Are you looking for an adventurous Morocco travel itinerary to fulfill your wanderlust? This jam-packed 10 days Morocco itinerary is specially crafted just for you!
Morocco is a beautiful multicultural country.
Its diverse culture—a mixture of Middle Eastern, African, Spanish, and European cultures—and geography make Morocco one of the top travel destinations for travelers to go to!
Highlights ranging from camel riding in Sahara, hiking in Rif Mountains, and exploring the Instafamous medieval blue town in Chefchaouen; this country will not disappoint, and spending 10 days in Morocco definitely will be worth the time and plannings.
Written by WWB Writer Sam Lee, continue reading this comprehensive guide of 10 Days Morocco Itinerary, to find out interesting places to visit in Morocco, how to navigate around, must-eat foods, and helpful tips when visiting this fascinating country!
Summary Of 10 Days Trip To Morocco
Day 1: Marrakech Part One
Day 2: Marrakech Part Two
Day 3: Essaouira
Day 4: Sahara Desert Tour Part One
Day 5: Sahara Desert Tour Part Two
Day 6: Sahara Desert Tour Part Three & To Fes
Day 7: Fes Part One
Day 8: Fes Part Two or Day Trip To Volubilis & Meknes
Day 9: Chefchaouen Part One
Day 10: Chefchaouen Part Two & To Fes or Marrakech
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Day 1: Marrakech Part One
- Visit Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, and Koutoubia Mosque
- Wander around at Medina of Marrakech
- Explore Jemaa el-Fnaa
Dubbed as Red City, Marrakech is one of the touristy cities in Morocco contributed by its uniquely designed architecture, lively and bustling souks with colorful spices and exquisite riads.
On the first day of the 10 days Morocco itinerary, visit Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, and Koutoubia Mosque that are situated in the heart of this ancient city.
Bahia Palace was built by a sultan in the 19th century with a whopping 150 rooms.
Do walk around the palace to discover the unique Moroccan architecture and traditionally designed courtyards with fountains and impressive tileworks.
Bahia Palace Entrance Fee: US$7 (70 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 8 am-5 pm
You can reach El Badi Palace within 10 minutes walk from Bahia Palace. This palace was built in the 16th century to commemorate the victory of The Battle of Three Kings against the Portuguese.
Once a lavishly decorated palace, most parts of this palace are in a state of disrepair.
Fortunately, there are still parts of the palace preserved where you get to see tile mosaics and ornate stained-glass windows. If you like visiting historical ruins, this place is a must-to-go.
El Badi Palace Entrance Fee: US$7 (70 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 9 am-5 pm
Most of the mosques during your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary are not permissible to non-Muslims including Koutoubia Mosque.
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Nevertheless, this should not deter you from visiting the largest mosque in Marrakech by seeing its grand architecture from the outside. You can explore its garden and listen to the prayer calls echoing along the small streets in the city.
Next, explore Medina of Marrakech to indulge in local cultures and wander along the maze of narrow streets.
This UNESCO World Heritage site offers an interesting sight of donkey carts, small alleys, and different souks (markets) selling spices, carpets, handmade souvenirs, and street food.
If getting lost in medina sounds too adventurous to you, you can opt for a guided tour to explore the souks that can be tailored to your preference
Note: Remember to bargain for a cheaper price for souvenirs with the seller. There is always room for haggling in souks! Walk away if no price agreement is reached.
Moving on to the next site—walk to Jemaa el-Fnaa where you get to see local performances done by snake charmers and monkey tamers. Besides, there will be fortune tellers and henna ladies offering their services to both travellers and locals.
You can also quench your thirst by buying cheap fruit juice from the local stall in this square.
Note: It is advisable to refrain from taking any pictures of the snake charmers and monkey tamers as you may be asked for money in return.
Be firm and kindly reject their attempts in placing the animals over your shoulders or drawing henna on your hands if you do not wish to, as the locals may impose exorbitant charges for the services.
If being in a chaotic marketplace is not what you signed up for, alternatively, you may head over to any rooftop restaurant or cafe overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa for a meal or having a mint tea session for a short break.
Some suggested cafes to go for this sighting are Le Grand Balcon du Café Glacier or Café de France.
Note: As some restaurants are more popular among tourists, it is best to make a reservation or head over to the place at least 30 minutes earlier before sunset to book a seat.
Seeing the transformation of Jemma el-Fnaa at night is one of the highlights too in spending more than 1 week in Morocco.
