recommended ImlilExplore the village of Imlil with lunch at a restaurant facing Mount Toubkal the second highest African summit after Kilimanjaro… Travel to Toubkal Massif, a national park full of craggy mountain ... read morepeaks and deep valleys. Toubkal contains the highest summits in the Atlas chain of Mountains. Roads teem with peasants, domestic animals, scooters and Lorries belching diesel fumes. We will exit at the small village of Imlil, the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy an approximately 20 minute hike to a restaurant for lunch facing Mount Toubkal (12,700 ft), the second highest African summit after Kilimanjaro. Those unable to hike to the restaurant can hire a mule from a local for an additional cost.Best Of Morocco Experience
recommended Erg ChebbiA visit to the Sahara desert is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in a lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. ... read moreImagine yourself on top of a camel, trekking through the Sahara desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with billions of bright stars at night. It’s a very peaceful experience, one rarely known to most of the Western World. The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga is 30 miles (50km) south east of Erfoud are the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. These golden dunes soar dramatically 150m from the desert floor. They run in a line almost perfectly north/south to the village of Merzouga and beyond, and mark the western fringe of the Sahara Desert, dividing Morocco from Algeria. Take an overnight excursion over the dunes for an experience to remember. You will see waves and waves of sand dunes at sunset as you ride your camel. In the morning, you will watch the sunrise from Algeria as it catches the dunes, and in the evening, enjoy a campfire dinner before you fall asleep under the stars. Either in the middle of the desert or in the surrounding villages, you will experience the life the nomads did inside an authentic berber tent. This wonderful experience is the perfect romantic setting in the desert of Erg Chebbi. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBest Of Morocco Experience
- Riad Mur AkushDerb Zaouia 2 | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Moroccorecommended Riad Mur AkushPay attention on how you got here! Twists and turns galore, I got lost coming back after I wandered about 50 feet away. It's common for people to get lost in the maze of alley ways, every alley ... read morelooking the same to us. But when you get inside the comforts of your very own authentic house, you'll discover why you chose this instead of the typical western hotel. Rooms surround an open air courtyard, the same courtyard where you can enjoy meals or just relax after a long day sightseeing. Staff was very hospitable; I'll stay here again...if I could ever find it!Ron Lorilla
Don't tell me you're getting married!!! We still have to...oh well...
recommended Marrakechbeautiful medina, Djemaa El Fna is realy intresting and colorful, you can eat realy good there but on weekends the prices go up when the groups from Agadir are in townMatthias Hagemann
there are hotels for reasonable price dierect at Djemaa El Fnarecommended MarrakechThe first time I came to Marrakech, I thought I'd arrived in Santa Fe--the adobe buildings, the mountains in the background, the artsy vibe, the rich tourists... Some of these things are a drawback ... read more(the crush of tourists is one), but the setting is splendid, and, on a practical note, there are some beautiful crafts to buy. For pure atmosphere, I prefer Fez, but Marrakech is markedly different, and sets you right there on the edge of far more dramatic territory farther south. And it's worth a visit just for the Djemma al-Fna. One *huge* drawback that Unesco should really try to fix with all its funding: the medina is plagued with dudes on motorbikes--it's impossible to walk in peace, and the noise they make is obnoxious. Marrakech is beautiful, but it's best appreciated from a rooftop, for some peace and quiet.Zora O'Neill
Just as a comparison with Fes. One asset of Marrakech is that its ville nouvelle has more neat stuff in it--Fes's is less appealing. So you get more of a variety of stuff to do in Marrakech. You could do a trip that's just Marrakech and a day or overnight to Essaouira, for instance. Fes, by contrast, doesn't have a lot right around it, and the main draw is the medina.
recommended Sqala Cafe Le MaureI wish I'd gone back and eaten dinner here, after my truly fantabulous lunch. This was possibly the best meal I had on that trip to Morocco, and made my whole Casablanca stay very worthwhile. Unlike ... read moremost Moroccan menus, which have the same five items, Sqala offers all kinds of fascinating dishes you don't see outside of people's homes, and some creative inventions of their own. I had a great stew of lamb, dill, desert truffles and saffron, and a shake with dates, almonds and orange blossom water. The setting is gorgeous, in a shady courtyard with fountains, and it's packed with locals. And the prices are very reasonable. You can walk here from the Hassan II mosque if it's not boiling hot out.Zora O'Neill
If you fly in and out of Casablanca, make a point of getting to this restaurant! It's wonderful.
