With so many places to see and experience in Morocco, it can be a little overwhelming deciding which places to add your one-week itinerary. Well, we’re here to guide you through it. If you’re looking for the perfect one-week itinerary for Morocco…well, look no further!
Day 1: Arrive in Marrakesh
Welcome to Morocco! Depending on where you are coming from, you could have had quite the long-haul flight getting to Morocco. So, today is all about settling in and relaxing. Catch a ride to your Riad, lay pool side and schedule a Hammas (a classic Moroccan scrub massage). Enjoy this day, because your next set of six are going to be a little jam packed.
Day 2: Explore the Chaos of Marrakesh
Wake up and let’s go! Catch a breakfast at your Riad, enjoy some mint tea or fresh OJ (…or both) then set out. Just to set expectations, you’ll be out until after sunset, so get your day bag and camera ready!
Below are some of our must-see sites & experiences you’ll want to check off when walking around Marrakech…
- Sites to Visit:
- Moulay El Yazid Mosque
- Ben Youssef Madrasa
- Bahia Palace
- Koutoubia Mosque
- Jemaa el-Fna Square
- Experiences to Have:
- Watch the sunsetfrom Café Du France or Le Grand Balcon Café Glacier in Jemaa el-Fna Square as call to prayer echoes in the background.
- Walk the Medina and get wonderfully lost and caught up in the shops and spice markets.
- Sip mint tea from a roof-top café and watch Marrakesh from above.
Day 3: Make Your Way to Fes
Depending on the type of traveler you are and what your trip budget is, you have two options on how to get Fes – 1) overland or 2) flying.
If you’re into overland travel, the train from Marrakech to Fes is a great way to relax while seeing the countryside and it’s also pretty comfortable. However, it is about a 7-8-hour ride.
Your second option is flying. This is by far the quickest way to get to Fes from Marrakech.
Once you arrive into Fes, the rest of the day is yours. However, if you are wanting one epic meal to kick off your first night in Fes, head out to dinner at Restaurant Dar Hatim. This locally run family restaurant is sure to please and the best way to jump start your time in the cultural capital.
Day 4: Meander the Fes Medina
Fes is considered the cultural capital of Morocco. From artisan crafts and trade secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation to souks and markets that buzz throughout the day, Fes is captivating.
Today, you’ll spend your entire day in the Medina of Fes. Let us be clear, the Fes Medina is absolutely impossible to navigate by yourself. Well, nothing is impossible, but to save you the headache of constantly getting lost, hire a Medina Guide.
Your Riad will be able to help you with getting a guide hired. Some of the Medina highlights are below and these are our tips on what to see and experience…
- Watch leather workers work their craft at the Chouara Tannery
- Shop for a Moroccan rug at Palais Du Tresor
- Visit a few Madrasas – Al-Attarine Madrasa and Madrasa Bou Inania
- Take an Instagram worthy photo in front of the Bab Bou Jeloud aka the Blue Gate
- Visit Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, the oldest operating university in the world
- See true artists at work at the Fes Pottery Cooperative
- Check out the seven brass gilded gates of the Royal Palace
- Head to the rooftop of your Riad and watch the sunset over the Medina as call to prayer echoes in the background. Trust us, you’ll feel transported to a different time.
Day 5: Head to Chefchaouen to Wander the Alleyways of the Blue City
Wake up early and head to Chefchaouen. If you hire a private car, the ride takes about 4 hours. Get the private car. You control when you leave and arrive and with so little time, that’s an amazing thing.
Like we said above, wake up early and head out. Plan to get to Chefchaouen around 12pm or 1pm. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore. The town isn’t big at all so the rest of the day and the half day tomorrow will give you a perfect bite of Chefchaouen.
When you arrive, here is what you should do:
- Head out into the town and meander those beautiful blue alleyways! That’s why you’re here after all.
- Get dinner at Restaurant Beldi Bab Ssour. Just trust us on this one. It’s amazing and get asked to be sat on the rooftop.
Day 6: Finish Up in Chefchaouen and Head Back to Fes
If you want some amazing shots of blue alleyways and city of Chefchaouen, wake up early and hit the streets around sunup. You’ll find you have the streets pretty much to yourself, leaving your pictures people free and allowing the calming blue of the city to really relax you before you finish your trip.
Have a mint tea in the square before heading to lunch at Casa Aladdin where you’ll be served with swooping views of the town. Really a lovely last memory to leave yourself with.
Around 1pm/2pm-ish, get back in your private car and head back to Fes where you’ll spend your last night in Morocco.
Once you arrive in Fes, you’ll arrive a few hours before sunset. Make sure you catch that sunset from the roof of your Riad. After sunset, grab some dinner. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the street food. If not, head to a restaurant in the Medina and enjoy!
After dinner, if you’re feeling up to it, Hotels in Fes have Alcohol and Shisha for your enjoyment. Head to the nearest hotel bar and cheers to one hell of a trip!
Day 7: Depart Morocco
The day we all dread, the end of our vacation! If you are like us, you’ll be sad to leave Morocco too. It really is a fantastic place with amazing people and scenery. The bite size itinerary above really is the perfect one-week itinerary for Morocco.
Until next time!
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About The Wandering Stus:
Hi! We’re Lauren & Jesse. A travel couple who quit our corporate jobs in 2016 in order to fulfill a dream. The dream of making time for ourselves, living in the now and exploring the beautiful people and places Mother Earth has to offer. You know, all that good stuff. We’re here to give you travel tips, epic itineraries & overall travel inspiration to help you plan your next adventure!
– Lauren & Jesse Stuart (The Stus)