Spend Three Days in Magical Morocco:
Morocco has a great mix of history, landscape and culture, all of which give visitors an insight into Morocco’s exotic charm. Whether you’re planning a holiday to Morocco as part of a larger multi-city trip – like we did – or are going solely to see the country, you will find that planning your short trip to Morocco can be frustrating, as there is so much you will want to see and experience. But it is possible for you to visit your choice of Morocco’s highlights quite easily in a short period of time, if you choose the places you want to see most and plan your trip wisely.
Here’s how my partner and I spent three short days in Morocco and what I recommend you put on your travel itinerary, in the hope that it will give you some ideas and help you plan your very own trip to this magical country.
Day One: Djemaa El Fna
Marrakech is a major city on Morocco, so it is the perfect place to use as your base. Depending on your budget, there are a variety of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodation options to choose from in the city. Our first stop when we landed, other than checking into the hotel where we were staying, was Djemaa El Fna (the main city square). Here you will find snake charmers, traditional dancers, and storytellers amongst the many food stalls. I would recommend this as your first stop because, depending on when you arrive, it’s the best place to indulge in good, local food and spend your first afternoon in the city.
Day Two: The High Atlas
As North Africa’s greatest mountain range, visiting The High Atlas Mountains was high on my list of things to do and see during my trip. The High Atlas Mountains are a historical and physical barrier that separates the northern plains and the pre-Sahara, and the valleys that are populated by Berber’s feel far from the urban life of the city, giving you an insight into their culture and day-to-day lives. There are many companies that offer tailor-made tours, and it’s probably better to book one that suits you and your budget the best. But if you don’t want to book a guided tour, you can go on a casual day-hike or serious trek along one of the many appealing routes in the region.
Day Three: Jardin Majorelle and La Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
We chose to do both of these attractions in one day because of their close proximity to each other and because you do not need a whole day for each one. Jardin Majorelle has been on my bucket list for a couple of years. The garden, opened by painter Jacques Majorelle in 1947, is small, meaning you can fit in more than one activity on the same day, and it includes mini landscapes, exotic trees and streams, as well as a Berber museum. As a lover of photography, I couldn’t wait to see the collection of vintage Moroccan photography at La Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. There are 4500 ‘repatriated’ photographs, 2000 glass negatives and 80 documents that date from 1870 to 1950 to see, and it was the perfect way to end our third day in Marrakech.
Regardless of our trip being short and sweet, by choosing the budget-friendly places and attractions we wanted to see the most, we could make the most of our time in the Magical country.
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