Morocco has always been a big draw for travelers, especially those looking for exotic and distinctive tourists, while still being easily accessible from Europe. In this relatively small country, there is a wide variety of scenery, attractions and activities, and it is so close to Europe that you can put it into use and adapt a lot in just a week in Morocco.
Despite its relatively small size, Morocco has many amazing attractions, which means that unfortunately, you will not be able to see all of them in a week. In order to solve this problem, I proposed 3 separate routes to make absolutee spent most of the time in Morocco.
Each itinerary is for a different type of travel, because parts of the country can be reached by car, but you can see a lot using public transportation or short trips. This is definitely for everyone, so please keep reading to find the perfect Morocco one week itinerary that suits you and want to see.
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Explore the exotic markets of Marrakech, cross the Atlas Mountains to the fortress of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the Berber desert city, and then meet the waves in the desert Relax on the Atlantic coast.
A week in Morocco – North
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From the ancient Fez tannery to the rich blue streets of Chefchaouen, admire the most iconic sights in Morocco. Experience some little-known gems, such as the ancient capital of Meknes and the modern capital of Rabat.
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Witness the spectacular sights of the Sahara Desert, the unique Ait-Ben-Haddou, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the exotic markets of Fes and Marrakech.
A week in Morocco – West
Explore Exotic Marrakech market, crossing OneTerras MediumUNESCO affiliated Listed Fortress Oneit-Ben-HAdu, Before relaxing, visit the Berber desert city OneThe tropical coast where the desert meets the waves.
The first day and 2 – Arrivals In Marrakech CAmazing [R[Riad, explore.
Day 3-Cross the Atlas Mountains to AitburnHardu
Fourth day- travel Cross the desert to reach the town of Berber Tarudant
Day 5-Go to the coast and visit the cold surfing town Tagzhadout
Day 6-Along the coastline north To the ancient port city Essaouira
Day 7-Return to Marrakech for departure (or Fly out Essaouira)
First day and second day
How to get there:
Marrakesh Menara Airport has direct access to many international cities, and you can usually bargain. It takes about 15 minutes by taxi from the airport to the Medina, or if you are on a budget, you can take the L11 or L12 bus from the main road, almost nothing.
This will get you out of the car, just outside the medina Yema-El-Fna The market square. Taxis cannot enter the Medina, so depending on where you live, keep in mind that you will have to walk a distance with your luggage, but a taxi may bring you closer.
This city may be Morocco’s most famous destination, and it is not without reason. You will enter the heart of Morocco’s tourism industry, it can be a very busy place!
The first thing you have to do is to make sure you have booked an amazing riad for yourself, because Marrakech has the best. Here, you can comb and drink some mint tea before going to the street. you should and also Buy bus tickets in advance to continue the journey so you can enjoy the time you need. For more details, see the following section.
On your first day here, it is recommended that you relax, stroll through the medina, and then visit Yema-El-Fna The night was in full swing. Witness the snake charmer, the magic light salesman, and the amazing sensory overload of this unique place. When you need to get rid of craziness, you can dine at one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the magnificent view of the huge market square.
Retire, go back to tomorrow, prepare for the whole day of sightseeing tomorrow. I will not tell you how to spend the next day, because there are so many things to see in Marrakech, it really depends on your personal preference. A day trip may be a good way to outline many attractions in one go. There is only one week in Morocco and you will want to integrate as much as possible into your life!
Some important points worth considering are:
- Yema-El-Fna Market (if you missed it yesterday)
- Koutoubia Mosque
- Majorelle Garden
- El Badi Palace
- Palacio da Bahia
Taxis are a convenient and cheap way, but remember to bargain! Popular sites such as Jardin Majorelle may sometimes have long queues, so they plan to take longer than expected.
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How to get there:
You can rent a car throughout Marrakech, You can do this at the airport when you land, but you can’t drive into the Medina, so you have a big parking problem. It’s easiest to get on the bus on the day you leave, but book early because it may take some time to get on the bus. It is best not to let the smallest cars (just like us!) because some parts of the mountain roads are not sealed and can become very steep. The drive will stop for approximately 5 hours.
