It’s a whole month later and I’m finally sharing how five friends and I spent a week in Morocco. We encountered some hiccups through the journey but still had a great time. If you haven’t had a chance to check highlights from Instagram, today, I’m sharing our full itinerary and details on what we did during the week-long trip.
Sunday – Travel from Casablanca to Rabat
We flew from NYC to Casablanca with a layover in Madrid and were greeted by Kareem, who waited with us for the transfer bus to Rabat. We stayed one night at Hotel Le Diwan and were welcomed with Moroccan tea as we sat for our orientation meeting. For the afternoon and evening, we had free time to roam around Morocco’s capital city. We ate a late lunch at Les Jardins D’esperanza Cafe and had our first Moroccan dish: chicken tagine. In the evening, we stayed up late for drinks and girl talk at the hotel’s bar.
Monday – Rabat Sightseeing then Travel to Fez
Before traveling to Fez, we did some sightseeing through Rabat. In addition to driving through the medina, we stopped at these notable sites:
- Chellah – Ancient Ruins of Muslim Conquerors of Northen Africa and Roman city. It hosts a holy necropolis, mosque, minaret, and royal tombs.
- Dâr-al-Makhzen (Royal Palace) – The primary and official residence of the king of Morocco.
- Kasbah des Oudaias – Built in the 12th century, Kasbah is a mini city within the city of Rabat. Here you can purchase food or drinks from the cafes and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Hassan Tower – Rabat’s most visited attraction and the minaret of an incomplete mosque.
- Mausoleum of Mohammed V – Site of the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah
- Volubilis – Ancient Berber and Roman city that is considered the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania
Tuesday – Day Trip to Chefcheoun
While in Fez we stayed at the Barceló Fès Medina. It was about a 5-minute drive from the medina and the rooms were both colorful and cozy. For our free day, my roommate and I took a day trip to Chefchaouen instead of the city tour. If I ever visit Morocco again, I would need to go back to Fez. My friend bought 10 leather wallets for $100 USD.
Wednesday – Traveling to Marrakesh
This was the longest drive of our whole trip so instead of being covered up, I dressed more “Western” (in shorts). On our way to Marrakesh, we drove through the Moroccan valleys and Atlas Mountains. Once there, we did a mini-tour of Marrakesh on the way to the hotel and were given tips on how to get to the medina via taxi and walking. After a bit of exploring and picture taking around Djemaa el Fna Square, we ate dinner at Cafe Extrablatt and had the most non-traditional meal ever: burgers, wings, and fries.
Thursday – A Full Day in Marrakesh
On Thursday morning, we did a 1/2 day tour of Marrakesh. Notable sites included the 16th century Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. We also got to purchase Moroccan argan oil and spices before splitting up. Since it was a busy morning, I went back to the hotel to rest, while the others visited Majorelle Botanical Gardens. The afternoon and evening were spent relaxing in La Mamounia’s pool area and a food tour through the medina.
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Friday – Casablanca
Leaving Marrakesh to go to Casablanca, we did a mini city tour and visited the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. Since it was time for prayer, we viewed the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque which is the largest and only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims may enter. We also did some last minute shopping for ourselves, friends and family.
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Have you been to Morocco before?