What a fabulous introduction to Morocco! Our travel consultant worked hard to plan our itinerary and it was a superb trip. Our driver was wonderful, and in many cases was able to act as guide, particularly with questions as we drove from one city to another. In each city we had a local guide - outstanding were those in Essaioura and Fes.
There were so many memorable parts! Each city we visited was unique. Marrakesch was the first introduction to the Morrocan food - tangine dinners. Our hotel was particularly wonderful - . The cooking class (leaving Marrakesch on the way to Ourika) was very special. The drive from Ourika in the Atlas Mts. to Essaouira on the coast was very interesting. The other outstanding drive was between Essaouria and Ouilidia. The French hotel in Rabat had a unique Mandarine garden complete with a family of peacocks! A drive through/tour of Meknes, now home of a university, where we had a wonderful lunch turned out to be one of the many highlights. Fes, with its leather tanneries and beautiful location was also a favorite. An unexpected delight was the visit to Volubilis - a Roman ruin in the middle of nowhere. The blue city of Chefchaouen and the drive to get there were spectacular.
We had a single night in Madrid on the way home, and it turned out to be the night of Christmas/holiday Fesitval. What a surprise and treat that was! Stores were open, streets were closed - the plazas and streets were crowded with people - from infants to elderly. Balloons, costumes, vendors, music...
We would love to have had more time - especially in Ourika, Oulidia and Chefchaouen. Our timing (November) was good, but it would have been fun to be able to swim in the Mediterranean (Oualidia and Essaouira). (No need to spend more time in Oulidia unless it's warm enough to swim). The pocket book is a consideration, and out trip certainly hit the high spots - it was fantastic!
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