What to see in Morocco in 5 days

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Landscapes ranging from dream beaches to the mysterious Sahara desert, a living culture made up of mosques, madrasas and local folklore. And yet the scents, noises and colors of the markets and the precious local craftsmanship. Morocco has so much to offer.
one of the most popular itineraries, and which lends itself to fill a poor week, is the tour of the imperial cities of Morocco, fascinating cities united by a glorious period that has made them unique and rich. You retrace the footsteps of the sultans in the richly decorated palaces and gardens, stroll through the streets of the Medinas discovering ancient glimpses but you also get to know modern Morocco.

Here what to see in Morocco in 5 days!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Morocco
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Start from Marrakech, the most fascinating and perhaps most famous city of Morocco. You can visit the city on your own, but to optimize time and not miss the main landmarks and attractions, the best solution is to take a full-day guided tour, accompanied by an expert guide.

In the morning visit the Palais de Bahia, beautiful building with over 150 rooms with painted and inlaid ceilings (Mon-Thurs 8: 30-11: 45/14: 30-17: 45; Sat and Sun 8: 30-11: 45/15: 00-17: 45 ). Once out, explore the Mellah, the Jewish quarter still inhabited today. Then visit the Saadian tombs, (Mon-Sun 9: 00-16: 30) a sort of cemetery of the most illustrious characters buried in tombs that are real works of art.

Head to the Koutoubia, which with its tall minaret is the symbol of the city. Take the road that goes to Ben Youssef Madrasa and have lunch at Nomad's (87,00 MAD, € 8,00).
Visit the Quranic school of Ben Youssef, where the walls are so decorated that they look like lace (Mon-Sun 9: 00-18: 00). The rest of the afternoon, immerse yourself in the labyrinthine market, the souq. Lose yourself in colors and scents and let yourself be tempted by local crafts. Late afternoon is perfect for living Jemaa El Fna Square among acrobats, snake charmers and sorcerers. This is where the heart of Marrakech beats!
Finally dine at 7 Saints (120,00 MAD, € 11,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,9 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Palais de Bahia (10,00 MAD / € 1,00), Mellah (free), Saadian Tombs (10,00 MAD / € 1,00), Madrasa Ben Youssef (40,00 MAD / € 3,76), souq (free), Djema El Fna (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • full day guided city sightseeing tour
  • Lunch at Nomad (Get directions), Dinner at 7 Saints (Get directions)

2 day

Marrakech is the most convenient and strategic point to reach Essaouira, a delightful seaside town. For travel, it is better to choose a one-day guided excursion with transport included, the best solution, or take the bus (3 hours, about € 7,00).

Fortress city and fishing village, Essaouira is famous for its sensational Medina on the sea, Unesco World Heritage Site. Before going inside, admire the bastions, surviving especially in the northern part, among which Bab Marrakech stands out, and the gates of the city: the Gate of the sea, the Sqala of the port and the Sqala of the Medina. Continue the tour reaching the Kasbah with its mosque and the Mellah, the Jewish quarter. Given the peculiarity of the city, take a tour of the fish market to savor a little bit of everyday life.

Have lunch at the Restaurant La Licorne (120,00 MAD, € 11,00).
Then enjoy some relaxation on the city beach, la Plage d'Essaouira, to enjoy the sea and the beach. In the middle of the afternoon, return to Marrakech, the journey is long.

End the day by dining in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square at one of the many banquets set up every evening (average price 110,00 DAM, € 10,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 382 km / 5 h 22 min including car ride from / to Marrakech
  • Places visited: Ramparts (free), City gates (free), Medina (free), Kasbah (free), mellah (free), fish market (free) Plage d'Essaouira (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • 1 day tour to Essaouira
  • Lunch at Restaurant La Licorne (Get directions), Dinner at Jemaa el-Fnaa banquets (Get directions)

3 day

Reach Casablanca. From Marrakech you can opt for a private transport (more comfortable and fast solution), the Moroccan Railways train (2 h 40 min, on average € 12,00), or by bus (CTM or Eurolines FR companies, 3 h, in average € 10,00).

The cities of Morocco can give a sense of disorientation, due to the liveliness of the center, the markets, and the streets that intersect in mazes. For this reason, a panoramic and guided tour in your language is also recommended here, to optimize time and not to miss the crucial attractions.
Start your visit from the most characteristic area, his Medina. Stroll through the labyrinth of small streets lined with stone houses!

