Morocco: A sample two to three week itinerary

Still want to visit Morocco?

Here is my suggested itinerary for 2-3 weeks in Morocco:

Morocco map
1. Fly into Tangier to revisit the hippie trail, drinking tea and hanging out (2-3 days)
2. Visiting the mountainous blue city of Chefchaouen (2 days, 3 days if you are going to hike)
3. Meandering the giant maze and seeing the stinky leather tanneries in Fes (2-3 days)
4. Stunning overnight Camel Trek in the Sahara Desert (Erg Chibbi) (2-3 days)
5. Visiting the location of the Gladiator at Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate (2-3 days)
6. Shopping, watching street performers, and drinking the best orange juice of your life in Jmaa El Fnaa Square in Marrakech (2-3 days)
7. Relaxing and enjoying the seaside town in Essaouira (Don’t miss the sunset!) (2-3 days)

From Essaouira, you can then head to Casablanca to fly out.  Of course you can also fly into Casablanca, and head to Tangier from there.

Local souvenir store in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Local souvenir store in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Exterior of Cafe Baba in Fes, Morocco

Exterior of Cafe Baba in Fes, Morocco

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Tanneries in Fez, Morocco

Berber guides relaxing by camel in the Sahara Desert

Berber guides relaxing by camel in the Sahara Desert

Food you must try in Morocco: I wasn’t impressed with most of the food in Morocco, but there were a few gems.
1. Mint Tea – Always with lots of fresh mint!
2. Harira Soup – a traditional soup using tomatoes, chicke peas, and lentils.3. Tagine – meat and root vegetables, with lemons, olives, or prunes cooked in earthenware pots
4. Couscous – traditional Berber dish of semolina, cooked by steaming.  Often topped with meat and vegetables.
5. Orange juice in El Fnaa Square in Marrakech – freshly squeezed and the best in the world!
6. Mechoui (wanted to eat this whole roasted lamb, but it was not available when I was there.  Watch Andrew Zimmern inhale it here.)
7. Pomegranate – so big, juicy, and full of flavor.
8. Flag Speciale Beer – If you can find it, local Moroccan beer
9. The Egg Potato Sandwich at booth 66 in Jmaa El Fnaa Square in Marrakech
10. The glorious dates!  I never liked them until I came to Morocco.  They are famous in Erfoud (close to Merzouga)

Regarding accommodation, do check for bedbugs, and try to stay in a Dar or Riad (a hotel that has an open courtyard).  A lot of them are very gorgeous, and are an oasis to the hustle and bustle of Moroccan cities!)

Buy: Morocco can be an interior designer’s dream.  So many beautiful things, not enough space in your suitcase.  Here are some great items I saw for sale:
1. Leather goods – especially purses – A lot of people say to buy them in Fez due to the tanneries, but I found Chefchaouen to have really great selection.
2. Leather poufs – I got a silver one!
3. Gorgeous intricate lamps and lanterns – Various locations.  I found Marrakech to have excellent selection.
4. Spices of all kind – all over Morocco
5. Rugs galore – look for rugs that are local to that region
6. Colorful ceramics and kitchen wares – particularly in Fes
7. Argan Oil – particularly in Essaouira

Ourzazate

Ourzazate

Smoky restaurants

Smoky restaurants in Marrakech

Camel stroll by the beach in Essaouira

Camel stroll by the beach in Essaouira

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