As the sun goes down, this square becomes more lively with music performances from flute players and dancers.
Day 2: Marrakech Part Two
- Visit Saadian Tombs and Le Jardin Majorelle
- Explore Ben Youssef madrasa
- Have a dip at an exquisite riad
- Experience a traditional hammam
- Optional: Take part in traditional Moroccan cooking class
On the second day of the 10 Days Morocco Itinerary, head over to some of the major highlights in Marrakech: Saadian Tombs and Le Jardin Majorelle.
Saadian Tombs was built by Sultan Al Mansour in the 16th century. The tombs are decorated with beautiful mosaics, being the resting places for the members of the Saadian dynasty that once held the ruling power in Morocco.
The main attraction of this place would be Sultan Al Mansour’s mausoleum, where the sultan and his family members were buried in the main chamber.
Saadian Tombs Entrance Fee: US$7 (70 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 9 am-12 pm & 2.30 pm-6 pm
After visiting Saadian Tombs, head over to Le Jardin Majorelle which is just located outside of the medina.
Owned by the renowned designer Yves Saint Laurent, the 2.5 acres garden housed different types of cacti with a vibrant blue building and fancy fountains.
If you are looking for a quiet and calm refuge in the bustling city, Le Jardin Majorelle is a place to go for.
Tip: Try to visit Le Jardin Majorelle in the early morning to have the garden all by yourself before the tourists crowd kicks in.
Le Jardin Majorelle Entrance Fee: US$7 (70 Dh); Additional US$3 (30 Dh) for museum entry
Visiting Hours: 8 am-5.30 pm
Next, explore Ben Youssef Madrasa for its ornate interior. A former Islamic school, this beautiful building has impressive Moroccan architecture and patterned mosaics that undeniably will leave you in awe.
Ben Youssef Madrasa Entrance Fee: Around US$5 (50 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 9 am-5 pm
If you are staying in riad (a traditional Moroccan house) during your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary, have a dip in the plunge pool in its courtyard after a long day exploring Marrakech city.
Another to-do-activity when you are in Marrakech is to experience a traditional hammam session.
This ancient ritual includes a relaxing massage with aromatic oil and rejuvenating scrubbing session to thoroughly remove any dead skin on your body.
If you are ready to include and splurge for a hammam session in your Morocco itinerary, you may book it here.
Note: This activity might be awkward at first but hey, it is always liberating to try something different and out of the comfort zone to expose yourself to a whole new culture!
Do bring along your towel and slippers if hygiene is your main concern.
Alternatively, you may opt for a cooking class in Marrakech where you get to learn the recipes of authentic Moroccan dishes from the local instructor.
For Day 3 of this itinerary, you can choose to continue staying in Marrakech for more sightseeing and exploration or head over to Essaouira, a famous coastal city that you will not regret adding to your Morocco travel itinerary.
How To Get To Essaouira From Marrakech
You can take either:
- a public bus
- a private van or
- a shared minibus
Public transportation such as CTM buses costs about US$7 (70 Dh) for one way.
The bus services are available daily at 9 am and 12.30 pm from Marrakech to Essaouira while 12.30 pm and 4 pm from Essaouira to Marrakech. The bus duration will take about 3.5 hours.
Alternatively, you can get a private van for a 1 way trip from Marrakech to Essaouira. The booking can be done here, and it costs about US$35 (350 Dh).
You can also get a shared minibus to travel to Essaouira from Marrakech for extra comfort. This costs more at around US$140 (1400 Dh) for 2 ways.
For private transportation, the journey from Marrakech to Essaouira will take about 2 to 2.5 hours.
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Day 3: Essaouira
- Have a stroll and kite flying at Essaouira Beach
- Explore Essaouira Medina and continue shopping spree
- Visit Essaouira Port
- Have a seafood feast
Today is Day three of your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary. While Marrakech has its chaotic charm, Essaouira has a more laid-back vibe with beautiful coastlines.
If Essaouira looks familiar to you, that is because this town was one of the filming locations of the popular American drama, Game of Thrones!
However, there are other compelling reasons that you need to include Essaouira into your more than 1 week in Morocco itinerary.
Essaouira, also known as the Wind City of Africa, is a famous site for windsurfers between April to December.
Head over to Essaouira Beach for a stroll or kitesurfing. Swimming activity is not encouraged due to the strong wind.
