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How To Spend 5 Days In Morocco

Sometimes when we travel we don’t know how to go about and plan accordingly when we have a tight schedule and a very long to-do list. This mostly results in us finding out that we didn’t visit all the places we should’ve when we were there. Morocco is one of the most vibrant and colourful countries in the world. Luckily Morocco isn’t very big, so whether you want to head up to hike the Atlas Mountains, or treating yourself at the local Hammam, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a 5-day itinerary for spending 5 days in Morocco

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Day 1 – 2

Marrakech

One of the greater cities in the Maghreb district, Marrakech, should be right on top of your to-do list. This vibrant city is situated only a few kilometres from the Sahara Desert.

Begin your day in Marrakech with checking into your Riad – A Moroccan style home that surrounds a courtyard, Riad’s are usually owned by wealthy families but some people rent them out as boutique guesthouses.

Head out to the city centre and experience Marrakech’s Souks and most central spots. By midday, if the summer heat knocks you off your feet, go and enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant with a terrace that overlooks the city.

After lunch, walk around some more and stop by the Yves Saint Laurent Museum dedicated to his brand and admiration of Morocco. End your day with a sunset camel ride through the city.

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Enjoy day two of your stay in Marrakech with a tour of Bahia Palace. By Midday visit some souks in the old town and enjoy some of the local street cuisines and visit the Majorelle Garden. The Majorelle Garden is an enchanting landscape garden created by famous painter Jacques Majorelle.

If you still have some time you shouldn’t forget to stop by Hammam de la rose. A hammam is a public steam bath very common in Islamic culture. Pair the bath with a massage to experience it to the fullest. Spend your last night in the city by having cocktails at sundown on a rooftop bar and restaurant like Nomad.

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Day 3

Fez

Spend your third day in Morocco in this intense and chaotically beautiful old city of Fez. Start your day off by having breakfast at a charming restaurant called Made by M. The food can be described as a fusion between European and Moroccan.

After breakfast, it’s probably best to start at the heart of the old medina and explore the streets of Fes El Bali. This is one of the world’s largest pedestrian zones, which means that cars won’t bother you there.

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After you’ve had lunch at Nagham Cafe, it’s time for a little cultural visit to the Madrassa al-Atrine and Bou Inania Madrassa. Since you’re only spending one day in Fes there’s no need to visit both, but take some time to explore one of them.

Find your way back to one of the main streets – Talaa Seghira and Talaa Kebira. You’ll eventually end up at the infamous blue gates of Fez. Sign off the day with a chilled cup of mint green tea and dinner at Cafe Clock.

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Day 4

Chefchaouen

If you’ve searched photos of Morocco you’ve probably seen the infamous blue city named Chefchaouen. The city was founded in 1471 and has been infamous to Northwest Morocco for a very long time. During World War 2 the Jews were reportedly so scared of the nazi’s that it resulted in the town painting everything blue when they took refuge from Hilter’s army. An unfortunate part of the city’s history, but today it is one of the most picturesque places in the world so don’t forget to pack an extra battery for the camera.

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Start your day off at the heart of the Medina at Plaza Ulta El-Hammam which is a charming square that connects the city through cafes and shops. The square is a great place to start since the Kasbah (fortress) and Grande Mosque is situated along with it.

The mosque is only open to Muslims, so no tours are allowed for tourists. However, you can still admire the sights from the outside. Begin your day with the Kasbah and stroll through the blue streets of the Medina until lunch. Do some souvenir shopping while exploring the souks and taking beautiful photos and end your day off with watching the sunset from the Spanish Mosque Viewpoint.

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Day 5

Sahara Desert Tour

Few places on earth compare to the Sahara Desert. This ocean of sand that dominates the South and East of Morocco is a natural wonder and won’t hesitate to make you stop and stare. End your trip with a Desert Tour. Colourful Camels and a great picnic basket are all you need to fulfil your Aladdin dreams. BLOSS recommends going on a sunset tour as the mornings can be quite hot in Morocco.

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Morocco will leave you speechless and in awe of its undeniable beauty. Step into this world of wonder and transform your life by taking part in a full-blown cultural immersion. This should definitely be one of the top things to do on your bucket list.

Safe Travels everyone!

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Monique Webster
Monique Webster

BLOSS Youth Travel Editor

Monique Webster was born in the midst of a never-ending love affair with travel. Her core passion lies in exploring and spending time with her loved ones. She spends half her time making jokes and being with family and friends and the other half globe-trotting and seeking adventure. She currently lives in Pretoria and during the week she manages a local jewellery shop and spends her time trying to decide whether she should study or travel. She hopes to combine the two in the following year.

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