Morocco Travel Guides for Backpackers

Top places to visit in Rabat, the capital of Morocco

Rabat was the first city I lived in when I arrived in Morocco to pursue my studies. It was during the winter. It wasn’t an ideal time for me to be adventurous given the fact that the weather I encountered in Rabat was considerably colder than what I was used to. By June, however, I was done with my language studies and my summer holiday had started. Most importantly, the weather provided my friends and me the opportunity to explore the city. Unlike Fes and Marrakech, Rabat is a city with relatively moderate temperature so even during the summer, the […]
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Top things to do in Tamraght, Morocco

Having perfect weather all year round and a beautiful seacoast, Morocco is the perfect place to discover a different culture, amazing people and breathtaking landscapes. Here you can relax, enjoy the delicious North African cuisine and experience the beauty of this country. Among all my travels, this country has deeply impressed me due to the hospitality of its people, its rich heritage mix between Berber and Arabic, with Spanish and Portuguese influences. Impressive architecture, beautiful traditions and a way of life deeply connected with nature will definitely leave the mark among all its visitors. Marrakesh is by far the most […]
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Why Essaouira, Morocco is a photography paradise

Essaouira, Morocco is located on the coast between Casablanca and Agadir but is nothing like the two. With roughly 70.000 inhabitants, Essaouira is significantly smaller than its neighbors. Nevertheless, I would choose it over the others any day. Why? Because Essaouira is one of the most photogenetic places I have visited Morocco. What to see in Essaouira Strolling through the narrow streets and alleys of the old town or medina, as the Moroccans call it, is a treat to your senses in every way. Everything within the old fortress walls feels like a few steps back in time. Old and […]
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Your guide to Essaouira : The hipster city of Morocco

Essaouira, or as locals call it “Swera” is the windy hipster city of Morocco. Known for its chill vibes, if the rush in Marrakech overwhelmed you, or the sellers and taxis there started testing your patience, run to Essaouira. It’s basically a laid-back version of Marrakech. When to visit? The best time to visit Essaouira would be between March and May. You want to avoid a few days in June when the Gnaoua Music Festival takes place, unless of course you are interested in attending it . The city is rather crowded during those days and the prices much higher. […]
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Chefchaouen – The Blue Pearl of Morocco

We drove the few hours from Fes to get to this beautiful place. The Blue Pearl of Morocco – Chefchaouen. In the depths of a valley hidden in the Rif Mountains, this town is just nestled in the shadows of the hills above them. Watched over by a Spanish mosque that was never used, this blue town isn’t big but has a lot of heart. From speaking to Abdoul (our tour leader) he explained the blue was the colour of choice from the Jews who fled Europe during the war and also (bonus!) helps ward off mosquitoes. As there is […]
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Taroudant: A Guide to The Original Morocco

Hello, original traveler! I hope you are not still wondering if you should come to Morocco. I will save you some time: do come to Morocco! You feel tempted already: mysterious landscapes, desert breeze, bright sun, all the colors of the rainbow mixed together in a tagine, and cultural hospitality that speaks for itself. I let myself fall into temptation when the places I had visited in Europe no longer provoked the “open mouth” effect in me. An internal desire to be permanently in awe was growing to unsuspected proportions. That is how after some research I discovered the existence […]
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Two days in Marrakech: Souk and tajine in the Medina

There are a lot of reasons to visit Marrakech. My personal reasons are – not in order: food, culture, art and a good climate. Talking about good climate the reason why is obviously: Marrakech is about 150 km from the Atlantic coast, but it’s also pretty near to the High Atlas Mountains, and near to the Ourika Valley too: basically it enjoys a mild climate all year round, but at nights temperatures go down (especially in winter). Two days to visit the city are not enough because there are a lot of things to do, especially in the neighbourhood of Marrakech […]
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Morocco- Imilchil and the myth of Tislit and Isli lakes

Lake Tislit landscape Where are located these two lakes? The Lake of Tislit is a lake located in Morocco's High Atlas Oriental National Park, near to Imilchil town, and the Lake of Isli is near to the first lake by almost 9km (two hours walk for hikers), with an altitude of 2272 and 2266 meters.   How is the Climate there? Imilchil features a continental climate with Oceanic influence. Summers square measure moderately hot and winters square measure cool. Winter nighttime temperatures sometimes drop below phase change. Summer sometimes starts in June and ends in late […]
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Road trip to Ifrane, the Moroccan Switzerland

