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20 Best Things to Do in Krabi

Krabi in Thailand is located at the Andaman Sea, about 800 kilometers from Bangkok, and is probably one of the most spectacular holiday destinations in the country. Therefore, the things to do in Krabi are absolutely amazing! This province amazes with imposing limestone cliffs, paradise beaches and a breathtaking island world with 130 islands. Whether on the mainland or on the islands, on a holiday to Krabi you will discover countless fantastic attractions and places to visit. In addition, there are plenty of memorable activities to do. Kayaking, jungle trekking, snorkeling, climbing, bathing with elephants, and exploring the best beaches in the area are just some of the highlights of the Krabi area. But, what are the best things to do in Krabi and top attractions of this wonderful holiday destination of Thailand?

In this travel guide you will find all the important information about the best things to do in Krabi, the most beautiful islands, as well as the best beaches and awesome insider tips. We also share our experiences, show you amazing pictures and give tips on how to get there, accommodations, best travel time and excursions.

Good to know!

Where to go in Krabi? The best starting points for exploring Krabi’s most beautiful attractions and places are the resorts Klong Muang Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Railay Beach and Krabi Town.

There are such a wide range of amazing accommodation in Krabi. If you are still looking for where to stay in Krabi, you can discover some great bargains here!

For getting to Krabi, there are various options and the transfer can be easily organized. Connections for flight, bus, train, but also combination tickets can be found most conveniently on 12go.Asia.

Krabi is an absolute beach paradise with numerous dream bays in spectacular scenery. Here you will find the best beaches in Krabi summarized at a glance.

 

Best Things to Do in Krabi

As beautiful as the region is, so diverse and unique are the attractions in Krabi. The possibilities of amazing activities are almost uncountable. In this Travel Guide we have put together a list of the ultimate best attractions and things to do in Krabi.

Railay Peninsula

The Railay Beach is probably one of the most beautiful spots and one of the best places to visit in Krabi. The famous peninsula enchants with spectacular limestone cliffs, turquoise blue sea, wild monkeys and the absolute best dream beaches of Thailand. Top highlights include the uniquely beautiful Railay Beach, Phra Nang Beach and Tonsai Beach. Although Railay is no longer an insider tip anymore, but still, the entire scenery is legendary, and a visit is almost a must-do on every trip to Krabi! On top, Railay is the most spectacular place for an amazing beach holiday in Krabi and a great starting point to explore the offshore island world.

Tip: Perfect for a vacation is the Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa. The hotel complex is romantically located, directly on the beach, and the modern pool area is also a dream.

Phra Nang Beach & Princess Cave

Another popular attraction in Krabi is the world-famous Phra Nang Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. It is located on the Railay Peninsula and can only be reached by boat from Krabi mainland. Spectacular rocks in which climbers hang, green jungle in the hinterland, fine soft sand and an almost kitschy turquoise sea make this place unique in Krabi. Not for nothing the Phra Nang Beach in so many Thailand travel magazines. Also on the famous 4-Islands-Tour, to which we will come later, this beach is an absolute highlight. Another extraordinary thing to visit in Krabi is the Phra Nang Cave, also called Princess Cave. This cave is located at the end of the beach and surprises its visitors, as you can see below, not only with stalactites.

Tip: The Rayavadee is a beautiful 5-star luxury hotel with a great pool in a brilliant location right on Phra Nang Beach. The cave restaurant “The Grotto” is also unique!

The Tiger Cave Temple

One of the best things to do in Krabi is a visit to the legendary Tiger Cave Temple. The special thing about this extraordinary temple complex is that you have to manage a steep and very sweaty climb of 1,237 steps. But the effort is worth it! Once at the top of the temple terrace, numerous beautiful Buddha statues and one of the best views of the region around Krabi await you. Climbing the Tiger Cave temple is one of the activities in Krabi that you should not miss! However, the climb to the temple is best done in the early morning or late afternoon, when it is a bit cooler.

Tip: There are also guided tours to the Tiger Cave Temple, where you can then also visit other interesting attractions such as the Emerald Pool!

Emerald Pool & Blue Pool

Another really cool highlight and an exceptional nature attraction of Krabi is the incredibly Emerald Pool. This emerald-colored lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the region around Krabi, and a visit is truly recommended. During an entertaining jungle tour through the rainforest, you will also explore an intact ecosystem and marvel at the impressive ambience of the forest. The highlight is a refreshing swim in the fascinating Emerald Pool and last but not least, a visit to the stunning Blue Pool.

Tip: You can combine an excursion to the Emerald Pool with a side trip to the Hot Springs, another interesting attraction in the region of Krabi!

Meeting Krabis Elephants

An unforgettable experience is a visit to an Elephant Sanctuary in Krabi. Fortunately, as in Chiang Mai, some of these elephant sanctuaries have also settled here in Krabi province. Here, thanks to donations and entrance fees, the former working elephants are offered protection and a new, safe home. Visitors have the opportunity to get to know the beautiful, gentle pachyderms, to observe them, to feed them and sometimes even to bathe with the elephants. An unforgettable activity in Krabi, which you will certainly not forget so quickly.

Tip: Check out the Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary for interactions with the rescued elephants and learn about their individual stories!

4 Islands Tour

One of the ultimate best things to do in Krabi is the popular 4 Islands Tour. It is one of the best excursions in Krabi and on a tour with the typical longtail boat you explore the incredibly beautiful island world of the Krabi region. As perhaps the name already reveals, 4 absolute dream islands are explored during this excursion. Mostly the visit of Tup Island, Koh Poda, Phra Nang Beach and Chicken Island, whose chicken head like rock has almost become a landmark of Krabi, is on the program. If you want to experience some of the most stunning islands in Krabi, the 4 Islands Tour should be high on your travel list!

Tip: You can also conveniently book the Krabi 4 Islands Tour online. Recommended boat trips with reviews of the providers can be found on GetyourGuide.

