Morocco

It’s one of the most diverse, most sought-after destinations in the world, and I’ve got everything you need right here!

Morocco

  • What to Pack for Morocco: Men’s Edition - Do a quick search for "what to pack for Morocco," and you will find dozens---maybe hundreds!---of blog posts for women. You'll find almost nothing for men, but men are definitely expected to have some self-awareness about what they pack.
  • Our Morocco Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) - However, I do think when we right-size our expectations and learn as much as we can in advance, we generally have a better experience overall. So here’s the quick list of mistakes we made in Morocco and how to avoid them on your trip!
  • What to Pack for Morocco: Women’s Edition - I used to think packing for conservative locations in hot countries was really hard, especially for women. But now that I've done it a few times, I'm finding that it's easy---almost too easy!
  • Getting Around Morocco: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - There are lots of ways to get around Morocco (and the country is much larger than you may think!), so I have put together some tips from all the modes of transportation we experienced. Happy travel planning!
  • How to Haggle in Morocco - Shopping in Morocco can be a chore, a pain, unbearable... or it can be a lot of fun! It's all depends on how much you like to haggle, or how well you can fake indifference. Personally, I do not like to shop!
  • Flying Royal Air Maroc within Morocco - We flew from Casablanca (CMN) to Marrakech (RAK) and from Ouarzazate (OZZ) to Fes (FEZ) during our two-week trip, both times with Royal Air Maroc, so here's our review!
  • What to Eat in Morocco - What's there to eat in Morocco? Well, get back on the gluten-filled, carbo-loaded bandwagon again because bread in all forms is on the menu! But so are fresh-squeezed juices, lamb, mint tea, tajine of every sort, and my favorite: pastella! Take a look at the best of what we ate on our two-week expedition in Morocco!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Morocco - Each year, Steve an I pick a place to spend a two-week "Trip of a Lifetime." This year was my turn to choose, and I was very interested in getting my first glimpse of the African continent! Morocco has fascinated my wanderlust for a while now, but I'll be honest: it was a little intimidating to plan a two-week trip there!
  • Safety and Avoiding Scams in Morocco - Every place in the world is safe. And Every place in the world is dangerous. Anything could happen anywhere; the best you can do is be prepared!
  • How to Respectfully Visit a Mosque - Have you ever visited a mosque? It can be kind of intimidating, especially for women, if you've never been in one before. So that's why I decided to write up a quick guide of do's and don't's so you won't have to miss out on this cultural and spiritual experience on your travels!

Casablanca

  • What to Know Before You Visit Casablanca - If you don't know anything else about Morocco, you probably do know that Casablanca is located there! While it's not the capitol, it is the largest city and the financial center of the country. It was also our first stop in Morocco, so check out our tips to know before you go!
  • Dining at Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca - Spolier alert: the first Rick's Cafe was made up for the movie! The actual restaurant where you can have a meal and listen to some piano playing in Casablanca opened in 2004 and was inspired by everyone's favorite Bogart and Bergman film, Casablanca.
  • Your Guide for Visiting Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca - If you've followed any travel "influencers" on Instagram in the last two or three years, you've definitely become familiar with Chefchaouen, Morocco's Blue Pearl! The whole city is painted beautiful shades of blue and is nestled in the picturesque Rif Mountains.

Chefchaouen

  • What to Know Before You Visit Chefchaouen - If you've followed any travel "influencers" on Instagram in the last two or three years, you've definitely become familiar with Chefchaouen, Morocco's Blue Pearl! The whole city is painted beautiful shades of blue and is nestled in the picturesque Rif Mountains.

Fes

  • What to Know Before You Visit Fes - Ah, Fes. Home of leather work, tile work, a royal palace, and kind people. We had our best riad experience here at Riad Mazar Fes, and we took a 3-hour tour of the medina (or Old City) on foot. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen because it's one of the great artisan capitols of the world, but there are a few things every traveler should know before they go!
  • Staying at Riad Mazar Fes - Y’all, there are a LOT of riads in every major city in Morocco, and it seemed almost impossible to choose one in Fes. Location is important to us, as are air conditioning, private ensuite bathroom, positive reviews, etc. It was overwhelming to sift through all the possibilities!

Marrakech

  • What to Know Before You Visit Marrakech - Marrakech, Morocco, has become a hot spot for tourism in recent years, and it's just as chaotic, colorful, and old world charming as you might expect! The city has played host to world leaders, royalty, the rich, and the famous over the years, but there are a few things every visitor should know before they go!
  • Why I Will Not Recommend La Mamounia, Marrakech - This is the single worst hotel experience Steve and I have ever had. You know I like to keep my blog positive, and I get really excited about special experiences when we travel, so we had been looking very forward to our stay at La Mamounia for months. It was voted the #1 hotel in the world in 2018, but we have to disagree in the strongest possible terms.

Moroccan Sahara

  • Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: Glamping in the Moroccan Sahara - It took a little convincing, but I managed to get my husband to agree to go glamping! That's right, glamorous camping. It's one of the only ways to experience the Moroccan Sahara, and there are several companies that offer tours. We chose Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps.
  • What to Know Before You Visit the Moroccan Sahara - If you know me, you know I'm a wannabe island girl. The ocean, the palm trees, the flowers... the sand is really the worst part because it ends up in the worst places! But when in North Africa, a trip to the Sahara Desert needs to be on the list!
  • What to Eat in the Moroccan Sahara - We stayed with Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, and they served us some of the best food we ate in all of Morocco! Take a look and tell me what you'd want to eat!

Ouarzazate

  • Staying at Temple des Arts - ou could imagine my delight when I found out there was a movie-themed hotel in Morocco! And you could imagine my excitement again when it worked out for us to stay there one night on our way to the Sahara! Here's the whole experience, complete with photos and movie links!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Ouarzazate - The great surprise of our trip to Morocco was something we never expected: Ouarzazate. It's a small town about four hours from Marrakech and five hours from the Sahara Desert, making it an ideal stopping point for our desert excursion.

Tangier

  • What to Know Before You Visit Tangier - The last stop on our grand tour of Morocco was the port city of Tangier. By then we had a good feel for how exploring the city would go, but there are still some things we wish we knew before we went!
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