Have lunch at Le Jasmine (710,00 MAD, € 65,00).
This area is full of buildings from the colonial period, then reach the gardens of the Parc de la Ligue Arabe where the white Sacred Heart Cathedral (9: 00-12: 00 and 14: 00-19: 00). Pass by Place Mohammed V surrounded by the main administrative buildings. Take bus 43, 67 or 139 (45 min) which will take you to Casablanca's main attraction, the stupendous one Hassan II Mosque, considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. (9: 00-12: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00. Friday 9: 00-10: 00 and 15: 00-19: 00). After the visit, walk along the coast until El Hang lighthouse, perfect area to watch the sunset.

Dine at Le Petit Rocher Restaurant (760,00 MAD, € 70,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,6 km / 2 h 2 min
  • Places visited: Medina (free), Ville Nouvelle (free), Parc de la Langue Arabe (free), Sacred Heart Cathedral (free), Place Mohammed V (free), Hassan II Mosque (120,00 MAD / € 11,00 ), El Hang lighthouse (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 165,00
  • panoramic and guided tour city tour with local guide private guided tour in your language
  • Lunch at Le Jasmine (Get directions), Dinner at Le Petit Rocher Restaurant (Get directions)

4 day

From Casablanca move to Rabat in train (Moroccan Railways, 1 h, € 5,00).

La capital of Morocco is a modern city, seat of the Moroccan government and the largest in the country. Start with Medina, made up of narrow cobbled alleys with art galleries and shops. There Rue Souika leads to Great Mosque (not accessible to non-Muslims). Leaving the Medina, going towards the sea, you will arrive at the Muslim cemetery, a very touching stage. Then keep walking keeping the sea on the left, and you will be at Kasbah of the Oudaya, a neighborhood where lime and the blue of the facades predominate.

Have lunch at Dar El Medina (140,00 MAD, 13,00 €).
Cross the Garden of the Andalusians, with orange trees, fountains and reddish walls and head to the Chellah (8: 30-18: 30), an extremely important site both for the conservation and for the coexistence of Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian and Arab remains in a delimited space.

Late afternoon move to Fez so that tomorrow you will have the whole day at your disposal. Accessible by private transfer between Casablanca and Fez, train (3 h, € 13,00) or CTM bus (3 h, € 7,00). Once you arrive, dine at Snack Brahim (165,00 MAD, € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 h 36 min / 7,6 km
  • Places visited: Medina (free), Muslim cemetery (free), Kasbah of the Oudaya (free), Garden of the Andalusians (free), Chella (10,00 MAD / € 1,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • private half day city tour half day city tour
  • Lunch at Dar El Medina (Get directions), Dinner at Snack Brahim (Get directions)

5 day

Fèz is one true stronghold of culture and identity of the country and is divided between Fès el-Jedid, the New City, and the Medina, the Old City, also called Fès el-Bali. With only one day available, we suggest you stop in this second area and maybe discover it with a guided tour. There Medina of Fèz is the largest and most famous in the entire Arab world. Enter the Bab Boujloud and cross it heading towards Dar Batha. Then visit the Medersa Bou Inania, the city's Koranic school with a magnificent patio (Sat-Thu 9: 00-18: 00).

Have lunch at Chez Rachid (70,00 MAD, € 6,40).
The visit of Fèz cannot be complete without a stop in one of the very famous tanneries, eg. there Chouara tannery, to discover all the secrets of the fascinating leather processing system. Then go to the Qaraouiyine mosque, founded in the th century by a woman. You can only take pictures from the outside because, unfortunately, the place is off limits to non-Muslims. Conclude your visit by passing by place Seffarine, the hub of local crafts, populated by brass makers and tinker makers at work.

End the day with a dinner at Mouhaim (160,00 MAD, € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 38 min
  • Places visited: Medina (free), Madrasa Bou Inania (20,00 MAD / € 1,80), Chouara tannery (110,00 MAD / € 10,00), Qaraouiyine mosque (external only, free), Seffarine square (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • half day city tour 6 hour private city tour guided tour of Fez, Meknes and Volubilis
  • Lunch at Chez Rachid (Get directions), Dinner at Mouhaim (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Morocco

NB: The costs expressed in the table above are to be intended per person. (leave this wording)

Generally speaking, Morocco it is not an expensive destination, especially in DIY mode. For the flights you can find good offers. To move from one city to another, if you use i By public transport (trains and buses), fares are always around € 10,00 on average. For theaccommodation, especially in the cities touched by the proposed itinerary, you can find solutions of all types and for all budgets: from the family-run pension to the suggestive riad to the large luxury hotel.

