Oh, Morocco. It is the most intense and foreign country I’ve ever been in. And will completely overwhelm every one of your senses. I’ve dreamed of going to Morocco for many years so this was a huge bucket list check off. I primarily wanted to visit the country to
- Ride a camel in the Sahara
- Shop in the Marrakech Medina
- Drink my weight in mint tea
…everything else would be icing on the cake.
Morocco as a whole is an incredibly beautiful and fascinating country; I don’t think it gets the love and attention that it deserves.
There are parts of it, particularly a lot of Marrakech, that will have you questioning both your decision to visit and your sanity. It will test you, frustrate you, and nearly beat you down, but it will be a completely eye-opening experience and eventually weasel its way into your heart to stay for all of eternity.
Morocco is one of those places that you take a piece with you when you leave.
With only one week in the country you’ll be on the move and unfortunately won’t get to see everything. However, you will be able to
- see the thousand-year-old city of Marrakech
- get lost in a sprawling and dizzying medina full of shop owners selling anything from rugs and lamps to seafood and orange juice
- explore some of the most jaw-dropping architecture and tile work in the world
- relax and restore in tranquil secret gardens and cafes
- spend a couple nights under the stars listening to Berber music in the Sahara Desert
Are you ready to fall in love with Morocco?
Ultimate tour guide for one week in Morocco
Spend some time getting accustomed to Marrakech by wandering through the Jemma-el-fnaa and stop for some of that wonderful Moroccan orange juice. Check out the Koutoubia Mosque, Cafe Kif-Kif, and the nightly food market in the square. Read more about day one, here.
This is your busiest day in the country so put on some comfy pants and your best walking shoes. Today you’ll see the Jardin Marjorelle, Ben Youssef Madrasa, Le Jardin, Le Jardin Secret, Saadian Tombs, and the Badi Palace. Stay in at the riad tonight for dinner, I recommend the sardine tajine. Read more about day two, here.
Today is a well-deserved relaxation day. Start off with a cooking class at the riad, followed by a traditional hammam treatment, dinner at nomad, and cocktails at La Mamounia. Read more about day three, here.
Your last day in Marrakech is used as a general clean up and shopping day. Head out to see one last tourist attraction, the Bahia Palace, then make your way to the souks to blow some money. Hang out at Cafe Argana for juice and then make your way to Cafe Clock for an almond milkshake and a camel burger. Read more about day four, here.
Today is a long one, you’ll make the trek from Marrakech to the Sahara desert. Along the way, you’ll stop and see the Atlas mountains, the production of argan oil, Ksar Ait Benhaddou, a Berber store, and a fossil factory. The day ends enjoying traditional Berber music by a campfire under a thousand stars. Read more about day five, here.
Today you’ll enjoy a full day in the Sahara Desert. Start your day off by watching the sunrise over the dunes. Enjoy some breakfast, reading, a camel ride, sand boarding, chess, the sunset, and more of that wonderful Berber music. You can read more about day six, here.
Days Seven & Eight
Our trip to Morocco comes to end here. On day seven we leave the desert and head towards the departure city, in our case it was Casablanca. Spend the evening at the Atlas Sky Hotel, relax by the pool, have a drink or two, and get ready for the long haul flight back home. Read more about days seven and eight, here.
Check out other fun Morocco Posts, here
- Essential Tips for the first timer
- Foodies Guide to Morocco
- Photo Inspiration
- Morocco Day One
- Morocco Day Two
- Morocco Day Three
- Morocco Day Four
- Morocco Day Five
- Morocco Day Six
- Morocco Days Seven & Eight
Has anyone ever been to Morocco? What would you add to the list?
Is anyone planning to visit Morocco?
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