Next, explore Essaouira Medina for another round of shopping spree. Similar to Marrakech, this yet another UNESCO heritage site has many narrow streets where locals conduct their daily businesses selling spices, leather goods, food, and souvenirs.
To have a glimpse into the life and culture of locals, head over to Essaouira Port where traditional wooden boats are being made and repaired.
There is also a market outside the port gates where you get to see a live fish auction that takes place in the afternoon. You can also watch the sunset here at the port.
At night, enjoy a seafood feast in one of the restaurants inside medina before calling it a day.
To make your planning easier, you can opt for this guided tour that includes a visit to the old town of Essaouira, medina, Jewish cemetery, and artisanal workshops.
Alternatively, you can have a day trip at Essaouira from Marrakech if you plan to stay another night in the Red City for your 10 day trip to Morocco.
Regardless of what you choose, get ready to move on to one of the anticipated highlights in the Morocco itinerary—the Sahara Desert!
How To Get To Sahara Desert
You can get to the Sahara Desert by:
- self-drive by renting a car
- sign up for a Sahara Desert tour or
- public bus
If you would like to have more freedom in navigating around en route to the Sahara Desert, getting a rental car would likely suit the adventurous side of yours.
You get to drive at your own pace and choose however long you want to stop at each location.
To book a rental car for this 10 day Morocco tour, you can go to RentalCars.
Depending on the car type that you choose and the rental period, the car rental charge starts from US$16/day.
Note: Get a better car with bigger tires for a more comfortable driving experience especially passing through mountainous roads.
If you prefer to sit back and relax while having a driver driving you around with a smaller group of people, signing up for a Sahara Desert tour will be the better option.
In this tour, you will get to visit beautiful towns along the road while enjoying the enchanting view of mountains, canyon, villages, and so much more without the need to focus on driving on the road.
The price for a Sahara Desert tour ranges from as low as US$70/person to a whopping US$600/person depending on the number of days and also the activities that come along with the tour.
A less commonly opted option, you can also get to the Sahara Desert via public bus. You can get the tickets from main bus operators such as CTM and Supratours.
The bus ticket price starts from US$8 for 1 way.
Day 4: Sahara Desert Tour Part One
- Day 1 of Sahara Desert Tour
- Atlas Mountains
- Ait Ben Haddou
- Dades Gorge
This 10 days Morocco itinerary will not complete without a trip to the well-known Sahara Desert—precisely the reason why you need to spend more than 1 week in Morocco!
This is one of the most preferred routes among travelers to continue their Morocco exploration journey from Marrakech to Fes.
Prepare to spend 3 days for this part as there are many amazing and picturesque stops along the way from Marrakech through the Sahara Desert.
Note: It is recommended to allocate a higher budget for getting the Sahara Desert tour from a reputable company instead of from some random unverified vendor in the medina that could end up being a scam.
For first-time visitors and to save yourself from unnecessary extensive planning, I would recommend you to sign up for a 3-day Desert Safari budget tour.
On Day 1 of this desert tour, you will have a chance to discover the:
- Atlas Mountains,
- Ait Ben Haddou,
- Dades Gorge, and
Note: There will be a lot of captivating sightseeing activities along the road throughout the 3 days. Make sure your camera is fully charged for scenery picture taking and have fun along the journey!
Departing from Marrakech, you will make the first stop at the Atlas Mountains where you can have some pictures with the magnificent mountains as the backdrop. Enjoy the scenic view as you pass by some Berber villages along the road.
The next stop of this tour is Ait Ben Haddou—another famous filming location and magazine photoshoot in Morocco. A must-go place in this ancient city is its kasbah.
After having lunch in a local restaurant, continue sightseeing at Ouarzazate. Over here, you can visit Taourirt Kasbah while stretching your legs after a long drive.
Before reaching Tinghir for a night’s stay, you will pass by Dades Gorge where it is famous for its canyon. The view is spectacular with the tall layering of red rocks.
Note: Some tour companies might arrange a night stay at Dades Gorge instead depending on the tour that you signed up for during your 10 days Morocco visit.
Day 5: Sahara Desert Tour Part Two
- Day 2 of Sahara Desert Tour
- Todgha Gorges
- Camel ride on desert in Merzouga
- Overnight at the desert camp
You are approaching the half way point of your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary. Continue sightseeing inside the car throughout the second day of the desert tour before reaching Merzouga.
A break will be given at Todgha Gorges where you can walk around and discover its crystal-clear river and beautiful canyon before continuing the journey.