What I like the most about Morocco it’s the diversity. You can find different ethnicities, languages, ways of living and landscapes and there are always new, hidden corners to discover. One of them is Ifrane, the little paradise where Moroccans escape for party, intimacy, winter sports, and cool weather. Let’s see how you can get there, what can you do in Ifrane and how you get to the famous monkey forest 20 km from the city. Why is Ifrane called the Moroccan Switzerland? I remember the first time I got there, I was shocked. It looks nothing like all the […]
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Fez: the most genuine and historic Moroccan experience

Wait, what is Fez again? The city of Fez is still not the most obvious choice when considering a trip to Morocco; that can be explained by the still growing travel industry (not as many riads as, let’s say, Marrakech), an airport with a more limited set of connections, the fact that it's geographically away from the Atlantic and the international media coverage, which is still very much shadowed by other more popular destinations. All of this is actually the basis for the greatest compliment and an even greater reason for visiting this amazing metropolis: Fez is still a relatively […]
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Morocco: Exploring Marrakech in a day

Making that decision to visit Morocco I was very nervous when planning my trip to Morocco, as it was the first time I was traveling beyond the European capitals and getting my initial taste of Africa. Although I understood the fact that the Morocco was much more culturally diverse, I just did not know how I would adapt to it or if I would get a culture shock! I had been reading many independent reviews on what to expect when in Morocco a couple of days prior to leaving and I must say that this gave me all the tips and insights I […]
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Merzouga Desert: Exploring Sahara On A Camel

Road to Merzouga I am travelling through the majestic High Atlas Mountains in a very old minibus heading to the most expected part of my Moroccan adventure – Sahara Desert. A hundreds of sharp curves ahead us are making me sick but the thought that in a few hours I will cross the desert on the back of a camel is making me feel better.   By reducing the altitude the trip is becoming more pleasant and the signs near the road are telling us that the desert is getting really really closer. The mountains are crossed and now we […]
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Touristic vs. real Morocco

This trip has a special place in my memories, since it was my first solo travel ever and without any exaggeration – a life changing experience. This article (same as my trip) consists of 2 parts: my volunteering project (here I will share my impressions on culture, cuisine, locals..) travelling tips (I will guide you through the cities i visited on my way up to Spain) My first tip for anyone who really wants to experience another culture is to make effort to get out of main touristic spots if it´s even slightly possible. I am not saying to skip the Eiffel tower when […]
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7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Morocco

If you have never been to Morocco, this article will, I believe, walk you through several aspects on why you should consider obtaining a flight ticket, packing your bags and heading toward this beautiful country as soon as your schedule allows.   1) Accessibility Morocco is a welcoming destination to foreigners from all over the world. Visa is not required for many countries and tourists can stay up to three months with a passport only.   There are, however, some exceptions. A list of other countries is meant to apply for a visa in order to pay a visit. No […]
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Welcome to The Moroccan most beautiful beaches

Start with nothing; you’ll finish up with everything. My journey with nature had started with nothing. I first had nothing on my back or beliefs. I didn’t believe that I could do it. I didn’t think that I’ll have the courage to  look for myself in all the corners that nature gave birth to. So, all I had to do is pack my bag and step up from my fears towards my dreams. It may sound simple to you, but it wasn’t.  It was a great journey, the one that you should take no matter what. I’ve got to discover […]
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Tanger: a board between different cultures in Morocco

Going to Tanger was a totally unplanned trip. A friend of mine told me: I’ve found airplane tickets to Tanger at 36 euros from Madrid. Wanna come next weekend? Sure I’ve wanted! Tanger is a big city in Northern Morocco, in the Strait of Gibraltar. It has an impressive history, due to the numerous people that were here at a certain moment in the past, impregnating their cultures: Muslim, Jewish and Christian. Being a border city between Europe and Africa, Tanger still keeps vestiges from the French, Spanish and British civilizations who passed through here. Travelling in Morocco I’ve never […]
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Morocco and Western Sahara

