Let’s talk about an adventure of a lifetime! If Morocco has been on your bucket list and you are wondering how long should you go to Morocco for, then I am going to share my 8 days itinerary to this amazing country! I went at the end of June and apart from the weather, I loved everything this amazing country had to offer. Keep on reading for my detailed itinerary to Morocco.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MOROCCO
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is located at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea and is the closest point of contact to Europe for Africa as a continent. Morocco is a land of tolerance, a blend of cultures and religions, and a country known for its hospitality. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and the currency used is Moroccan Dirham.
As a U.S. citizen, I did not have to apply for a visa to enter Morocco. The customs and immigration process was pretty smooth at the Marrakesh Airport. You can purchase a local SIM for your phones at the airport. Look for a booth right before you exit the airport doors. Click here for more details on Morocco tourism.
How long should you go to Morocco for?
Morocco is a captivating destination that offers a wealth of experiences to its visitors. Situated a considerable distance away from the United States, it is advisable to plan a trip of at least one week, if not more, in order to fully immerse yourself in all that this beautiful country has to offer.
With its rich history, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture, it’s easy to see why Morocco is worth the journey. From the bustling streets of Marrakech to the serene Atlas Mountains, there are endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.
For those seeking a well-balanced itinerary, 8-10 days is often considered the perfect sweet spot. It allows you to discover the iconic sights such as the iconic Jardin Majorelle or the medina of Fez, while also leaving room for off-the-beaten-path discoveries and spontaneous adventures.
However, even with 8 full days, it can be challenging to cover every corner of Morocco. The Northern parts of the country, with their picturesque coastal towns like Chefchaouen and historic cities like Tangier, deserve dedicated time and attention. These regions offer a unique blend of cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty that should not be missed.
Welcome to Morocco day 1! I was ready for my first trip in Africa. Upon arrival at Marrakech airport, my awesome guide who was waiting at arrivals for me and couple of others to join. We were then taken to our hotel, Stars Hotel.
The hotel room was decent, it was spacious for two people. I needed a nap badly as I barely got any sleep on my flight and who knows what time of the day it was back home. Jetlag is my least favorite part of any trip. I then got ready to meet the group at the welcome dinner hosted at one of the restaurants in Stars Hotel. I think we all became besties instantly!
Today’s agenda —>>Arrival to Marrakech
-Arrival to Marrakech
-Welcome dinner with the group
Day 2 was our first official full day of adventures and exploring the city of Marrakech. We began our day with a delicious breakfast at Stars Hotel. We then headed to our first spot which was Le Jardin Majorelle, a 2.5 acre botanical garden, with a bright blue villa. It was created by the French Orientalist artist Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years, starting in 1923, and features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s. I highly recommend you visit the beautiful gardens and be prepared for lots of photo ops!
Next activity was a Moroccan cooking class with a local chef! We learned to make seksu (couscous), zaalouk and khobz. It turned out yummy! Here is the chef’s page. It’s unique experience as you to get to learn firsthand from a local expert. And his house is beautiful too! Absolute delight to have met him and his staff. After all the hard work, we devoured the meal that we prepared for lunch. It turned out delicious!
We then headed back to Marrakech and explored the colorful and decorated Bahia Palace. It is said to be the first building in North Africa decorated with stained glass. We then spent the remainder of our time shopping and walking around Jemaa el-Fnaa square. You get to experience a blend of locals and tourists here.
Today’s agenda —>>Explore Marrakech
-Visit Le Jardin Majorelle gardens
-Moroccan cooking class
-Explore Bahia Palace
On day 3 we escaped the bustling streets of Marrakech and headed east to the gorges of the Dadès Valley, also known as ‘The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs’. We made couple scenic stops for pictures and to grab some snacks and reached my favorite hotel of the trip, Riad Bahamou. Tucked away in the gorgeous valley, this riad is carved out of stone. It was so peaceful just being there.
After a warm and friendly welcome, we checked in to our rooms and took a short walk in the valley to a small restaurant/cafe for some mint tea. We were back to our rooms before sunset and relaxed a bit before dinner time.
We then ended the night we some live music and dancing with the group. Perfect way to bond and end the evening!
Today’s agenda —>>Dades Canyon
-Road trip to Dades Canyon
I did not know what to expect today! This morning we spent our time to enjoy and photograph the magnificent views, before heading to a not-so-easy-hike! Hiking up those huge rocks and boulders is no joke! We our hike through a couple of villages. As we made our way to the mountains, the rocks kept larger and larger. Our 57 years old hike guide made it look really easy. My fitness level was challenged to the fullest. However, the sweat and pain was all worth it in the end.
Today’s agenda —>>Canyon Hike
Today we were headed to the Sahara desert! We started the day off with an early breakfast before our drive through the scenic landscapes. The goal was to get there closer to sunset allowing the temperatures to drop down a bit. We made a stops for lunch and got to dress up in traditional Moroccan outfits as well as get some henna designs on our hands.
Once we reached the desert, our camels were waiting for us to take us into the desert! Even though I am smiling in the above picture, getting on and off a camel will forever be a scary experience to me. The seemingly endless silence of the desert is an experience never forgotten and the sight of the massive dunes will take your breath away.
Upon arrival at Madu Camp, we were welcomed with some mint tea and cookies. In the evening, we enjoyed a night of cultural exchange with a local Nomad Family and glamping under the stars.
Today’s agenda —>>Camel ride in the Sahara
-Sunset camel ride in the Sahara
-Glamping under the stars
This was our second day in the Sahara desert. Some of us woke up bright and early in the hopes of catching the sunrise, however, it was a cloudy morning. But nevertheless, it felt amazing to sit in the middle of a serene desert and watch the sunrise. Bucket list item checked off! While breakfast was being prepped, we also had the opportunity to practice our sandboarding skills on lower slopes.
