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1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

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1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

Hi there - My friend and I (females in mid-30's) are planning to go to Morocco in May. We were thinking of flying into Marrakesh and then visiting Casablanca and Fez. I've read that Casablanca is not worth visiting - it's too business/industrial. Do you all agree? What do you think would be the best itinerary? We're planning on being there for 6-7 days, and would train (or fly) between cities.

We want to experience the culture, souks, desert/camel rides, bazaars, nightlife and best restaurants. Any recommendations on areas to stay, cities to visit would be great.

Thank you!

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1. Re: 1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

Well, if you live in DC like your profile says, there's a nonstop flight between Washington and Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc. It probably won't be the cheapest fare, but it certainly saves you time and the hassle of getting a connecting flight. There are no direct flights between Marrakech and the USA, you'd have to go to Europe first.

Marrakech is nice, but instead of going down there like everyone does, you might want to fly nonstop to Casablanca then enjoy Fes, which is the most Moroccan city in the country. Marrakech is very touristy, whereas Fes is authentic true Morocco. After Fez you can go to Chefchaouen which is really nice, or Tangier which has its own charms.

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If you fly into Casa then it's worth staying a night to see the Hassan II Mosque - then choose to head to either Fes or Marrakech, don't try to do both in only a week

Given your lost of priorities, I personally would choose Marrakech as it has the best variety of restaurants and nightlife in the country plus souks, historic monuments etc.

Also from Marrakech you have easy daytrip into the Atlas Mountains and can also head to the coast to chill out at Essaouira or El Jadida

Edited: 3:40 pm, October 17, 2017
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3. Re: 1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

Hi FreeYourMind - I live in NYC now.. but we can fly into Casablanca or Morocco thru Europe... we're flexible and want to make the most of our time there. We definitely want to go to Fes. How would you recommend going from Fes to Marrakesh?

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Always go where the Music Takes you

It's lovely jubly

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La Cafe de la poste in marrakech will delight you gastronomicaLly and spiritually if you are jet setting fun lovers.

The ambience is superb popular with locals and tourists.Supping wine here observing fellow jet setters is lovely jubly

You will enjoy the package at this prestigious dynamic restaurant

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7. Re: 1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

Calm down Mozart, sink another Flag Speciale and relax......it's obvious the correspondents are ivy league, and if by some ghastly error of judgement they land in the mean streets of Marrakesh, the only sensible advice is to depart "rapido" on a frequent fast express train for Casablanca to avoid the circus of touts, smoke-belching mopeds in the Medina, juvenile trickster false guides , and street hustlers endemic in tourist-infested Marrakesh.

Casablanca is not all about business and industry, the city centre has lots of attractions and because few tourists stay there for long, there are virtually zero hustlers, it also has a nice clean beach accessible by the tram at 20 minute intervals and a Medina which is small enough to explore without becoming lost. There is now an official pedal rickshaw tour of the Old Medina, cost 100 dirhams and duration of tour 25 minutes, the rickshaws line up in Bvd Felix Houphouet Boigny, close to the Taverne du Dauphin....

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A little further along this busy boulevard on the other side of the street is the Koubba of Sidi Belyout, Casablanca's patron saint, it's supposed to be for Muslims only but you can enter through the side door and look around the courtyard .....

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There are plenty of restaurants and bars around the city centre and behind the Central market, both upmarket and dive categories sit comfortably side by side.....

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Unfortunately, there are no camel rides on Casablanca beach, but the atmospheric Mausoleum of Marabout Sidi Abderrahman is worth a visit....

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Fes is quite different from the rest of Morocco with its two ancient Medinas to explore, a significant plainclothes tourist police presence has cleared away most of the notorious touts of yesteryear, the Medinas are now both world heritage sites and colour-coded tourist trail signboards help to keep the visitors on track, at every historical attraction of distinction there is an information board displayed in English and French with two photos for additional help. These incomplete writings and pictures of mine might be of interest.....

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8. Re: 1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

Yes, the Mausoleum of Marabout Sidi Abderrahman is worth a visit much more than the Hassan mosque. Skip Marrakech, visit Fes only, you have 6-7 days so give you good time to explore it, not only fly through many cities. Around Fes you have many interesting places to see, all of them are near so you not spend much time on the road.

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I would recommend taking a nonstop flight with Royal Air Maroc from JFK to Casablanca. Enjoy 2 days in Casablanca, then take the train to Fes, where the medina and souks are more authentic than Marrakech. After Fes, checkout Chefchaouen which is quite trendy right now. But if you have your heart set on Marrakech, a train from Fes to Marrakech is a good way to travel.

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10. Re: 1st trip to Morocco - Help decide where to go

We visited all mentioned in April. Plz, do not miss Marrakech. Of all we saw, visited and experienced for 11 days, Marrakech is No. 1. Fes and the history there, was our No. 2.

Rabat has little and Casablanca, had less.

The Mosque is spectacular, but the king was there, so we were unable to enter. Had lunch at Rick’s Cafe.

The country is so unique, the food amazing and the Medina’s and souks most unique.

Visit an herbal shop and purchase some of the Moroccan cooking spices and Argon oils.

I would save the times driving from Casablanca, make the connections and visit Fes and Marrakech. We make connections over Paris coming and going and no problems.

Check the flights thoroughly for a nonstop, Air France, included.

We also enjoyed a 4 Hour cooking class, if that would be of interest.

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