In addition, if you don’t want to drive out of Marrakech, and don’t want to cross the mountains, you can take the CTM bus from Marrakech to Ouarzazate Rent a car there. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from here to Ait-Ben-Hardu. Major car rental companies allow one-way rentals, so it should be possible to return the car to Marrakech or Essaouira At the end of the trip, but please confirm in advance.
Ait Ben Haddou
In my humble opinion, this is the jewel in the many beautiful crowns of Morocco website. Visually stunning, well preserved clay fortress Sit by Picturesque valley surrounded by palm trees And reminiscent of the exoticism of ancient desert caravans.
Stay here for at least one night, and experience the sunrise and sunset in this magnificent location is a memory you will treasure forever. Many weeks in Morocco only include day trips, which is a big mistake. I recommend leaving Marrakech as early as possible because Crossg Mountain area takes some time, you want to spend as much time as possible here.
Please make sure you book your accommodation as early as possible, because there are only a few places where you can enjoy the view of the fortress from the balcony or even from the bedroom window! Check out Chez Brahim or Dar Mouna La Source for the best views in town.
In the cool time of the evening or the next morning, climb to the top of the fort and enjoy the magnificent view of the desert and valley. Visit Salon Du é Panoramique The last cup of mint tea near the stairs.
I Find early morning in person It’s hard work, but it’s really special to get up here to get up and walk to the river. When you return, your guest house will provide you with a delicious breakfast, so you can relax and refuel before setting off for Taroudant.
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How to get there:
It is paved roadAlong the way, they are in good condition. its Easy drive This will take you about 4 hours, so you have time to enjoy a delicious breakfast before sunrise, and then spend some leisure time. Google Maps will take you the most effective route.
Taroudant is Compared with some of the more famous attractions in Morocco, the number of visitors is much smaller. This means you can enjoy unique destinations that are far fewer than other tourists, and you can brag about your adventurous spirit!
Fewer tourists also means that the locals are more relaxed and friendly than some big cities. If you are interested in some Moroccan souvenirs, you can consider postponing your arrival here. The 7 days in Morocco passed quickly, so if you see something you like, don’t miss it!
This is much easier and pleasant than the hard bargaining and occasional impoliteness of Marrakech suppliers. If you are really keen, you can even participate in the leather making process at the tannery so you can have more connections with the leather products you buy!
Taroudant has an amazingly well-preserved city wall that surrounds the city wall and can be used to take beautiful photos. You can even stroll an area along the top of the wall. Another interesting area is Palais des Nations Claudio Bravo, you can take a short trip or actually stay overnight. The palace has beautiful gardens and views of the mountains and surrounding farmland.
The best thing to do But Taroudant just walks the streets in daily life and finds those special places to take amazing pictures of distant walls and mountains. When you spend a week in Morocco, you will walk around and soak up the rural atmosphere.
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How to get there:
Just jump back to the main road and continue driving until you reach the coast. This is a fairly short and easy drive About 2 hours So don’t leave in a hurry. Google Maps might try to take you back because it thinks it will be faster, but it won’t, just keep going along N10 all the way to the coast, and then it will become N1 when you drive north.
This cool town was originally a Berber fishing village, but has now become a first-class cabin for surfers and backpackers. You will find surf schools everywhere, as well as yoga studios and artisan shops.
You might not expect to spend a 7-day beach holiday in Morocco, but there you go! This is the beauty of this country, in various forms in such a close place. This is a good place to wash away the desert dust.
If you have never tried surfing, you can try some courses on the main beaches. If you are more advanced, many schools offer day trips to take you to some of the popular attractions in the area. Afterwards, you can relax in one of the rooftop cafes and enjoy the ocean views.
In the foothills near the Atlas Mountains, you can take a day trip PExile VAlleys, beautiful gorges, rivers and swimming pools in lush areas for swimming. If you do not want to relax, you can also arrange hiking trips, please ask your hotel.