Explore Krabi Town

Krabi Town is the provincial capital of Krabi and offers its visitors plenty of lovely places to visit. In addition to interesting attractions, temples, mangrove forests and caves, this town also has an authentic market life. Since Krabi Town is not directly on the sea, but on the Krabi River, it is not a typical holiday destination. It’s the place for the backpacker scene, dropouts and long-term travelers. No wonder, the accommodations are cheap and due to its central location, the town is ideal for excursions and cool activities in Krabi.

Tip: Fantastic is the Family Tree Hotel, a super chic boutique hotel in the middle of the old town. A budget alternative for backpackers is the Sleep Well Hostel in the city.

Khao Khanap Nam Cave

The Khao Khanap Nam Cave is one of the absolute insider tips for Krabi. This beautiful attraction is located in the striking rocks on the Krabi River, which you can see from the pier. With a visit, one discovers with a little luck also a few monkeys directly at the entrance of this natural Jewel. In the cave, you will admire great stalactite formations and some huge skeletons, which are part of an art exhibition.

Krabis Night Markets

The night markets of Krabi Town are one of the main attractions of the province and a visit one of the best things to do in Krabi. Here you can taste the Thai cuisine, experience the local market life, shop souvenirs and local handicrafts. Every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, Krabi Town Walking Street takes place in the evening. This market is popular for both tourists and locals. Otherwise, a visit to the Chao Fah Night Market, a small night market, takes place every day from 18:00 to 24:00 on the waterfront in Krabi.

Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang Beach is the tourist center of Krabi. In this resort you will find a huge number of great accommodations, a vibrant nightlife, restaurants and cafés, massage parlors, fish spas and excursion agencies. If you like it lively, you are in good hands in Ao Nang. In addition, this place is an excellent starting point for great excursions in the surrounding area. For example, the famous Railay Beach can be reached quickly by longtail boat, and Krabi Town with its markets can also be easily visited by bus. For all those who prefer it quiet, we can recommend Klong Muang Beach as a vacation destination in Krabi.

Tip: From the Scene Cliff View Villas you can enjoy a wonderful view of the limestone cliffs of Ao Nang. There is also a beautiful pool and a free shuttle to the beach.

Koh Hong & Hong Lagoon

A boat trip to Koh Hong, one of the ultimate dream islands in Thailand, is for many one of the absolute best things to do in Krabi. Here you can swim on a white powdered sugar beach like from a travel magazine, admire a colorful underwater world while snorkeling and also explore the wonderful Hong Lagoon. Really impressive are also the insanely beautiful limestone rocks, which characterize the picturesque landscape of Koh Hong, and makes the island one of the most beautiful places in the Krabi region. Moreover, the Koh Hong bathing bay is probably one of the best beaches in Krabi and should not be missed.

Tip: This impressive natural wonder you visit best very early in the morning, then you have this island mostly all to yourself!

Tonsai Beach

The Tonsai Beach is most likely one of the coolest and most alternative spots in Krabi. This is where the climbing and backpacker scene meets to escape the hustle and bustle of the neighboring beaches and relax together. This place has always been popular for independent travelers who like it to be quiet and tranquil. The nightlife is her descent, you spend the evening together in one of the many cozy hippie bars and relax. High palm trees, gigantic rock formations, a unique flair and an incredibly beautiful sandy beach make the Tonsai in Krabi one of the top highlights of the region.

Tip: A real insider tip on Tonsai Beach is the stunning hotel Tinidee Hideaway in a paradisiacal location with a magnificent view of the sea.

Koh Phi Phi (The Famous Island)

Who does not know the famous Koh Phi Phi Islands. Ever since Leonardo di Caprio discovered “The Beach”, this group of islands is one of the most famous islands of Krabi. Here you can swim on the most beautiful beaches and admire huge limestone cliffs, which are absolutely characteristic for this region. If you like, you can party on Koh Phi Phi until the morning, or if you prefer it quiet, however, you can still find quite relaxed and cozy spots on this island. Koh Phi Phi is a popular destination for a vacation, but even just a day trip from Krabi mainland is worth it!

Tip: If you like to spend a few days on Koh Phi Phi, we recommend the Phi Phi The Beach Resort on the rather quiet and beautiful Longbeach.

Koh Lanta (Dream Island & Hippie Flair)

The beautiful island Koh Lanta is located in Krabi province, is part of Mu Ko Lanta National Park and inspires a lot of nature, miles of stunning sandy beaches, hidden bays, deep jungle, caves and even waterfalls. Also, the incredibly beautiful sunsets on the island are legendary in Thailand. In addition, the island of Koh Lanta enchants with an insanely relaxed hippie flair, countless cozy beach bars, a worth seeing old town and many unforgettable attractions. On top of that, the beaches on Koh Lanta are really romantic and therefore a nice place to spend your vacation in the Krabi region!

Island Hopping from Krabi to Koh Lipe

Krabi is probably the best starting point for island hopping in Thailand. There is hardly any other region where you can find such a variety of stunning islands, beaches and bays nearby. So it’s no surprise that boat tours and excursions to the island world are among the most popular activities in Krabi! In addition, from the Krabi mainland you have the opportunity to travel to the absolute dream islands of the Andaman Sea such as Koh Jum, Koh Lanta, Koh Kradan, Koh Mook, Koh Bulon, Koh Lipe and several more. A wonderful experience that should not be missed on any vacation.

Koh Jum (Enjoy authentic island idyll)

The relaxed island Koh Jum is one of the Krabi insider tips and guarantees a particularly peaceful and relaxing holiday. On this island pearl, it is still very contemplative, perhaps, as one imagines a Thailand 30 years ago. The beaches are also stunning and absolutely idyllic. Especially individual travelers and backpackers who are looking for a very special Thailand experience will find their personal paradise on this island pearl. If you would like to spend a few days far away from the world, then we can only recommend Koh Jum as a tip for an unforgettable Krabi vacation.

Tip: The Koh Jum Beach Villas are the perfect choice for a very special vacation. They score with chic design in the best location on the long dream beach of the island.

Kayaking

Exploring the coast of Krabi by kayak, discovering the most beautiful beaches and mangrove forests, is probably one of the best things to do in Krabi. You can rent kayaks in almost every resort for the day or by the hour. For visiting the very special spots, however, you should join a guided tour. On these tours, you can explore more of the region’s attractions and get to beautiful places that are hard to reach by kayak on your own.

