With its pristine coastlines, medieval cities, towering sand dunes, and a warm and welcoming population, the Kingdom of Morocco is a gem in North Africa. This 10 day Morocco itinerary will help you see the highlights of this richly diverse nation.

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10 Day Morocco Itinerary

Located in the far northwestern corner of Africa, Morocco’s rich geographical diversity and colorful cultural scene has for centuries been a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Just a stones throw away from Europe, travelers have longed viewed it as exotic and adventurous and beautiful, yet with a population that is warm and welcoming. It’s no wonder why its nickname is the “jewel of Africa.”

Though it’s relatively small, Morocco can feel like many different countries all wrapped into one. You can ride camels in the mighty Sahara desert and snowboard in the Atlas mountains. Have breakfast on a rooftop overlooking Marrakech’s wild square and have dinner in a secluded riad deep in the medina of Fez. Its northern coastal cities are modern, lush, and European, while its villages in the desert south still hold tightly to their traditions.

Morocco is adventurous, colorful, and beautiful. 10 days isn’t nearly enough to explore the country in depth, but its the perfect amount of time to get a taste of all that Morocco has to offer. To help plan your trip, here is the 10 day Morocco itinerary that my family used.

10 day morocco itinerary

But first…..

Tips for visiting Morocco

Currency

The official currency is the Moroccan Dirham. It’s a closed currency, meaning that you can’t get it outside of Morocco before your trip. Fortunately, ATMs and banks are easily accessible in all the cities.

Because cash is king in Morocco, you will need a lot of Dirhams on hand. Very few places (gas stations and some restaurants) take credit cards. Everywhere else only takes cash. You will also be expected to leave a 10% tip at meals and give a tip to all service workers (bus drivers, bellhops, etc). Most bathrooms also charge 2Dhs. So you will need lots of small denomination Dirhams.

The amount of money you need will depend on how much shopping you want to do and which restaurants you plan to eat at. For a 10 day Morocco itinerary, I suggest having the equivalent of $500 cash per person.

Transportation

Morocco is extremely diverse – every city and region has its own unique culture, landscape, and history. If you only visit one or two cities, you haven’t really experienced Morocco. But that means you need to know how to get around! For that, you have a few options:

Car

Having a rental car gives you the most flexibility. Every major car rental company has a booth at Casablanca’s Mohamed V airport. For the most part, driving in Morocco is ok. The highways are well-kept and easily navigable. However, driving in the cities is not for the faint of heart. There’s a lot of congestion, limited parking, and traffic rules are generally disregarded by the locals.

Taxi

Within city limits, petit taxis are the way to go. These taxis are plentiful and metered, so you don’t have to worry about haggling over the cost of the ride. During the day, the cost is 7Dhs. After 9PM, it goes up to 10Dhs. If the driver tells you his meter is broken or tries to charge you for more, ask him to let you out and try a different taxi. You will need cash for the fare.

Train

The two main lines of Morocco’s national rail service, ONCF, link most of the major cities. It’s a budget friendly and comfortable way to travel without the stress of navigation.

Bus

Buses are a great way to reach places that the train doesn’t go. Morocco’s two major bus companies, CTM and Supratours, are affordable, safe, and most even have WiFi.

Language

The official language of Morocco is Modern Standard Arabic, which is the language used throughout the Middle East. That’s the language on signs, on newscasts, on all official documents. While most Moroccans understand Standard Arabic, the dialect they speak is actually Moroccan Arabic. It is slightly different from Standard Arabic.

However, I imagine most of you reading this Morocco itinerary don’t know enough Arabic for it to matter which dialect they use. What’s useful for you to know is that most people in the cities and hotels understand at least a small amount of English. About half of the population also understands French because it is formally taught in Moroccan schools.

What to Wear

Morocco is a Muslim country and most people, especially the women, dress very conservatively. In the cities, many women do dress fashionably but with heads and arms covered. In the more traditional southern part of the country, many women wear full face and body coverings.

