Morocco is a place I had always liked the sound of and wanted to check out but had never been a priority for me to explore, nearly booked a trip to Eastern Europe but on a whim we decided Morocco to seek some real travel and some warm weather.
Once all was booked, started to do some further research on the country and pull together a rough plan of attack on how we wanted to see the country and get the most out of our 10 days there, we had set a total budget of £500 each including all flights, tours, food etc and managed to keep within this and still eat, travel and stay in good places.
The rough plan was as follows:
- Explore Marrakech for 3 days and check out the souks in the Medina to get a feel for what a crazy place Marrakech is. After the first day we changed our plans to stay for only 2 nights as its pretty intense city and felt we could see a lot over the 2 days (The Medina, Jardin Marjorelle, Eating tagine, buy some junk that we don't want but they convince us we do, visit the Tannery, get a Hamman, find some rooftops, check out the 'new town'
- Go on an 2 nights 3 day trip to see the dessert, Atlas Mountains, Ait Benhaddou, Dades Gorge, Valley of Roses but we decided to do a 3 night trip and see both the Zagora Dessert and Merzouga Desset which was the best decision as we found the Merzouga Dessert 10 times more impressive with the big dunes. We ended up finding a tour operator in the Medina and take a risk as you hear lots of stories about them being terrible but we lucked out and had a great operator, met a great mix of people and went to all the places on the list, we paid a total of £85 each for 4 days (this includes all accommodation, transport, breakfast and dinner. You did however have to pay for your lunch and any tips you wanted to give to the guides.
- Following living the Nomad life for 3 nights we would want a bit of rest and relaxation in Taghazout which is a sleepy little surf town 40 mins North of Agadir on the Atlantic Coast to do a bit of Surfing, Yoga and get some general goodness into life. We pre booked 3 nights at Surf Maroc which was great and after eating tagine and cous cous for 4 days their menu was very welcome. Taghazout was super chilled out and alcohol free which was cool, did yoga at sunset each night, surfed and played round with the camera.
Below are some of the photos that piece together the trip and bring the above to life a little