Tip: Tours by kayak are also offered online on GetYourGuide. Often in combination with quad tours, island hopping or other action-packed experiences!

Climbing in Krabi

One of the most popular sports in Krabi is definitely climbing. And not without reason! The mighty limestone walls of the Krabi region are one of the best spots for climbing in Thailand. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, with a wide variety of climbing routes, everyone is sure to get their money’s worth. Really spectacular are the steep rock faces on the Railay Peninsula. Phra Nang Beach is particularly popular, but a really cool climbing scene has also settled at the chilly Tonsai Beach. If you want to learn the basics of climbing on the limestone cliffs of the Krabi region, you can also find courses with expert guides on GetYourGuide!

How to get there

Krabi is located about 800 kilometers south of Bangkok. The easiest way for getting from Bangkok to Krabi is by plane. Cheap domestic flights can be found online for example at Skyscanner.

Another way to get to Krabi is by night bus from Bangkok or by train to Surat Thani and then by bus.

The various transfer options including departure times can be easily found online at 12go.asia.

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Best travel time

The best time for visiting Krabi is in the months of December, January, February, March and April. During this time, you can look forward to mostly blue skies and lots of sunshine. The transitional period are the months of May and November. At this time of the year, the weather in Krabi is still a bit unstable, and it can rain from time to time. The rainy season in Krabi officially lasts from June to October. During this time is the low season, you have to reckon with regular rain, but often only with a short shower.

 

Book Excursions and Tours

As you can see, there is a lot to do in Krabi. Some activities you can easily do on your own, for other excursions in Krabi it is recommended to book a guided tour. If you want to be on the safe side when booking your favorite tour, we recommend the excursion portal GetyourGuide. Here you will find guided temple tours, exciting quad tours, kayak excursions and, of course, beautiful boat trips in Krabi’s gorgeous island world.

The reviews, which you can compare before booking, are also really great.

 

Best Places to Explore Krabi

On a vacation in Krabi, a great range of accommodations awaits you. Whether you are a backpacker or a luxury vacationer, everyone will find a suitable hotel, resort or hostel here. So if you are still looking for where to stay in Krabi, we have summarized our best hotel recommendations and the most beautiful resorts in Krabi…It’s worth a look!

  • Ao Nang Beach: A popular vacation spot and a good starting point for exploring the Krabi area. Here, the choice of accommodation is overwhelming. Especially nice with a good price is the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. This chic hotel is located directly on the white sandy beach. For backpackers, the TAN Hostel x Cafe convinces with relaxed atmosphere, comfortable beds and delicious breakfast.
  • Klong Muang Beach: A really cozy holiday destination in Krabi. Perfect if you are looking for recreation. In addition, Klong Muang is a great base for exploring the Krabi area. Great is the family-run Krabilife Resort. Backpackers love the Reset Hostel with its very clean rooms, nice location and the unbelievably good value for money.
  • Krabi Town: Very authentic town on the Krabi River. Here you will find mangrove forests, night markets and temples. As Krabi Town is a good base for things to do in Krabi province, it’s the perfect place for individual travelers. Recommended is the Sleep Well Hostel, one of the best backpacker hostels in Krabi Town. As a hotel, we recommend the Family Tree Hotel, a super chic boutique hotel in the middle of Krabi Town.

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Thailand Island Hopping: Krabi to Koh Lipe (Route & Tips)

Island hopping in Thailand is becoming increasingly popular. Numerous travelers and backpackers from all over the world come every year to explore the beautiful islands in South Thailand. An itinerary for an island hopping in Thailand trip can be easily put together by yourself and is a great choice to explore the most beautiful places of the countries islands world. The accommodations are good and cheap, and the transport from one island to another is easy to organize. Especially popular are the amazing islands of the Andaman Sea, with the tour from Krabi to Koh Lipe being one of the most spectacular. But what are the best highlights for Thailand island hopping, what are the insider tips, and which islands are a must on any itinerary?

In this travel guide you will find all the important information about island hopping in Thailand. We give you plenty of tips to plan your itinerary, great recommendations and show you one of the absolutely best routes for your individual tour.

Good to know!

The best time for island hopping in the Andaman Sea is from December to the end of April. Then the rainy season is over, and you can enjoy a lot of sun and hardly any rain!

2 weeks of island hopping is just enough to explore some of the best islands in Thailand. However, if you want to see a bit more, 3 weeks or 4 weeks is the perfect amount of time.

Getting between the islands is uncomplicated by speedboat, ferry or longtail boat. Tickets are available locally, but also online, for example easy on 12go.asia.

Under “Packing list Thailand” you will also find a packing list for island hopping! Especially, a waterproof backpack is really practical to protect important valuables from moisture.

 

Thailand Island Hopping: Your Perfect Itinerary

Island hopping in Thailand gives you the opportunity to experience some of the absolute most beautiful highlights and beaches of the country. Here you virtually hop from one tropical island pearl to the next, and you will get the chance to visit real dream islands off the typical routes. Here you will find a recommendation for a perfect island-hopping route through the Andaman Sea.

Krabi

Krabi Province is one of the most scenic areas in southern Thailand and Krabi Town is the ideal starting point for island hopping tours to the breathtaking island world. Also we suggest starting your itinerary from Krabi. Krabi Town does not have beaches, but the night market, the nearby Tiger Cave Temple and the Emerald Pool are definitely worth a visit. Moreover, this small town is located only 13 kilometers from Krabi airport and 4 kilometers from the ferry. Another point why you should start your island hopping trip here.

Tip: In Krabi Town, we can recommend the beautiful Family Tree Hotel. This affordable design hotel is centrally located and also offers a delicious breakfast.

Railay Beach

Railay Beach is a peninsula, but since the bay is separated from the mainland by deep jungle and can only be reached by longtail boat from Krabi town or Ao Nang, you immediately get a real island feeling. In addition, many small offshore islands await you here, which you can reach via a short trip with the longtail boat on a 4 Island Tour. The gigantic limestone rocks, the jungle, the breathtaking Phra Nang Beach and the beautiful Railay Beach offer an unbeatable ambience. A real paradise for beach lovers, but also for climbers!

