Travel to Morocco: what to see in 2 weeks

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Pau Monfort
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wikipedia.org, lonelyplanet.com

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The itinerary

Day 1: Milan-Fèz flight Day 2: visit of Fèz Day 3: visit of Fèz and the archaeological site of Volubilis Day 4: visit to Chefchaouen Day 5: visit to Rabat and the Chellah necropolis Day 6: journey to Essaouira with a stop in El Jadida Day 7: visit of Essaouira Day 8: crossing of the Atlas and visit of Ait Ben Haddou Day 9: del Dades goals e goals del Todra Day 10: journey to Marrakech Day 11: visit of Marrakech Day 12: visit of Marrakech Day 13: return flight to Milan



What to see: my tips

- The imperial cities (Fèz, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat), Essaouira, le gole del Todra, Ait Ben Haddou, e le dune di Merzouga

 - Visit it in winter : the desert landscapes with the snow in the background are magnificent !! Spring temperatures and zero clouds (only advice: check that the riads where you book have heating!). The other time I was there in August and shooting with 40 ° is not for everyone .. if you have low blood pressure .. forget it!

- Food: beyond the classicons (harira, tajine, brochette and cous cous) taste the fried sardines from the stalls you find on the street, they will become a drug!

- Fez: also visit Fèz El Jadid, smaller but perhaps more authentic than Fez El bali. There is the old royal palace, the ghetto with its Jewish cemetery and a very beautiful park. It is also worth going to see the sunset over the medina from the tombs of the Merenides


- Chefchauen: getting lost in the alleys of the blue city is priceless! It is a town that requires relaxation


- Volubilis: an ancient Roman city that still has incredible mosaics

- the high Atlas and the deserts between Ouarzazate and El Rachidia: the most beautiful landscapes. You go from pines, to snow, to the desert in a few hours

Where to sleep in Morocco

  • Fez: il Riad Noujoum Medina is very central, beautiful and convenient for visiting everything
  • Discount: the Riad Dar Alia is in a great location within the medina. Nice and with super breakfast
  • El Jadida: The Hotel Iglesia is a design hotel in a renovated old Portuguese colonial palace. To see, even just to have a tea
  • Essaouira: il Riad Orange & Cannelle is a very nice riad, completely renovated, which is located inside the medina. It is run by a couple of super-helpful French guys
  • Ouarzazate: il Riad Dar Rita is slightly off the beaten path, but really nice! Excellent breakfast
  • Tinghir: the Tomboctou Hotel is located inside an ancient riad, has a small swimming pool and an excellent restaurant
  • Marrakech: the Riad du Bonheur is a small riad (it has only 4 rooms), very nice and convenient for visiting Marrakech. The staff is really nice and helpful


Where to eat

Fèz: the Café O'Clock is a very nice place; on several levels and with a terrace, it offers excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They also organize cultural evenings and events Chefchaouen:

  • Restaurant Chez Fuad (derb Chàbu) in the medina, without a sign, ask the locals! There is only the cook, Fuad, who offers genuine and good cuisine. The wait is worth the meal!
  • Restaurant Hotel Aladdin: has a super terrace overlooking the whole of Chefchaouen
  • Restaurant Beldi Bab Ssour in the Kherrazin district. It is located inside the medina. He has no address: to find it ask the locals. Here I ate the best harira in all of Morocco!

Essaouira: the Restaurant Dar Loubane (24, Rue de Rif) is a typical restaurant in an internal garden run by a very friendly French couple. It is good and serves traditional Moroccan cuisine Marrakech:  I fell in love with Cafè Restaurant Le Jardin and Cafè Restaurant Nomad so much that I went back at least 2/3 times! They are both with terrace and / or garden, perfect for all meals. They serve you lunch while you sunbathe comfortably lying down. The best in town! In the article on Marrakech What to see in Marrakech in 2 days you will find many other interesting restaurants.


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