Just a few hours before sunset, you will reach Merzouga and this is where you get to experience an epic camel ride! The experience of witnessing the stunning view of dunes and sunset together will be one of the best times of your life!
For dinner, you will get to gather with other travelers around the campfire accompanied by some local performances from the guides.
End the day by having a good night’s sleep under the magnificent sky of the Sahara Desert on your 10 day Morocco tour.
Note: It can be surprisingly chilly at night in the Sahara Desert. Therefore, remember to bring extra clothes or a jacket to wear before leaving for the tour.
Day 6: Sahara Desert Tour Part Three & To Fes
- Day 3 of Sahara Desert Tour
- Watch the sunrise on the Sahara Desert
- Having lunch at Midelt
- Enjoy the scenery along Middle Atlas Mountain
- Reach Fes
If you are keen to watch the beautiful sunrise over the Sahara Desert, do let your guide know on the night before.
Wake up early and prep yourself to experience this magical moment first hand during your stay of more than 1 week in Morocco.
After breakfast, you will kick start the journey to Fes by passing by Ziz River—an amazing place with palm trees and fortified ksours (castle).
You will then stop by Midelt for lunch and pass by Middle Atlas Mountain before reaching Fes in the afternoon.
After traveling over 600 km from Marrakech, have a good rest at your guesthouse or riad before heading out to continue exploring this yet another interesting city in your 10 day Morocco tour the next day.
Day 7: Fes Part One
- Wander around Medina of Fes
- Visit Royal Palace, Kairaouine University, and Kairaouine Mosque
- Explore Bou Inania Madrasa and Al-Attarine Madrasa
- Visit Chouara Tannery
On Day 7 of your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary, it is time to get acquainted with Fes, the cultural capital of Morocco.
Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, medina of Fes is also the largest pedestrian-only area in the world.
Walk around the medina along the alleyways to immerse yourself into the local authentic culture accompanied by colorful spices, rugs, and local products.
After successfully making your way out of the maze-like medina, walk over to Royal Palace, Kairaouine University, and Kairaouine Mosque to continue exploring this busy city.
Even though Royal Palace is not open to the public, you can still admire the incredible design of the palace’s bronze door. This is one of the Instafamous sites that you shouldn’t miss on your 10 day trip to Morocco.
Next, walk over to Kairaouine University to continue enjoying the remarkable architecture of Moroccan classical buildings.
Kairaouine University is known to be the world’s oldest university and its mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco.
Unfortunately, both historically rich buildings are not accessible to non-Muslims. Nevertheless, you can still have a glimpse of the extraordinary interior part of the mosque through the entrance gates.
If you are getting slightly frustrated and curious about which magnificent building in Morocco that non-Muslims are permitted to enter, fret not—head over to this 13th century Islamic Bou Inania Madrasa.
This historical Islamic madrasa is famous for its beautiful architecture and intricate mosaic tiles.
Bou Inania Madrasa Entrance Fee: Around US$2 (20 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 9 am-5 pm
Another madrassa that you can visit in Fes is Al-Attarine Madrasa. Explore this madrasa for its remarkable courtyard, dazzling wood carvings, and impressive tiles patterns.
Al-Attarine Madrasa Entrance Fee: Around US$2 (20 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 8 am-6 pm
An interesting place that you shouldn’t miss in Fes during your 10 days Morocco stay is Chouara Tannery.
This old tannery has large stone pits that store different types of natural dyes for animal skin coloring and softening; a technique that has existed and practiced for the past century.
Note: The pungent smell around the tannery might be overwhelming. Some locals might offer mint to you to help with the smell, and they might ask for some money in return. Therefore, do bring along your own mint or scarf before visiting the tannery.
If getting lost in the city is not your cup of mint tea, or you have some budget left for a Fes city tour, you can opt for this instead in your Morocco travel itinerary.
This tour includes a visit to all the above places and Nejjarine Museum, Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, Jnane Sabil Gardens, and admire the high up and stunning panoramic view over the medina.
Day 8: Fes Part Two Or Day Trip To Meknes And Volubilis
- Relax at the riad or have another hammam session
- Sign up for a cooking class in Fes or
- Visit Volubilis’s Roman ruins
- Explore Moulay Idriss
- Wander around Meknes city
- Visit Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and Museum of Moroccan Art
On Day 8 of this 10 days Morocco itinerary, you can have a relaxing day in Fes after wandering and visiting most of the highlights the day before.
