Best 10 day itinerary for Morocco
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Morocco is a country I hope to visit over and over again. From the bustling medinas and intricate architecture of ancient cities to the dramatic landscapes of the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, Morocco is a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors and experiences. Start with visiting the Northern part of the country - the economic and cosmopolitan hub of Casablanca to the ancient allure of Fes, a city steeped in history and adorned with intricate architecture and the blue city, Chefchaouen. After a taste of the North, travel South to witness the majestic Atlas Mountains, where every twist and turn reveals breathtaking vistas and hidden gems and finally, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Marrakech, where bustling souks, ornate palaces, and the rhythmic beats of the Djemaa el Fna square create an unforgettable sensory experience. Get ready to explore the diverse facets of Morocco, where each destination promises a unique and enriching chapter in your travel narrative.
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Day 1: Arrive in Casablanca
You’ll most likely fly into Casablanca on a red eye. Many immediately travel to other cities, but I recommend spending the night. You’ll likely be exhausted from your flight so it would be a good idea to rest before continuing your trip. Plus, there are a few sights worth seeing!
Explore the Hassan II Mosque
Stopping in Casablanca will also give you the opportunity to visit the Hassan II Mosque. It is the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims can visit. You can purchase a ticket to visit the mosque during non-prayer hours. Buy your ticket and you'll meet your guide at the entrance of the mosque - they have guides that speak English, Spanish, Arabic, French, German among other languages. The tour lasts about an hour.
Eat dinner at La Sqala: Grab dinner in this cool Moroccan restaurant in this fort. The outdoor ambiance is lovely! They have live music in the evenings and it's a great spot to spend your first night in Morocco.
Day 2: Travel to Fes
Spend the morning traveling to Fes! You can arrange a driver to take you to Fes or you can also take the train from Casablanca to Fes! Both the drive and train ride are about three and a half hours.
Check-in to your hotel/riad and spend the afternoon relaxing and getting settled in!
Have dinner at Eden Restaurant at Palais Amani. You can order a la carte or try the tasting menu which includes an appetizer, main course and dessert.
Day 3: Explore Fes’ Medina
Fes is home to one of the oldest and largest medinas in the world. It is a labyrinth - over 9,000 streets - even locals can get lost sometimes! There are no cars, bikes or motorbikes allowed through the streets of the medina. I highly recommend hiring a guide to explore, especially on your first day. The guide can also show you the Chouara Tannery, the Bou Inania Madrasa, among other locations. Tours usually run for half day (four hours) or full day (six hours). I highly recommend the six hour tour to get lost in the medina with a guide!
You will be exhausted after wandering around the medina, so spend the late afternoon/early evening relaxing in the pool in your riad. If you are still feeling tired, grab dinner at your riad as well.
Day 4: Day trip to Chefchaouen
If you can swing it, it is definitely worth it to take a day trip to the blue city, Chefchaouen. It is about a three and a half hour drive to and from Fes, so it is a bit of a drive, but totally worth it! Walk around, take pictures, eat some good food, and definitely stop by Cafe Clock for some lunch or tea and pastries - they have great views of Chefchaouen.
Day 5: Relax at the Hammam
After a busy few days exploring the medina and a drive to Chefchaouen and back, you should definitely visit a traditional hammam for a hammam scrub and/or a massage. I loved my experience at Spa Laaroussa!
If you are not staying at Riad Fes, at the very least you have to visit the rooftop at Riad Fes. Hands down the best view in Fes and the most delicious cocktails and food. Tip: Order the Golden Medina (passion fruit and vodka martini - a creation by the hotel’s mixologist!)
Enjoy your last dinner in Fes at Restaurant L’Amandier at Palais Faraj. Order the beef tagine with apricots, prunes and almonds - it was the most delicious tagine I’ve had!
Day 6: Travel to the Atlas Mountains
Travel south to the Atlas Mountains - Morocco is a large country and the distances are long. You can hire a driver to take you from Fes to the Atlas Mountains. Trains are also very accessible for traveling but keep in mind that it is a seven-hour train ride to Marakkech, and another 45 minutes to the Atlas Mountains.
Check-in to Kasbah Bab Ourika - in between visiting the bustling cities of Fes and Marakkech, it will be rejuvenating to spend a few days relaxing in the Atlas Mountains. The food at the Kasbah is so fresh and delicious! I highly recommend arranging for full or half board during your stay so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the property.
