Casablanca, Marrakech and more
In 2003 we visited Morocco. We flew on Royal Air Maroc direct from Gatwick to Casablanca.
We divided our time between Casablanca and Marrakech and caught the train between them. We also ventured by car to Fes and into the Atlas mountains.
Here are 13 things we did in Morocco:
1 – Visited the tanneries in Fes
The tanneries have been in operation since medieval times. They are very colourful to look at, but they stink too and it is best not to linger too long.
2. Had dinner at the Djemma el Fna
The central square of Marrakech transforms itself into an eating and entertainment centre as sunset approaches. There are many little stalls selling a variety of food. We picked a couple and had some excellent food. Sadly we experienced food poisoning which we put down to some under-cooked lamb sausages. But don’t let this put you off. The atmosphere in the square, it is said, is unchanged from Medieval times.
3 – Berber Villages
Visited the Berber villages in the Ourika valley. It is a perfect day trip from the Marrakech.
4 – Visited Ouarzazate
Located in the Atlas mountains and where a lot of films, including Star Wars, have been filmed.
5 – Visited the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca
As non-muslims we were not allowed inside but there was plenty to appreciate on the outside. It is the largest Mosque in the world and has room for 100,000 inside.
6 – Had a ride in a petit taxi.
The little Citroen and Peugeot cars are a handy way to get around.
7 – Fish
Had a fantastic fish meal near the ocean on the way from Fes to Casablanca.
8 – Train
Made the train trip from Casablanca to Marakkech. The railway system has a lot of French influence.
9 – Ate some delicious food
10 – Had sweet mint tea and sweets
11 – Went shopping in the Souks and Markets
12 – Just walked around…..
13 – Met a lot of interesting and friendly people.