If you are staying in a riad, you can lounge around in the courtyard and have a dip in the plunge pool while admiring the exquisite exterior and fascinating colored tiles of the riad.
Having a meal in a riad is also a must when you are in this country to dab into the authentic culture of Moroccan food. Plus, riad offers one of the tastiest food you can look for during your more than 1 week in Morocco stay.
Another relaxing activity that you opt for in Fes is by booking a hammam session.
Let the professional attendant scrubs away all your sweaty stains on your skin and allow yourself for some form of pampering after journeying across Morocco within 10 days!
For those who love learning new recipes of different cuisine, you can sign up for a cooking class to spend the day in Fes. A certificate will be given to participants too at the end of the class.
Alternatively, you can sign up for a day tour to Volubilis and Meknes from Fes to learn more about the interesting history and culture of this country in your 10 day Morocco tour.
The tour includes a visit to Roman ruins and Moulay Idriss in Volubilis. You will also get to visit Medina, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and Museum of Moroccan Art in Meknes before heading back to Fes in the late afternoon.
How To Get To Chefchaouen From Fes
You can take either:
- a public bus or
- a private van
CTM, one of the main bus operators in Morocco, provides bus services to Chefchaouen from Fes. The ticket costs less than US$10 and the travel duration is about 4 hours.
You can also opt for one-way private van transportation to Chefchaouen from Fes.
It costs about US$36 and you can book the ticket here. Expect to spend about a 3 hours journey on the road.
Day 9: Chefchaouen Part One
- Wander around the blue alleyways
- Visit Bouzaafar Mosque for Chefchaouen panoramic view
- Explore Kasbah Museum and Plaza Uta El-Hammam
- Shopping at medina
Chefchaouen, or also known as Blue City, is one of the places that you need to include in your 10 Days Morocco Itinerary !
This laid-back small town painted with different hues of blue is popular among the tourists for its picturesque alleyways and doorways, making every corner of the street worth exploring.
Note: Expect to pay a small fee when taking pictures at certain popular doorways. Be respectful to the locals as well as some of the photographic blue buildings are their main residences.
For sunrise and sunset lovers, head over to Bouzaafar Mosque for the occasions. You can also marvel at Chefchaouen panoramic view from this Spanish Mosque.
Next, you can visit Kasbah Museum to learn more about the history of Chefchaouen. There is a tower in this museum where you get to see fascinating views of the city.
Note: The description of the museum is not available in English.
Kasbah Museum Entrance Fee: US$6 (60 Dh)
Visiting Hours: 9 am-6.30 pm
If you are not keen on visiting the museum, you can have a break at Plaza Uta El-Hammam to have a glimpse of locals’ daily activities. You can also have a lunch break here in the restaurant while admiring the Kasbah building.
Alternatively, you can continue your shopping spree in the medina.
If you are looking for unique souvenirs, this is the place that you need to go for.
This medina offers different kinds of local products that are native to Chefchaouen such as woven baskets and woven blankets.
Note: The vendors in Chefchaouen are less pushy than those in Marrakech. Nevertheless, remember to haggle and bargain for a better price before making the purchase.
Day 10: Chefchaouen Part Two & To Fes Or Marrakech
- Continue exploring the city
- Optional: Sign up for a food tour
- Optional: Have scenic hikes in Rif Mountains
- Flying out from Fes or Marrakech
On the last day of the 10 Days Morocco Itinerary, walk around the city to take more pictures against the blue backdrop to fill up your Instagram social media account.
If you can’t get enough of authentic Moroccan food cuisine, you can opt for the last round of food tours in Chefchaouen.
Alternatively, you can go for some scenic hikes in Rif Mountains to immerse yourself in nature.
After you have done visiting Chefchaouen, you can either travel back to Fes or Marrakech for your flight out of the country.
It has been a jam-packed 10 days Morocco itinerary with the main highlights of Morocco, and by the end of the trip, you will be glad to add this North African country to your travel destination!
What Is The Best Month To Go To Morocco?
Since a trip to the Sahara Desert is one of the main highlights of this 10 day trip to Morocco, it is best to avoid going during the summer season (July to August) as it can be scorching hot.
Traveling to Morocco during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) seasons would be more comfortable as the temperature is more pleasant with sunny weather and little rain.
It is also recommended to take Ramadan or Muslim fasting month into consideration before embarking on your 10 days Morocco journey. There might be some changes in terms of eateries and attractions visiting hours during this month.
