Morocco is a country that you just can’t get enough of – the Islamic Architecture and generous Berber people will draw you back again and again. You can’t miss shopping in the souks of Marrakech and visiting Chefchaouen, the Blue City. If you like scenery and hiking, head to the Atlas Mountains. Morocco has something for everyone, and amongst the most popular tours are the Morocco Desert Trips.
Morocco Desert Trips
You will probably find yourself flying into Marrakech, and from there, it’s easy to head to the Desert via the Atlas Mountains. Be prepare if you plan on booking one of the Morocco Desert trips – the roads will be windy and can cause travel sickness. The weather can be harsh, so take a head scarf and water bottle. But braving these conditions will be worth it for the amazing views and experiences. I found the Berber people to be amongst the most generous and welcoming people I have ever come across. Also, Quad biking on sand dunes is soooo much fun!
Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou
Ouarzazate is a small town on the other side of the High Atlas that is a fantastic base for Morocco Desert Trips and camel trekking. It’s often referred to as the Red City. I recommend at least 5 days using Ouarzazate as a base if you can. You can visit Ouarzazate and Ait Benhddou (the old Kasbah) from Marrakech in a day, although I wouldn’t recommend it as the Tichka Pass across the Atlas Mountains is extremely windy and at high altitude – I wouldn’t fancy doing that twice in one day – once is enough!
Chefchaouen – The Blue City
Chefchaouen is known as the Blue City, and is extremely popular with tourists. It’s in North West Morocco and is famous for the blue washed buildings of the Old Town. Chefchaouen can be visited as a day trip from Fez, Tangier and Rabat.
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What to Pack for Morocco
A scarf that can cover up your shoulders and double up as a head scarf is a good idea for Morocco, especially for visiting religious places and preventing too much male attention!
As for clothes, light trousers, linen tops and maxi-dresses work well. You don’t need to pack more than one pair of jeans. Also avoid anything that shows too much skin – maybe not too many short skirts or spaghetti straps!
Further Reading on Morocco
Also, here are a few more articles to help you to prepare for your Morocco itinerary – have a wonderful trip!