However, as a tourist, you do not need to dress as the locals do. Moroccans are very relaxed and do not expect foreigners to follow Moroccan customs. There are no laws saying what you can and cannot wear. But it’s always a good rule to be respectful of your local hosts. They’ll think better of you and you will feel more comfortable by not drawing unwanted attention to yourself. Keep your thighs, shoulders, and cleavage covered and wear loose-fitting clothing and you’ll be good to go!

10 Day Morocco Itinerary

Day 1: Casablanca

Casablanca’s Mohamed V airport is the country’s largest international airport and the one that’s the cheapest and easiest to fly into. So it makes the most sense to start your 10 day Morocco itinerary there!

Depending on how early your flight arrives, plan to spend the afternoon of day 1 exploring Casablanca. It’s Morocco’s largest city and known as the economic and industrial center of the country. Despite its fame bestowed by the famous film, Casablanca is also the least touristy city – it’s all business with few attractions. Which means that an afternoon and morning are all you need to explore it.

Things to do in Casablanca:
  • Rick’s Cafe: While none of “Casablanca” was filmed in its namesake city, this delightful cafe is a perfect replica of Humphrey Bogart’s old haunt, 1930’s piano included. Stop in for dinner or drinks!
  • Museum of Moroccan Judaism: Explore the 2000 year history of Jews in Morocco at the only Jewish museum in the Arab world.
  • Hassan II Mosque: This is the biggest (literally) attraction in Casablanca. This is third largest mosque in the world and the only one that non-Muslims can visit in Morocco. But you can only visit on a guided tour, which happen at set times each day. I suggest saving this for day 2.
  • Guided City Tour: Intimidated by the thought of exploring Casablanca on your own? Yeah, I don’t blame you! How about spending your first day in the city on a guided tour?

Where to Stay in Casablanca

Being such a large city, Casablanca has a wide variety of places to stay. There’s the Four Seasons right on the ocean, newly renovated riads, as well as more budget-friendly hotels. You’ll only be here for one night, so keep that in mind. We stayed at the Oum Palace, which was a modest but lovely stay.

Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier

On day 2 of your 10 day Morocco itinerary, start with a tour of the incredible Hassan II mosque.

hassan ii mosque

The third largest mosque in the world does not fail to impress. Completed in the early 1990s, the final construction bill was the equivalent of $600 million. It required 10,000 master craftsmen to work in shifts for 24 hours every day for 6 years. 99.9% of construction materials came from within Morocco (the Venetian chandeliers and Italian marble columns being the exceptions).

Despite being just a few decades old, the mosque harkens back to the glory days of Islamic architecture, with its sweeping ceilings, delicate mosaics, cedar balconies, and chiseled plaster designs. But it’s also a very modern mosque, with electrically heated floors, an elevator in the minaret, and a ceiling that can open up in the hot summer months.

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The mosque is stunning feat of human architectural skill rarely seen in today’s age of cheap and efficient construction. A visit here is the perfect way to kickstart your grand tour of Morocco.

Unsurprisingly, the mosque draws huge crowds, especially during peak tourist season. And you can only visit it on a guided tour, which are offered at set times each day. Tours last about 45 minutes. The best bet to avoid long lines is to come early in the day, which is why I suggest saving it for day 2, rather than visiting on day 1.

Info for visiting Hassan II mosque:

  • Tour times:
    • Saturday to Thursday: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00
    • Friday: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 15:00
  • Ticket price: 130Dh, or about $13USD
  • How to purchase tickets:
    • You can buy tickets on site, but you’ll likely have to wait in line. And you will need to use cash.
    • Or you can purchase tickets through Get Your Guide, which is the better option if you’re short on time.

After you finish at the mosque, it’s time to leave Casablanca behind and drive 1.5 hours north up the coast to Morocco’s imperial city: Rabat.

Rabat

Rabat is home to the King’s main residence, as well as most foreign embassies. As such, the city is kept sparkling clean and perfectly manicured.

Make a first stop at Rabat’s old medina. Every city in Morocco has an old medina – the part of the city built in medieval times, with a maze of stone alleyways with hidden doorways and vendors ready to haggle with you over a price for their rugs and scarves. The nice thing about Rabat’s medina is it’s much calmer and quieter than the more famous medinas of Fez and Marrakech. It’s a good introduction to a Moroccan medina without the stress.

