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Thinking about a trip to Morocco? Do it. I traveled with one of my best girlfriends and we spent about 10 days total with stops in Marrakesh, Fes, Merzouga, and Draa Valley. I created this travel guide outlining how we got between cities, and the hotels, restaurants, activities we loved!
If you have any favorite places in Morocco, please write in the comments below so others can see where you love to eat, things you love to do, and where you love to stay in Morocco so we can grow and share the wealth of this Travel Guide.
Getting There: We officially started our trip in Spain for a few days and then made our way from Madrid to Marrakesh. Looking at flights from Chicago, there was usually a stop (or 2) so decided to make the most of the layover and extend our trip a few days. Side note: My friend lives in New York so I met her there to travel together which did add an extra stop. Here’s the breakdown of the journey:
Phase 1: Flight from ORD to JFK (2 hours)
Phase 2: Flight from JFK to Madrid (7 hrs 15 mins)
Phase 3: Flight from Madrid to Marrakesh Airport (RAK) (2 hours)
There were a couple non-stop flights per day to RAK so it was a very easy travel day. Our hotel offered a pickup service from the airport and that was definitely worth it. The city center is only about 15 minute drive from the airport.
Stay: Morocco is full of riads which is a traditional Moroccan interior garden or courtyard associated with palace architecture. It now is used to describe a hotel or guesthouse-style accommodation where there are shared common areas and private rooms/bathrooms. We had 2 total stops in Marrakesh so stayed in a Riad and a hotel.
Getting There: Train from Marrakech (6 hours). This was a cool way to see more of the Morocco landscape and the train was very smooth. But it is a long ride.
Eat/Drink: We ended up in Fes at the start of Ramadan and there was a city wide ban on the sale of any alcohol for the duration of the holiday. The start of the holiday also changed a lot of business hours so our time here was not as originally planned. But still great. Based on the location of our hotel, we ate meals at the hotel. We bookmarked a bunch of places from this article that we will just have to try next time.
This part of the trip was all booked via a package with the Desert Luxury Camp. The camp concierge helps organize your itinerary based on your starting and final destination.
Getting There: a private driver picked us up at our Hotel in Fes and would drive us between each stop over the course of the three days. We covered a lot of ground and saw all the variety of the Morocco landscape, High Atlas Mountains, Volcanic Mountains, Desert Sand Dunes, and valley full of date palms,
and almond, fig and olive trees.
Day 1: Fes – Ifrane – Midelt – Merzouga Sand Sea of Erg Chebbi (7-8 hr drive)
Day 2: Merzouga – Nekob – Draa Valley (3- 4 hr drive)
Day 3: Draa Valley – Agdz – Ouarzazate – Ait BenHaddou –Marrakech (4-5 hr drive)
Eat/Drink: All meals were either included at the properties or designated stops on the road trip.
Do: Lots of R&R time at both properties, but some highlights of the road trip and accommodations
Again, if you have any favorite places in Morocco, I’d love to hear them so please share in the comments below! And if you are feeling inspired to incorporate some travel memories into your home, I would love to chat.