Tip: Really ingenious is the Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa. It is located very romantically, directly on the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute highlight.

Koh Jum (Koh Pu)

Koh Jum is, still, one of the absolute insider tips among backpackers and individual travelers, and moreover, a real highlight of any Thailand island-hopping itinerary. This island is located on the west coast of Thailand, and it is still really tranquil, the locals are extremely hospitable, and the beaches are wonderful for swimming. If you like it very quiet, and you enjoy being part of local life, then you should definitely put Koh Jum on your Thailand Island Hopping list.

Tip: On Koh Jum you can still find the typical bungalows directly by the sea! Really lovely is the inexpensive Sun Smile Beach, but also the luxurious Koh Jum Beach Villas are a great choice.

Koh Lanta

The island of Koh Lanta has always inspired and is in any case a place that you must have seen and experienced when going on an island hopping trip in Thailand. You can explore the sights of the island best with a scooter, which you can borrow at every corner. Beautiful quiet beaches in Koh Lanta can be found everywhere along the coast, up to the end of the national park. Really great are the quaint hippie bars, which give this island a really chill flair and from where you can enjoy probably the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.

Tip: If you are looking for really great places for where to stay in Koh Lanta, we recommend taking a look at the unique and yet quite affordable Lanta Casa Blanca!

Koh Ngai (Ko Hai)

Koh Ngai is one of those dream islands where you would like to be stranded. The white, fine sandy beach lined with palm trees and the crystal clear water are simply breathtakingly beautiful. There are no roads, no stores, no noisy tuk-tuks, only peace and relaxation. The island is absolutely paradise and therefore a real insider tip of every island hopping route. Backpackers stay here best and cheapest in a tent hotel, directly on the beach. Of course, you will also find some more luxury hotels with pools and restaurants on this island.

Tip: Really recommendable is the Thanya Beach Resort, which convinces with dreamlike bungalows, pool and excellent location on the most beautiful beach section of the island.

Koh Mook

Koh Mook is an island that shouldn’t be missed on any island route through South Thailand. Much of this island pearl consists of deep jungle and intact nature, but you will also find small, charming villages and beaches that are lined with palm trees. In addition, you will find here probably the most famous sight of the Trang region! A real highlight is the Emerald Cave, a sea cave that leads to a pirate bay. Beautiful and another celebrity is the Sivalai Beach, most likely one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Tip: For an exceptional stay, we recommend the Sivalai Beach Resort, a dreamlike hotel at the island’s most beautiful beach. For backpackers, we can recommend the lovely Mook Montra.

Koh Kradan

Koh Kradan is a true dream island and a must when Thailand island hopping! The turquoise blue sea and velvety soft light sandy beach conjure a tropical backdrop like from a picture book. If you like snorkeling, Koh Kradan is the right place for you. At the offshore reef, you have the opportunity to explore a colorful underwater world. You can definitely spend a few relaxing days on this island pearl as well. If you don’t have that much time, the best way to visit this beautiful place is to take a longtail boat trip from the neighboring islands of Koh Mook or Koh Ngai.

Tip: Koh Kradan has only a few accommodations, these should be booked in advance. Especially recommended is the fantastic The Reef Resort with its house reef!

Koh Bulon

Koh Bulon is probably one of the most stunning islands in Thailand and for many travelers an absolute highlight on every island hopping route. The mini island is undoubtedly still a real insider tip, and you can expect a postcard idyll at its best. Absolutely spectacular are the gorgeous white beaches, the turquoise blue sea and the breathtakingly quiet flair that surrounds Koh Bulon. In addition, the island is tiny, and so you walk from one end of the island to the other just 20 minutes. Many people skip this beautiful paradise on their way to Koh Lipe. Actually, it’s a pity, this island should definitely be seen.

Koh Lipe

The famous island of Koh Lipe, with its beautiful white sandy beaches and the still intact coral reefs, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Despite the many vacationers, you should absolutely have seen this island jewel once. Especially when diving and snorkeling, you get your money’s worth! Koh Lipe is the last stop on this island hopping route. If you still haven’t had enough, you can travel on to Malaysia/Langkawi or head for the great islands on the east coast.

The more comfortable way back is by speedboat to Pak Bara Pier in Satun on the mainland, and further by minibus to Krabi.

Tip: A unique stay guarantees the Ten Moons Lipe Resort, which is a really popular place to stay and therefore often fully booked.

Thailand Island Hopping Tips:

  • Travel Time: The best travel time for island hopping on the west coast of southern Thailand is from November to mid-April. During this time, the rainy season should be over, but it can rain occasionally from time to time. In the rainy season, like in Mai, July, August and September, you have to expect limited ferry connections and plenty of hotels and restaurants will be closed! On the other hand, you will find some amazingly cheap hotel deals. More about the best travel times in SEA check out here – best time to travel to Southeast Asia.
  • How long: For a complete tour, we suggested planning at least 3 weeks, better even 4 weeks’ time. If you only have 2 weeks for island hopping, then just think about which island in the south of Thailand you really want to see and skip some other islands. For one week of island hopping, we would recommend visiting the islands Koh Mook, Koh Ngai and Koh Kradan.
  • Cost: Prices for Island Hopping can be very varied depending on if you are traveling on a budget or if you prefer luxury travel. Plan for your trip as a backpacker with a budget of a minimum of 45 euros per day. Of course, for luxury also in Thailand, there are no price limits. Generally, the food in Thailand is quite cheap. For local dishes such as Phat Thai, Green Curry or Fried Rice, you can count on about 1.00-3.00 Euro per dish. Simple beach huts are available from around 500 baht.
  • Where to stay: Generally, you will find on each island mentioned above a selection of different accommodation in every price range. The prices vary depending on the season, and you often get cheap bargains in the low season. Higher prices will be charged around Christmastime and holidays. Best to compare the hotel ratings and rates on booking.com.
  • Rent scooters: Exploring an island by scooter is a fantastic way to see all the amazing beaches and small villages. We did that on Koh Lanta and Koh Jum, and it was a great adventure.
  • Getting around: On each of the islands described above, you will find hotels and agencies that will be more than happy to organize your onward transport. If you want to organize your transport ticket in advance, you should use 12go.asia. You usually travel between the islands by speed boat, ferry or longtail boat. Comparing the prices before booking is always a good idea because there are a variety of providers and variants.

