I spent a week in Morocco wandering along the many streets and medinas. If you only have 7 days in Morocco and believe that it’s too short for a cross-country trip, fear not, because as long as you have a taste of the country, you will surely come back.
5. Experience the Wind-whirl Streets
Most of the Moroccan cities I’ve visited had countless crisscrossing streets. Carts selling fruits and handcrafted jewelry appeared everywhere. It was a hot and enjoyable mess of people, noise, and traffic.
While it might be somewhat overwhelming with the number of street vendors wishing to gain you as a customer, the experience was great. These walks gave me a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Moroccan people. I stumbled across many restaurants, mosques, cafes, and shops that I would have never had the chance of visiting.
4. Drink Mint Tea for Water and Enjoy Lavish Moroccan Breakfasts.
It was a form of relaxation after a day at work, a gesture for welcoming others to one’s lifestyle, a note of appreciation for those around.
Moroccan breakfasts are without a doubt some of the best waker-uppers. In addition to baguettes or khobz, there is always a variety of jam and condiments. Cheese, butter, eggs, juice, coffee, and numerous types of bread are only some of the many things offered.
Of course, in general, Moroccan cuisine is mouth-watering. However, the layout of the breakfasts and the meaning behind Moroccan tea warrant a special shoutout due to their cultural significance.
3. Stay in a Riad
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden of sorts. They possess the designs of elegant Moroccan establishments. These stays are comfortable and homey.
In fact, a number of riads we stayed at are family-run operations guaranteed to make you feel at home.
While it can be costly, riads are definitely a must do in Morocco!
2. Spend a Night in the Sahara Desert
Spending a night in the desert is a must do in Morocco! The experience was unforgettable. While the 2-hour camel ride may not be the most appealing form of transportation, the serenity of the night sky amid miles and miles of sand should be enticing enough.
Our hosts, a group of Berbers, were some of the friendliest people. They showed us some traditional music and dances, and hung out with us like friends. They also prepared most delicious couscous and drinks!
1. Grab some Souvenirs at the Bazaars
Bazaars are an enclosed marketplace that houses various vendors and merchants. The range of products is endless. From daily necessities to delicate crafts, there is a lot to see.
I absolutely loved the buzzing of these marketplaces. The flow of people walking around admiring others’ handiwork, loads of bargaining between buyers and sellers, and the beautiful colors of the merchandise form an animated and lively atmosphere.
Morocco is known for its beautiful handicrafts. From woven carpets to handmade ceramics, spices to argon oil, bazaars in Morocco are the perfect place to purchase a few gifts for family and friends back home.
Needless to say, bazaars are a key element in Moroccan culture. And Morocco really does them well. That is why this is #1 on my Morocco to do list.
For 7 days including ground transportation in and between cities, accommodation at beautiful riads (mini palaces) with half board (breakfast and dinner), excursion in the desert (camel, tents, and entertainment) and transfers to airport, we each paid €200. Considering the amount of traveling, we definitely got a bargain deal!
The rest of the money I spent was in bazaars. I couldn’t resist the temptation of buying souvenirs!