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Written by Jessica Moore
I can’t tell you what led me to Morocco. It might have been Casablanca or the Sahara Desert, I don’t quite remember. But what I can tell you with certainty is my original three-day itinerary quickly turned into a three-week adventure where I at one point reasoned and weighed all the possible scenarios that could keep me in Morocco forever.
I had never seen so much color in a city. I never wanted to leave.
Morocco is a beautiful country that buzzes with energy. You get lost in cities of souks. You watch hazy orange sunsets from rooftop gazebos. You listen to melodious prayers from mosques that echo through confusing narrow alleyways that wind, like veins, to the medina, the vibrating heart of each Moroccan city, brimming with people, patterns, music, and color.
When you go to Morocco, you lose track of time. Scents and sights hypnotize and you never want to leave.
Start and spend most of your journey in Marrakesh and make your way to Essaouira and Chefchaouen for a complete, life-changing trip. Well, what are you waiting for? Yallah! (“Come on, let’s go!”)
Marrakesh (or Marrakech) is the capital city of Morocco and should be your starting point. Its medina, or city square, is an open area bustling with food vendors, henna artists, and snake charmers at all hours of the day. At night, dozens of tents and benches pop up for an even grander display of local delicacies and nightlife.
Marrakesh is the red city of Morocco, where deep clay walls and metal tin roofs blot out the scorching sun. A labyrinth of souks (Moroccan marketplaces) bombard your senses with fresh leather goods, incense, dried fruit, pastries, and baskets of vibrant Moroccan spices.
Don’t be surprised if you get a little lost–welcome it! Something beautiful will find you in this maze of a bazaar: clay trinkets, metal lanterns, decorated poufs, and elaborate carpets will make you wish you would have brought an extra suitcase for all your treasures.
Spend hot days at Moroccan cafes and drink the best mint tea you’ll ever taste.
Stay at the Equity Point Marrakesh Hostel, a spa hostel. There are beautifully decorated common rooms with rugs, poufs, and lovely balconies, two levels of outdoor dining areas that serve meals all day, a large cooling pool in the center of the riad (open floor house), and affordable spa amenities that are always available, including an in-house henna artist.
Equity Point also offers 3-day and 5-day Morocco tours to several areas surrounding Marrakesh, including one you can’t miss, an excursion into the Sahara Desert. You’ll ride camels for an hour into the desert and travel to a large tent where you’ll share an intimate traditional Moroccan meal with your desert guides and fellow travelers. End your Sahara night by sleeping under a million stars!
The dusty road to the desert is a sightseeing wonder all on its own. Whether you choose a three or five-day adventure, you will pass through the Atlas Mountains, the Todra Gorge (limestone canyons), and Ait Benhaddou, an ancient fortified village that is featured in Game of Thrones (season 3 episode 10 for you GOT fans).
You’ll even pay a special visit to see a Berber farm to learn about traditional farming practices and learn how beautiful Moroccan rugs are made and what they signify.
The best part of this journey? Equity Point makes it easy to plan all of this. You don’t even have to purchase travel plans to the desert beforehand, and the tour guides are so friendly!
A laid-back beach town of white and light blue, time slows and stretches in Essaouira. This breezy seaside town is 3 hours away from Marrakech and is totally worth the scenic countryside bus ride to the coast.
Situated off the Atlantic, this fortified town is a historical gem, with 18th-century cannons, citadels, and towers (brought to life in GOT’s season 3 finale).
Moroccan rugs are hung beautifully across Essaouiran souks. You can buy a platter of a variety of freshly caught fish, shrimp, and octopus for close to nothing and eat it all with a view. Tour the elaborate stacks of fishing boats and then grab dessert in the medina.
Essaouira is THE place to get a Moroccan hammam. Similar to a traditional Turkish hammam, you’ll be able to relax, detox, and exfoliate all your troubles away at a luxurious spa and open bathhouse along the sea.
Stay at the Atlantic Hostel in the heart of Essaouira where you can meet Cous Cous, the coolest guy in Essaouira, a wonderful man popular amongst locals and visitors alike. He works at Atlantic Hostel as a chef.
Stay in comfortable rooms and lay out at the bohemian rooftop, where Cous Cous creates elaborate dinners for more than 20 people at a time and throws daily parties for travelers. It will feel like nothing you’ve experienced before, but it will also feel like home.
Arguably bluer than any ocean, Chefchaouen is a mountainous city that will shake you visually to your core. Everything, from the walls to the city steps is a lively, mesmerizing shade of blue that all seems like a dream.
Sleepy cats run about. Plants and brick line the alleyways. Motorcyclists speed up and down tiny cobblestone streets. The best thing to do in this blue city is to simply wander and soak up these little scenes like a sponge.
Chefchaouen is not as crowded as other cities, so if you’re a fan of slow-pace traveling, you’ve come to the right spot. Spend your days in the kasbah, a fortress-turned-garden. Drink the sweetest orange juice on a hot day. Eat tajine in the medina (THE dish of Morocco, a stew of meat and vegetables perfectly cooked in an earthenware pot).
Stay in the family-run hostel, Dar Dadicilef (Felicidad backward, so it translates to “House of Happiness”). Just five minutes away from the heart of Chefchaouen, this riad is one of the oldest in the city. Enjoy a delicious traditional Moroccan breakfast on their esteemed terrace and garden, included free with your stay. Watch the multicolored sunset from the roof overlooking the city and nearby mountains. At night, drink tea near a fire set up by the lovely staff.