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15 Best Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy!

Tuscany in Italy is not only one of the most famous regions of the country, but it is also certainly one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in Europe. Fascinating hilly landscapes, green vineyards and golden yellow fields, picturesque villages with magnificent Renaissance buildings and the immeasurable wealth of art treasures are only a few of the attractions that turn a visit to Tuscany into an unforgettable experience! Especially the world-famous cities like Florence or Pisa attract millions of visitors every year. Other highlights include excellent authentic cuisine, wines that are among the best in the world and fantastic Agriturismo accommodations that guarantee an unforgettable trip.

In this travel guide we give you all the important information about a visit to Tuscany in Italy. In addition, we show you the best attractions and places to visit in Tuscany, beautiful pictures, reveal secret tips and show you the best places to stay.

Good to know!

The easiest way to explore the beautiful Tuscany is with your own car, rental car or motor home, because only then you have the chance to visit all the fascinating places, attractions and landscapes on your own.

The most beautiful part of Tuscany is Val d’Orcia and the area around San Gimignano. Avenues of cypresses, olive trees, vineyards and medieval villages, here you will experience Tuscany as it is known from the pictures.

Amazing beaches in Tuscany can be found on the 400 kilometer long west coast and on the island of Elba. If you would like to combine beach vacations with sightseeing, we can recommend Viareggio near Pisa and Lucca.

In Tuscany, the best places to stay are the so-called Agriturismo accommodations. These are charming and very authentic farmhouses or wineries with either rooms or apartments, and some also provide a pool and restaurant.

General information about Tuscany

Tuscany is a region in central Italy and is considered one of the most important cultural landscapes of the Renaissance. Countless places and attractions are already on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The world-famous capital Florence is a highlight and other interesting cities like Lucca, Pisa and Siena in Tuscany are worth a visit. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, probably one of the most visited attractions in Italy, is considered the most famous landmark of Tuscany.

But Tuscany is also famous for its exceptionally beautiful landscape, which is especially characterized by typical pine forests, the cypress avenues, green wine hills, golden yellow fields and olive groves. Photographers from all over the world travel specifically to Tuscany to take their best pictures here.

Economically, the region mainly lives from tourism, wine growing and olive oil production. The most famous Tuscan wines, which are also among the best in the world, are Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Sassicaia.

 

Best Places to Visit in Tuscany

On a journey through Tuscany you can experience a lot, because at every corner a new attraction is hidden. Here you will find a comprehensive list of the most beautiful places to visit and the best things to do in Tuscany. In addition, exclusive insider tips reveal to you, which certainly not everyone knows.

Florence

The city of Florence is the capital of Tuscany and certainly one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. During a city trip you can expect a great selection of amazing things to do. Enchanting squares, beautiful churches and the best art exhibitions in the world are just a few of the highlights this fantastic city has to offer. But the most important attraction is the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, the so-called Old Bridge, one of the most impressive photo motives in Tuscany. Interesting and an absolute must-visit is also the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, a real masterpiece of the Renaissance, from whose huge dome you can enjoy an incredible view of the old town.

Another top attraction is the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous museums worldwide! Therefore, the rush here is accordingly large. If you don’t like standing in line for hours, you should definitely reserve tickets online in advance.

Pisa

One of the absolute best places to visit in Tuscany is the enchanting city of Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower. It is probably the most popular tower in the world and attracts millions of tourists every year. But the city of Pisa has much more to offer! Among the most important attractions are the beautiful Cathedral of Pisa, the picturesque Old Town with its beautiful squares and museums, and the enchanting scenery along the river Arno. Furthermore, the Migliarino San Rossore Natural Park and the beautiful beaches on Pisa’s coast invite you to spend a few relaxing days in Tuscany.

Tip: During a Tuscany trip an ascent to the Leaning Tower is a must for many. But beware, the access is limited, and therefore you should book your ticket for the tower ascent online several days in advance.

Siena

One of the most impressive places in Tuscany is the beautiful city of Siena. Many people even call its historic old town one of the most beautiful in Italy. Among the most important attractions is the impressive Piazza del Campo, probably one of the most beautiful main squares in the country, where the imposing over 100-meter-high historic tower Torre del Mangia is located. Absolutely worth seeing is also the impressive cathedral of Siena, which is one of the most beautiful and important buildings of the city.

Siena is famous for the Palio di Siena horse race, even beyond the borders of Tuscany, which has been held in the main square, Piazza del Campo, since the Middle Ages. This unique event takes place twice a year, on July 2nd and August 16th.

Tip: We can recommend the Agriturismo Renaccino, a beautiful farmhouse with swimming pool, located just outside the city center. Thanks to its location it is ideal to explore the Siena region.

San Gimignano

One of the most beautiful and most visited attractions of Tuscany is the small town of San Gimignano. Situated on a hill between vineyards and green fields, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers exceptionally fascinating scenery! San Gimignano has become famous for its impressive old town, where you can still admire 15 of the famous medieval towers. These impressive towers are also the reason why the town is called “Medieval Manhattan“.

Also gourmets get their money’s worth in San Gimignano, because here one of the best ice cream parlors in Tuscany is situated: the award-winning Gelateria Dondoli, which has been crowned the ice cream world champion several times.

Tip: A few days in this scenic and picturesque region are well worth it! A unique accommodation and a real insider tip is the Agriturismo Mormoraia with pool and fantastic views.

Lucca

The city of Lucca is another attraction of Tuscany worth seeing and should not be missed on any round trip. Also known as the “City of 99 Churches” there is at least a small church on every corner. Especially worth seeing and uniquely beautiful is the church San Michele in Foro with its richly decorated facade of Carrara marble and the imposing cathedral of Lucca. The absolute highlights of the city, however, are the approximately 4-kilometer-long city wall and Torre Guinigi, the famous tower with the trees on top. Both characterize the cityscape.

