We’ve been awfully quiet in the past 2 weeks but that’s because we’ve been planning our Moroccan itinerary and making sure we find the best (read: most fabulous) hotels to stay in.
We’ll be arriving in Casablanca around noon and will immediately be departing by train for Marrakech, where we’ll indulge in everything the city has to offer for a total of 5 days. Au programme: mint tea, night strolls around the famous Jemaa el’ Fna, lounging in interior courtyards with lush gardens, running after cats, buying too much silverware, taking pictures of doors (also too many), trying to retrace Hitchcock’s steps during the shoot of The Man Who Knew Too Much, and so much more.
From Marrakech, we’ll go to Essaouira, the coastal medieval town bordering the Atlantic, for a day trip of strolling on the beach and exploring the maze of ramparts. We’ll also be making a side trip to Ouarzazate, the gate of the Sahara desert, and visit the kitsch but essential Atlas movie studios.
On day 6, we’ll board a train from Marrakech to Rabat (via Casa) for a short afternoon visit and then on to Meknes, our 3rd imperial city of the trip (and of the day!) where we’ll have some rest in a beautiful, traditional riad. The next morning, we’ll explore the city, as well as the ruins of Volubilis, and then head off to Fes in the afternoon. We’ll be staying there for 2 nights and the city will serve as a base for exploring the magnificent blue city of Chefchaouen, located about a 4-hour drive away, into the mountains. That day will be an arduous one so we’ll most likely be exhausted when we come back to Fes that night. We’ll save some time to explore the Fes medina on the next day, then slowly make our way back to Casablanca for our last night in Morocco.
So what do you think of this itinerary? As usual, you can see our pace is not exactly aimed at slow-paced travelers (!), but we personally feel very comfortable with the time dedicated to each city. Our biggest disappointment is without any doubt the fact that we won’t be going on a trek into the Sahara desert, but with the short time that we have, it would have been impossible. We’ll just have to come back to Morocco again and that suits us just fine!
We can’t wait to share our impressions and pictures with you. We feel this trip is long overdue, since the country has been a passion of ours for so long. We’re also at a point where a vacation is more than needed, and completely immersing ourselves in another culture will be the perfect remedy.
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