If you want to ride a camel on your cycling list, that might be the place. Sunset camel tours along the beach can be arranged in the town or booked through the link below. Imagine learning to surf and ride a camel on the same day! Your friends will be surprised that you have only spent a week in Morocco and have so many unique experiences.
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How to get there:
Just jump back to N1 and drive north Lasts 2.5 hours. When approaching, you will eventually close to the left Essaouira But Google Maps covers this and will take you on the right route.
Beautiful port city Essaouira Has a long history, thousands of years of history. It has been the main port of Morocco for a long time, and it is easy to transport goods from Marrakech on the trade routes of the desert caravans.
The town is now a bit like an art center, gallery Old castle It is an art gallery in a beautiful garden, which is well worth visiting. After your appetite is open, be sure to eat some fresh seafood at a local specialty restaurant.
of The turbulent history can be seen in the many fortifications around the harbour. These fortifications give people a unique appearance and also provide them with many incredible photography opportunities. Having said that, you can hunt down the famous tree-climbing goats here and take cheeky shots to amaze your friends. They crawl Argan The area is rich in trees.
If you missed the camel ride, Tahazut Then you have another chance here. Speak with your hotel to get recommendations about good local companies. If you have the skills and experience, you can also rent kite surfing equipment in several shops, as this is said to be the ideal place for this sport.
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Departure back to Marrakech
(Or from Essaouira)
Your trip unfortunately ended today. You can reach Marrakesh Menara Airport in approximately 2.5 hours, but please remember to allow enough time to return the car.
Essaouira There is actually an international airport serving many European destinations, so depending on where you fly, you may be able to leave from here. Remember that car rental companies often charge one-way fees.
A week in Morocco – North
From the old Fez tannery to the rich blue streets of Morocco, enjoy some of Morocco’s most iconic sights Chefchaouen. Experience some little-known gems, such as the ancient capital of Meknes and the modern capital of Rabat.
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Day One-Arrival Rabat Spend a day exploring
Day 2- Go to the ancient capital of Meknes and visit Roman ruins Verubilis
Day three- Go to Fez, spend an afternoon exploring the medina
Day 4-Take a day Further Explore Fes
Day 5- Go up the mountain and enter the beautiful blue city Chefchaouen
Sixth day- Find all the best spots around you all day long Chefchaouen
Seventh day- Depending on where you can find the best flight information, you can return to Fez, Tangier or Rabat
How to get there:
RabatSale The international airport can lead to many cities. If the flight is much cheaper, you can also fly to Tangier and take the 1.5-hour train to Rabat.
Capital of morocco Yes Often ignored by travelers In favor of Marrakech or Fez, but Rabat actually offers a lot of things. Established in twelveday In the century, it was later used as a colony by the French, and the fusion of architecture and culture created some interesting attractions. The pace of life in Rabat is also slower than in other cities and can be enjoyed more easily.
The Medina of Rabat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Strolling through the winding narrow streets will take you through the ancient market to the Berber castle and Andalusian gardens. The area is full of beautiful white and blue painted houses with beautiful sea views. The garden is very beautiful and provides many opportunities for photography.
Don’t miss it is a fortified medieval fortress Chela In the city of Rabat. Ancient city Salé There are also many interesting sights on the other side of the river, and Rabat can be seen from the port.
If you have free time, you can definitely check it. After a week in Morocco, you really want to participate in the competition, but don’t be too tired on the first day!
Rabat does have a lot to see Don’t rush to Meknes the next day, but spend the whole day Some cities. You will stay in Fes for 2 nights, so you can get there later the next day, a whole day is enough to see the city.
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the next day
How to get there:
car: If you are driving, you can be picked up in Rabat It takes only 2 hours to drive to Meknes. All the way is a good road, leaving Rabat relatively easy. Try to find a hotel that offers parking in Meknes, because it really helps eliminate a lot of trouble and luggage handling.
to cultivate: From Rabat, there are regular trains to Meknes. The train only takes more than 2 hours and departs every hour. It is usually not necessary to book in advance, but during peak hours, you should consider booking on the first day in Rabat.