Also the surroundings of Lucca, with the numerous villas and gardens, the beautiful Garfagnanada valley and the impressive Carrara Mountains in the north, are really charming and invite to go on exciting excursions.

Tip: The Lucca in Villa Lucrezia is a small, cute boutique hotel with private parking in a super central location. Also the breakfast is really delicious here!

Monteriggioni

The imposing fortress of Monteriggioni is a real insider tip for every trip to Tuscany! Situated on a hill, this castle towers majestically over the green wine landscape and is a real eye-catcher. But also by visiting this impressive medieval fortress you can discover a lot of beautiful things. Among the most important attractions here are the mighty fortified wall with its impressive 14 towers, the pretty medieval town center with its beautiful Piazza Roma and the historic church Santa Maria Assunta.

If you visit Tuscany in July, you might have the chance to attend the medieval festival in Monteriggioni. This is a great event where you can immerse yourself in the world of knights and the past.

Tip: In the area around Monteriggioni there are fantastic agriturismo accommodations. Really recommendable is the Borgo dé Brandi with a breathtaking view of the castle.

Val d’Orcia

Val d’Orcia is certainly one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. Here you will find exactly the part of Tuscany that you know from the fantastic pictures and picturesque postcards: breathtakingly beautiful hilly landscapes, romantic farms, picturesque cypress alleys and medieval villages like in a picture book. In addition, connoisseurs get their money’s worth here, because the many Agriturismo accommodations and the fantastic authentic cuisine guarantee an unforgettable vacation in Tuscany.

If you are planning a vacation in Tuscany, we would definitely recommend this region, because here you can relax wonderfully and still visit many interesting places like Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino. Siena is also not far from Val d’Orcia.

Tip: A real insider tip and also a perfect starting point for excursions is the beautiful Agriturismo Il Macchione with a lovely pool and charming rooms.

Pienza

Situated in a hilly landscape and built as the so-called “ideal city of the Renaissance”, Pienza is one of the most important things to see in Tuscany. A stroll through the historical center will reveal countless beautiful buildings, romantic squares and interesting museums. Fantastic here are also the many good restaurants and cozy cafes, which invite you to enjoy a pleasant stay. But not only the little town is beautiful, thanks to its perfect location in the center of Val d’Orcia, the area around Pienza offers many highlights.

When visiting Pienza, you should definitely try the excellent Pecorino cheese, a semi-soft hard cheese made of sheep’s milk, which is considered the best in Tuscany! Also delicious is the porchetta, a rolled roast stuffed with herbs.

Tip: A great place to stay in Pienza and an insider tip is the Agriturismo Marinello with great pool and breathtaking views of the city!

Chianti

One of the most beautiful wine regions of Tuscany is the famous Chianti area. Thanks to its central position between Florence and Siena, it is often called the “heart of Tuscany”. Here you can expect a whole range of beautiful wine landscapes, small medieval villages and castles. Chianti is famous for its Chianti wine, which is one of the best red wines in the world. Only wines from the precisely defined DOCG area are allowed to carry the brand name Gallo Nero.

The Chianti region is best explored by car and on your own. Countless picturesque wine roads run through the area, along which you can find numerous wineries with tastings and farm sales. Highly recommended is the Agriturismo Amina, a beautiful accommodation where you can also taste really good wines.

Saturnia Hot Springs

The region of Saturnia is especially known for its beautiful natural thermal springs! They are located in the south of Tuscany and attract thousands of visitors every year. The picturesque waterfall Cascate del Mulino with its turquoise pools is unique here and forms a very special backdrop in nature. Here you can bathe comfortably in the natural sinter pools of the healthy Sulphur spring and enjoy a unique ambience. Meanwhile this attraction has become a famous photo motif and is a fixed program of every Tuscany trip for many visitors!

For those who prefer filtered water, there is the thermal bath of Saturnia nearby. Here you can find several pools and you can also book spa and health treatments on site.

Tip: For a vacation we recommend the 5-star thermal hotel Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa & Golf Resort. In addition, this accommodation is a good starting point to explore southern Tuscany.

Pitigliano

The enchanting old town of Pitigliano is a real insider tip for a trip to Tuscany. Situated on a high tuff rock, this little town towers above the landscape of Maremma. Impressive is the spectacular scenery with the red-brown townhouses, which were built close together up to the steep rock face. The fairy tale-like old town is also uniquely beautiful, with its countless alleys and hidden squares. A highlight of Tuscany that you should not miss.

A few days in this region are worthwhile, because there is also a lot to discover in the south of Tuscany: The rocky town of Sorano, also built of tufa, the medieval village of Sovana and the Saturnia springs are just a few of the most beautiful sights that can be visited in the surroundings of Pitigliano.

Tip: A great accommodation near Pitigliano is the Agriturismo Eco-Bio Villa Vacasio with beautiful pool, which is lovingly nestled between olive trees and vines.

Arezzo

The beautiful city of Arezzo is also worth seeing and is not yet as touristy as other places in Tuscany! The historic center of the city with the Piazza Grande and its well-preserved patrician houses is particularly beautiful. Also the fascinating medieval charm is unique, which can still be felt on every corner and every square. If you are interested in art, Arezzo is definitely the right place to be, as works by Piero della Francesca can be admired here and the famous art historian Giorgio Vasari also left his mark here.

Very interesting and a real insider tip is a visit to Arezzo when the antiques market takes place. This antique market is one of the best in Tuscany! On the first weekend of every month, antique dealers and bargain hunters meet on Piazza Grande to haggle for historical treasures.

Tip: The BioBenessere is a very nice, clean and lovingly decorated B&B in Arezzo. Also the super delicious breakfast on the roof terrace is phenomenal.

Abbazia San Galgano

Another popular excursion destination in Tuscany is the impressive Abbazia San Galgano, a monastery ruin from the 12th century. It is located about 30 kilometers from Siena and is considered to be one of the most important gothic buildings in Italy. During a visit, one is amazed by the mighty remains of the walls of the former monastery of a Cistercian order and by the unique peaceful ambience that surrounds this ruin. Above all, the lack of a roof provides the well-preserved monastery complex with an almost unreal appearance.