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Wandering around the old medina

After the medina, drive over to the Kasbah of the Udayas. The fort was built nearly 1000 years ago to protect what was then a Roman city. But it’s thanks to the French, who renovated it during their occupation, that we are still able to appreciate its impressive size and grandeur today.

kasbah of the udayas

Entrance to the Kasbah

Walk through the small door to the right of the gate and wonder through the now-residential streets of the old fortress. When you reach the other side, you’ll be treated to a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Right next to the fortress are Rabat’s Andalusian Gardens. These gardens were built by the French in the 20th century and are almost an exact copy of those in Alhambra, Spain. Enjoy a free stroll through the orange and lemon trees in this tranquil oasis.

The last stop in Rabat should be the Hassan Tower and Tomb. The tower was meant to be the largest minaret in the world for what would have been the largest mosque in the world. But when the caliph who commissioned both died near the end of the 12th century, construction stopped. What we see today is the incomplete tower and the remains of the mosque’s 348 columns.

Hassan tower

Hassan Tower

Nearby is the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the king who was exiled by the French in the early 20th century. Hassan II, builder of the amazing mosque in Casablanca, was also buired here in 1999. You can’t go inside, but you can admire the exterior, as well as the royal guards on their horses posted at the gates.

Mohamed V tomb

Royal guards on royal horses

Stop for lunch at one of Rabat’s many lovely seafood restaurants. This is one of the few areas in Morocco that has fresh seafood, so take advantage of that! Then begin the 3 hour drive further north to Tangier.

Tangier

Just outside of Tangier is the perfect location to spend sunset – Cap Spartel. Cap Spartel is the exact point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. The lookout point is located high on a hilltop. There’s a picturesque lighthouse here as well, and on a clear day you can see mainland Portugal. It’s well worth the detour.

Cap Spartel

Atlantic Ocean, meet Mediterranean Sea

From there, head to Tangier for the night.

Where to Stay in Tangier

We stayed at the delightful Fredj Hotel and Spa. It’s located just behind the French consulate and has rooms with private balconies and ocean views. They also serve alcohol (not a given at Moroccan hotels) and had the best breakfast spread of any of our stays in Morocco.

Day 3: Chefchaouen

Make sure your camera is ready for day 3 of your 10 day Morocco itinerary, because it’s time to visit the Blue Jewel of Morocco: Chefchaouen.

If you’re driving, enjoy the incredibly scenic 2-hour journey through the Rif Mountains. While most people think “desert” when they envision Morocco, this part of the country is lush and green. I had flashbacks to Greece as we made our way to the instagram-famous blue city.

Chefchaouen

Overlooking Chefchaouen

There are many theories as to why Chefchaouen’s old medina is nearly entirely blue. The most popular is that when the local Jewish community grew in the wake of WWII, the Jews painted their homes blue because it’s the color of heaven. Then when tourism to the city grew in the last 1900s, most of the city got painted blue to please visitors. The fact that the city is repainted twice a year seems to confirm that!

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen’s main appeal is its blue buildings and streets. That being said, while it’s beautiful, there isn’t a ton to do. And almost all of the souvenirs there are made in China, so it’s not even the best shopping location in Morocco. So plan to spend no more than 3 hours there. It’s easy to get lost, so I recommend going with a guide if your sense of direction isn’t the best.

Chefchaouen

After you finish exploring Chefchaouen, begin the 4 hour trek to Morocco’s great ancient city of Fez. Stops you can take along the way include Meknes, one of Morocco’s four imperial cities, and Ouzzane, the spiritual center for Moroccan Sufism.

Where to Stay in Fez

In Fez, you have the option of staying in a standard hotel like Hotel Atlas Saiss outside of the old medina. Or, you can stay in one of Fez’s renovated riads. Beware though: there are no cars allowed inside the walled city, so you may have to be creative with getting your suitcases to your hotel if you go that route. If you want to stay in a riad, I suggest waiting until Marrakech where it’s easier to navigate.