How Many Days Do You Need To See Morocco?
You can visit Morocco for as short as 5 days or as long as 2 weeks, depending on your itinerary and preference.
For a first-time visitor, spending 10 days in Morocco is more than enough to see major highlights in this culturally and historically rich country, albeit a packed one.
If you can only opt for a Morocco itinerary 1 week, pick 2 to 3 cities to explore around as it can be exhausting to visit all of the main cities of Morocco due to the long travel duration from one place to another.
For those who are keen on spending 2 weeks in Morocco, you can include Rabat and Casablanca into this Morocco itinerary to cover more cities.
Where To Stay In Morocco?
There is a wide range of accommodation types in Morocco, depending on your budget.
Of course, you will have to book a stay at any of the beautifully decorated riads or guesthouses at least once during your 10 days Morocco travel as this is considered one of the main highlights of this North African country!
Below are some of the recommended places to stay in the cities that are included in this Morocco travel itinerary:
- Budget: Riad Syba, Riad Matham
- Mid-range: Riad & Spa le Secret de Zoraida, Kenzi Menara Palace & Resort
- Luxury: Riad Embre Et Epices, Riad Les Nuits de Marrakech
- Budget: Dar Latigeo, Riad 7 Pierres
- Mid-range: Hotel Des Iles, Riad l’Ayel d’Essaouira
- Luxury: Heure Bleue Palais, Riad Mimouna
- Budget: Dar Mfaddel, Riad Farah
- Mid-range: Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda, Riad Damia
- Luxury: Les Merinides, Riad Ibn Battouta
- Budget: Usha Guest House, Auberge Casa Linda
- Mid-range: Dar Yakout, Riad Zaitouna
- Luxury: Dar Ba Sidi & Spa, Riad Nila
What To Eat in Morocco?
Influenced by Spanish, Berber, Arab, and French cultures, Moroccan cuisine is one of the delectable cuisines that you could ask for.
Moroccan food incorporates different types of spices, creating unique dishes with appetizing flavors that will leave you a deep impression even after you leave the country.
Below are some of the must-try Moroccan food to have in your 10 day trip to Morocco:
Khobz: This traditional Moroccan bread made up of flour, yeast, and semolina (a type of wheat flour) is commonly served with almost every other meal and pairs perfectly fine with salad and tagine.
Harira: A type of thick and creamy Moroccan soup, Harira is made from cooking lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes, and lamb.
It is usually served with chebakia, a sticky sweet pretzel, and commonly consumed in breaking fast during Ramadan.
Tagine: Tagine is a savory stew dish cooked using a clay pot and it is a common dish in restaurants and street stalls. The dish is cooked with fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, or fish.
Couscous: Couscous is traditionally made using wheat flour and rolled into smaller balls before steaming it with meat, spices, and vegetables.
Chermoula: This dish is cooked by using a combination of spices and herbs when grilling the fish or seafood. The herbs mixture also serves as the dipping sauce for the dish.
Mint tea: Also known as Moroccan Whisky, this sweetened tea is locals’ favorite and made of green tea and mint leaves.
It is usually poured into the glass from a foot or more of height to create froth, signaling the tea is ready for consumption.
For vegan travelers, head over to these suggested vegan/ vegetarian-friendly restaurants so that you won’t be missing any of the mouth-watering Moroccan dishes too!
Marrakech: Earth Café, Café Des Epices
Essaouira: Lalla Mira, La Petite Perle
Fes: Riad Dar Dmana, Café Clock
Chefchaouen: Bab Ssour, El Jaleo
You may click on this link to know more of the vegan restaurant options that you can include in your Morocco travel itinerary.
Note: If you are wary, clarify your doubts with the server before ordering the food in the restaurant or cafe.
How To Get Around In Morocco?
Public transportation is well developed in Morocco, making traveling around the country easier for both travelers and locals.
One of the popular modes of transportation is train service. The national rail company, ONCF, offers train services to major cities across Morocco such as Marrakech and Fes.
Another cheaper alternative to navigating around the country is by taking public buses. The major bus service providers are CTM and SupraTour.
You can also get a rental car to get around the country when you are planning to spend 10 days in Morocco. Click on this link to get a car rental quotation.
Apart from these, signing up for a guided tour is also a popular option among travelers to explore the different cities in this country.
A reputable online company for guided tours in Morocco that you can consider is Get Your Guide.
