Five Days in Morocco


Morocco might make you think of big, busy markets and even bigger deserts, but there’s so much more to this exciting country in north-western Africa than first meets the eye. Take a five-day adventure to some of Morocco’s most colourful spots, with time to check out some of the country's best beaches and maybe catch a wave (or five) along the way. Taghazout is a magnet for Moroccan chillers thanks to some A-grade Atlantic surf, and the seaside town of Essaouira is made for kicking back and soaking up some cultural vibes. Check out some of Morocco’s best-kept secrets, like the cool beach-side towns where popular musicians spent time in the 60s, and hunt for the best rooftop bars in Marrakech in your free time to watch the sunset over Djemaa el-Fna. This relaxing but highlight-packed introduction to Morocco is sure to leave you wanting more.

5 days, from

$300

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: XMYB
Style: Basix
Theme: 18 to 35s

Details

Countries Visited:  Morocco
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights), Surf Camp (2 nights)
Transportation: Private vehicle , public bus
Included Meals:

  • 4 breakfasts

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 16

  • It’s not a stretch to say that relaxing yoga lessons on the south coast are a highlight. Limber up before using the same balancing manoeuvres on a surfboard in Taghazout – one of the best local spots for surfing.

  • Feel the pulse of Marrakech with an included street food dinner in the square – maybe even try the popular snail soup! Eat where the locals eat and taste authentic Morocco as you take in the bustling nightlife around you.

  • Experience Djemaa el-Fna Square as the sun descends and see one of the largest public spaces in the world come to life. Watch street performers, listen to local storytellers and maybe even get a henna tattoo.

  • Get to know Essaouira, named ‘little picture’ for a reason – and rub shoulders with the locals as you traverse the picturesque, whitewashed walls with a local guide who knows all the go-to spots.

  • Whether it’s surfing, swimming or just lazing on the sand with a good book – exploring the local beaches in Morocco’s fishing villages is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Education for All. Donations help them support girls in the High Atlas Mountains through secondary school, bringing a generation of women out of the cycle of illiteracy, poverty and early marriage.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Marrakech

Salaam Alaikum! Welcome to Morocco. This adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4 pm. After meeting your fellow travellers and the group leader, tuck in for an awesome street food experience at the famous Djemaa el-Fna. This square is known as one of the largest public spaces in the world – it’s truly an unmissable part of the city. As soon as the sun sets, the square comes to life with henna painters, performers and storytellers sharing the space with street food stands. The smells of the stalls will lure you in, and the tastes will keep you coming back for more. There are all sorts of excellent pastries, fresh juices, teas and even bowls of snail soup to go round, if you’re feeling a little adventurous! As evening falls, you might want to grab dinner or explore the bustling nightlife of the city with your new travel buddies. Marrakech has some great rooftop bars – so find one with a view and order your favourite cocktail.

Day 2: Taghazout

After breakfast this morning, travel to Taghazout. This cool, laid-back fishing village has quickly gained a solid reputation as one of the country’s best surfing locations. The waters stay warm all year round, and the surf is top-notch for both rookies and adept wave riders (so there’s no excuse not to catch some rolling waves). After getting your fill of the beautiful local beaches, maybe ask your leader for the best spots for a seafood dinner, before spending the night at a local surf camp.

Day 3: Taghazout

Kick off your adventures in the sleepy town of Taghazout with an early morning yoga session, to help you relieve any tension before diving into the water once again. Oddly enough, the skills required for surfing and yoga tend to complement each other, through concentration, flexibility and balance. Good news, if you were planning on hitting the waves again today! Don’t know how to ride a board or didn’t get the chance yesterday? No stress – today includes a half-day surfing course to teach you the basics, and if you already know the ropes, there’s always time to refine your skills in unfamiliar territory.

Day 4: Essaouira

Get up early today if you want to catch the sunrise, then travel to the old fishing town of Essaouira. Along the way, stop by a female-led cooperative specialising in Argan production. Learn about how these women extract the Argan from the trees, watch the beans being roasted and pressed and then have the chance to taste the Argan oil and the paste, all made right here! Arrive at your destination – a place where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. The name of the town translates to ‘little picture’ – so get your camera ready! It’s safe to say you’ll be taking lots of snaps during your time in this picturesque place. This artists’ town has attracted visitors like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent a lot of time here in the 1960s. Join your local leader for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and by the skala (sea wall). Tonight’s accommodation is a real treat and certainly one of the more stylish stays of your Moroccan adventure – so enjoy!

Day 5: Marrakech

Chat with locals on a shared bus ride back to Marrakech. With no activities planned after arriving, you are free to leave at any time. Depart from the bus station or walk back to the hotel with your leader and depart from there. If you wish to extend your adventure, there are a range of optional activities to get to know this vibrant city a bit better. Why not become a Moroccan MasterChef in an Urban Adventure’s cooking masterclass with a local guide? Journey through the souks of Marrakech and shop for the best ingredients before learning the insider tricks on how to whip up a deliciously authentic tagine in a classic riad setting while getting to know the family that lives there. To find out more about the Tajine Cookery Class, visit urbanadventures.com.