Meknes is one of the four imperial cities in Morocco and may be the least visited city. The other cities are Marrakech, Fes and Rabat. The city was founded in the 11th century and there are many historical monuments hereday Became the capital of Morocco in the century Under sultan Moulay Ismail.
Under the rule of Meknes, he built a huge palace complex with heavy walls and ornate gates. Many of these structures are still intact today You can have a great day strolling between the gates and make sure to include the medina and the partially preserved walls.
The pace of Meknes is slower than the other three imperial cities, so the travel between Rabat and Fes is very pleasant. Another thing you should consider when in Meknes is to visit Roman ruins Verubilis. Although they are not the most extensive or complete ruins in the world, their location in the peaceful countryside is very attractive. The site is located 40 minutes north of N13 town.
If you want to visit a winery named after ruins (rarely seen in arid countries), then directly opposite the town (about 25 minutes away), you will find Volubilia-Domaine de la Zouina. If you do it here, then make sure to pick up a few bottles as it will be difficult to get on the next trip.
As mentioned in the previous section, you will have a full day to explore Fes, so you don’t need to rush the next day. If you want to see more attractions in Meknes and its surrounding areas, then the entire day is just a short trip to Fez. Many week-long trips in Morocco include a day trip from Fes. If you don’t want to extend your stay, this is possible. Personally, I would like to spend a night in a different place and feel that this makes the week seem longer .
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Third day And 4
How to get there:
car: It takes about an hour to drive from Meknes to Fes. Google Maps may guide you along one of the following routes. Remember, your goal is the old Medina Fes-El-Bali, not the modern city center. The most direct route to get here is N6.
You cannot enter the Medina by car, but there are many parking lots outside. It’s best to give your hotel the closest recommendation. If they can’t help, please search for a parking lot near where you want to stay on Google Maps.
Bus/train: Train is Your best choice. It only takes 45 minutes, and the station in Fez is within walking distance of the medina. There are regular departures throughout the day and you should book your ticket when you arrive in Meknes, because you will be at the station anyway.
CTM also provides buses between the two cities, but this takes longer, is less comfortable and more difficult to book, so unless you are a big fan of buses, be sure to stick to the train!
Fes is a destination that can exceed expectations and surprise you. Although sometimes deceived by Marrakesh (Marrakesh), the Medina of Fes is actually a pedestrian-only area, and the lack of mopeds will almost kill you. Big impact!
The winding streets and alleys of Fes are full of quaint little shops, and you can always find surprises in the small streets. There are many beautiful mosques and mosques, including the oldest continuously operating university in the world.
Of course, the most attractive cards are the photo studio and the tannery. of Choara Tannery Starting at 11day Century is still in operation today. The classic view can be admired from the roofs of the surrounding shops, indeed this is the only way to see the tannery correctly.
Shop 10 and shop 64 may provide the best angle for photography. No need to spend money to go to the roof, but the clerk is very attentive and friendly, so we bought some things as gestures. These stores may save large purchases of other goods, but due to the price increase of these stores, if it really attracts your attention, the price is still not too bad. Remember to bargain!
The first task when arriving in Fez should be booking Chefchaouen. There are limited buses, so peak hours can be difficult. There is a CTM office in major cities. Unfortunately, you have to take a taxi there to buy a ticket, but the price is not too expensive. Even better, if you can arrange for your hotel to purchase in advance, some places will provide this service for a fee.
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Days 5 and 6
How to get there:
car: It takes about 4 hours of stable driving, including rest time. If you follow google maps, the road is a bit tortuous. Like Fes, Chefchaouen There are no vehicles, so it’s best to know where to store the vehicle before leaving. Some hotels outside the old town have parking lots, which will be very convenient.
bus: CTM has several departure times a day from Fes. This is a busy route, so it is best to ask for tickets at the ticket office when you arrive in Fez. When you are here, you should also be able to arrange round-trip air tickets Chefchaouen, but you can book later if you want.
