Morocco is a vast country with an extensive list of things to see and do. I suggest visiting and traveling Morocco (or anywhere really) for as long as your travels allow. Below I have outlined Moroccan itineraries for a 3, 7, or 10 day trip.
Lets start with a short trip - 3 Days is a crazy short amount of time in Morocco but still worth the visit! If you stick to one city you can see quite a lot! Expect long days and very little sleep. It will be exhausting but totally worth it! I would choose to explore the biggest tourist city - Marrakesh. There are many things to see and do in the city plus it is easy access for day trips.
Before leaving your hostel or Riad for the day book the Marrakesh Camel Ride.
**If your trip is 7-10 days opt for the Sahara camel ride for a much better experience!
Wake up early and grab breakfast inside the souk. I recommend Cafe Des Epices since you can sit on the balcony that overlooks one of the souks small squares and watch them prepare for the day.
Spend the morning exploring the souk (shops open around 10am) and the tannery. You’ll beat the heat while also being able to explore the maze of the souk without dealing with the immense crowds the afternoon brings. Bringlots of money for buying carpets, lanterns, spices and other products sold in the souk. Also be prepared to barter!
Head to Henna Cafe for a late lunch. Relax with a smoothie while one of their amazing henna artists tattoos your arm or foot.
After lunch grab a cab and head to Jardin Majorelle for a walk through the beautiful gardens. The immense trees and lush landscaping keep you nice a cool during the hot afternoons. Visit the restaurant inside the gardens for one of their delicious tea selections.
Take a cab back to your hotel of Riad and prepare to be picked up for your camel ride!
Today is a long day of sightseeing!
Start your day eating at Kafe Fnaque Berber. Their rooftop has a great view of the Koutoubia Mosque and listening to call to prayer while sipping tea is a must do while in Marrakesh. After breakfast walk over to the Mosque to see it up close and then head to the park directly adjacent for a walk through the relaxing gardens.
After your walk through the park visit El Badi Palace, Palais de la Bahia, Bab Agnaou and the Saadian Tombs. All these tourist spots are located very close to one another and can be thoroughly explored in 2-3 hours.
Grab a quick bite at Tihan La Kashah near the Saadian tombs. You will be eating late tonight so make sure it is a big lunch! After lunch head to one of the many pharmacies on the main road and then visit a hammam for a relaxing spa treatment - I recommend Les Bains de Marrakech.
Head back to your Hostel/Riad to dress up for your late dinner at either Comptoir Darna or Jad Mahal. Both restaurants have elaborately designed interiors that feature belly dancers and live music while you eat a delicious dinner.
Round out your 3 days with a day long trip outside the city.
I took a day trip to the Ourika waterfall which I booked through my hostel. You can read all about the full experience here. It was truly fantastic and included:
a history lesson about the surrounding Atlas Mountains
look inside a pottery studio
meet a traditional berber family and tour inside their home
visit to a welders studio that is literally on the side of a mountain
stop inside a rural all inclusive berber community
hike to the Ouirka Waterfall
It was a long but fascinating day learning all about traditional berber lives and getting a glimpes of life outside the big city.
If you have the chance to stay in Morocco longer use your extra days to plan a trip to see the Sahara Desert. DON'T BOOK AHEAD OF TIME! Prices are much cheaper if you book once you arrive. These tours are so abundant and do not sell out.
DAY 4 - 6
You can read the full post about my trip to the Sahara Desert here. Expect to have an amazing 3 days full of sightseeing and experiences. Here is a small glimpse of the tour:
Traveled into the High Atlas Mountains
Explore a rural farm with guided tour
Visit a Kasbah with a personal tour of the old city
Stay in traditional tents in the Sahara Desert
2 Rides on a Camel - each over an hour long
Visit a huge Gorge that has had a recent mudslide
Transportation in a van and all breakfast and dinner is included
You can either choose to make this trip round trip from Marrakesh to Marrakesh or you can choose the Marrakesh to Fez option if you plan to continue your trip.
DAY 7 - BEYOND
7 days and beyond is (in my opinion) the best way to see all that Morocco has to offer. If you stay past 7 days you have many choices of extra cities to visit.
Fes - A world heritage site and the second largest city in Morocco. It is called the Mecca of the West or the Athens of Africa. An easy choice if you join a Sahara trip that starts in Marrakesh. There are many trips that take you from Marrakesh to Fes with excellent sightseeing and camel riding along the way.
Chefchaouen - A small city in the NW of Morocco that was founded in 1471. It is renowned for being entirely blue!
Casablanca - The largest and most advanced city in Morocco. It is considered the economic and business center of Morocco. I have heard mixed reviews about visiting Casablanca.