Next up was another unique experience, lunch with a real nomad family. We visited their house and had lunch that was prepared by them, Berber pizza. It was delicious! The above collage has a picture of a donkey and me which belonged to the nomad family. He wouldn’t let me get close to him! After lunch, we were in for another adventure, sand buggy rides! I was clearly unprepared for this activity, so I actually did it in a dress (see pic below). Regardless of my outfit, I had a great time riding on the dunes of the Sahara desert.
We also did some sandboarding from real high peaks. This was intense! I actually will not recommend sandboarding in the desert during summer months. I got way too hot, to the point where I almost had heat exhaustion. Also, the sand was blazing hot making it extremely difficult to stand or walk on it. Overall, the sandboarding was my least favorite activity of the trip due to the extreme heat.
As the sun started to set, we made our ways back to our camps to freshen up and be ready for dinner. We had another night of some delicious Moroccan cuisine freshly prepared. The eggplant dish was my absolute favorite here!
Today’s agenda —>>Day with nomads
-Watch sunrise in Sahara desert
-Lunch with a nomad family
-Desert adventures- sand buggy & sandboarding
-Dinner @ Madu camp
It was time to wave goodbye to the desert and make our ways west, back toward the cities. We started our mornings with another delicious and filling breakfast in the desert. Meanwhile our luggage was being loaded in the SUVs by the wonderful staff at Madu Camp. The SUVs then took us out of the desert, to our bus which was ready to take us to our next destination.
We made a couple of stops along the way, one of which included learning about fossils! The place was called Morabit Marbre Fossiles Minerlaux, which is a Moroccan fossils factory and shop. It was pretty neat to watch how fossil rocks are prepped and learn about the history. They also ship large pieces directly to your homes.
We stopped for a quick lunch at Cafe Almanadir. The food was decent and staff was extremely friendly. Next up was a tour of Ait Ben Haddour, a Moroccan city of earthen clay architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city has also been used as a location for countless movies, including Gladiator and Game of Thrones. It was a pretty cool place to explore. I highly recommend you wear comfortable, walking shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty. It’s not an easy walk around the park!
Once the tour wrapped up, we were back to our riad for the night, Kasbah Tamdakht. I freshened up and took a quick little nap before heading downstairs for dinner. Food was delicious!
Today’s agenda —>>Ait Ben Haddour tour
-Goodbye to the Sahara Desert
-Learn about Moroccan fossils
-Tour of Ait Ben Haddour
-Dinner @ Kasbah Tamdakht
On our last full day in Morocco, we returned back to Marrakech for some more shopping and just enjoyed having the day to ourselves. I went to the Medina and picked up some souvenirs for friends & family. Everyone received boxes of Medjool dates an Moroccan tea. I can’t recall how much I paid for them but they were pretty inexpensive compared to buying them in the U.S and the quality was amazing!
I also got to experience my first time at a hammam, which is a traditional Moroccan steam bath. Let’s say it was rather interesting! I highly recommend you try it at least once. We spent our last night back at Stars Hotel Marrakech.
For dinner, we went to Le Blast, which had some amazing performers! I thoroughly enjoyed watching the talented singers and performers. The food itself was average, I’d give it a 5/10. Some of us were not ready to call the night off, so we made our way to Theatro night club. It’s been a while since I have been to a club, probably 5+ years, but I wanted to experience the nightlife in Morocco. It surely did not disappoint! The club is conveniently located in Es Saadi Resort. I also appreciated the resort staff helping us get a cab for a ride back to our hotel.
Today’s agenda —>>Back to Marrakesh
-Breakfast @ Kasbah Tamakht
-Drive back to Marrakesh
-Shopping and Hammam experience
-Farewell dinner @Le Blast and clubbing @Theatro night club
As they say, all good things must come to an end. Day 9 was a wrap of my amazing trip to Morocco. Most of us had morning flights, so we packed up, grabbed some breakfast at the hotel and made our ways to Marrakesh Airport. As excited as I was to get home and sleep in my own bed, I was also a little emotional saying goodbye to everyone.
Today’s agenda —>>Goodbye Morocco
-Breakfast @Stars Hotel Marrakech
-Drop off to the airport
CONCLUSION- HOW LONG SHOULD YOU GO TO MOROCCO FOR?
My trip to Morocco holds a special place in my heart and remains one of the most memorable journeys I have embarked on. From the moment I set foot in this enchanting country, I was captivated by its vibrant atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes.
One of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to meet incredible individuals both from my travel group and the warm-hearted locals of Morocco. They welcomed me with open arms and shared their stories, traditions, and customs, making my experience even more enriching.
Morocco is a country steeped in history and culture, offering a treasure of experiences for every traveler. Exploring the maze-like streets of the medinas in cities like Marrakech or Fez is like stepping back in time, with vibrant markets, intricate architecture, and the scent of spices wafting through the air.
Beyond the cultural and culinary delights, the natural beauty of Morocco left me in awe. The country’s diverse landscapes range from the iconic Atlas Mountains, inviting hikers to conquer their peaks, to the golden sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, where one can experience the magic of an overnight camel trek under a sky full of stars.
I cannot stress enough how strongly I recommend planning a trip to Morocco. It is a country that offers something for everyone, whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or a glimpse into a vibrant and diverse culture. The warmth and hospitality of the Moroccan people, coupled with the country’s rich tapestry of history and natural wonders, will undoubtedly leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. So, go ahead and embark on this incredible journey. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!