The ticket office is in major cities, but only a short taxi ride. If you tell the driver “CTM Bus Station”, they will know. Ask your hotel for the latest price you should pay for the taxi and negotiate in advance.
“The Blue Pearl of Morocco” has won an international reputation in MoroccoThe new century has emerged due to the rise of photo sharing on social media. This beautiful city in the Rif Mountains has become a tourist hotspot, but the reason is not just blue. I promise, this will be your top priority during your week in Morocco!
old Town Chefchaouen has a relaxed and carefree vibe that is really disconnected from the more fast paced cities frequently visited by travellers. It’s a place where you can stroll around at your own pace, shop for unique local goods without hassle and just relax amidst the blue hues as they contrast with the rich green tones of the surrounding mountains.
There are not too many specific sites to visit in the town, it is rather the town itself that is the attraction. There is however a kasbah and old mosque in the town square which provides for nice views from one of the many surrounding restaurants.
One of the best things to do in Chefchaouen is a hike up to the Spanish Mosque for great views of the town nestled between the mountains. If you’re a keen hiker/walker then you can also visit the nearby Akchour waterfalls and Talassemtane National Park.
After a day of seeking out all the best photo ops and maybe snagging a handcrafted local souvenir or two you should seek out one of the rooftop restaurants around town. These offer a great place to watch the sun set over the mountains as well as offering some of the best food I had in Morocco.
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Return to your city of choice and depart
Car: Tangier is the easiest port of departure, being about a 2 hour drive. Depending on where you can find the cheapest flights however you can always return to Fes in about 4 hours or back to Rabat also in about 4 hours.
Bus: You can get busses to multiple locations from Chefchaouen. The closest is Tangier but be aware that some of the busses stop in Tetouan so the trip may be 3 hours rather than 2. Ask when you are buying tickets to confirm. You can also get CTM busses to Fes or Rabat if you wish to depart from these locations instead.
One Week in Morocco – The East
Witness the vast spectacle of the Sahara, the inimitable Ait-Ben-Haddou, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and the exotic Markets of Fes and Marrakesh.
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Day 1 & 2 – Arrive in Fes, find a beautiful riad and explore
Day 3 – Organise a tour into the Sahara and the massive dunes of Merzouga
Day 4 – Explore oasis towns and massive desert gorges
Day 5 – Visit the stunning Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou and end in Marrakesh
Day 6 & 7 – Explore the many attractions of Marrakesh
Day 1 & 2
How to Get There:
Fes Sais International Airport has connections to many cities around the world and frequent flights. It is also possible to get a train from other major cities in Morocco if you have been travelling elsewhere prior.
One of the imperial cities of Morocco and steeped in history, Fes is a great place to start off your one week Morocco itinerary. There are some great riads on offer here so try to find the perfect one to start your trip off right. The location you’re aiming for is in or at least close to Fes-El-Bali, which is the old medina and home to most of the attractions you have come to see.
The narrow cobbled streets of the medina are flanked by all manner of artisan stores and local eateries. The whole medina is a huge pedestrian only zone which makes it so relaxing and nice to stroll around when compared to the busy streets of Marrakesh. The ancient tanneries of Fes still operate to this day producing leather which is fashioned into many types of goods, it’s a great place to pick up some absolute bargains but make sure you haggle well!
The Chouara Tannery is the big draw-card here, one of the oldest in the world and dated back to the 11th century, this is an attraction not to be missed. To view the iconic scene you will need to ascend to the roof of one of the surrounding shops, the shops are required to allow you access to the roof and most of them are very welcoming and friendly.
They will give you a short tour and speech then leave you to it; you are not required to make a purchase but we bought something small at the end as a show of gratitude. Check out shops 10 or 64 for some of the best views.
