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Morocco

Morocco is a North African country known for its rich cultural heritage, blending Arab, Berber, African, and European influences. It boasts diverse landscapes that range from the sweeping Sahara Desert to the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains and the bustling souks of its ancient cities, such as Marrakech and Fez.

Its cuisine is celebrated worldwide, featuring a blend of flavors with dishes like couscous, tagine, and mint tea being staples.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring the Medina

morning:Start your day with a visit to the bustling Djemaa el-Fna square to experience the vibrancy of Marrakech. Don't forget to try the fragrant mint tea at the rooftop terrace of Nomad Cafe.

afternoon:Take a guided tour through the narrow streets and alleyways of the Medina, visiting historical sites like the Bahia Palace and the vibrant souks. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch at the iconic Restaurant Nomad.

evening:End the day with an enchanting dinner at the atmospheric Le Jardin restaurant and then walk to the Koutoubia Mosque to witness its captivating beauty at night.

day 2

Coastal Delights

morning:Head to the coastal town of Essaouira and explore its charming harbor and UNESCO-listed medina. Grab a relaxed breakfast at the cozy O'Bleu restaurant with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

afternoon:Stroll along the scenic ramparts of Essaouira, visit the Skala du Port and take a windsurfing lesson at the stunning Plage Tagharte beach. Savor an authentic seafood lunch at the atmospheric beachfront restaurant, Ocean Vagabond.

evening:In the evening, enjoy the lively atmosphere at Taros Café in the medina, offering great cocktails and live music.

day 3

Atlas Mountain Adventure

morning:Embark on a scenic drive to the Ourika Valley and take a guided hike through the picturesque Atlas Mountains with breathtaking views. Enjoy a hearty Berber breakfast at a local guesthouse in the mountains.

afternoon:Visit the Setti Fatma waterfalls and explore the traditional Berber villages, immersing yourself in the local culture and craftsmanship. Relish a delicious tagine lunch at a family-run restaurant nestled in the mountains.

evening:Relax and unwind with a traditional hammam experience followed by a serene evening at Kasbah Tamadot, offering panoramic mountain vistas and a delightful Moroccan dinner.

day 4

Cultural Immersion in Fes

morning:Begin the day with a visit to the historic Al Quaraouiyine University and the tanneries of Fes, experiencing the city's rich cultural heritage. Sample traditional pastries and coffee at the renowned Cafe Clock.

afternoon:Explore the labyrinthine streets of the Fes el-Bali medina, visiting the vibrant markets and ancient mosques. Indulge in a scrumptious lunch at Restaurant Ruined Garden, set in a tranquil courtyard oasis.

evening:As evening approaches, embrace the lively ambiance of Batha Square and enjoy a memorable dinner at the atmospheric Le Kasbah restaurant, followed by a visit to the eclectic Le Fez Café for a taste of Fes's nightlife.

Morocco Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Tagine

A savory stew cooked in a conical clay pot, typically with meat, vegetables, and a blend of spices. Must-try variations include lamb with prunes, chicken with preserved lemons, or vegetable tagine.

Must-Try!

Couscous

A staple dish made from steamed semolina grains, often paired with a rich stew of meat, vegetables, and chickpeas, providing a delightful mix of flavors and textures.

Pastilla (B'stilla)

A sweet and savory pie, traditionally filled with pigeon or chicken, layered with flaky pastry, almonds, and dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon - a delightful combination of tastes.

Harira

A hearty and comforting soup made from tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and a complex blend of herbs and spices. It's often enjoyed to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Jemaa el-Fnaa Market, Marrakech

This bustling market is a sensory overload with an array of food stalls offering grilled meats, seafood, snail soup, and an assortment of spicy kebabs. It's a vibrant and iconic destination for street food.

Rue des Consuls, Fes

A narrow street filled with food vendors selling a variety of local delicacies including Moroccan pastries, dried fruits, and savory snacks like fried fish and harira soup.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While Moroccan cuisine prominently features meat, there is also a wealth of vegetarian and vegan dishes such as vegetable tagine, couscous with vegetables, and hearty lentil soups. Many restaurants and cafes offer dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-free options are available, especially in areas catering to tourists. Dishes like grilled meats, salads, and certain types of couscous are typically safe for those with gluten restrictions.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Morocco

Le Jardin, Marrakech

A serene and verdant oasis in the heart of the city, offering a menu that includes modern interpretations of traditional Moroccan dishes amidst lush gardens and tranquil fountains.

Cafe Clock, Fes

A popular cultural hub famous for its camel burger and a fusion of Moroccan and international flavors. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for enjoying mint tea and live music.

Cafe Hafa, Tangier

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, this historic cafe is known for its stunning views, relaxed ambiance, and aromatic Moroccan coffee and refreshing mint tea.

Things to do in Morocco

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