This vibrant metropolis lies between the Atlas Mountains and is a true feast for the senses. Marrakech is very stimulating with its bright colours, attractive scents, narrow dusty streets, and musical sounds.
The city’s most beautiful attraction is the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, which is sometimes translated as “assembly of the dead.” Let yourself be entertained by countless musicians, acrobats, dancers, and snake charmers or buy exotic souvenirs, alleged miracle cures, and culinary delights. Take a stroll through the medina’s (old town’s) maze of crowded alleys dotted with small shops. Watch donkeys haul big loads and allow yourself to be swept away by the Maghrebi charm of this bustling city.
Discover the highlights of Moorish architecture, such as the Bahia Palace or Ben Youssef Madrasa, the country’s most beautiful Koranic school. Also, we encourage a visit to the modern French district of Guéliz (also known as Ville Nouvelle) and the bold and exotic Majorelle Garden. We also recommend an excursion to the Ourika Valley where you can hike to picturesque waterfalls and Instagram-worthy viewpoints.
Stay in a six-bed dorm at a city hostel for €10.
The Sahara Desert
A desert tour is an absolute must on every Morocco trip.
Experience the Sahara Desert’s unique landscape on a three-day safari. The tour begins in Marrakech, and highlights include driving across the High Atlas and visiting the famous Kasbah of Aït-Ben-Haddou and Ouarzazate, also known as The Gateway to the Sahara Desert.
Don’t forget to visit the impressive rock formations of the Dadès Gorges and the oasis town, Tinghir. Ride on a camel over Erg Chebbi’s endless dunes and experience a breathtaking sunset over the soft sand. Spend the night in a traditional Bedouin camp and enjoy authentic Moroccan food under the stars.
This unforgettable experience only costs €110 per person and includes transfer, an English-speaking guide, accommodation, and meals.
Take a bus from Marrakech to Casablanca for about €10.
Casablanca is not only the country’s biggest city, but also its economic centre.
Take a stroll through the medina and check out the Hassan II Mosque, which claims to have the tallest minaret in the world, towering 210 meters high. This mosque is one of the city’s most famous sites and was partly built over the sea so that the water is visible through the glass floor. More than 25,000 worshipers can gather in the huge prayer hall, and even non-Muslims are allowed to enter.
Other things to do include visiting the Casablanca Cathedral, taking a stroll along the Atlantic coast, discovering cosy traditional restaurants, or diving into the city’s vibrant nightlife.
A centrally located hotel offers overnight stays for €18 in an eight-bed dorm.
Travel to Fez by train for €10.
This once royal city offers countless cultural sights. With over 9,000 winding alleyways, magnificent mosques, fountains, and colourful souks, this old town is considered the most splendid medina in Morocco.
Fez’s highlight is the traditional tanners’ and dyers’ quarter where leather is treated and coloured according to traditional medieval methods. Discover the beautiful secret gardens hidden behind crumbling walls and relax between tiled fountains and exotic plants.
The Jewish quarter of Fez al-Jadid, founded by the Marinids in the Middle Ages, is also worth a visit. You can even walk to the Marinid tombs – the area has the best panoramic view over Fez’s medina and city walls. If you have a little more time, take some day trips to Moulay Idriss or Volubilis.
In Fez, you can stay in a five-bed dorm for €13.
Take the train to Asilah for about €12.
This beautiful coastal town is quiet, calm, and not yet overrun by tourists. Its small medina is surrounded by an old stone wall, and its alleys have a charming atmosphere – perfect for a relaxing stroll without worrying about large crowds or pushy traders.
The ruins of the old Roman city of Lixus lie to the south of Asilah and are situated on a hill offering magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and modern seaport, Larache. This small village has a remarkable medina and numerous traditional fish restaurants.
Asilah also has two beautiful beaches to relax and take some time enjoy the sun. If you want to have a beach all to yourself, take a day trip to the remote Paradise Beach.
An overnight stay at a hostel will cost you €10 for a six-bed dorm.
The last stop on your journey is Tangier, situated on the North African Coast.
The charming port city, considered the gateway to Spain, is easily reached by train for only €5.
Tangier’s main attractions are the beautiful Kasbah in the medina quarter and the restored Art Deco Cinéma Rif on the Grand Socco. Explore the medina’s bright, winding alleys, go souvenir shopping at colourful markets, and discover cosy cafés.
The city’s magnificent Sultan's Palace offers a fantastic view over the Strait of Gibraltar, the port, and the old town. We also recommend a trip to Cap Spartel’s lighthouse and to The Caves of Hercules, where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet.
There are several beautiful beaches around Tangier, so be sure to sleep near the sound of the waves. A stay in a seven-bed dorm costs only €9 a night.