Instagram Guide to Morocco

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.

Instagram Morocco – Photos And Tips


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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

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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!

Sahara Desert

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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

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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?

20 Comments on Instagram Guide to Morocco

  1. Julie K.
    February 21, 2014 at 2:48 am (4 years ago)

    Chefchaouen is on top of my bucket list! It´s one of the most picturesque towns I´ve ever seen. All the pictures of it I´ve come across have such a beautiful color palette and so much pattern..not to mention they emanate a sense of peacefulness..isolated from all the hustle and bustle of today´s society.

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Such a pretty village! Definitely recommend it. It felt like stepping a foot back in history!

  2. Aubrey
    February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am (4 years ago)

    These are gorgeous images, Chefchaouen especially looks absolutely beautiful, is it easy to reach? I’d love to visit Morocco, but it is definitely more than a little intimidating to me as I mostly travel alone. Still, though, on my bucket list!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

      It is quite easy to reach, even by yourself. Although there are many guided trips too!

  3. Justin James
    February 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Great pics of Morocco! We are visiting next month. Just could not decide whether to go to Marrakesh or Fez because we only have 1 day there for a day trip from Casablanca. Anyway, hope to get half as many great pictures as you did when we get there. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Are you planning on staying more than a few hours in Casablanca? Because it is the worse city in Morocco :-) Fes and Marrakesh are far prettier, as is Chefchaouen.

  4. Anna from The Blonde Banana
    February 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful Instagram photos! Do you use a certain app to edit them? My photography skills are horrid. Anyways I’m so mad at myself that I’ve been to Morocco twice and never seen Chefchaouen. I am dying to go… guess I’ll need to plan a 3rd trip?

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

      I use a number of apps to edit my photos (currently working on a blog post on this topic!). More often than not, Camera+, VSCO and PicFX.

  5. Cheryl Howard
    March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, all of these photos – literally, each and every one, are beautiful. You’ve done a wonderful job highlighting the country!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 3, 2014 at 10:46 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Cheryl. I really appreciate you saying that ;-)

  6. Abby
    March 7, 2014 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    Morocco has always been a dream of mine, too. Absolutely stunning!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the kind words Abby! :)

  7. chantae
    March 11, 2014 at 1:06 am (4 years ago)

    Wow – too many to choose from :) Though I’d have to say the photo overlooking the Sahara takes the cake for me!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 12, 2014 at 10:23 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the kind words, Chantae! I think it’s my favourite too.

  8. Selina
    April 10, 2014 at 3:29 am (3 years ago)

    These really are stunning pics – the colors are just awesome! As a fellow travel bug and crazy cat lady, I look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      April 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Selina! Morocco is very photogenic.

  9. Zora Gustin
    May 5, 2014 at 5:27 am (3 years ago)

    What a pictures, Marie!
    Reading this blog reminded me about our visit of Morocco. It is a country I love most since then! As you wrote, it has magnificent landscape, people are amazing. It is a mixture of cultures on every step. I also didn’t like Casablanca at all! But was amazed when staying in Fes, the medina is something to experience! Its 7000 aleys without a name ;) can not imagine beeing a postman there!
    I was charmed by Majorelle gardens in Marakesh, will go there again for sure!
    And Erfoud is great to visit a desert and admire a sunset there.
    Thanks for blogging, Marie! Keep going!!!!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      May 7, 2014 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Zora! I will have to visit Erfoud next time I’m in the country.

  10. Nad Rahm
    December 28, 2014 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, gorgeous pics!! Amazing. I kinda wanna start a travel blog myself…

    Kinda missed Morocco though it was a challenge as a solo female traveller there.. ( cos ya know.. the men there are into foreign females.. as much as a fat kid loves cake..)

    Pity you were not into Casablanca.. check out the city center and smallish medina – a mixture of French and Moorish architechure. A new, modern tram system can rival that of Milan’s, Sydney’s or San Franciso’s… Personally, I loved Fes (Imperial city) more than Marrakech..

    Would love to go back, put my limited Arabic to use and visit Chefchaouen, Merzouga and other cities!

    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm (3 years ago)

      I loved Fes more than Marrakech too! Although I did appreciate having a guide to take me through the maze-like medina!


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