- Dar Baraka Karam11 Derb Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Moroccorecommended Dar Baraka KaramIt's really easy to get sensory overload in Morocco--so much decoration everywhere, and mopeds speeding around. So it was great to head back to this very simply done place at the end of the day, and ... read morelet my eyeballs rest on white walls and muted colors. The location is excellent--in the middle of a proper neighborhood, not the touristy souk zone. And the owner of the place (and several other riads) is a Moroccan (rare! most riad owners are expats) who was one of the first people to start restoring houses in the Marrakech medina. Service is very hands-off--you feel more like you're staying at someone's house--but I always found people around to answer questions when I needed something.Zora O'Neill
You might want something more lavish in Marrakech--but I did like this place because it was so minimalist, compared with outside!
recommended Le Petit BeurI read about this restaurant in my LP guidebook, and almost didn't go because the description mentioned the waiters singing along with the oud player, which made it sound like a cheesy tourist trap. ... read moreSo glad I went--this was some of the best food I had in a month in Morocco. I had a special of a lamb tagine with a kind of squash that was in season--the kind of thing I'd been hoping to find in more restaurants. It was carefully prepared and beautifully presented. And those singing waiters were not what I expected at all. Really, a man sat in the corner and played the oud quietly, and occasionally the barman and the waiter would join in for the chorus, in a casual way. Really lovely.Zora O'Neill
If you do go to Rabat...
recommended RabatIt took till my third trip to Morocco to get to Rabat, and I wish I'd gone sooner. It doesn't have the hardcore exoticism of Fez or Marrakech, but it struck me as a great slice of "normal" modern ... read moreMorocco. You've got your neat old medina, your massive old fort, your Andalusian gardens...and your slick new tram and your groovy 60s buildings. The feel is reasonably cosmopolitan, which is nice, but also with some strong traditional underpinnings (it has the imperial history that Casablanca lacks). It's a good scale for exploring, and the tram connects to Sale, just over the river, for even more sightseeing. Next trip, I think I'll start in Rabat!Zora O'Neill
Underrated! Good for a couple days' visit.
recommended FesFes is an amazing place. The medina is a treasure--there is nowhere like it in the world. I could wander there for years, probably. The great thing about it is that it's still all foot and donkey ... read moretraffic--the hills and stairs make it impossible to get into the heart of it with a motorbike or car (unlike in Marrakech--argh), so all your hear is the pad of feet and hooves. And the ville nouvelle--the colonial-built city up the hill--is pleasant as well, with great sidewalk cafes and broad avenues.Zora O'Neill
If you don't have a lot of time, I vote Fes over Marrakech for a cultural experience. BUT Marrakech has a lot more luxe stuff and hotels to stay in just for the sake of the hotel--which you might be looking for in a honeymoon.
recommended EssaouiraEssaouira is a tranquil fishing port refuge away from the typical Moroccan chaos. While there is little more to do than wake up early and watch the fisherman unload their catch, stroll aimlessly ... read morethrough the less-pushy-than-usual souk, lounge on the beach and eat more sardines than you knew you could, it's a fantastic place to rest up from the rest of Morocco and enjoy the ocean breeze.Taylor Record
Morocco can get a little hectic at times, but Essaouria is a perfect beach-side retreat that blends culture and leisure effortlessly.
- Hamman Ziani14 Riad Zitoune jdid, Marrakech, Marrakesh, Maroc