Today I will tell you about my adventures in Morocco, a country full of surprises. It was a really cold and damp February in Poland, and one day my friend came to me and said: “Morocco. In two days. Do you want to go?”. I didn't have to think twice. The hardest part was was leaving my nice and warm bed; the rest was a piece of cake. I was only thinking: why there? Is there anything there except for sand, camels and tourists? What do they want to do there? But, I thought, everything is better than sitting at […]
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Toubkal mountain – Southwestern Morocco

Mountain Toubkal From my childhood I did learn in school about Toubkal Mountain, or Djbel Toubkal like as Moroccan people call it, I learn it is the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa and second highest mountain in Africa with 4167 metres (13671 ft) of height.I get older and i am start to going to trips, i did visited almost all Moroccan cities but always my dream to get climbing the Toubkal. This week i will achieve my dream, my old dream will be trust this week, I was happy and passionate, my trip starts by travelling from my city Casablanca to Marrakech by bus, then I get a taxi to Imlil, it is beautiful town, and it is the […]
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Morocco: The feel of Marrakesh

Sunset in Marrakesh Why would you choose a few days in Marrakesh instead of Paris, Vienna or London? Many things would answer but the one most important is: for the culture, highly different from the European one, for the pleasure of walking in 30 degrees weather in March and for the services that are cheaper than what you find in major European cities.  It is just as accessible for Europeans as other EU cities, meaning there is no need to obtain a visa if your stay is less than 90 days. Marrakesh:How and when to visit […]
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Marrakesh, the ancient Red City

Living the One Thousand and One Nights dream The oriental city of Marrakesh, the major city of Morocco, was nothing like we expected. As you know, dear fellow travelers, the current political situation may discourage travelling to areas of the “Arab nation”. Therefore we were a little worried whether this Red City (red because of the colour of ramparts) would be safe enough for us. My boyfriend says it is better not to have too high expectations; otherwise you may be disappointed at the end. He claims it is smarter to expect less to then have a good surprise if […]
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Morocco: A journey through the desert

Roadtrip through the mountains and canyons Everybody goes to Morocco expecting to see an endless desert. It’s not like that, it’s better! When you leave Marrakesh and head south, you’ll pass a huge chain of mountains and canyons. There is lots of villages around those mountains, and you can stop around to take pictures of this breathtaking view. The most beautiful canyons are the Gorges du Dades (that are called that way because of the finger shaped mountains) and the Gorges du Todra, one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever had in my life!    Visit argan oil and roses […]
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MOROCCO SOUTH COAST SURF TRIP: TAGAZHOUT, IMSOUANE, ESSAOUIRA

MOROCCO: SURF, MOUNTAINS AND MEDINAS  Marocco is simply incredible! I traveled it without a car just using buses,taxis,trains and this allowed me to live the real Morocco. Is a country full of history and culture reflected in their everyday life,with many different kind of clime and vegetation. I have so much to say about Morocco so I will divided my travel in three steps that I will tell about in three different article. In this article will talk about the south beaches where you can find the best right-wave to surf and beautiful little town of fisher-men till Essaouira (the […]
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Marrakesh, Morocco: Souks, Scarves, Spices and Snake Charmers

Morocco was the base for my first ever trip to Africa and post-adventure, all I can say is “daaayyyuuumm Africa!” Bustling marketplaces, colourful fabrics, fiery dishes and soulful Arabic rhythms await you in one of the largest cities in the country, Marrakesh. It can be overwhelming, especially for a first time traveller or a Western-raised woman but if you can adjust to the major cultural shock, it can be the trip of a lifetime. Be both mindful and open-minded and Marrakech, like any part of the world, will be your playground. Where to stay: We arrived on our flight from Madrid around 11:00pm and settled […]
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Marrakesh by Design: a Guide for Artists, Writers and Creatives

Marrakesh by Design: a Guide for Artists, Writers and Creatives. Walking the streets of Marrakesh can be like treading a tightrope. It’s a fine line between fever pitch and boiling point. Expect to be quite literally swept of your feet; Motorbikes shoot through twisting alleys; Donkeys plummet across the main square. After a day or so, you will learn to dodge the snake charmers. You will keep an even footing on mosaic floors. But it might take a little longer to shake the sense of vertigo. Marrakesh has the unique ability to both over and under whelm. This was my […]
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