• Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

Morocco: A 5-Day Itinerary

Morocco is the ultimate destination for an exotic getaway with your bae.

It's bursting with culture, there's so much to see and it's easy on the pockets.

It's in Africa so you're pretty much guaranteed to get good weather, it has this incredible Arabian feel to it and the food is epic

Feeling tempted yet?

Well, this will definitely tempt you:

The worst part of any holiday is actually planning it so I've created a 5-day itinerary for you so you can breeze through the stress.

You're welcome!

Jemaa El Fna

How To Get There:

When I think of Africa, I presume it's miles away - truth is it's not.

Morocco's only a 3-and-a-half-hour flight direct from Dublin to Marrakesh and it's a step away from the usual sun holiday destination.

I use Skyscanner to book my flights wherever I go and I found it brilliant for this holiday in particular as we had to get a connecting flight home.

We flew in late September so they were really affordable, costing just under €100 return.

Where To Stay:

If you want to soak up some culture the best place to stay is a Riad.

A Riad is a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard (or if you're really lucky, a pool!). Riads usually have about ten rooms which makes your stay intimate and unique. It also means it's usually pretty quite and peaceful, which is key for days when you want to lie in the sun, relax and read your book.

There are hundreds of Riads in Marrakech and they're all pretty similar. There's not much point in writing a list of the best ones because they book out pretty quickly but if you look on Booking.com or Trivago, you'll find some really nice ones. Most offer a free traditional Moroccan breakfast, which is absolutely delish!

It's best to stay near to the main square Jeema El-Fnaa (but not too close, it's really noisy!). I stayed in two Riads, Riad Lena And Spa and Riad Daria, both were about a fifteen minute walk to the main square, which was ideal.

TOP TIP: Ask your Riad to pick you up from the airport because they can be impossible to find and it's the same price as an airport taxi.

There's also a wide range of hotels and even some really nice hostels that you'll find on these websites also.

Day 1:

What To Do: Take It All In At The Souks

For your first day, the best thing to do is just... take it all in.

There's no such thing as a Tesco or H&M in the old town of Marrakech, everything is sold in the souks. Most of the souks in Marrakech are bunched together and are covered, which is handy for days when you want to take a trip to the markets - believe me, that shade is key in 30 degree heat.

Between the strong smells of fresh leather and spices, the noises of motorbikes whizzy past you on tiny streets, shopkeepers calling you into their stalls and the bright vibrant colours, it's a bit of an overload to the senses.

Once you get your bearings, you'll find it's the most beautiful and colourful place and there's also some pretty cool things for sale.

If you're an interiors nut, this place is a dream come true. There's stunning handmade rugs at every corner, colourful bowls and plates, unique trinkets - put your haggling skills to the test and see if you can bag yourself a bargain.

What To See: Jemaa El-Fnaa

Once to get through the souks, you'll come into Jemaa El-Fnaa, the main market square.

Here you'll see street performers, snake charmers with dancing cobras and you'll even be able to have the chats with local storytellers.

It's a super busy place with so much happening, you could honestly spend the whole evening here.

Where To Eat: Le Jardin

Down a unassuming dusty road you'll find the stunning restaurant that is Le Jardin.

Le Jardin was designed by interior architect Anne Favier and it's a true magical oasis. They serve up lunch but it's a real treat at night. The lush garden is dotted with tables and lights and majestic alcoves and terraces above where you can lounge in the evening and watch open air projected films.

They serve up delicious Moroccan food - from tajine to couscous, this is a great place to have a memorable meal.

Day 2

What To Do: Camel Trekking Excursions In The Sahara

If there is one thing that I could recommend to you to do in Morocco this is it.

Trekking across the Sahara is probably one of the coolest things I've ever done tbh.

I travelled with a company called Camel Trekking Excursions and I couldn't recommend them enough.

You'll be picked up in a SUV, it's spacious and air-conditioned which is key, and your guide will take you to the Sahara. The trip can be done in two or three days, because the Sahara is a nine hour drive I'd recommend the three day trip as it breaks up the journey and gives you a chance to do a bit more sightseeing.

