Ultimate Morocco Tour

Posted by Carlotta Cramer-Klett on

From Tangier to Marrakech 

Fez sunrise 

Tangier

Hotel:
Eat:
  • Le Saveur du Poisson - quite expensive but it’s a massive menu and its pretty delicious. Keep some space for the dessert!!
Must sees:
  • Cafe de Paris - follow the Tangier dream and have a mint tea, whilst watching the busy crowds pass. The Cafe’s mirrored interior seems to have changed very little since Truman Capote, William S Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and the rest of the beats supposedly hung out there
  • Café Haft - for a game of backgammon with a view, the cliff-clutching, multi-terraced hang out on rue Hafa in the Marshan district, has been popular since the 1920s and should you see anyone smoking something other than a cigarette, don’t ask, don’t tell
  • Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts - in spring, Tangier celebrates all things literary with this big multilingual book fair and cultural festival, headquartered in the magnificent gardens of the Moulay Hafid Palace, which is alone worth a visit
 coffee at the square

Tetouan

take a driver (totally worth it compared to taking a bus, plus taxi to the station etc) or rent a car for the whole trip around Morocco
Hotel:
  • Riad Dar Rehla - owner Mohammed is the nicest person, he helped us like a star
Must sees:
  • Association de patrimoine de Developpement de l’artisanal - artisan school, beautiful crafts and culturally very interesting
  • Medina - just wonder around,  it’s beautiful - the most traditional Moroccan one we have seen anywhere, not much tourism
  • Sit in one of the Cafes around the squares and have a bus bus (small coffee with milk)
Tetouan Medina
Tetouan fruit stalls
 
 

Chefchaouen

 
(by bus or car)
Eat:
  • Aladdin - good food but don't stay in the hostel
Must sees:
  • Just walk around this blue town. Everywhere is beautiful and so much to take in, beautiful picture material everywhere!
  • Buy some ‘Kitama’ and enjoy those colours even more ;)
  • Waterfalls - just outside town
  • Food market - very traditional and local
  • Kasbah - nice and idyllic for a lil wonder around
Chefchaouen
pigments Chefchouen
Chefchouen

Fez

(by Bus or car) 
Hotel:
  • Dar Labchara - best hotel in town, run by our Moroccan family, definitely mention us for extra nice treatment ;) beautiful old rhiad, delicious breakfast, beautiful people
 
Eat:
  • Berrada Family Restaurant - Best food in town!!!!
  • White bean soup - little street kind of opposite Berrada... the soup is very traditional Moroccan but you can also find other good snacks. Just find a place that looks cleanish and has space - very busy down there
  • Food Market down by Saffahin Square/Bab Khoukha - find a clean looking sandwich stand and order an omelette one with extra veggies and salad - delicious
  • Have a bildia (spiced arab coffee) at one of the little cafes in the medina
  • Pomegranate juice - when in season this is the most delicious and healthy thing to have, there are little stands all around and its safe to drink, at least we never had a problem ;)
  • Cafe o'clock - nice for lunch, has a good terrace with sun
  • Dar Tajine - restaurant right next to the tanneries, unfortunately a bit smelly but good food
  • Fekkahs - best cookies of Morocco, you can find them at little bakeries around the Medina or go to Patisserie la Villa in the new town - they are the best!!!
 
Must sees:
  • Guided tour - a must!! Old town, Mallah, Mosques, little alleys, cemetery, ... VERY IMPORTANT that you say you dont want to go shopping, just culture. Ask at the riad.
  • Wood Work Museum
  • Traditional music festival at the beginning of May
  • Ifrane - when you need some fresh mountain air, drive into the mountain to little Switzerland (where you can even ski) or other berber villages
 
Dar Labchara Team
kids school fez
sad camel fez
Dar Tajine lunch
 

El Jadida and Oualidia

(easiest to rent a car for this)
    Hotel:
     
    Eat:
    • In Oualida - fish fish fish... little stands by the beach with oysters and more but also a couple of good restaurants around. Check out this article for all the info!
    • Must sees:
    • or dos...learn to surf
    • relax
     
    Continue on to Safi and check out the typical colourful ceramics...we haven't been yet but it is high on the list. Then on to....
     

    Marrakech

     
    Hotel:
    • Riad Sabah - run by Hans a fellow Bavarian and his Moroccan wife, very nice with food from their organic farm from outside town - contact Hans here: riad-sabah@menara.ma
    • Riad dar Aicha - very cheap but super nice!!!
    • This air b'n'b is also apparently very nice, a recommendation of a friend
     
    Eat:
    • Terrasse des epices - for lunch, beautiful terrace with lots of sunshine spots 
    • NOMAD - for lunch and dinner
    • Le jardin - green oasis for a nice lunch
    • Fish stand number 96 on the big square
    • Digestive tea next to dancers on square after dinner
    • Kosybar - good sushi and nice for chilling during day or night
    • Le Fondouk - more upscale, nice roof garden
    • Dar Cherifa - super nice for lunch...culture centre, beautiful old building
    • Patisserie des Princes - more fekkahs and other traditional moroccan patisseries...sooo delicious
     
    Must sees:
     
    Shopping:
    • Chez Faouzi - antique jewellery redone
    • Raffia shoes - baboush section of medina
    • La port d’Or -  for antiques
    • Al Kawtar - ladies with disabilities that do very cute embroidery
                             

    Outside Marrakech

    • Beldi Hotel - for a nice wellness day/night and to enjoy their gardens
    • Fellah Hotel - for a very relaxing time out from Marrakech's buzz
    • Atlas Mountains - for some hiking and a nice hotel treat at for example Kasbah Bourika
    • Ouzoud waterfalls
    • Toubkal Mountain
    • Ourika Valley
      
    Marrakech
    Fellah Hotel
     
     
     

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