Traveling to Morocco was always a dream of mine. The traditional yet forward-thinking spirit of its inhabitants and the varied, changing landscapes have always been the object of my fascination, and it wasn’t until I actually set foot there that I truly understood what makes Morocco so special.
My trip hasn’t gone without a few bumps –I mean that figuratively and literally, some of the roads we traveled on were less than smooth!– but truly getting out of my comfort zone was a memorable experience to say the least. I was confronted with a different language, an entirely different religious history and an even more challenging behavior, being a very-much Nordic-looking woman.
But most of all, I discovered amazing places that will forever be engraved in my memory.
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Chefchaouen was without a doubt one of the most picturesque villages I have ever been lucky enough to visit. It seemed as though every corner, every door was just begging to be photographed, and it only felt natural to indulge. The Blue City of the North is a charming one indeed, with its Spanish-looking city centre and its cobalt, cyan and turquoise detailing.
In fact, I found Chefchaouen’s relaxed pace and quaint setting far more enjoyable than the maze of both Marrakesh and Fes’ medinas.
Big Cities: Marrakesh and Fes
Even months after my trip, I still can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Fes and Marrakesh, two of Morocco’s biggest city (see how I haven’t mentioned Casablanca, which I absolutely hated?). I’m a very urban person, and yet I much preferred Morocco’s countryside, the tranquility of the wide open spaces and the feeling of safety. I didn’t feel 100% safe in the city, which certainly didn’t help brighten the mental picture I had.
If I had to pick one, however, Fes would be my favorite city. From the magnificent vistas of Borj Sud observatory to the call to prayer from Palais Sofitel Jamaï, it had a certain quaintness that I felt other cities lacked. Not to mention the opulent Royal Palace!
If one is going on a bucket list quest, one is going to watch the sun set in the Sahara desert, and one is going to do so surrounded by camels and Bedouins. That, people, is how you visit the Sahara.
Dades Gorge – Ait Benhaddou
The penultimate leg of my journey brought our group to south-western Morocco, the narrow valleys of the Dades Gorge and the glitz and glamour of Morocco’s very own Hollywood and 11th century stronghold, Ait Benhaddou. Would I be terribly shallow if I said I felt like I was on the set of Aladdin?