If you have a higher budget to spend on transportation, you can also opt for domestic flight services.
Unique Tips You Should Know When Visiting Morocco
It is always a good practice to know the dos and don’ts before visiting a foreign country. Below are some of the helpful tips and guides that you can refer to during your 10 days Morocco visit:
Morocco Travel Visa
There are about 129 countries that require tourist visa applications before being eligible to enter the country.
US and UK citizens can get into the country visa-free for up to 3 months with a passport that is valid throughout their stay in Morocco.
You can check your eligibility here.
The official currency in Morocco is Dirham (Dh). Being a restricted currency, it can’t be taken out of the country nor available abroad.
Some riads may accept Euro currency but at a lower rate as compared to banks.
The locals speak several languages such as Berber, French, Arabic, and Spanish. Nevertheless, English is also widely spoken particularly in main attraction places and cities.
You can either:
- rent a wifi hotspot device before flight or
- get a local SIM card with an internet plan
when you reach Morocco airport. This might come in handy when you are trying to get a direction or simply to place some orders through the non-English speaking server.
Some local telco providers that you can opt for in Morocco are Maroc Telecom, Orange Morocco, and Inwi.
Plug Socket Type
Two-prong round sockets are used in Morocco. Bring along a universal adapter before visiting the country. You can get the travel adapter here.
Always bargain the price with the seller before agreeing to the purchase in souks. The rule of thumb in haggling is to offer one-third of the price quoted by the seller. Walk away calmly if no price agreement is achieved.
Picture Taking Etiquette
It is advisable to ask for permission before taking pictures of locals, especially women. This applies to stalls and merchandise in medina or souks. In some cases, be prepared to pay a small fee in return for a picture.
As Morocco is a Muslim country, it is recommended to dress appropriately to avoid unwanted stares and attention from the locals.
For ladies, bring along some scarves like this Silk Scarf Luxury Satin Shawl as these might come in handy to cover both hair and upper body.
Morocco is a relatively safe country for traveling. However, there are also some petty thefts and pickpocketing especially in crowded places such as medinas. Do stay alert to your surroundings and refrain from bringing extra cash on hand.
Scams In Morocco
Unfortunately, there are quite a number of scams targeting tourists, especially in Marrakech.
If you are being approached by locals who offer to be your tour guide or give items out of nowhere or unneeded services, decline them firmly and walk away. They will charge an exorbitant price and make a fuss if you do not pay up.
Get travel insurance for yourself before leaving for Morocco. You can buy one from World Nomads.
It is best to drink from bottled water as tap water might be unsafe for drinking. Alternatively, get a water bottle with a purifier before flying into Morocco to save some money on bottled water.
Have Enough Cash
It is best to have enough cash when visiting the country as there is a hefty surcharge applied due to credit card usage. Plus, you will need cash when shopping at souk and medina.
Remember to bring a change of clothes, underwear, toiletries, and flip-flops before heading out for a hammam session.
To be safe (and not being fully naked in a hammam), you can bring along your bathing suit as some spas do not provide disposable underwear.
If you are a light sleeper, it is best to bring along earplugs before visiting Morocco. There will be prayer calls from the mosque early in the morning which can affect the quality of your sleep throughout the trip.
Buying & Drinking Alcohol
Alcoholic drinks are legal in this Muslim country. Nevertheless, it is illegal to drink in public areas and around mosques.
Some restaurants are licensed to sell alcohol to their guests. Be prepared to pay European prices for wine and beer.
10 Days In Morocco Packing List
Here are some of the essentials that you should have in your packing list when visiting Morocco:
- Sunscreen and hat/cap
- Scarf and swimwear
- Windbreaker/Jacket and socks
- Reusable water bottle with filter
- Comfortable shoes
- Appropriate clothing
- Basic first aid items/ medicines
10 Days Morocco Itinerary: Conclusion
And there you go—a comprehensive and reliable guide that you can refer to and tweak for your upcoming 10 days Morocco trip!
Morocco is truly a beautiful country. Be prepared to be blown away when visiting the main highlights of this country particularly the magical dunes at the Sahara Desert or admiring the stunning and colorful tileworks of madrasa and riad.
Do take note of the tips mentioned above so that you will have a pleasant and memorable experience traveling around Morocco.
Let us know in the comment section below if you have been to Morocco, or if you have any recommendations in terms of attraction places that we missed out on; we would love to hear from you!