If you have 12 days in Morocco, you will be able to enjoy old medinas, amazing nature in Atlas mountains, desert camping, and then Roman ruins. We are going to show you the varieties of a trip in Morocco.
Day 1 Arrival in Casablanca
You will arrive in Casablanca airport. If you arrive early in a day, you’ll have a chance to visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Then drive onto Marrakech with high way.
Day 2 Visit Marrakech
Visiting the old medina in Marrakech is the highlight of a trip to Morocco. Shopping in souk, eating local food, and seeing old Islamic mosques and tombs. Full of wonders just for a day.
Day 3 Visit Ait Ben Haddou
Ait Ben Haddou is an old residential complex called ksar. Some local people are still living here and you will be able to see a part of traditional Berber life. Many Western movies are shot here, such as Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Ouarzazate to Erfoud, you will drive through a road between the desert and mountains on the “Road of a Thousand Kasbahs.” Kasbah is an old house built by former local rulers, and some of them are still preserved in good conditions. Among oases, Todora Gorge is a popular trekking area. You will see climbers on the rock walls almost vertical!
In late afternoon, you will arrive in the entrance of the desert and take a camel for the desert camping.
Camping in Sahara Desert will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you. In the morning, the sky is gradually getting brighter and you’ll see just the sun and the sand in front of you. After breakfast and shower, driver through Middle Atlas Mountains passing through beautiful Ziz Valley and forests of Azrou and Ifrane.
Day 6 Visit Fez
Fez is another big imperial city in Morocco, now it’s the place to see beautiful Islamic architecture and traditional local craftsmanship. When you walk in the medina, you’ll hear noises of cutting metals, making fire for foods and steps of donkeys. It’s like a life of 100 years ago is still preserved here, and that’s why this place is assigned as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the ancient Roman period, cities in northern Africa were an important part of the Roman Empire. Morocco has some of the examples of the Roman cities and Volubilis is the best preserved one. Romans would have been happy to see this place, small hills surrounded by green in the modest weather. It still reminds us of an Italian country side.
Just like other Moroccan cities, Meknes is a fine example of mixture of traditional medina and newly developed town. At the entrance of the medina, you’ll see a big gate called “Bab Mansour”, one of the landmarks in Morocco, still holds beautiful Zelige mosaic on its walls.
This blue city is getting so popular among tourists in Morocco. It’s a small town in Rif Mountains, about 3 or 4 hours drive away from Fez. These blue painted walls made the town famous, and also, you will be able to relax in this nice quiet rural town.
Comparing to Chefchaouen, Tetouan is known as a “White City” as the walls are painted in white. This place is close to Europe and has a big influence from Spain. Some Spanish style buildings look exotic in the traditional Moroccan medina.
Tangier used to be a gate way to Morocco for Europe and still now, many tourists arrive here from Spain or vice versa. It’s said that this is one of the most developed city in Morocco but the old medina still has its traditional atmosphere and the blue Mediterranean Sea gives a unique impression on this place.
Day 12 Departure from Tangier
If you take a ferry boat from Tangier MED port, you will get to Algeciras port in Spain. It still divides Europe and the Islamic world, once you cross the Gibraltar Strait, you will get back to a different world.
Morocco is not a country just only with the desert, you will be amazed by so much varieties, just in a short period of your trip.
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