Day 4: Fez

Spend day 4 of your 10 day Morocco itinerary exploring the fascinating, and sometimes overwhelming, ancient city of Fez.

Fez is the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities, founded around 800 AD. While the other 3 have either modernized or become less important through time, Fez has maintained its ancient grandeur. For most of its history, the city was a bustling commercial center, thanks to its location as a strategic caravan stop between the Saharan cities such as Timbuktu and the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

Today it’s home to one of the oldest universities in the world (still in use!), the first leather tannery (worth a visit if you can handle the stench), and a myriad of other treasures. It’s also the handiwork capital of Morocco, so if you’re interested in buying authentic leather, ceramic, or fabric goods, Fez is the place to do it. (You can even take a guided handicraft tour of Fez!). There’s enough to see to fill up one whole day of your Morocco trip.

Royal Palace of Fez

Start your day by visiting the Royal Palace of Fez. You can’t actually go Into the palace, but you can admire its extremely impressive front gates – and imagine just how grand it must be inside! This is still the King’s official residence when he visits Fez.

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The cat, like all the rest of us, would like to see behind those gates

Jewish Quarter

Just beyond the Royal Palace is the Mellah, or Jewish Quarter, home to the 250 Jews still living in Fez. Historically, Jews were generally better treated in Morocco than in other Arab nations; since 1465, there has even been an official Jewish adviser in the government. However, they were still forced to live in specific walled areas of each city, which were often far more rundown and plagued by terrible conditions than the rest of the city.

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Fez’s Jewish Quarter

Fez’s jewish quarter recently underwent an extensive renovation, so while you can still see the architecture that is different from the rest of the city, it’s a much nicer neighborhood nowadays than it once was. There isn’t much to do here, but as it’s right by the palace, it’s worth strolling through.

Borj Sud

Start your outside of and above the city at the Borj Sud panoramic viewpoint. Borj Sud was a fort built in 1582 to protect the city from invaders. With no threat of invaders today, its most important function is as an amazing place to see the size and scale of Fez’s sprawling medina.

Fez

Old Medina

The old medina of Fez is the only medieval Arabic medina still intact – its 9000 streets makeup the largest urban center in the world without cars. But those 9000 street are a chaotic network of narrow alleyways, hidden shops, locals going about their daily lives, street vendors and hawkers. It’s fun to explore, but easy to get lost – one of our fellow travelers actually did and had to get both locals and police to help him find his way out! So I highly recommend exploring the medina with a guide. Just make sure he takes you to all of the places listed below!

  • Al-Attarine Madrasa
    • Fez has a  number of these “madrasas,” Quranic boarding schools that are no longer in use. But they are examples of the finest medieval Arabic architecture and tile-work. Not all are open to the public, but Al-Attarine is. It’s also the most well-known and easiest to get to as it’s not too deep into the medina.

al-attarine madrasa

  • A Tannery
    • Fez is home to three tanneries, the oldest of which is the Chouara Tannery, which is almost 1000 years old. The tanneries still operate in the exact same fashion as when they first opened. The process of tanning hides is still entirely manual and usually passed down from father to son. The best way to see the colorful tanning vats is from a balcony of one of the leather shops that surround the tanneries. You don’t have to buy something, but it’ll be very tempting!
    • Also – beware the smell! The dyes are mixed with pigeon poop, resulting in a horrendous odor. Many shops will give you a sprig a mint, or you can use a scarf to cover your nose.
Fez tanneries

Tanning vats

  • Weaving Workshop
    • Fez is home to a number of weaving workshops where you can learn about silk weaving. They are also wonderful places to buy scarves that you know were truly handmade in Morocco!
  • Meal in a Riad
    • Both Fez and Marrakech are famous for their riads, and you need to either stay at or enjoy a meal inside one at least once. Riads are old, wealthy Moroccan homes that have been converted into restaurants and hotels. They are usually decorated with exquisite mosaics and carved cedar wood. We had a traditional pastilla lunch at a riad and it was a lovely break from the bustling streets of Fez!

Spend one more night at your Fez hotel before beginning the journey to southern Morocco.

