I think anyone that has been to Morocco can agree that there is something so unique and mystic about the country and you can't precisely put your thumb on, but, it leaves you constantly wanting more of this remarkable place.
I’m not sure if it was because I have never been to a place quite like this before but everything from the décor to the food to the people left me floored. My adventure went a little like this - I spent 3 days in Marrakech, 4 day driving to/in the Sahara and then a final night in Marrakech.I got to see and do a lot in that week and I highly recommend to put your walking shoes on to do it all. Below are the places and things I would recommend to anyone traveling to Marrakech and/or Erg Chebbi.
There are a plethora of absolutely stunning Riads to stay in within the Medina that will cost you less than €100 a night. We stayed in 2 different ones; The insta-famous Riad Yasmine and the Riad &Spa Demeure Bois Précieux. Both were warm, welcoming and once inside, you forget about all of the hustle and bustle going on right outside in the Medina.
La Maison Arabe
Terrasse de Espices
YSL Museum & Marjoelle Garden **The trick here is to buy tickets before to skip the line
The Souks in the Medina
Cover and be respectful.
Get a SIM or data so you can navigate the Medina.
Get juice from a street vendor.
Get lost in the souks.
Stumble upon a random rooftop for lunch.
Bring warm clothes, at night you will need a jacket.
Reserve restaurants for dinner - Walking in can be difficult.
Take directions from anyone for anything.
Get in a cab without already agreeing on the fare and have a it written down.
Take pictures of children that look like their posing in the street for you. Bigger kids will come along and make you pay.
Take pictures of the snakes in the Place Jemâa el-Fna - unless you’re willing to pay
Settling on one desert adventure to go on is difficult. There are hundreds on the web that range from €50 to €500 a night and it all really depends on your taste. For us, we were willing to pay that extra amount so we knew there weren’t going to be any hiccups.
We settled on Erg Chebbi - Desert Camp Morocco and did the 4-day/3-night excursion. Our agenda went a little like this:
Day 1 - Drive for 4-5 hours to Kasbah Azul and stay there for the night.
Day 2 - Drive 4 more hours and arrive at Erg Chebbi to begin the desert activities
Day 3 - Have a full day in the desert
Day 4 - Wake up early and drive back to Marrakech (7-hour drive)
For us, even though long, the drive was worth it. With no wifi and minimal service, you can truly cut off from the outside world and enjoy the moment. For me that meant putting pen to paper and figuring out some next steps without any distraction. If the long drive isn’t for you there are a few camps like Scarabeo Camp about 1-hour outside of Marrakech. Although not rolling dunes, it does allow you to do activities such as camel riding etc.
Overall, Morocco is a place that I recommend anyone and everyone to visit in their lifetime. I can’t wait till I have the opportunity to go back and explore more of the country. If you want to see my full journey - check out my save Instagram story “Morrocco” on my page here (Click when on phone).