Five Days in Morocco

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Trina Hendry

  • Morocco

  • Marrakech

  • Adventure Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Shopping

  • Foodie

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Curator’s statement

From medieval cities and stunning coastlines to lunar-like deserts and majestic mountains, Morocco's is a blend of ancient allure, breathtaking landscapes and captivating culture. Making the most of this adventure involves seeking out Morocco’s hidden gems and authentic experiences. Hiring a driver and embracing the knowledge of expert guides will most certainly enhance your experience.

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Day 1: Marrakech

square in walled desert city with mosque during golden hour

Begin your incredible journey in Marrakech with a two-night stay at the serene Jnane Tamsna. Nestled within a walled estate against the majestic Atlas Mountains, this tranquil retreat offers a respite from the city's hustle and bustle. Immerse yourself in the calming ambiance as you wander through the gardens adorned with bougainvillea, olive, and lemon trees.

For a delightful lunch, head to Le Jardin, a hidden gem in Marrakech's medina. With its 1960’s and 1970’s-inspired design, this charming restaurant sets the stage for a menu of Moroccan and European delights. Savor the flavors of mezze followed by a tantalizing tagine.

As night falls, don't miss the captivating Djemaa El Fna square. Whether you hire a guide or explore at your own pace, take in the lively atmosphere filled with fortune tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, and bustling food stalls. Don’t forget to sample the mint tea, a national treasure, while embracing the essence of this truly local Moroccan experience.

Day 2: Souks, mosques and palaces of Marrakech

pink wall with small door at the entrance of a medina

Start your day with a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, fueling up for a guided tour of the city's historical sites and landmarks.

Marvel at the architectural wonders of Palais Bahia and Palais Badii, each showcasing Morocco's imperial past.

Visit the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, explore the Saadian Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and get lost in the beauty of The Majorelle Gardens, once home to the renowned Yves Saint Laurent.

For lunch, indulge in the flavorful fusion of Italian and Moroccan cuisine at Cafe Arabe.

Afterward, venture into the vibrant souk and spice market, where you can shop for leather goods, Moroccan lamps, and other unique treasures.

In the evening, treat yourself to a memorable dining experience at Sahbi Sahbi, savoring a feast prepared by talented female chefs using secret recipes passed down through generations.

Day 3: Agafay Desert

desert with tents

End your time in Marrakech with a half-day cooking class at La Maison Arabe, discovering the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine. Afterward, make the short journey to Caravan by Habitas Agafay, a luxurious and sustainable retreat nestled amidst the rocky dunes of the Agafay Desert.

Spend the afternoon unwinding by the pool, rehydrating with refreshing cocktails at the emerald-colored bar, or indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment.

As the sun sets, embark on a camel ride through the desert as you take in the serene beauty of the stark landscape.

Return to the resort for a delectable Moroccan dinner at Olivar, featuring locally sourced ingredients.

As a nightcap, gaze at the stars before retiring for the night.

Day 4: Essaouira

sunset over seaside Moroccan town

This morning, your driver will take you to Essaouira, known for its temperate climate, beautiful beaches, and water sports.

En route, marvel at the fascinating sight of tree goats perched on the branches of Argania trees, or visit an Argan Oil Women's Cooperative to learn about the production of this miraculous oil. Discover unexpected pleasures at the local wineries before arriving at Heure Bleue Palais, a luxurious riad on the edge of the medina.

Take the day to explore the peaceful medina, admiring the traditional Moroccan wares produced by local vendors, including intricately carved wooden bowls made from Thuya wood.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel's Oriental Restaurant, where Chef Ahmed Handour presents modern and inventive Moroccan cuisine.

Day 5: Immerse yourself in Essaouira

colorful wall and door covered with plates and a bicycle

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Sqala, where bronze cannons once guarded the port from external attacks.

Indulge in freshly caught fish and seafood at the port, grilled to order from the numerous stalls. Don't miss the chance to savor the famous sardines, a local specialty.

Spend the remainder of your Moroccan vacation wandering through the town, soaking in its charm, or simply relax by the stunning rooftop pool at the resort, basking in the warm sunshine and savoring the last moments of your unforgettable journey.

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