco

The beaches in Morocco are sandy and wide and are cleaned daily. The main resorts are on the Atlantic coast, the Mediterranean coast is less popular because of the high shores, although the water is warmer there. Most beaches are municipal.

It is believed that the best beach holiday in Morocco is in Agadir – there are excellent beaches with white sand. They are very clean and are regularly patrolled by the police. In Agadir, the shallow water – up to 30 meters from the shore, which is convenient when vacationing with little ones. Not far from the resort in a suburban village is another beach Taghazud – no hotels there, but umbrellas and sun loungers are available.

What resort to choose in Morocco

Taghazout Beach in Agadir (Photo: unsplash.com / @louishansel)

In the southwest of Morocco stretches the country’s most famous beach, Legzira, surrounded by brick-colored cliffs. You can get there either on your own or as part of a tour group. The place is very picturesque, the beach is almost deserted. The best time to visit – at sunset and in cloudy weather, when the fog falls and the waves rise. It is interesting there at low tide – the coral reefs are exposed. Legzira is popular with surfers because of the strong waves, but it is not always comfortable to swim here. Recommended to visit this place until the hotels on the shore and few tourists.

Surfers also like Essaouira because the wind often blows and the waves are high. The bottom is shallow, the water is shallow and the tides are strong. In Casablanca, the beaches are mostly artificial, the ocean often swells, so most hotels have swimming pools.

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Not a bad beach holiday in Morocco in 2022 can be found in Assila – another cultural center of Morocco. Various music festivals are held here. The beach is long and wide, with golden sand. The bottom is also gentle, but the ocean is cool.

Beach holidays in Morocco

(Photo: Singa Hitam / flickr.com / CC BY 2.0 license)

Cultural and sightseeing holidays in Morocco

Excursion holidays in Morocco are well developed – almost every hotel has a counter with offers. There are not many boat trips, and tourists are most often taken by bus. The most popular tours are trips to waterfalls, two-day tour to the Sahara Desert and sightseeing tours to the cities of Marrakech, Casablanca, Essaouira. Interesting tours cost about 2 thousand rubles and last a few hours, one-day tours are already 3-4 thousand rubles.

Reviews about the tours in Morocco are different. Some tourists were disappointed by the trip to the Sahara: the desert is just beginning, and there are no high dunes with sticky sand. However, the lack of excitement is compensated by camel rides and a hot dinner with overnight stay in real Berber dwellings.

What to see in Morocco

The Great Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca is the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the largest in the world (Photo: unsplash.com / @fabiosbruun)

Holidays with children in Morocco: worth the trip

Hotel question in Morocco is a separate issue – favorite of our compatriots “all inclusive” system is not widespread in the country, and here it is difficult to find a hotel with children’s animation and special food. Instead of entertainment – beaches and water parks, fairytale town in Casablanca and the zoo in Agadir. It is desirable to find a hotel with a children’s pool, because the water in the ocean is often cold, besides the wave often rises.

Nutrition – a sore point for parents. Holidays with children in Morocco is complicated by the fact that the local chefs put spices in the dish, and the children refuse to eat, feeling the unfamiliar taste. In Marrakech, Casablanca, Agadir, there are special cafes for children, but they are not so many, so parents are better to rely on the integrity of the cooks and ask them not to use spices, or order a child’s vegetable stew, chicken and other harmless dishes without pretensions to the exotic.

As for excursions, the mountainous landscape will make them very tedious. Trips along the serpentine, slides and hills, steps – all this is not for young children. Parents will have to carry them in their arms (in kangaroos) or refuse to travel around the country at all.

Where to go on holiday with children in Morocco

Taghazout Beach in Agadir (Photo: unsplash.com / @louishansel)

Reviews of prices in Morocco in 2022

In general, hotel prices in Morocco in the summer of 2022 are reasonable. Consider hotels in Agadir – that’s where the bulk of tourists stay. Accommodation in 5* hotels by the beach in Agadir will cost from $ 66 per night for two people, in a 4 * hotel – from $ 62, a three-star – from $ 20. Hotels some distance from the beach are cheaper. We recommend searching and booking hotels on Roomguru, where you will find the best deals and the search engine finds the best prices.