Once you get to the Sahara you'll trek on a camel for about an hour to a Berber camp where there's live tribal music and Moroccan cuisine waiting for you. You'll be glamping at the site, my room had a double bed and a shower.

That night myself and my boyfriend pulled out two bean bags and lay under the stars, it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen, the sky was so bright. If you're lucky enough you might even spot a shooting star!

The following morning you'll get up super early and catch the sunrise over the desert and you'll get the chance to sand board if you're up for it.

The trip itself is pretty pricey, costing €350 but it's worth it as it covers two nights accommodation and breakfast and dinner.

Honestly the best trip I've done.

Day 3

What To Do: Get A Juice In The Square

One of the best parts about Morocco is the fresh juices.

There's hundreds of juice bars in the square, most drinks costing around €1. They come in every flavour you could imagine - strawberry, kiwi, lemon, mango, orange and they're all unreal.

The juice vendors are also super friendly and always up for a bit of craic.

This is a must on your Moroccan bucket list.

What To See: Le Jardin Majorelle

Le Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Morocco.

It took painter Jacques Majorelle forty years to create this enchanting garden that is now an Instagram haven for travellers.

Explore shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin as well as burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers.

It's a calm retreat from the bustling city.

Where To Eat: Café Zeitoun

A reliable spot right in the heart of Jemaa El-Fnaa square where you can perch yourself and watch all the action from above.

They serve the best lamb tajine I tried in Morocco and believe me, I ate a lot of tajine.

The staff are great banter and love to joke around with you. It's also reasonably priced so it's a personal fave of mine.

Day 4

What To Do: Get A Hammam

You can't go to Morocco without getting a hammam.

A hammam ritual is an Arabian body treatment involving steam and cleansing black soap. It leaves your skin feeling as soft and as healthy as a baby's bum.

I got my hammam and a full body massage for around €60 in a fab place called Rosa Bonheur and Spa. You can get a couples hammam and massage if you like, it's super relaxing. They even give you some Aragon oil to bring home with you, which is fab because it can be quite pricey to purchase.

What To See: Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace was built in the late 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time.

There's stunning mosaic tiles and gardens at every corner.

It's under a tenner to see and a good place to visit if you want to do some sightseeing.

Where To Eat: Pepe Nero

Believe it or not, after eating tajine for almost ten days, I kind of got bored of it and craved something different.

Pepe Nero is an extraordinary Italian restaurant that you must book it before dining. It's one of the most photogenic restaurants I've ever eaten in and the food was divine.

Best of all, they even serve wine, which is hard to come by in Morocco.

This is a place I will always dream of coming back to.

Day 5

What To Do: Cookery Course

Learn the tricks of the trade and perfect your tajine skills.

This is a great activity for couples who like to try something different, plus you'll have a savage meal to munch on when you're done.

What To See: Koutoubia Mosque

This huge mosque is ornamented with pretty windows, ceramic tiles, arches and orbs.

It's one of the oldest structures in the city and has a stunning rose garden on site.

An iconic landmark.

Deffo worth a visit.

Where To Eat: NOMAD

NOMAD is a sister restaurant to Le Jardin but it has a bit more of a hipster vibe to it.

What was once an old carpet store has now transformed into one of the coolest rooftop eateries in the city.

With a strong emphasis on fresh local produce, the lively restaurant serves simple “Modern Moroccan” cuisine: revisions of traditional local cuisine and international dishes with a Moroccan twist.

Spread over 4 floors, with intimate dining rooms and two levels of terraces that offer fantastic views of the surrounding Medina and Atlas mountain range, Nomad is perfect for both lunch and dins.

Marrakech is a holiday like no other.

You can lay in the sun by the pool, soak up culture, pick up "genuine fakes" of all your favourite brands and it's a dream for foodies.

A holiday to remember.

Don't forget to check out my Morocco vlogs over on my Youtube channel.

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