Morocco / Sahara Desert

Although it has been a half a year since we embarked on this trip, I feel like we are constantly asked about Morocco. Typical questions I’ve been asked is…..Was it safe? How did you get around? What’s the easiest way to travel there? How was the food? Was there a language barrier?

So, I figured I would write a little post about our time in Morocco because it was definitely an experience of a lifetime. First and foremost, Morocco is safe! We felt safe the whole time and everyone is very welcoming. Before we planned our trip to Morocco I reached out to one of my friends to get a better understanding of how we should see the country. She highly recommended Mohamed, and so DO WE! Mohamed owns a company called Desert Escapades (Morocco Luxury Tours, information is provided on his company at the bottom of my post). The team is filled with professional tour guides and drivers who are very knowledgeable about the region, so you are constantly learning new things. We had a private driver and a private tour guide, Mohamed. Mohamed knows more languages than I could even count and English is one of them. Most of the locals know English too, but if not your tour guide is there to help you.

Before arriving in Morocco we took a plane from Madrid, Spain on Ryanair which was only about 2 hours away. The other alternative is to take a boat into Tangier, but we wanted to start our tour in Marrakesh so an airplane made the most sense.

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Upon our arrival into Marrakesh we had a driver pick us up and take us to our first riad (another word for hotel but this is what they are called in Morocco), which was in the busy city of Marrakesh. I booked this riad independently through booking.com because our tour started the very next day. The riad was called Riad Kenzo.

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Gallery image of this property

IMG_3973Since we had traveled that day and weren’t completely familiar with the area we decided to eat dinner at the riad, and it didn’t disappoint. Moroccan food is out of this world! Every meal we had on this trip was just AHHHMAZING!

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Chicken submerged in a lemon & onion sauce
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Lamb meatballs with an egg on top, YUMM!

The next morning we met Mohamed, who we felt like we already knew because we had been talking to him for a few months before we finally met. He picked us up and we began our tour through Morocco. The first stop we made was to see the Atlas mountains.

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Along the way we stopped through some little towns to see the locals. One of the towns was specifically known for making the Moroccan oil, so we got the chance to see them making the oil in person.

After that we stopped to eat lunch at a hidden gem along the way. At every meal they serve you bread, as do most places here in the U.S. , but this bread was so much better than our bread. TEA is also a MUST in Morocco. It is served at every meal and I love mint tea so I was a happy camper.

Next Stop – Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Our second night was spent in a town named Quarzazate, which is on the way to the Sahara Desert. The riad was called Panorama.

On our way to the desert we made a stop by the Gorge of Toudgha.

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After the gorge, we had lunch at the cutest place off the side of the road in the Berber village of  Tinjdad.

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Before we got to the desert we stopped into a small town to pick up turbans before our camel rides. I also got a henna while we were there.

Once we got to the desert we were greeted with our camels and ready to ride through the sunset. BREATHTAKING! Bucket List worthy 🙂

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Our third night in Morocco was a BLAST! We stayed in a tent and as you can see from the photos it was quite chilly, about 27 degrees.

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The next morning we woke up early to watch the sunrise before leaving the desert and heading back to Marrakesh.

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On our way back to Marrakesh we stopped in a town called Zagora for lunch. The restaurant overlooked an oasis of palm trees.

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Our last night in Morocco we were back in the city of Marrakesh. This was our favorite riad on the trip and if we ever came back (which I hope we will) we would stay here. I found this romantic riad on airbnb.

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Airbnb Marrakesh

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The very next day we headed back to Spain but took all of these memories with us. Morocco was a beautiful country with amazing people and most definitely exceeded our expectations. Our experience with Mohamed’s company was worth every penny. I highly recommend his company if you are looking to travel to Morocco. Our tour was one of many that they do around the country and if we have the chance to go back again I will definitely extend our stay so that we have time to see Fes and Casablanca.

 

Details on the company: 

Desert Escapades – Morocco Desert Tours

http://www.desertescapades.com

e-mail: m.desertescapades@gmail.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this snippet of Morocco, can’t wait to share more of our travels soon!

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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