Many attractions are free. Much of the beauties of Morocco are in fact made up of Medinas and neighborhoods: the best thing here is to enjoy the atmosphere simply by walking and looking around. Mosques (alas) are almost always closed to non-Muslims and therefore we must be content to admire them from the outside. The only paid attractions have very low tickets.

  • starting from € 100,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 12,00 per room -
  • Casablanca: Fez Sightseeing and Guided Tour: Fez, Meknes and Volubilis Guided Tour Rabat: Private Half-Day City Tour
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 335,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Morocco: spring and autumn are the ideal seasons. Summer is hot and winters inland can be very cold and rainy
  • most airlines (even low cost ones) fly to Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez and Agadir. If you land in Casablanca (25 km from the center), you can get to the city in 40/45 min by taxi (€ 20,00) or train (€ 2,00). Landing in Marrakech, bus 19 will take you to the center in 30 min (€ 3,00)
  • the cities where to base on this itinerary are Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Fez, In all cities you will find different options, such as riads, small family-run hotels or luxury hotels of the famous hotel chains
  • Getting around: from one city to another trains and buses are comfortable and cheap (average of € 12,00-15,00). Within the individual cities you can move easily on foot or, at most, by taxi which are inexpensive
  • Local currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD) / € 1,00 = MAD 10,89
  • Time zone: GMT + 1 (-1h compared to Italy)
  • Entry requirements: passport with at least six months of residual validity. No entry visa if you are traveling for tourism and if you do not stay longer than 90 days. Travel insurance is recommended - find out more
  • Safety info: Morocco is generally a safe country, without major problems of public order. It is advisable to be respectful of local customs and religion, especially during Ramadan. Avoid going to isolated places in the evening and do not take valuables with you. Given the general state of tension due to the terrorist attacks, maximum attention and caution is recommended especially in large cities and in the most crowded places. Stay up to date on the official website of the Farnesina Morocco section

Other practical tips

Mobility

In addition to the plane, you can arrive in ferry starting from Tarifa (Spain) or Gibraltar (UK) and arriving in Tangier. If you enter Morocco with anmotor car, it will be recorded in the Customs computer system and will appear on the computers of all Moroccan border posts. Tourists who try to leave Morocco without their car will be detained by the border police. In the event of an accident that renders the car untransportable or unusable, it is necessary to contact the Police Authorities in order to obtain an essential certificate to be able to pass customs without the car. It is absolutely forbidden to sell or give your car in Morocco without having completed a long and expensive customs clearance procedure. So be very careful! It is recommended to always fasten your seat belts of drive with extreme caution, avoiding the night hours on the extra-urban sections. Local traffic can be dangerous and unruly. Yes they can rent a car, starting from about € 55,00 per day and up. There is one motorway network which goes from Casablanca to Tangier and up to Fèz. THE trains they work well and cover the north-south route (from Tangier to Agadir) and eastwards to Oujda. The roads they are generally in good conditions. The Moroccan motorway network has a length of 1480 km; the toll you pay cash. Numerous petrol stations they are located along the roads and sell unleaded petrol and good quality "350" diesel.

General rules

It is forbidden to leave Morocco with Dirham. At the end of your stay you can convert only Dirhams previously purchased into Euros or other foreign currencies, by presenting the relevant receipts.
It is recommended that you have a respectful behavior of local customs and religion, especially during the month of Ramadan. Furthermore, during this period, the quality of the service, even in the best hotels, may be less careful in coincidence with the evening break of the fast; offices and shops have reduced opening hours.
Access to mosques is prohibited for non-Muslims, with the exception of the Hassan II Grand Mosque in Casablanca.
Homosexuality is considered a crime, therefore prosecutable.
In general it is appropriate avoid going to isolated places (woods, beaches) especially after sunset and to bring valuables with you.

Health

The health situation is, on the whole, satisfactory. Public health facilities are not at the European level but in the major cities exist private paid clinics suitable for simple and / or urgent interventions. The cost of a hospitalization can be considerable. It is therefore recommended to stipulate, before leaving, an international insurance policy which provides for the coverage of medical expenses and the eventual emergency repatriation of the patient. In the main cities there are good doctors. Pharmacies are numerous and generally well stocked.


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