Day 5: Fez to the Sahara

Day 5 of this 10 day Morocco itinerary is a long roadtrip through the Middle Atlas Mountains and the desert of southern Morocco before reaching the mighty Saharan dunes at Erg Chebbi. It’s about 8 hours from Fez to Erfoud, but fortunately, there’s lots to see along the way.

The first stop is Ifrane, known as Morocco’s little Switzerland. Ifrane was built by the French and is reminiscent of an Alpine village that you’d find in central Europe, complete with ski slopes and snow in the winter. It’s very confusing, but very beautiful. There’s a cafe right by the main square, making it a perfect place to stop for a morning coffee.

From Ifrane, drive through the cedar forest of Afrou, home to Morocco’s largest cedar tree. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some of the forest’s resident monkeys along the road!

About 2 hours from Afrou is the town of Midelt, the apple capital of Morocco. Which will explain why several of the roundabouts and fountains you’ll drive by are decorated with apple sculptures. This is a great halfway point to stop for lunch – we had a lovely meal at Kasbah Asmaa.

Midelt Morocco

Kasbah Asmaa

After Midelt, the road climbs up through the mountains. About 2 hours from Midelt, you’ll reach the Ziz Gorge, or Morocco’s Grand Canyon. There is a spot to pullover and take pictures, which you’ll definitely want to do!

Ziz Gorge

Ziz Gorge

From there, you’ll spend some time driving through the Ziz Oasis, the largest oasis in the world. There are several pullouts along the way to take pictures both of the oasis and the ancient desert towns sprinkled throughout the area.

Ziz Oasis

Part of the sprawling Ziz Oasis

Finally, you’ll reach the city of Erfoud. If you booked a night in the sand dunes (which obviously you should do; this was my favorite part of the week!), the Jeep drivers from the camp will meet you here and drive the rest of the way.

If you reach the camp before sunset, you can go for camel ride up the dunes to watch the sun set over the Sahara Desert – truly a once in a lifetime experience!

sahara sunset

sahara sunset

Where to Stay

You can choose to stay in a hotel in Erfoud or Merzouga and just go to the dunes long enough for a camel ride. However, I HIGHLY recommend staying at a desert camp. Our tent at Auberge du Sud was actually our nicest room of the whole trip! Plus, it’s such a cool experience spending the night in a Berber camp, next to the dunes, with Berber music and entertainment and a clear view of the stars once the lights are turned off. Just do it.

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Our desert “tent”

Day 6: Sahara – Todra Gorge

You already checked “sunset in the Sahara” off of your bucket list; why not see sunrise there as well? If you stayed in a desert camp, this is easy to do – the Berber guides will happily take you on a morning walk up the dunes in time for sunrise.

Sunrise in the Sahara

Yes, this is a real, unedited sunrise picture that my dad took

Once you get back, have breakfast and coffee before starting day 6 of this 10 day Morocco itinerary in earnest.

Day 6 is another long day of driving because you need to get all the way to Ouarzazate. Along the way, you’ll drive through several Berber villages, where life is much slower paced and far more traditional than the cities  of northern Morocco.

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Market Day; In the southern villages, it’s common to see the women wear full body coverings

About halfway between the dunes and Ouarzazate is the phenomenal Todra Gorge. This natural oasis was carved by the River Todra. The sheer walls of the gorge tower of the river, reaching almost 400 meters/1300 feet (which is taller than the Empire State Building). When you visit, you can park at the cafe at the mouth of the gorge and walk along the paved road – a much better experience than seeing it from the car or bus.

Todra Gorge

Todra Gorge

From Todra Gorge, you’ll drive through the Dades Valley, famous for its roses. If you visit in April or May, you’ll see the valley in its full glory, when the hundreds of acres of rose fields are in full bloom. Unfortunately, we were there in December, so it was all brown and gray. However, there are several places that you can stop to get rose soaps and fragrances.

From there, it’s about 2 more hours to Ouarzazate. Enjoy a nice dinner and rest up before exploring Morocco’s “little Hollywood” tomorrow.