There are many other attractions to see here aside from this famous tannery. Fes was once capital of the Marinid sultanate and has some great Moorish architecture including walls, mosques, madrassas and a grand palace (of which you can only view the gate unfortunately). The oldest continuously operating university in the world is also housed within Fes-El-Bali.
If you get in fairly early on the first day and see most of the city then you can always check out some of the surrounding area on a day trip the following day. Alternatively, dig a little deeper into Moroccan culture with a cooking course or guided tour. There are a few good options below; you may see offers for a Chefchaouen day trip but it’s probably best to avoid as it’s a lot of driving in one day. You will have a long drive tomorrow so probably best to take it a little easy whilst visiting Fes.
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Days 3 to 5
The Sahara Desert
The vast eastern desert region of Morocco can involve some lengthy and boring stretches of driving and is not the easiest place to organise buses and accommodation. Given that you only have a week in which to travel this region a tour is really the best option to squeeze in a lot of sites without exhausting yourself driving and trying to arrange accommodation.
This tour from Get Your Guide will take you from Fes to Marrakesh with some amazing experiences in between.
The tour begins with a drive through the middle Atlas and into the amazing desert landscape surrounding Merzouga. You will get to have the absolutely magical experience of watching a desert sunset from camel back and spending the night in a nomadic style camp. If you haven’t heard of this place then just plug “Erg Chebbi” into Google images and feast your eyes.
The next day will take you down part of the road of 1000 Kasbahs and you will visit a desert oasis town as well as one of the most stunning gorges I have ever seen. These areas of Oasis are so beautiful and fascinating, the rivers of date palms flowing down the valleys are such a unique sight. You’ll spend the night in a desert town where you can enjoy the beautiful views with your traditional Moroccan dinner.
The third day you will pay a visit to the epic fortified mud fortress of Ait-Ben-Haddou and explore this ancient Kasbah with a guide. I really loved this destination and it is a shame not to be able to spend a night here however with the time constraint of one week sacrifices have to be made. Still you will get to explore and climb the fortress as well as cross the iconic river bridges made of large stones.
That afternoon you will cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass over the high Atlas, witnessing some great views and soaring mountain tops. The trip ends in Marrakesh later today and I recommend booking a beautiful riad for your last couple of nights as Marrakesh has some of the best!
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Days 6 & 7
The cultural heart of Morocco and probably it’s most well known destination, tourists flock to Marrakesh year after year chasing a truly unique and exotic experience far removed from their everyday life. Marrakesh certainly delivers on this ideal, the hectic streets of the massive and ancient medina burst with life and activity and thrust you right into the culture of Morocco.
Walking through the huge 11th century market square of Jemaa-El-Fnaa in the evening is like being transported back in time with snake charmers, magic lamp salesmen and all manner of other vendors competing for your attention. Take my advice and book a table for dinner at one of the surrounding rooftop restaurants for an amazing view over the whole market. Do be aware of pickpockets and scams in the market as unfortunately this kind of thing is fairly common.
There are so many sites in and around Marrakesh it’s hard to fit everything in. Some of the ones you shouldn’t miss are the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, just across the street from the market square and surrounded by gardens, it’s a great place to take a break from the busy medina. Another beautiful and peaceful garden to retreat to is the Jardin Majorelle, a really impressive collection of cacti and other plants mixed in with beautiful blue buildings. It does get busy so plan to arrive early.
Marrakesh also has some beautiful palaces with beautiful Moorish architecture and gardens. Check out Palacio da Bahia or El Badi Palace and try to pick which one you most want to see! When you start to look at all the sites in this city you can see why people have to come back! The long day will all be worth it especially when you get to retire back to your beautiful riad to relax and unwind. For some ideas and inspiration check out the following properties:
- Ksar Kasbah & Spa
- Riad & Spa le Secret de Zoraida
- Riad Les Nuits de Marrakech
At the end of your trip you can depart via Marrakesh Menara Airport with loads of connections and often great prices to many international destinations. For some more inspiration and ideas for your Moroccan holiday click here. Happy Travels!
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