Planning a trip to a foreign country can be a lot of fun!
Since this is probably your first trip to Morocco, you will want to make sure you clearly think through each aspect of the trip.
We have developed a list of questions that you should ask yourself to help you create the ideal Morocco experience.
1. When should I travel to Morocco?
There are different opinions of when is the best time to visit Morocco, but you will want to remember a few things.
- July and August can be extremely hot! If you want to go to the desert, you might want to avoid these times.
- December 22 – January 5 is considered the peak season in Morocco. Many riads have 5 – 7 night minimum stays during that period.
- March & April is when spring happens in Morocco. The flowers are beautiful and the weather is warming up.
- September and October are also perfect weather months in Morocco.
- If you are looking for the “off-season”, consider times like November or February. They are a little cool, but you can find plenty of places in the riads.
2. What type of tour do I want?
- Self Explore – Are you comfortable navigating a foreign country on your own. If you love adventure and don’t mind public transportation, you will love traveling around Morocco on your own.
- Set Group Tour – Some people want the comfort of an organized tour but are looking to save a little bit of money. If you don’t mind being paired with random travelers and having a fairly tight schedule, then finding a group tour is for you.
- Private Custom Designed Tour – If you would like the help of experts living in the country to design a tour that meets your budget, interests, schedule and desire, then private tours are the way to go. If you want help organizing a private tour, that is what we specialize in. Contact us!
3. What type of accommodations do I want?
- Authentic Riads – If you’d like to experience something unique and special, consider staying in a riad. These boutique style hotels usually have 6 – 12 rooms and give very home-like service. The food is handmade and very authentic.
- Standard Hotel – If you want to save money or like a little more space, you should consider the hotels. Hotels in Morocco have 100 – 300 rooms and are equipped with all of the amenities. The food is usually buffet style with plenty to go around.
- Hostels or Inns – If you are on a budget, you should consider staying at one of the hotels or little inns. The rooms are often clean and tidy but bathrooms and showers are shared. Breakfast is basic but you get what you are paying for.
4. What do I want to see?
Morocco is a very diverse country with ancient walled cities, the sahara desert, Roman ruins, beach towns, and mountains. There is so much to see!
You will need to do a little research before you come to find out what you want to see. To save you some trouble, we have developed our “10 Must Sees of Morocco”
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5. How much time to I have to visit Morocco?
People often ask me, “So how much time do I need to really get to know Morocco?”
I usually joke by saying, “I have lived in Morocco for 10 years and I am still discovering amazing places, people and cultural information.
Our basic recommendation is that you should give Morocco 10 – 14 days if you want to explore the main cities including the Sahara desert. If you only have 7 – 8 days, we recommend sticking to the main historical cities like the Imperial Cities tour. If you have 14 days, you could consider visiting the Blue City of Morocco, the desert, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira.
If you want help laying out an ideal itinerary for the time you have, please contact us.