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Travelling In Morocco

A melting pot of culture

Morocco's many influences are immediately apparent. We crossed into Ceuta a tiny Spanish enclave accessible via the ferry from Algeciras in Spain. The border crossing was all things Africa. Loud, close and colorful. Not for the first time I had to remind myself that Morocco is Africa and not the middle east.  All over Morocco I kept reminding myself the same thing. Even as you get further south the Arabic, Andalusian, Sahrawi, Sub-Saharan, Mediterranean, Jewish and general European accents are still everywhere. 

Even though the majority of Morocco's population identifies as Berber or Arab it reminded me of Cuba. It was like no-one was really indigenous to the area (for more than 300 or 400 years) and I loved it from the get go.

My Fave Photo From Morocco

The mdina in Fes Morocco

I have no idea what I was doing with my camera this day, however I somehow got the settings all wrong and took a bunch of photos in the Mdina in Fes that were dark and weird and 99% of them were completely useless. 

I was so disappointed as I had taken some great content that day and they were ruined. This was the only one that wasn't horrific. So many times I've almost deleted this photo and then I see the merchant is selling raw dates, garlic, dried fruits and nuts right next to toilet paper, jars of mayonaise, boxes of spaghetti and it makes me realise that people in Morocco (like so many other countries) don't have the luxury of operating in a niche like we can here in Australia. They have to carry everything anyone might want to maximise their chances of a sale. 

Apart from that, I love that its dark and brooding and all shades of brown. Just like Morocco can be!

I do wonder though how I managed to get a photo from the Mdina in Fes without a single person in it??

Getting lost in the Mdina!


Must Have Info About Morocco

  • Green tea with mint is the most popular tea you will be served. Once you get used to it, I swear that stuff is so addictive. I loved it!
  • Do not try to enter the Mdina in Fez without a guide or a very good cell signal and exit points clearly marked on your map. OMG it is so easy to get lost.
  • Despite the desire to “see it just once” I wouldn't recommend the tanneries. Oh I was almost sick.
  • Dates and oranges will be the best you have ever eaten. The citrus fruit is to die for and I put myself into an afternoon sugar nap most days with the dates.
  • Chefchaouen, the blue city is in the north and not the easiest to get to, but really worth it. Very clean, the Mdina is the blue area and anything lower than the main square morphs into a typical Moroccan town so its great to see both sides.
  • Ait Ben Haddou is beautiful. Really worth a visit.

Facts and Figures About Morocco

  • Morocco is just over 172,000 square miles, which is just a little bigger than California
  • The population is around 40 million
  • Rabat is the capital, not Marrakesh or Casablanca as a lot of people believe.
  • Despite being a rural based population in historic times, Morocco now has about 60% of its population in Urban areas.
  • The goats you see in the trees in the south are eating the Argan nuts. If you take photo's it is considered polite to offer the farmer or goat keeper a small donation.
  • Couscous is a staple food in Morocco and changes as you move through the country.

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3 Must Do's For Morocco

Hammam Morocco

Do A Hammam

You HAVE to do a Hammam in Morocco, however you must do a local one. Not one of these spa type, but a true blue local Hammam. AND you must get the women to wash you and not do it yourself. It is such an experience and not to be missed. I would recommend not going alone so you don't feel quite as conspicuous, but even on your own its so much fun having an older Moroccan woman bath you. 

Colorful pots on the stairs of Chefchaouen Morocco

Visit Chefchaouen

Morocco's Blue City is really a blue town, but regardless it is very much worth the visit.  Its the old Mdina that is blue and you can easily spend an entire morning wandering around checking out all the nooks and crannys. There are some great lunch spots, but try and get up to a rooftop if you can and enjoy the spectacular view.  

Essouira streets morocco


In the spirit of true transparency, I liked Essaouira but I didn't love it. However – every single person I've ever spoken to has made the comment that it was their favorite place in Morocco. Clearly I just didn't see that. It is on the coast, has some nice cafes and restaurants and the beach is lovely to stroll along. There is a small Mdina too so I suppose it is lovely, it just didn't imprint on me. Judge for yourself. 

More Things To Do In Morocco

Morocco is one of Africa's most visited countries. There is heaps to see and do and many historic sites to learn from. Getting lost in a Mdina is something everyone should do at least once!

  • Casablanca – especially the Hassan II Mosque.
  • Ait Benhaddou walled village
  • Get into the Sahara
  • See the nut eating goats in trees in Tamri
  • Go to a soccer game in Agadi

Things To Do In Rabat:

  • Kasbah of the Udayas
  • Hassan Tower
  • Chellah
  • Andalusian Gardens (inside the Kasbah of the Udayas)
  • The Central Park which has heaps of eucalypt trees. Weird but cool for us Australians.
  • Plage de Rabat – YES Rabat has a beach & a nice one.
  • Rabat Lighthouse for sunset
  • With a Sim card and Googe maps working well, get yourself lost in the Mdina in Fes. It's a rabbit warren but worth a wander knowing of course that you have the means to get out.
  • Marakesh
  • Meknes (a great local city)
  • Volubilis Roman Ruins

!! Tip for Morocco

Morocco's public transport is not great and a lot of tourists hire a car. If I was to go again as a solo female traveller, I think I would look for a tour that gave me freedom to do what I wanted to do in each destination or you could max out your budget really quickly with hire vehicles. Distances aren't huge but the country is quite mountainous so it always takes you three or four times as long as you think its going to to get anywhere. While I would consider Morocco to be reasonably safe, there can be miles of nothing in between locations you might want to visit and a breakdown could be pretty stressful. That would not be super safe for a woman on her own.