Where to Stay

Ouarzazate is the largest city in southern Morocco. You’ll find plenty of hotels to choose from, ranging from boutique riads to luxury resorts. We stayed at a lovely renovated kasbah called Ksar Ben Youssef.

Day 7: Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou – Atlas Mountains

Start off day 7 of your 10 day Morocco itinerary by exploring Ouarzazate, also known as Morocco’s “little Hollywood.” The city’s desert locale set up against the towering Atlas Mountains has made it popular for film crews looking to make movies supposedly set in Tibet, Egypt, Somalia, and end even Rome.

But before it was a hotspot for film studios, it was known as the Gate to the Desert, a popular trading outpost for those coming from northern Morocco to cities in the Sahara. Start your morning by wandering through Taourirt Kasbah. Built in the 19th centuries, it’s not very old by Moroccan standards. But that’s one of the reasons that it’s still in relatively good condition. Usually you can go inside the palace itself, but as of 2024, it is in the midst of renovation. It was also damaged by the September 2023 earthquake, prolonging the closure. However, you can explore the streets around it, which are filled with a mixture of current residences, shops, and historical sites.

Ouarzazate

Taourirt Kasbah

Just across the street from the kasbah is the Cinema Museum. The museum is located on the site of an old film studio and showcases a collection of vintage film props, sets, and materials. You can visit the throne room used in “King Solomon,” and the jail where Russell Crowe was kept in “The Gladiator.” There’s also a gallery featuring many of the famous stars who have worked on movies filmed in Ouarzazate. It’s a small museum that only takes about 30 minutes to wander through, but it’s cool!

ouarzazate cinema museum

Imagine Russell Crowe in place of our guide and voila! The jail from Gladiator

Alternatively, you can visit Atlas Studios, located just outside of town. This is an active film studio, home to sets used in “Game of Thrones,” “Gladiator,” and “Prince of Persia.” The downside is that when they are in the middle of production, it’s closed to tours, so the Cinema Museum provides a good alternative.

Next, leave Ouarzazate behind and head to the ancient fortress city of Ait Ben Haddou.

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Ait Ben Haddou

The ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for being a prime example of southern Moroccan architecture. A cluster of earthen dwellings are perched on a hillside overlooking the Ounila River, surrounded by a fortified wall. While people have lived here since the 9th century BC, none of the current buildings are older than the 17th century. And most of the village has been completely renovated thanks to tourism and the film industry (the “Gladiator” stadium was built here, among other famous film scenes). It’s very picturesque and well-worth exploring.

Before getting back on the road, stop for lunch at one of the restaurants outside the fortified village because there’s a long drive over the mountains ahead of you. We had a very pleasant meal at L’Oasis D’Or.

After lunch, begin the long but unbelievably beautiful drive over Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains.

high atlas

North Africa’s highest mountain range runs diagonally across Morocco, separating the mild, Mediterranean climate of the north from the dry, desert south. They are home to some of Morocco’s most ancient and remote villages and the Berbers who live there continue to maintain their traditions.

Unfortunately, this trip to Morocco doesn’t include time to explore the mountains, only to drive over them. While the distance from Ait Ben Haddou to Marrakech is only about 100 miles, the drive takes 4 hours thanks to the windy mountainous roads. At the highest point of the drive, Tickha Pass, there’s a place to pull over for pictures with the sign marking the altitude and the surrounding mountains.

High atlas mountains

It’s much colder in the mountains than the desert!

A good second stopping point is near the village of Tazart, where there’s a roadside tea shop that has a terrace with a beautiful view.

Tazart

View from Tazart

Once you reach Marrakech, check into your hotel and rest before exploring the last stop on this 10 day Morocco itinerary.

Where to Stay

Marrakech is known as the city of 1000 riads, so if you want to stay in one of those lovely, boutique hotels, now is your chance. If not, you have plenty of other options. If you have a much larger budget than myself, 2021’s best hotel in the world, La Mamounia, is right near the medina. The nouvelle ville part of Marrakech is only about a 30 minute walk from the medina – that’s the neighborhood we stayed in and it worked great.