Volterra

Another medieval jewel is the old town of Volterra. Here, the historic center of the town is particularly enchanting, with its countless romantic alleys and squares. However, Volterra is famous in Tuscany for its rich Etruscan heritage and the countless archaeological sites that surround the old town. Thanks to its long history, it is still possible to admire countless remains, both Etruscan and Roman. Situated on a 550-meter-high hill, Volterra also offers a picturesque view of the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Tip: In the Volterra area you will find many brilliant agriturismo accommodations, such as Agriturismo Podere Marcampo, a beautiful winery in a gorgeous location.

Elba

The beautiful island of Elba and its beaches are the perfect place for a beach vacation in Tuscany. A completely special charm, wonderful vegetation and, naturally, the numerous dream beaches convince you to stay for some time. In addition, the many romantic villages with the numerous multicolored small houses directly at the sea are worth a journey. Rio Marina, a real picture book town of the island, is considered particularly worth seeing. Of course, a visit to the island’s capital Portoferraio should not be missed. Here you will find a variety of interesting attractions, such as museums, fortresses and the beautiful old port.

Tip: For a very special vacation on Elba, in direct beach location with the turquoise blue sea, we can recommend the Baia Bianca Suites.


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3 Days in Vienna Itinerary: Travel & Sightseeing Guide

Planning your Vienna itinerary and looking for the highlights, attractions and the best things to do in Vienna ? Here you will find our suggestion for amazing 3 days in Vienna! We show you what you can experience in two, three or more days and which attractions you should not miss on any visit. On top of that, there are lots of travel tips, we reveal the most beautiful places in the city and grandiose viewpoints, as well as real insider tips that certainly not everyone knows! Whether it’s your first trip to the Austrian capital or you’ve visited this beautiful city before, with this perfect Vienna itinerary your short trip will be unforgettable.

In this travel guide we are going to share our ultimate 3 days in Vienna itinerary for an unforgettable city trip and additionally we show you the best attractions while staying in this wonderful Austrian city.

Good to know!

If you are searching for particularly beautiful accommodations and hotels in Vienna, then we can recommend the hip Hotel Altstadt Vienna. This boutique hotel inspires with a lot of attention to detail and delicious breakfast!

Vienna is the city of unforgettable experiences! A classical concert evening, a market visit with tasting, a coffee house tour or a cooking class are just a few cool things you can also find online on GetyourGuide.

If you are in Vienna for 3 days, then it is definitely worth buying a 72-hour ticket of the Wiener Linien. This ticket is valid in all trams, buses and subways of Vienna and brings you easily to the most popular attractions of the city.

Did you know that Vienna is only 45-minutes away from Bratislava and is easily accessible by boat or train. Therefore, many combine their Vienna city trip with sightseeing to the most beautiful attractions in Bratislava.

 

Vienna Itinerary, DAY 1

Start your Vienna trip with exploring the beautiful Belvedere Palace and the magnificent baroque gardens. At first walk from the Upper Belvedere down to the Lower Belvedere and enjoy the outstanding beautiful scenery. We really loved the flower gardens and the reflecting pool in front of the palace. Even though the Belvedere is one of Vienna’s most impressive palaces, at morning time you will have all the area nearly to yourself. In case you are a fan of art you definitely should consider a visit of the Belvedere museums too: A permanent exhibition at the Upper Belvedere displays among others the world-famous Klimt´s Kiss.

Tip: Right nearby is the “Stöckl im Park”, a fantastic restaurant with a wonderful Viennese flair and delicious schnitzel.

At early lunch time we recommend a visit to Vienna’s most popular market, the Naschmarkt which is just a short walk from Karlsplatz. Make a stop at the St. Charles Church, an eye-catching religious building with a magnificent blue cupula. Not just in summer, but also in winter the Karlsplatz is really worth a visit at this time a traditional Christmas market is taking place in front of the church.

Without a doubt the Naschmarkt is one of the coolest places to have lunch in Vienna and a popular meeting point for young and old. In generally, the market has around 120 market stands and restaurants, selling exotic products and delicacies from all over the world.

The Ringstrasse is a 5,3 km long road that circles Vienna’s city centre. On that street, you are going to pass some of the most remarkable and breath-taking buildings of the town. The most noteworthy sights are the Parliament, the City Hall, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the Burgtheater. A lovely option is to tour the Ringstrasse on the tourist Ring Tram or you can also catch the public city tram (Nr.1 & Nr. 2).

If you have some time left we recommend a visit inside the glorious Burgtheater. You can visit this theatre without seeing a performance by taking a guided tour (daily 15:00). There you will learn a lot about the fascinating history of the Burgtheater and you will get a look behind the scenes. On top you are going to see the breath-taking beautiful grand staircase and the famous ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt.

For the evening we round of our first day of sight-seeing with a visit to Vienna’s amusement park the Prater. Why not dine out at the Schweizerhaus restaurant for tasting some traditional Austrian food. It is famous for serving the best Schnitzel in Vienna!

For entering the Wiener Prater you won`t have to pay any entrance fee, you just have to pay for the attractions you would like to ride. Even if you are not that kind of adrenal junkie you will love exploring the nostalgic Prater with its unique atmosphere. Recommended is a ride with the Giant Ferries Wheel which is Vienna’s landmark.

Vienna Itinerary, DAY 2

A trip to Vienna won’t be complete without visiting one of the numerous museums. Actually, we loved visiting the Museum of Natural History. The huge museum exhibits over 30 million objects and we had been fascinating by the dimension. Also, the Art History museum located at the opposite is well worth seeing. Absolutely interesting is the MuseumsQuartier, spreading over 90,000m2 encompassing 60 cultural institutions.

If you are around also take the chance to look inside the Palace of Justice! Step inside and you will find yourself in one of the most impressive locations you will find in Vienna. The grand staircase dominates the huge hall and the imposing interior will take your breath away! Most of the people don`t know that the building is open for the public and the entrance is for free. Furthermore from the roof-top Cafè you will have an amazing view.

