Morocco

AT A GLANCE:  

I fell in love with the country and cannot wait to go back! It might not be the best place for inexperienced travelers, but it will provide the cultural experience of a lifetime, and a chance to spend the night in the Sahara. Morocco has some of the best artisan work I have ever seen, from home-wear to jewelry, it will leave you wishing for more space in your suitcase. The majority of my traveling was done near the city of Marrakech and the towns surrounding the Sahara Desert.

What to do

  • Stay in a Riad - Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with an open garden in the center of the building. I found mine through Airbnb and it was magical. I would do it again in a heartbeat. 
  • Enjoy some mint tea - I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was!
  • Have fresh squeezed orange juice, another favorite on our trip. 
  • Visit a Berber Village in the Atlas mountain region - This is a great way to see life outside the city and the mountain views are spectacular. 
  • Spends a night or two in The Sahara - hands down my favorite experience of my whole trip. I went on a guided tour with Top Desert, but there are many companies to fit your specific travel needs.  
  • Check out the city of Tamegroute - Home to beautiful clay pottery, which you can see being made by the locals.

Travel Tips: 

  • Bring cash - and exchange it at the airport. A lot of vendors in Marakkech and other towns in Morocco will not accept credit cards. There are atms, but those also come with bank fees that I hope to avoid the next time around. 
  • For the ladies - dress respectfully, you will draw a lot of potentially unwanted attention by showing off too much skin or wearing really tight clothes.  
  • Don't take pictures without asking - shop owners and locals will be very adamant about this one, so make sure to ask before snapping away 
  • Haggle!! - Be firm, I was able to cut prices by about half of the original asking price. There are a few shops with fixed prices so do respect those. 

Things to avoid:   

  • Too much shopping in the souks - shopping in Berber villages near the Atlas Mountains will allow you to see how your products are made and even meet the locals who made them. 
  • Spontaneous Henna in the Square - If you are interested in getting Henna establish the price and design before you sit down. If you're not careful withing the span of two minutes you will have Henna up to your elbows..and be charged upwards of 600 Moroccan Dirhams, about 60 euros..I'm speaking from personal experience here. My friend ended up paying 27 euros but we had to get more aggressive than we would have liked. The good news is that this situation is completely is avoidable with the right planning. 

 

Overall Morocco is a wonderful country with a lot to offer! I hope I get to go back some day!

If you have more specific or detailed questions about Morocco please make sure to leave a comment below, I'd be more than willing to help you out!

 

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