Judd’s trip to Morocco
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Judd’s trip to Morocco

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Duration 8 days

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Marrakech & Fes via the desert

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2 Travellers

Judd, prepare for your senses to be slapped. Morocco's heady sights and sounds will dazzle, frazzle and enchant. Your journey starts with three days in Marrakech, one of the country's four Imperial Cities. Mint tea, hammams and haggling in the souks are the headline attractions of this destination, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll find that the best things to do in Marrakech have a contemporary feel to them, too. You're headed for the desert next, bringing together culture, nature and history in a spectacular way. Spend your days sandboarding and camel trekking and your nights singing, dancing, and stargazing. The final leg of your trip brings you to yet another Imperial City, Fes. Wander through high-walled streets, watch the daily procession of mourners entering the tomb of Fes' founder Moulay Idriss II, and see the ornate carvings and mosaics on every surface. Before you take off, we do want to point out that homosexual acts are illegal in Morocco. In practice, although not openly admitted or shown, sex between men is not uncommon, even if few people actively self-identify as gay. Platonic affection is freely shown among Moroccans, more so between men than women. For travellers, discretion is the key in most places. If you avoid public displays of affection you shouldn't run into any problems.

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech - one of the most evocative places in the world. Just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies immediately spring to mind. Known as The Red City thanks to the hue of the thick walls surrounding the old city, Marrakech has been a popular tourist destination in Morocco since the 1960s. It’s a place to engage the senses, nowhere more so than in the famous souks. These vibrant markets are a whirlwind of colour and noise, where throngs of people weave between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly coloured spices, richly woven rugs and a thousand other exotic goods. Enticing smells waft through the souks, and the clamour of voices haggling and the cries of vendors competing for customers provides a constant backing track to the city.

Accommodation

As far as we're concerned you cannot visit Marrakech without staying in a riad, a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Take your pick from these 3 options close to the Medina with a spa and/or pool so you and your partner can relax and unwind after having been enveloped by the sights, sounds and smells of the city.

Nightlife

Marrakech, sometimes dubbed the 'Paris of Morocco', is a sleepless city with endless paths leading some of the best nocturnal entertainment found anywhere in the world. Because homosexual acts are illegal in Morocco there are no gay bars or clubs in Marrakech, but the places we have selected for you offer a friendly, welcoming vibe and are frequently visited by members of the LGBTQ community.

Day 1

Experiences

Given that this is your first time in Marrakech, let's get some of its major attractions out of the way: Djemma El Fna, and the El Badi and Bahia Palaces.

Shopping

If you're looking to purchase some leather goods, for which Morocco is famous, Galerie de Tanneurs is one of the better addresses in town to find top-end pieces. And stop by Ayaso to treat yourself to some local, organic produce.

Food & Drink

La Patisserie des Princes is great for a quick snack while exploring the Medina. Head to Le Jardin for lunch, and opt for a refined place for dinner: Dar Moha.

Day 2

Experiences

Get a different perspective by starting your day with a ballooning flight over Marrakech and the nearby countryside. After lunch head to la Rue Yves St Laurent to visit the Jardin Majorelle as well as YSL's museum.

Shopping

Update your look at the best purveyor of menswear in Marrakech, 33 Rue Majorelle, right next to the Jardin Majorelle.

Food & Drink

A couple of Mediterranean eateries for lunch and for dinner a fancy place where the opulent surroundings perfectly complement the scrumptious dishes.

Day 3

Experiences

The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and famed throughout the world as some of the most exotic marketplaces to shop. We recommend you experience the cacophony of smells and sounds accompanied by a local, who will afterwards help you whip the purchased local produce into a lovely meal. Come back to your senses at the end of the day with a relaxing visit to one of the best Hammams in the country.

Shopping

Scout for unique, handmade souvenirs and gits at Chabi Chic, and stop by MAX & JAN for original garments and accessories with Moroccan flair.

Food & Drink

Go plant-based for lunch, or opt for a classy colonial french restaurant. An al fresco dinner will make your final evening in Marrakech extra special and romantic.

Marrakech Map

Days 4-6

Experiences

After a few days in Marrakech, it's time for an adventure in the desert. The softness of the orange sand, the seeming infiniteness of the rolling dunes, the way that footsteps look as they leave magical trails in the sand, and the inky blackness of the sky punctured by a million tiny stars at night — there’s simply no comparison to the Moroccan desert. We recommend booking your tour in advance with one of these 2 operators.

Fes

Fes

In its heyday, Fes attracted scholars and philosophers, mathematicians and lawyers, astronomers and theologians. Craftsmen built them houses and palaces, kings endowed mosques and medersas (religious schools), and merchants offered exotic wares from the silk roads and sub-Saharan trade routes. Although Fes lost its influence at the beginning of the 19th century, it remains a supremely self-confident city whose cultural and spiritual lineage beguiles visitors. Something of the medieval remains in the world’s largest car-free urban area and its charms are many. Seemingly blind alleys lead to squares with exquisite fountains and streets bursting with aromatic food stands, rooftops unveil a sea of minarets and stooped doorways reveal tireless artisans.

Accommodation

As with Marrakech, we highly recommend you stay in the world-famous Medina. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is where you’ll find some of the city's main sights.

Nightlife

Fes is a traditional, conservative city, meaning that nightlife options are limited. There are, however, some fabulous rooftop bars where you can take in the magnificent views, cocktail in hand.

Day 7

Experiences

Being one of the most important cities in Morocco, Fes is rich in culture, history, traditions, gastronomy and much more. With one of the first universities and the oldest medieval Medina in the world, this city has a lot to offer. Today you'll be visiting a tannery, exploring a palace, and wandering through the Jewish quarter.

Shopping

Retail therapy for today includes a café cum shop and a unique space conjured up by a Thai fashion designer and chef.

Food & Drink

While you’re in Morocco you must try the warming tagines, flaky pastillas, spicy hariras and fishy chermoula. And while you're at it, why not learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan dish or two? Also don't forget to taste the mint tea, widely available and locally known as 'Berber whiskey'.

Day 8

Experiences

During your last day in Morocco, we recommend you take a day trip to Chefchaouen or Meknes. Round off your day in style with a well-deserved pampering session at a luxurious, beaufitul hammam.

Shopping

Your last day in Morocco represents the perfect opportunity to source some last-minute souvenirs and gifts, or make your own.

Food & Drink

Delicious as Moroccan cuisine is, unlike many countries, it doesn’t vary much region-to-region, and if you spend any length of time here you’ll eat a whole lot of couscous and couscous. If this applies to you after a week in the country, you can mix things up a bit and have some delicious Italian or French food.

Fes Map

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