If you do not order full board at the hotel, you can have lunch or dinner at a cafe. Prices range from $9 to $15 for lunch (at the local eateries, prices are much lower). Going to a nightclub is expensive: you have to pay at least $45 for a nightclub entrance plus drinks. At the market you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables and fish cheaply.

The most budget entertainment available – riding camels, quad bikes and trips to the desert – about $ 8-10, to play golf or tennis – about $ 18 per hour. Inexpensive wellness treatments at a spa: a two-hour session will cost $15.

Hotel prices in Morocco

Authentic Riad Be Marrakech in Marrakech.

Morocco tour prices in 2022

All tours are usually offered in Agadir – it is there where most resort hotels are concentrated and tourist infrastructure is developed. Holidays in Morocco on an “all inclusive” in the summer of 2022 costs from 170 thousand rubles for two (departing from Moscow, hotel 5 *, 7 nights). Staying at an all-inclusive 4* hotel will cost from 100 thousand rubles for two. There are no “three brothers” with all inclusive, but it is possible to buy tours with full board from 90 thousand rubles.

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Prices for tours in Morocco without meals are much lower – the rest costs from 80 thousand rubles. And you’re advised to look for cheap tours on the Travelata and Level.Travel services – they compare the proposals of 120 tour operators, and are able to find the best option. You can buy tours online, which is very convenient.

Holidays in Morocco 2022 prices all inclusive

When to go on vacation in Morocco

The holiday season in Morocco lasts from late May to October . In June, there are a lot of locals on the beaches, and for swimming it is warmest in July and September. Daytime +32 ° C and above, the water +24 ° C. Holidays at sea in Morocco in August and September are comfortable – it was in these months we traveled around the country.

Excursions are better rescheduled for October-November or March-April, when the air temperature is +23 ° C, and the ocean is cool for swimming.

Winter in Morocco is wet and windy, often raining with fog. In January and February, there are ski resorts. Ucaymeden and Ifrane are the most beautiful places to ski, but the infrastructure is not yet too developed to recommend them.

When to vacation in Morocco

Ifran is located at an altitude of 1665 m above sea level. In winter the temperature stays at 0°C, and from January to March the snow falls (Photo: unsplash.com / @bilalkamal16)

Tips for tourists

Morocco is a Muslim country, so clothes should be as decent and closed as possible. By the way, shorts can also cause disapproval of others, so the rule is common for men and women.

In the market you should not buy immediately the thing you like. It is customary here to haggle, and the price you can safely divide by 3. If there are no plans to buy, then you should not enter into an argument with the traders, they can get seriously angry and even insulted.

Before buying products at the market or ordering food in a cafe, as well as before boarding a cab always specify (or better – write) the price, so that then you were not asked for a different amount.

Do not ask a passerby to show you the way; it’s better to ask a policeman or a store owner. The people here are enterprising and may ask to show you the way and then insistently demand a reward.

Tips for vacations in Morocco

Taghazout is a quiet resort in Morocco. Tourists say it is quiet and peaceful at night (Photo: unsplash.com / @louishansel).

You have to be especially careful on the road. Traffic in Morocco is laxly enforced, and during Ramadan, carriers are on the verge of a nervous breakdown because most of them are heavy smokers, and smoking is banned on holidays.

Absolutely all tourists in their reviews indicate that being in Morocco on holiday, be sure to buy the local oranges or freshly squeezed juice. Such delicious and fragrant citrus fruits as in Morocco, you can’t try anywhere else!

Read our review of our trip to Morocco on our own – the post has information on how to get to Casablanca, how much hotels and food cost, suggested itinerary around the country and more.

Before the trip is strongly recommended to pack a travel kit.

For the sole purpose of beach holidays go to Morocco in 2022 is not worth it, for this there are places more comfortable in every way (eg, Tunisia). But to try the local cuisine, watch the amazing sunsets and historical sites – definitely. For all its shortcomings, Morocco is an interesting and noteworthy country.

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