Enjoy some drinks on the terrace during sunset, and an early dinner in the restaurant.
Day 7: Relax or Hike
On your seventh day, I recommend one of two options: relaxing or taking a hike!
Relax at the Kasbah
Spend the day enjoying the amenities at the Kasbah. Relax by the pool, read a book and eat lunch at the Kasbah’s terrace.
After lunch, arrange a cooking class or Moroccan tea making class with the front desk. You will have a private lesson with the chef on how to make Moroccan tea or tagine that you will eat for dinner. Very cool experience!
Hike and Visit Berber Village
Kasbah Bab Ourika is located in the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains surrounded by Berber villages. Go for a longer walk/hike through the valley to visit the Salt National Park, and visit many Berber local villages. Kasbah Bab Ourika can provide you with a mountain guide who can share more about the valley, the Berber way of life, countryside and plants in the valley. For an extra fee, picnic lunch from Kasbah, take-away sandwich or lunch can be arranged in a Berber house during your hike.
Day 8: Travel to Marrakech
Spend your last morning enjoying the mountains at the Kasbah. After you check out at noon, the front desk at the Kasbah can arrange for a driver to take you 45 minutes to your riad or hotel in Marrakech.
Check-in to your riad and wander around the medina. Visit the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square. It is the bustling and vibrant epicenter of Moroccan culture. By day, the square is a kaleidoscope of activity with snake charmers, traditional musicians and storytellers captivating passersby. As the sun sets, the atmosphere transforms, and the square becomes a lively night market. Smoke from food stalls fills the air, and the square comes alive with the aromas of exotic spices and sizzling grills. Jemaa el-Fna is not merely a marketplace, it is a sensory feast that immerses visitors in the rich tapestry of Moroccan life, offering a unique blend of entertainment, cuisine and local craftsmanship.
You must have dinner at sunset at Dardar Restaurant. The views of the sunset are breathtaking and the ambiance is lovely.
Day 9: Explore Marrakech
After breakfast at your riad, head to the Jardin Marjorelle, Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts and YSL Museum for a visit. The garden was designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle and later purchased and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. It is a beautiful garden - a mix of vibrant cobalt blue buildings, exotic cacti and pathways. You’ll also be able to wander through the Museum of Berber Arts to learn more about the Berber people and their culture. Once you exit the garden, head down the block to enter the YSL Museum where the museum has special exhibits honoring YSL’s work. He was extremely inspired by Marrakkech and it shows in the garden and his work. It is a popular spot so you should book your tickets in advance to get your pick of date and time and so you save time when you arrive. It can get a bit crowded so I recommend booking the first slot in the day or the last slot in the day. Tip: buy the combination ticket so you can visit the garden and two museums!
After your visit to the garden, wander back to the Medina and grab some lunch and drinks at El Fenn rooftop bar and restaurant. The rooftop restaurant has recently been redesigned and is absolutely stunning! The drinks are yummy and the food is an inventive take on traditional Moroccan dishes.
Head to Hotel Maison Arabe
A three-hour cooking workshop! The workshop begins with an explanation of traditional Moroccan spices and a mint tea ceremony. During the workshop, the chef will demonstrate how to make bread and then will teach participants how to make two appetizers which may include taktouka salad (moroccan tomato and pepper salad) and zaalouk salad (eggplant and tomato salad) and a main course of chicken tagine with preserved lemons and olives. Everyone has their own cooking station, ingredients and apron. The chef even gifted everyone their own tagine after! After cooking, you will be able to eat what you cooked along with a dessert the chef made. Classes take place at 10 AM and 3 PM so you can perfectly schedule for lunch or dinner.
Day 10: Hot Air Balloon Ride
Start your day bright and early with a hot air balloon at sunrise! Companies will pick you up at your Riad between 5-6 AM and drive you about an hour outside of Marrakech. The hot air balloon ride is so cool - the best view of sunrise and of other hot air balloons floating in the desert. They will even serve you traditional Moroccan breakfast afterwards!
Wander around the Souks. Shop for spices, pottery, rugs and other artisanal crafts. Visit Le Jardin Secret and/or the Bahia Palace to see some cool examples of architecture.
For dinner, head to Nomad Restaurant. Delicious food on a rooftop with a great view of the square.
Day 11: Head home
On your last day, sleep in a bit and have some breakfast at the Riad. Wander around the medina one last time before heading to the airport to catch your flight. You can fly out of Marrakech or travel up to Casablanca for your flight home.
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