Morocco seems to be the to-go destination for most of my friends and family. I’ve wanted to go for a long while and jumped on the opportunity when my friend told me she was planning a trip to Marrakesh.
- Valid passport
- Passport photograph
- Photocopy of ID card, passport data page, previous visas
- Bank account statement
- Travel insurance
- Letter of introduction from employer or self
- Hotel and Fight booking
Things to do
Most of our days were spent in Marrakesh, there are tours available to be booked either online before getting there, at your hotel/riad, or at the Jamaa el-Fna square.
Our first tour was a two-day trip to the Zagora desert. For me this was my third trip to a desert and will likely be my last. Deserts are stunning, the sand, the sunrise and the sunset…they are also dusty and get super cold at night. Imagine having to pee in freezing temperatures. Getting to the desert from Marrakesh was a seven-hour drive in a car then a 40-minute camel ride. The drive included restroom and meal stops as well as stops at tourist attractions.
On the way to Zagora we stopped to hike up the mountain to an Amazigh (Berber) village and from, at Ouazazarte. We also went quad biking which I enjoyed tremendously. I’m not the sporty kind so was apprehensive about quad biking but ended up loving it.
Unfortunately, I fell ill likely due to all the dust I’d inhaled from the desert and quad biking so the planned trips to Essaouria and Ouzoud waterfalls had to be cancelled leaving more days than necessary in Marrakesh.
A day or two to navigate the Medina and souk should be enough but we had a week. In that time, we had made friends with the guys at the restaurant and juice stalls we frequented and had discovered the new town where the mall is located. We had seen enough of Marrakesh so decided to head to Casablanca. We loved the city feel of Casablanca and had fun shopping and walking around in the mall.
New Year’s was spent in a Spanish bar close to the city centre where Amazigh music was played up till the countdown.
The best thing we did was go to hammam. We tried different kinds of hammam, from the budget to the very fancy and would have gone to have our bodies scrubbed every day before we had to make tough decisions budget wise. We usually had hammam and massage packages combined. For me the most luxurious experience was at La Maison Arabe. It’s such a fancy place, amazing interior, attentive staff all at a hefty price. We did not have the eggs to go the public hammam