It’s a whole month later and I’m finally sharing how five friends and I spent 7 days in Morocco. We encountered some hiccups throughout the journey but still enjoyed the trip. If you haven’t had a chance to check highlights from Instagram, if you’re planning a trip to Morocco, today I’m sharing our full Morocco itinerary and details on where to stay and how to spend a week in Morocco.
Sunday – Travel from Casablanca to Rabat
Our week in Morocco started on our flight from NYC to Casablanca with a layover in Madrid. We were greeted at the airport by Kareem, who waited with us for the transfer bus to Rabat. We stayed one night at Hotel Le Diwan and were welcomed with Moroccan tea as we sat for our orientation meeting. For the afternoon and evening, we had free time to roam around Morocco’s capital city. Lunch was at Les Jardins D’esperanza Cafe where we had our first Moroccan dish: chicken tagine. In the evening, we stayed up late for drinks and girl talk at the hotel’s bar.
Dinnertime in Rabat at Cafe Esperanza was chicken tagine. A tajine or tagine is a Berber dish which is named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. This had chicken with olives & surprisingly fries on the side…??♀️ #rabat #food #goodeats #joannaetravels #rockoutinmorocco #thisisafrica #africa #motherland
Monday – Sightseeing and Travel from Rabat to Fes
Before traveling from Rabat to Fes (also known as Fez), we did some sightseeing through Rabat. In addition to driving through the medina, we stopped at these notable sites:
- Chellah – Ancient Ruins of Muslim Conquerors of Northen Africa and Roman city. It hosts a holy necropolis, mosque, minaret, and royal tombs.
- Dâr-al-Makhzen (Royal Palace) – The primary and official residence of the king of Morocco.
- Kasbah des Oudaias – Built in the 12th century, Kasbah is a mini city within the city of Rabat. Here you can purchase food or drinks from the cafes and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Hassan Tower – Rabat’s most visited attraction and the minaret of an incomplete mosque.
- Mausoleum of Mohammed V – Site of the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II, and Prince Abdallah
- Volubilis – Ancient Berber and Roman city that is considered the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania
Visiting the Ancient Ruins of Chellah. Salā was the name given to the city founded by the Muslim conquerors of North Africa. The Marinids made the site a holy necropolis, or chellah, and built a complex that included mosque, minaret, and royal tombs. #rockoutinmorocco #rabat #joannaetravels #chellah #morocco #blackandwelltravelled #caribbeangirlswhoblog #joannaestyle
Tuesday – Day Trip to Chefcheoun
While in Fez we stayed at the Barceló Fès Medina. It was about a 5-minute drive from the medina and the rooms were both colorful and cozy. For our free day, my roommate and I took a day trip to Chefchaouen. If I ever visit Morocco again, I would need to go back to Fez. My friend bought 10 leather wallets for $100 USD.
Wednesday – Traveling from Fes to Marrakech
Traveling from Fes to Marrakech was the longest drive of our whole trip so instead of being covered up, I dressed more “Western” (in shorts). On our way to Marrakesh, we drove through the Moroccan valleys and Atlas Mountains. Once there, we did a mini-tour of Marrakesh on the way to the hotel and were given tips on how to get to the medina via taxi and walking. After a bit of exploring and picture taking around Djemaa el Fna Square, we ate dinner at Cafe Extrablatt and had the most non-traditional meal ever: burgers, wings, and fries.
Thursday – A Full Day in Marrakesh
On Thursday morning, we did a 1/2 day tour of Marrakesh. Notable sites included the 16th century Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. We also purchased Moroccan spices and argan oil before splitting up. It was a busy morning so I went back to the hotel to rest, while the others visited Majorelle Botanical Gardens. The afternoon and evening were spent relaxing in La Mamounia’s pool area and a food tour through the medina.
If you’re a foodie visiting Marrakech, I HIGHLY recommend @marrakechfoodtours. The food was great, our tour guide and the owner were super sweet and we were able to take some goodies back to our hotel for our friends who left early. We walked through the souks trying authentic Moroccan food and learned a lot about everyday life within the area itself. I ate cow spleen and it was GREAT! #marrakech #morocco #foodie #joannaetravels #yum #goodeats #rockoutinmorocco
Friday – Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Leaving Marrakesh to go to Casablanca, we did a mini city tour and visited the Notre Dame de Lourdes Cathedral. We viewed the exterior of the Hassan II Mosque which is the largest and only mosque in Morocco where non-Muslims may enter. The area by our hotel, the Sofitel Casablanca had tons of shops so we purchased gifts to take home. I purchased a leather jacket for myself as well as artwork and other souvenirs for friends and family.
Saturday – Travel from Casablanca to NYC
After spending a week in Morocco, our airport pickup came for us Saturday morning. If you’re a new traveler and planning a trip to Morocco, I recommend Gate 1’s services. A benefit of using Gate 1 tours is we saw highlights of the country, but I will definitely visit Morocco for a longer stay on my own.
Have you been to Morocco?