3-Weeks Morocco self-drive round trip

 

self-drive and self-organized – completely independent – our Morocco TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

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. We recommend you to 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! We recommend to visit Morocco on your own – the people are always very helpful and the country is still very safe.

 

Marrakesh – Marrakech

Day 1-3  Day we arrived! 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 – Sightseeing Marrakesh & our top travel tips)

Ait Ben Haddou & High Atlas Mountain Road

Day 3-4  Crossing the High Atlas mountain was one of the most beautiful road 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 & High Atlas Mountain Road). Ait Ben Haddou is a traditional mud brick city and it is on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE List.

The road of a thousand Kasbahs & Rose Valley

Day 4-5 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 – we recommend you to 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 valley.

Dades Valley & Todra Gorge

Day 5-6 Dades Valley (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 placeTisdrine – 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.

Day 6-7 Todra Gorge & Tinghir(75 km) is 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. We stayed on the road to the canyon in Kasbah Restaurant Amazir. A budget place with pool and nice location just next to the river.

Erg Chebbi – Merzouga – Sahara

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 sleeping in the middle of the desert was just perfect! After this long trip we took an extra night to relax in the Hotel Kasbah Azalay, just 50 meters from the desert camp. If you fancy to buy some original berber clothes, you should visit the center of Merzouga town. Visiting the Sahara was our favorite Morocco experience!

Road from Merzouga to Fez

Day 10-11 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 the road. We stayed one night in Zeida for a stopover. The Monkeyforest next to Azrou was quite cool – where we had the possibility to feed monkeys. You can also do a stop 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 11-13  Yes what can I say – either you love it, like Jürgen did, or you hate it like I did. But we both agreed on one thing– this city is unique. Take your time to explore Fez – the medina is huge – so you can wander around for hours without getting bored. Visiting the Tanneries of Fez is a great expirience, it`s smelling strongly and some people getting sick. 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 13-15  (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 Mohammedia in a fantastic valued 5 Star Hotel.

The Atlantic Coast

Day 14-16  – (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 and one more in Oualidia, with the most beautiful beach for swimming and also very recommended to do a boat trip for birdwatching.

Essouira

Day 16-19 Essouira also known as “the jewel of the Atlantic” – for us the perfect getaway to relax for a few days. 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. The fish market in the morning is also worth a visit!

Day 19-21 (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. We watched the ATP – Tennis Tournament which took place at this period!

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

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.



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5 Comments

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 Shukraan to you too!
      Martina and Jürgen

  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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