Day 8 & 9: Marrakech

The last 2 days of this 10 day Morocco itinerary will be spent in colorful, sensational Marrakech.

Marrakech is a fascinating blend of both the ancient roots and modern reality of Morocco. From its labyrinthine old souk to its world class restaurants and hotels, Marrakech has something for everyone. It’s well worth dedicating two full days here!

Day 8: City Tour and Food Tour

Spend day 8 with a tour of Marrakech’s historical landmarks. To get the most out of the experience, I suggest hiring a guide to show you around and introduce you to the city. But if you’d rather go on your own, Marrakech is much more manageable than Fez.

Whatever you do, start the day at Koutoubia Mosque. The is the largest mosque in Marrakech. It’s a great way to find your bearings in Marrakech – nothing in the city is taller than its minaret, so if you look up and can see it, you can find your way either to or out of the Marrakech souk.

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

The mosque, like most of those in Morocco, is closed to all non-Muslims. However, you can take a stroll through the beautiful gardens of Lalla Hasna Park right next to it. This park is one of the best places to photograph the mosque. From there, it’s a “choose your own adventure” situation of what else you would like to visit in Marrakech.

Other Things to do in Marrakech:

  • Bab Agnaou Gate – Of the 19 entrances to the Marrakech medina, this is the largest and most famous.
  • Saadian Tombs – These tombs were built in the 16th century as a display of power and wealth. Nearly 60 members of the Saadian dynasty are buried here; their final resting places some of the best examples of Moroccan architecture.
  • Majorelle Gardens – This is a botanic garden that combines the concepts of Islamic gardens with the luxury of tropical gardens. It was built in 1931 by Jacques Majorelle but is now owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent
  • Bahia Palace – This is one of the most stunning places in Marrakech. The palace was built in the 1800s by the Grand Vizier of Sultan Moulay Hassan I as a private residence for him and his family. The intricate details, from the carved wooden ceilings to mind boggling tile work, are absolutely incredible.

Bahia Palace Bahia Palace

The last stop of the day should be a visit to world-famous Jemaa al-Fnaa Square. Marrakech’s main square is busy all day but the action doesn’t really get started until sunset. It’s then that it fills up with snake charmers, monkey tamers, dancers, henna artists, and an endless array of street vendors and entertainers.

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Jemaa al-Fnaa Square is slightly calmer during the day

For your first visit, I suggest getting above the crowd in order to best take in the chaos – the rooftop at Grand Terrasse Du Cafe Glacier is the perfect place to take it all in without being caught in the midst of it!

Jemaa al-fnaa square

View from above!

To cap it all off, end the day with a food tour. I love doing food tours for several reasons. First, the best way to learn about a culture is through its food. Second, food tours often show you the best places to eat. Third, they often show you the best places to buy ingredients and food souvenirs. That’s why I don’t recommend saving this for the last day – do it on day 8, then if there’s anywhere you want to revisit or anything you learned about on the tour that you want to buy, you can do it on day 9!

We took a tour with Moroccan Food Tour. It included over 6 stops that are all popular with the locals, including tea stops, several entrees, juices and, of course, dessert. The best part was learning where to buy dates fresh off the tree!

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Day 9: Shopping and Exploring

On the last day of your 10 day Morocco itinerary, spend your time exploring all of those spots in Marrakech you haven’t had time to yet. You can also spend the day getting any final souvenirs – Marrakech does have all of the best shopping spots in Morocco, after all!

A tip on shopping: many of the goods in the medina are made in China. If you are looking for authentic, handmade goods, visit the Ensemble Artisanal market, which is just a few blocks from Jemaa al-Fnaa square. All the shopkeepers here make their own goods, so you can be assured you’re buying quality items. The downside is that they won’t haggle much with you, as the set price is what the item is actually worth.

Day 10: Home

If you’re flying back out of Casablanca airport, it’s about 3 hours from Marrakech, so make sure you book a flight late enough in the day to give yourself time to get there.

10 days in Morocco is enough to get just a taste of all this wondrous country has to offer, so maybe spend your flight home planning your return trip!

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