2 Weeks in Morocco: A perfect Road Trip Itinerary

 

Morocco – a really varied land with incredible things to see and lots of fantastic experience to make. This country impressed us a lot and still after 10 years of traveling together, it was an intense adventure there. Take some time for this country to see it and to feel it. “In Europe you have the watches, in Africa we have time” – make sure that you know: The clocks tick differently there! 2 weeks in Morocco is the perfect amount of time to hit the country’s best places like Morocco’s desert, the huge Oasis, the impressive mountainous region, oriental towns and the Atlantic Ocean. Certainly, we recommend to visit Morocco on a road trip – the people are always very helpful and the country is still very safe. All in all, this self-drive road trip itinerary will help you to plan your perfect journey and to make sure that you make the best of your 2 weeks in Morocco.

Road Trip in Morocco: Self-drive and self-organized – let’s check out the 2 Weeks in Morocco itinerary:

 

Marrakech

Day 1-2 First stop at our road trip! We checked into our beautiful riad and enjoyed the first traditional moroccan mint tea – really delicious. From the first minute we felt welcome and comfortable. We had 2 days to explore the city, perfect to see all the interesting places like the most famous Djemaa el Fna, the Medina and the Medersa Ben Youssef. Read more about Marrakech:  Sightseeing Marrakesh & our top travel tips

The Riad Irene is an amazing choice if you want to stay in a beautiful Riad in the middle of the old town.

Ait Ben Haddou & High Atlas Mountain Road

Day 3  Crossing the High Atlas mountain was one of the most beautiful road trip adventures we have ever been. We took the road through the Tizi n’Tichka, a mountain pass with 2.260 m. The route from Marrakesh to Ait Ben Haddou is stunning, you will find plenty of photo spots on your way. After 185 km drive, we had arrived at Ait Ben Haddou – a must see in Morocco by the way. Ait Ben Haddou is a traditional mud brick city and it is on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE List.  A wonderful view for sunset and early morning lights you are going to have from the Riad Chez Brahim.

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The road of a thousand Kasbahs & Rose Valley

Day 4 We left Ait Ben Haddou early in the morning and we took the road of a thousand Kasbahs – What a gorgeous landscape! Fresh oasis all over and this picturesque old Kasbahs – totally you should visit the Kasbah Taourit and the Kasbah Amridil! In the late afternoon we arrived at the Rose Valley (125 km) – a place where we could imagine to stay even longer next time! Our little hotel Dar Timitar was just wonderful – with an outstanding view high above the Rose Valley. The sunset with view all over the huge oasis was one of our travel highlights in Morocco.

Dades Valley & Dades Gorge

Day 5  (115 km) The next day we explored the Dades Gorge with it’s dramatic landscapes like the Monkey Fingers at the beginning of the gorge und the winding road to the top of the gorge – where there’s a coffee place –Tisdrine – with a great view! Our tip: If you have some time you should drive the road for around 15 km further on – the landscapes are amazing there.  For the night we had an unforgettable stay at a lovely berber riad. The host family was lovely – they made us a great evening with traditional berber songs and learning their berber language.

Todra Gorge – Tinghir

Day 6 Tinghir (75 km)) is a beautiful immense oasis, you come face to face with pure nature and picturesque landscapes. Take some stops at the road to the gorge – where you will have some great views to the beautiful oasis.  Outstanding is also the gorge which has probably one of the most impressive canyons in the world. For the night we stayed in a lovely hotel on the road to the canyon in Kasbah Restaurant Amazir. A budget place with pool and nice location just next to the river.

Merzouga – Sahara Desert Morocco

Day 7-10 The 270 km from Tinghir to Merzouga had been quite long, but the landscapes is becoming more and more impressiv the closer you get there. We had an amazing time with the guys from the Desert Berber Fire Camp, visiting the Erg Chebbi on the back of a camel and camping in the middle of the desert was just perfect!  If you fancy to buy some original berber clothes, you should visit the center of Merzouga town. Visiting the Sahara Desert in Morocco was our favorite experience!

Road from Merzouga to Fez

Day 9 The way is the goal (470 km) – the road to Fez is quite long – but anyway you will have a lot of great photo spots on your road trip. Consider staying a night in Zaida if you can`t drive that long. The Monkeyforest next to Azrou was quite cool – where we had the possibility to feed monkeys. You can also do a stopover in Ifran, Morocco’s „Little Switzerland“ located in the  Middle Atlas Mountains.
When you come to Fez by car, make sure you are staying outside of the medina.

Fez

Day 10  Yes what can I say – either you love it or you hate it. But all the visitors agree on one thing– this city is unique. Take your time to explore Fez. The medina is huge and so you can wander around for hours without getting bored. Visiting the Tanneries of Fez is a very special expirience. But be aware: it`s smelling strongly and some people even getting sick.

If you come to Fez by rental car and in case you need a parking lot outside of the medina, we recommend to book the Riad Passiflora.

Note: The shop owners of the tanneries can be annoying,  you can try to tip them first, so normally they won’t bother you anymore and you can do you photography without disturbing.

Rabat & Casablanca

Day 11-12  (270 km) Rabat and Casablanca are totally underrated and lots of tourists missing out on seeing this amazing cities. Half day for Rabat and a half day for Casablanca are enough to see the best sights! And honestly the the Hassan II Mosque is a must see – but to drive in Casablanca is very adventurous too. Don`t miss the beautiful seafront of Casablanca. For the night we stayed in  a Mohammedia in a fantastic valued Hotel.

The Atlantic Coast of Morocco

Day 12-13  (400 km) We really loved the Atlantic! The coast road is spoiled with beautiful wild beaches and impressing cliffs. One night we stayed in El Jadida, at the Les Cyprès and one more in Oualidia, a small village with the most beautiful beach for swimming and also very recommended to do a boat trip for birdwatching.

Essouira

Day 13-14 Essouira also known as “the jewel of the Atlantic” – for us the perfect getaway to relax after the long journey. The windy beach is known for kitesurfing, windsurfing, camel ride and long beach walks. The city itself is lovely, with a souk – of course, witch nice little cafes and plenty of good restaurants. Also the fish market in the morning is also worth a visit! For the night we stayed at the Atlas Essaouira & Spa.

Day 14 (200 km) On the road back to Marrakesh, if you are lucky you can see the tree goats. The last days, we made some more pics and did our final shopping.

Remember, make sure you planning enough time for your journey! We always do that and that’s so important if you want to have a great time. For Morocco the wisdom is: “The way is the goal” – and it’s so true – the best photo spots we found have just been next to the road. 2 weeks or even more are the perfect amount of time to explore the country.

If you have more time than two weeks, you can also visit Chefchaouen (the blue city), Tafroute, Ouzoud waterfall,  the Legzira Beach and Taroudante.

 

Driving in Morocco

If you are planning a road trip in Morocco and you would like to do lots of sightseeing we recommend to explore the country by car. Anyhow, with your own car you are going to be much more flexible then traveling with a tours bus. At least 2 weeks or better more should be planned for visiting all the wonderful places and sights. Definitely, you should rent your car in advanced and compare the prices! Don`t forget to book a car insurance and check the car before heading off.

Thanks for reading our Morocco itinerary!


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  3. Hi Juma,

    Where did you stay in Ait Ben Haddou?? You had a perfect view of the town!!

    Fantastic blog and article – I am planning my own 14 day trip by motorcycle for June and could not be more excited after reading about your amazing journey!

    Cheers from Canada

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