A Day in Chefchaouen

A photo of local artwork in Chefchaouen Morocco

Chefchaouen, the largest town in Morocco’s Rif region, is an excellent place to get away from the hubbub of Morocco’s imperial cities and enjoy an unhurried day or two. Located in northern Morocco, the town is referred to simply as “Chaouen” by the locals and is known for its picturesque medina, access to the mountains and an abundance of kif. These factors have made Chefchaouen a popular stop on the backpacker itinerary, but all types of tourists come to the town to explore its architecture, learn about Berber culture and take pleasure in its natural setting.

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How to Prepare for a Safe and Fun Trip to Morocco

Morocco doctor Morocco dentist“Expect the unexpected”—perhaps the unofficial first rule of travel. You want to be open to horizon-broadening, life-altering, they-won’t-believe-it-when-I tell-them-back-home experiences. But you don’t want these experiences to come at the expense of your health and safety. A little foresight and caution will go a long way to making your trip to Morocco a safe and happy one.

Having your belongings stolen is one way to turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Most problematic for tourists is petty thievery, such as pickpockets and purse thieves. Minimize your risk by minimizing your visibility. Leave expensive-looking camera bags and purses, watches, and jewelry at home. Don’t carry all your money with you—leave the majority in a secure place in your hotel. Some have safes; otherwise, lock it in your suitcase. (more…)

How to Make the Most of Your Time in Morocco

Food in MoroccoMorocco is a country you could visit a dozen times and still see and experience something new each time. Here are some tips to make the most of your trip.

1. Don’t plan an overambitious itinerary

Morocco is a country slightly larger than California, and it can be tempting to try to see as much as possible during a short vacation. However, you need to consider that traveling in Morocco, especially during Ramadan or other times when you may be on one of many various Morocco holidays, it doesn’t always go as planned. If you want to travel from Ifrane to Meknes, the drive only takes an hour, but it still may end up taking half the day to get there if you end up waiting for taxis or taking a local bus that stops at a dozen points along the way. In order to avoid spending most of your holiday in transit, give yourself ample time in each destination and plan for travel delays. (more…)

Cycling Tours in Morocco

biking cycling tours moroccoMorocco’s 35,500-plus kilometers (22,000 miles) of paved roads include stunning coastal vistas, deserts, valleys, gorges and high-mountain passes. Many areas of the country are suitable for cycling year round, and there are dozens of scenic roads popular with both independent cyclists and bike tour companies.

According to the UK periodical the Guardian, Morocco’s Atlas Mountains offers one of the five best cycle routes in the world. The Guardian suggests biking from Marrakech south into the Anti Atlas Mountains to the coastal Berber village of Mirleft, although from Marrakech you can also head south toward the Tiz n’ Test road or east to Morocco’s inland desert region.

The inland desert region between the High Atlas Mountains and the Algerian border is a sparsely populated area dotted with Berber villages. A popular cycle tour route is to ride from the picturesque desert town of Ouarzazate to the nearby Draa and Dades Valleys. Cycling further east takes you to the dunes of Merzouga. Biking in this region is easier than further south in the more rugged Atlas Mountains, although it is best to travel with a support vehicle as there are long stretches between villages, and access to food and water is limited. (more…)

Choosing a Morocco Tour Operator

Many tour companies will claim that they will offer you the best deal and service for your experience. When choosing to work with an agency, there are a variety of factors to consider – especially when you want to travel to an exotic destination, such as Morocco.

These aforementioned variables should also be weighed against what sort of adventure you and your travel group or family want to have. As you consider different options, the following points will help you to create a shortlist that will help you make an informed decision on which travel company with which to work. (more…)