After spending the morning inside a museum, you should hit off to see the world-famous Lipizzaner horses. Best you cross the picturesque square Michaelaplatz to buy tickets for the Spanish riding school. Just take a rest at the baroque square and watch the traditional Vienna Fiaker passing by. Visiting the white Lipizzaner show was just lovely. It was so interesting to watch the horsemanship accompanied by classical music. Good to know: This noble horse and the traditional stallions can be seen for free, just peep in at Reitschulgasse 2.

Another must do in Vienna is a visiting an original Viennese coffee house. You are going to find plenty of them inside Vienna’s Old town. All along, the Viennese coffee house is a typical institution of Vienna that plays an important role in Viennese culture. Have a break, enjoy a delicious “Melange” coffee and soak in this elegant and very specific atmosphere.

Later, we recommend to have a look inside the Austrian National Library, the State Hall. The imposing baroque hall impressed us a lot! More than 200.000 tomes are exhibited and four picturesque Venetian baroque globes grace the ancient library.

Most surprising for us was the visit inside the Imperial Crypt also named the Capuchin Cryp. That place contains the bodies of the Habsburg rulers: 149 Habsburgs, including 12 emperors as well as 19 empresses and queens, have their final resting inside the crypt. Popular examples are Franz Joseph I., Empress Elisabeth and Crown Prince Rudolf and visitors can observe their magnificent free-standing tombs.

Don`t leave the town without window shopping at the Graben, the Kohlmarkt and the Kärntnerstraße, Viennas most exclusive shopping streets! Even if you don`t likes shopping, walking down the Graben street towards the St. Stephen´s Cathedral. With its beautiful architecture like the Peterskirche the short walk is really pleasureable.

St. Stephen´s Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Vienna and the inside as well as the outside are worth a visit. But also recommendable is the view from the top of the Cathedral. You are going to have the best view of Vienna at the northern tower (Pummerin).

As few of the main sights are located along the Ringstrasse, for example, the Opera house and the Burggarten. Take a break at the wonderful Palmenhouse at Burggarten and enjoy the picturesque scenery. As soon as the sun goes down head of to see the Opera house:  At night the Opera is stunningly lit and looks drop-dead gorgeous!

Vienna Itinerary, DAY 3

After breakfast, set off to Schönbrunn Palace! Because it’s Austria’s most visited tourist attraction you should be there early. That’s why at morning time you will find a calm and peaceful location. Take a stroll along the magnificent Schönbrunn Gardens and inhale the grand imperial atmosphere. Also you shouldn’t miss to walk up to the Gloriette and get rewarded with one of Vienna’s most breathtaking views. Take some time to explore the Schönbrunn Palace. We had been surprised about all the picturesque smaller gardens, fountains and statues.

There’s even a Palmenhaus and the world’s oldest zoo, the Schönbrunn Zoo to explore. The entire area is part of the imperial summer residence and is even listed as an UNESCO world heritage site. The palaces itself is enormous, with a total of 1,441 rooms. Certain parts of the castle and exhibitions can be visited.

If you are interested in outstanding architecture you should definitely go and see the popular Hundertwasserhouse. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and constructed between 1983 – 1985. You have to know that The Hundertwasserhouse can only be viewed from outside but the exterior façade draws attention to itself and gives a fantastic foto motif.

 

Where to stay in Vienna

There is a huge range of brilliant accommodation in Vienna. From cheap backpacker hostels, to vacation apartments, to boutique hotels or absolute luxury hotels, everything is represented. If you are still looking for a recommended place to stay in Vienna, then we can give you these accommodation tips on the way…it’s worth a look!

  • Backpacker Hostel: The Vienna Boutique Hostel is a real insider tip for Vienna. Not only does the unique interior inspire, but the location in one of Vienna’s trendy districts is also ingenious!
  • Apartments: The apartments of JOYN Vienna convince with modern furnishings, good equipment and fantastic location at the main station.
  • 3-star Hotel: The Motel One Wien-Staatsoper is the top address for a budget and at the same time stylish stay in the heart of Vienna.
  • 4-star Hotel: Really nice is the Altstadt Vienna, a boutique hotel with individually designed rooms, very good breakfast and afternoon snack.

Tip: Flight tickets to Vienna can be easily found at Skyscanner or Kiwi. If you like to learn more about traveling in Central Europe, you should check out “the epic central europe itinerary“.


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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 planning a road trip to Morocco and to make sure that you make the best of your 2 weeks in Morocco. Additionally, you will get much useful information about how to travel on a budget, the best trip route and what are the best things to do in Morocco.

Road Trip in Morocco Itinerary: 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 through Morocco! 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. Bye the way, if you’re planning to go trekking in Morocco, the Atlas Mountain will be a fantastic choice for you!

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.  The most wonderful view for sunset and early morning lights you are going to have from the Riad Chez Brahim.

Ait-Ben-Haddou is an ultimate highlight of this country and should not be missed on any Morocco itinerary!

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 local 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 Todra 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 beautiful and calm 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 Berber 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 and a highlight of our Morocco itinerary!

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 do your road trip 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 PassifloraOtherwise you should choose one of the amazing Riads inside of the Medina.

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.

Essaouira was one of our favorite spots on our Morocco itinerary. Check out the ulitimate Essaouira Guide for more infos.

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

Planning your Morocco Road Trip

Remember, make sure you planning enough time for your Morocco itinerary! 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 in Morocco or even more are the perfect amount of time to explore the country.

  • Flights to Marrakech arrive at Menara Airport and we can recommend to book your ticket at Skyscanner.
  • No, two weeks in Morocco are not too long! You will be surprised about the many amazing things to see and to do in Morocco. Better you plan road trip around Morocco a bit longer…
  • For being well prepared, make sure you are checking out this ultimate road trip packing list!
  • If you don`t have enough time to do a 2 weeks Morocco itinerary by your own, than you still have the possibility to book some exciting guided Morocco Tours and Activities.

If you have more time than two weeks, you can also visit Chefchaouen (the blue city), Tafroute, Ouzoud waterfall,  the Legzira Beach, Taghazout 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. Driving in Morocco can be lots of fun but also a bit challenging. 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.  

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