it’s been a while since my last post, and I am running behind on posts in regards to weekend trips I have taken. But over the Easter break, my friends and I travelled to Morocco for two weeks, and I figured this trip was perfect to share with you given how much research I had done prior to it.
Fair warning: the itinerary below includes a TON of time on the road. If you prefer a more chill trip, you will need to decide on places to drop, or you can decide on prolonging your trip by a few days if you can afford it. However, having said that, I don’t regret traveling to any of the places below. I loved each city in its own way.
Anyways, let’s get started with the fun part: The following part of the blog was written mostly while on the road when I had a minute during the day to reflect, so the text is usually very short, but hopefully the pictures will give you a better idea.
At the end of the blog post, you will find links to all the places we’ve stayed at, and the tour we booked, so if you’re interested read along 🙂
1st day: Amsterdam – Casablanca
We took the plane from Amsterdam at 9.40AM and got to Morocco around 1PM local time due to slight delays. However, since the immigration line takes forever, we only made it to town only 1.5 hours later.
We had no plans for Casablanca though except to buy some bus tickets for the upcoming trips and take a look at the Hassan II mosque.
Bus tickets bought: CTM bus from Casablanca to Chefchaouen at 1.30PM for the following day & bus ticket from Chefchaouen to Fes for Sunday at 3.30PM
2nd day: Casablanca to Chefchaouen
I woke up early to head to the mosque. There are some daily tours to visit the inside of the mosque (only 2 on Fridays); however I opted to just walk around and sit in the sun. Gorgeous views of the building all around. Definitely worth a stop!
Casablanca felt like home to me: basically the Moroccan version of Alexandria my hometown 🙂
Next stop: Chefchaouen via the 8 hours CTM bus.
3rd day: Chefchaouen
Waking up in Chefchaouen has some type of magic in it. Even though we’re here on the only rainy day so far this month, this city looks too pretty to let that bother her. I’m in love already and I didn’t even leave the Riad yet.
5pm: We’ve been walking around all morning and ended up taking so many pictures. Every corner you turn provides another spot for a photo shoot. And the sun made an appearance between the morning and evening rain! So grateful!
4th day: Chefchaouen – Fes
We spent the morning at the Riad just having breakfast and chilling. The weather outside has been cold and rainy and we were not prepped for it.
Towards the early afternoon we made our way to the bus station where we got on the bus to Fes. Comfy 4 hours bus ride with gorgeous views all around!
5th day: Fes
We only had one day in Fes, so we decided to venture out and walk around the Medina non stop.
After breakfast we went straight to the place where they color all the leather which honestly is ridiculous. The work that goes into it is incredible. So much respect for these guys.
6th day: Fes – Sahara
We woke up early this morning and met up with our driver Mohamed who will also be our guide over the next few days. We ended up booking a tour that would take us from Fes through the Sahara to Marrakech in order for us to not deal with planning all the logistics on our own.
So far: great choice.
And the landscapes that we’ve passed by so far are incredible. So much beauty around this country!!
7th day: Merzouga and the Sahara Desert
Oh man! This place is just too pretty!! & we’ve done so much today: Listened to great music, climbed some gorgeous sand dunes, rode camels, bargained for carpets & appreciated all the beauty that the Sahara has to offer!
8th day: Sahara continued towards the West
Waking up at camp at 6.15AM I was greeted with a sky full of stars. Literally. I love being in the desert because of that. Half an hour later, you could barely see a single star but instead was introduced to a spectacle of pink far away in the horizon. Hello sunshine! Good morning world!
9th day: Middle of somewhere Morocco
Dang. So after we left camp and got back to Merzouga yesterday, our guide picked us up for what ended up being an 8 hours car ride along with stops and viewpoints here and there. It was all gorgeous but we were so dead by the time we got to our Riad in the evening. Today? Basically the same plan. Our tour with Mohammed is supposed to end today in Marrakech but we had planned our accommodation in Essaouira (which is another 2.5 hours away from Marrakech) so we eventually need to make our way there too.
Right now we’re driving through the middle of nowhere in the Sahara and it’s so hot!
10th day: Essaouira
Oh man! Essaouira has to be one of my favorite places in Morocco so far! We arrived here last night greeted by a breath of fresh ocean air. And this morning we’ve been walking around and taking it all in. This city reminds me of a mix of Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh (the small Mediterranean town where my family and I spent a week each summer growing up). I literally feel right at home and I’m not ready to leave anytime soon.
11th day: Essaouira – Marrakech
11:50pm What a day! First of all: it’s Easter!! So happy Easter (belated probably) for those of us who celebrate it! We woke up in Essaouira this morning and had a delicious breakfast at our awesome Riad! Then Sherry, Karen and I went to the only church in town for Easter mass which was really great to experience. A 100 people or so from all over gathered in a small church to celebrate this day! Afterwards the group basically dispersed and we spent the day walking around town and sipping on coffee and tea!
Fast forward a few hours and we’re in Marrakech!! This city is basically Cairo on steroids! The madina is crazy! Possibly because it’a also Easter weekend and there’s just too many tourists in town.
12th -14th day: Marrakech
Marrakech is the definition of crazy. For reals. We arrived here on a Sunday night and had to make our way through the biggest square in the medina to our riad, and I literally could not take it with the number of bodies that were around me. I say that and I am from Egypt, so I can only imagine how someone who has never set foot in Africa or Asia must feel 😀 Having said that, we had the best riad in Marrakech and felt so welcome the entire time we were there. Plus, there are plenty of great cafes around the medina that have rooftop terraces where you can just run in and escape all the craziness for as long as you want.
Seriously though: Morocco is out of this world! And definitely one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been to. Definitely recommended!
As far as the practicalities; below some useful links (and no, I am not getting sponsored by any of them to write this post, but I’d still recommend all :)). Feel free to comment below if you have any more questions:
- Casablanca Airbnb
- Riad Dar Zambra in Chefchaouen
- Riad Rcif in Fes
- Private Desert Tour leaving Fes and arriving in Marrakech (4 days/ 3 nights)
- Riad Rayhan in Essaouira
- Riad Boussa in Marrakech
- CTM Bus (from Casablanca to Chefchaouen and from Chefchaouen to Fes)
- Supratours Bus (from Marrakech to Essaouira and back)