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Central Morocco / March 31 - Apr. 7, 2018

SUMMARY

Our first trip to the continent of Africa, I would have to say Morocco was a great start. A country rich in history, culture, and delicious food. Going with a group of friends, we had a blast navigating this new environment and meeting interesting people along the way. 

 

In short, I think the highlights for me were staying in a traditional riad (private home with a courtyard) to enjoy home-cooked Moroccan meals and going through the valleys, mountains and waterfalls of Ourika. 

LIST OF RESTAURANTS AND SIGHTS

Restaurants and More  :

​*All Marrakech addresses

  • Le Salama, 40 Rue des Banques (beautiful open air rooftop bar)

  • AirBnB - we stayed at an Airbnb in a traditional riad called Riad Miliana

  • La table de la kasbah, 14 derb hajra kasbah (amazing rooftop restaurant with a stunning view and delicious food) 

  • Palais Jad MahalRue Haroun Errachid (restaurant with belly dancing). Great show with dancing and a magical atmoshpere. Only downside is it was so dark you could not see your food! 

  • Le Jardin, L32 Souk Jeld Sidi Abdelaziz (outdoor courtyard restaurant with traditional Moroccan dishes, very nice!)

  • Comptoir Darna, Avenue Echouhada (more belly dancing and dinner). This restaurant was very nice as well, but I would not recommend doing two of these kinds of restaurants more than once in a span of a week. 

  • Jamaa El Fna Square (food stalls within the square) A must-do experience that you have to see to believe. Hundreds of food stalls and sales people clammoring to get you to eat their food! 

  • Café des Epices, 75 Derb Rahba Lakdima (modern and fresh restaurant that is great for lunch). A welcomed break from all the heavy tajines and couscous. 

  • Streetfood in the winding alleys of the city - we tried pastillas, beans, roasted chicken with lemon, fresh pita, merguez sausage, and chicken kebab

  • Café Kif Kif, 28 rue koutoubia (another rooftop restaurant in the city with a view of the tower at Koutoubia mosque)

Sights :

  • Jamaa El Fna Square

  • Palais El Badi

  • Saadian Tombs (visited, but was underwhelming)

  • Day trip to Essaouira (lovely town by the coast, but try to go for more than a day trip if you are staying in Marrakech)

  • Majorelle Garden

  • Camel ride in the Palmerie

  • Tour of traditional mountain home and lifestyle in Ourika

  • River lunch at Sti Fadma (overall experience of the river)

  • Hiking in the Ourika mountains

  • Lake Takarkoust

  • Hammam experience

  • Jardin Secret

  • Bahia Palace

  • Koutoubia Mosque

  • La Mamounia and Royal Mansour Hotels (at the latter, we had the most delicious fresh squeezed fruit juices) 

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