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14 Interesting Places to Visit in Morocco

Over two weeks we found a lot of interesting places to visit in Morocco, starting and ending in Casablanca. The "real trip" started in Marrakesh. From there we did a clockwise loop that took us over the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert. Continuing, we drove southwest towards Icht where we could see Algeria off in the distance. Then we turned north and headed to Essaouira via numerous stops detailed below to complete the loop and…

5 Great Things to Do in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a popular coastal city on Morocco's windy Atlantic Coast. As a former Portuguese stronghold, it's got a rich history along with plenty of culture, excellent restaurants and a laid-back beach culture that provides a lovely counterpoint to the busier pace of the medina. After spending several days in the city I would recommend these 5 things to do in Essaouria that we personally experienced. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make…

Things to Do in Marrakesh When You Only Have a Day

Marrakesh - just the name conjures up exotic images - snake charmers, colourful souks, palm trees, classy riads. If only that was the reality. Marrakesh was our least favourite stop on a two week Morocco tour largely because it's turned into a noisy, polluted city. In the last five or six years cheap Chinese made motorbikes have been permitted inside the medina, so now do you not only have to dodge them, but you have…

A Trip to the Sahara Desert in Morocco

A trip to the Sahara Desert in Morocco is one of the big highlights of a visit to Morocco. The Sahara will bewitch you with its otherworldly beauty and the infinite patterns you'll see in the sand dunes. It will surprise you with its lushness after the rains. And if you're patient you just might find magic in the night skies as you lie on a carpet waiting for shooting stars. This post includes some…

A 2 Day Hike in the Anti Atlas Mountains, Morocco

One of the highlights of our vacation in Morocco was the two day Anti Atlas Mountain hike we did from Igmir to Amtoudi. It was like no other trip we've ever done. There were no route signs or other hikers and nor were there any facilities though the one village we walked through would probably have had some food available. It would be best to go well-prepared or better yet, hire a local guide and…

30 Interesting Facts about Morocco

Enjoy these 30 interesting facts about Morocco along with observations we made while  traveling through the country over a couple of weeks. Even though Morocco is just slightly larger than California it sure has a lot to offer. The landscapes are incredibly diverse. Culturally it's eye opening and despite what you might have heard, it's very safe. The only time John and I got hassled was in the souks of Marrakesh, my least favourite stop…

5 off the Beaten Path Bike Trips I’d Love to Do

I don't think I'll ever lose my desire for adventure - especially for truly off the beaten path tours. I've done a few of them in my lifetime - biking from Tanzania through Malawi and Zambia to the border of Botswana; hiking with my husband and a friend with a Quechua speaking guide and two donkeys through Peru's Cordillera Blanca and backpacking with a girlfriend through the Cradle Mountains of Tasmania decades before the area…

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