I continue my journey through the land of camels and Kasbahs, to the beautiful coastal towns of Agadir, Essaouira and Marrakesh.
My magical week in Morocco with Travel Talk had already included camping in the Sahara, the souks of Marrakesh and the mystical village of Aït Ben Haddou. It was now time to head west to the coast and experience the renowned laid-back lifestyle that is a strong contrast to the capitol city.
Day five was an early rise, awoken by the sound of Hanafe, the local donkey who was aggravated by the camels. We slowly emerged from our tents, to one of the most magical sunrises over the Sahara. We packed our bags and ate a quick breakfast, before jumping on a utility van out of the desert. We reached our tour bus and gathered some snacks for the longest car ride of the trip, a 6-hour journey to Agadir. Enroute, we stopped to see the world-famous tree-climbing goats and do a spot of scorpion hunting (not to kill, just to see them!).
We popped into a local argon oil shop to learn about the famous Moroccan oil and its origins. Here, you also have the opportunity to book a hammam – a special type of spa experience. If you have never had one before, it is a must! We then reached the beach-side town of Agadir where we had the rest of the day to explore, eat and enjoy the sun. Tip: Walk towards the marina-end of the boardwalk for the best restaurants and bars.
Day Six – New Year’s Eve!
Waking up full of beans, we went down to the beach for a morning walk and late breakfast. Heading up to marina we stumbled upon the high-end boutiques and shopping area (Zara and Mac are there, to name a few). It is incredibly modern here and the restaurants sell every type of food you can imagine.
In the afternoon, it was time to hit the road again for our New Year’s destination – Essaouira! The bus was pumping, with music and card games as we got excited to welcome 2017. If you are on a tour that isn’t for the new year, don’t worry – you can still have a party bus.
Arriving in the small seaside village, we started to prepare ourselves for the big night ahead, where we would have a huge banquet dinner, drinks and dance the night away…
Day Seven & Eight
Getting up a little worse for wear to the year 2017, it was time to visit the Essaouira medina and uncover the magical markets that lie within. Stopping at a beautiful silver factory to pick up some goodies, we were left to roam the cobbled streets, indulge in the coastal breeze and of course – taste the local food. Essaouira has over 340 days of sunshine and is much more relaxed than the capitol – so ladies, don’t be afraid of getting a little skin out here!
After lunch, it was time to finish our tour with one final night in Marrakesh. We were all excited to explore the bustling souk and main square (Djemaa el Fna Square) after dinner, as we had arrived so late on the first day. Make sure you are not carrying anything of value, have yourself covered up and are prepared for a lot of irritating hagglers. The next (final) day is over to you, with our flight to London leaving early, many of us checked out first thing. I would highly recommend staying on for another day of slow exploration. Marrakesh can be intimidating, but when you have a whole day you can take your time and really immerse yourself in the culture.
Travel Talk’s Morocco tours start from just £269.00 per person (plus local taxes and tips) for 8 days, including accommodation and various meals.
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A huge thank you to Travel Talk, who welcomed me as a guest on the Adventure Morocco Tour. I would especially like to thank our incredible guide, Abdoul, who opened my eyes to the Islamic culture and beauty of Morocco. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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