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1 Week itinerary | the south of Morocco | incl Sahara desert camel trek & camp

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Salam everybody!

I receive a huge number of emails from my Readers, regarding itineraries for Morocco. To make our lives easier, I decided to start the series in which I will present you my subjectively perfect itineraries for Morocco!

In this post I will present you my itinerary for the south of Morocco, including the desert camel trek with a night in a Berber tent and bonfire!



How to get to Morocco on a budget?

Two of my favorite budget airlines that fly to Morocco are Ryanair and Wizzair. Recently I found a ticket from Wroclaw, Poland to Agadir (with Wizzair) for as little as 40 EUR both ways!

Many travellers who are in the south of Spain and love road trips opt for ferries. They are not super expensive and the views are splendid. The bad thing about it is that you need more time, so that is not the best option if you have a limited time to travel. The trip from Tanger to the south can take some time though. The buses from the north to the south go frequently (for example CTM, my favorite company so far).

If you are not based in Europe and want to find affordable tickets, you can also look for international flight booking options that are available online.

Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech

My intensive trip to the south in November 2017:

My bestie and I decided to go on an intensive exploration of the south for a week this November.

We had three stops, and I hope they will be inspiring for you!

Taghazout, Paradis Plage

We spent two and a half (very intensive) days full of yoga and surfing. The place is very peaceful and it made my soul slow down :)

For me it was the very first time trying yoga, and I have to admit that the experience of practicing yoga during sunset was wonderful. My bestie is a yoga enthusiast and she loved the place, the teacher, and the idea of practicing yoga during the sunset.

If you want to do something for your body and spirit – this place should be in your list. It is located a couple of kilometres of the centre of Taghazout and you can get there by taxi. The village itself is very quiet so you will definitely have the chance to relax.

Paradis Plage is a big resort with lots of lovely places to chill out – the beach, the bonfire, numerous restaurants and wonderful paths to wander around, all that to make sure you’ll never get enough of your stay, the nature around you, and the relaxing ambiance.

There’s variety of food for breakfast so even the picky people will find something suitable for themselves!

Sunset yoga at Paradis Plage – a wonderful experience!
Team warm-up before the surf class with the instructors from Paradis Plage

Marrakech, Riad Camilia

I have been to around 15+ riads in Marrakech and I must admit that Riad Camilia has an extraordinary vibe, spirit and design. My bestie and I were lucky to stay in the main suite which had a private patio, private entrance to the rooftop terrace, a big living room, and probably the best of all, a bathroom with an amazing bathtub and a patio view.

This is a very calm and peaceful riad, located far from the noise and crowded alleys of the medina, yet close to the Jamaa el Fnaa. If you wish to slow down and relax- you will have plenty of space on the terrace and inside the riad. My bestie took her time to read a book in one of the cozy spots on the first floor (as you can see in the pics below).

Riad Camilia is a perfect match for those who want to spend some time with themselves or with the closest friends, who want to enjoy great, homely atmosphere and a bit of luxury, and in the same time have peace and be close to the main attractions of the Red City.

Nico, who is the manager of the place, makes sure to spend some time with each guest, talk, help them when they need it, and give a piece of advice about the best places to visit. He, along with other team members, makes the place unique and pleasant to visit!

Ah, I have to mention that the food is really delicious. I really enjoyed the night dinners on the terrace, and the breakfasts accompanied by chirping birds. I wish I could have stayed longer…

Bathroom captured from the private patio of the main suite at Riad Camilia
My bestie reading a book in the beautiful Riad Camilia

Taroudant, Dar al Hossoun

The last (and the longest) stop during our intense south trip was Dar al Hossoun, a beautiful villa & bungalow complex located in the calm suburbs of Taroudant. This is a perfect place for nature lovers, who wish to stay away from big cities, and simply want to enjoy the nature, quiteness, and great food.

The suites are located in various places in the garden, so you can be sure that nobody bothers you when you wish to relax. There are hectares of gardens and land to discover, and they are home to many species or exotic birds, various plants, and cats.

Dar al Hossoun is a place with soul, thanks to the wonderful people working there, you will feel very welcome and at ease.

Last, but certainly not least, is the food. Ollivier and the chefs have come up with splendid recipes that you will not find anywhere else. They offer a fusion of mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine, with a modern touch. I am a real foodie, and have to say, me and my bestie had some of the best foods in our lives right in Dar al Hossoun!

I wrote about the story of this place HERE

Almost all bathrooms at Dar al Hossoun have suh a wonderful patio in the bathroom
In the garden of Dar al Hossoun

The itinerary for 6 full days

Day 1 – Marrakech

See the main attractions of The Red City. The Koutoubia mosque, the bewildering Jamaa el Fnaa, shop in the medina, and go for a juice or lunch to one of the numerous cafes in the medina & the city – check out this list of places to eat out by MarocMama.

My favorite places to visit in Marrakech & surroundings: Jarjeer Mules Sanctuary, Amal Restaurant, that employs women whose life situation has been difficult.

Jarjeer Mules Sanctuary near Marrakech

Day 2, 3, 4 – Sahara

What would be a trip to the south of the Kingdom without experiencing the natural wonder of nature, the Sahara?

I personally have been there a couple of times and can’t get enough of it! I love the mysterious silence on the desert, love the feeling of sand under my feet, the bonfire in the middle of the desert…

A dear friend of mine, Zack, organizes wonderful trips to the desert. During 3 days you will see the splendid Dades Valley and Todgha Valley and then see the sunset over the desert while riding a camel. That’s cool, right??

Read more here and contact me in case you have any questions about the Sahara excursion!

These will not be wasted days, trust me.

Book your Sahara excursion here.

Day 5, 6 – Essaouira

I think that it is essential to see various landscapes and see the different faces of Morocco.

Essaouira is the city of music, good food, and art. What is more it is called the windy capital of the Kingdom, and you can enjoy water sports all year long.

Essaouira is not so far from Marrakech (around 180km) and I think it is a perfect getaway from the hectic Marrakech.

If you choose Essaouira as the last spot during your trip, you don’t have to worry about missing your plane from Marrakech. It is around 3 hours ride, and the buses go quite often. I personally love CTM, but there are tens of other companies that you can choose.

View from Villa de l'O, Essaouira
Ocean view from the medina

Optionally, if you can extend your trip, here are some suggestions:

#1 Marrakech and the surroundings. I know that Marrakech is a very touristy but there are tons of wonderful things to do and to escape the touristy aspect of it!

#2 Ouzoud is another wonder of nature that is worth seeing. You can go there for one day trip from Marrakech, like I did. If you wish to go there, let me know so I can put you in contact with Zack.

Ouzoud

I hope you enjoyed this post! I will be posting more itineraries soon :)

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5 thoughts on “1 Week itinerary | the south of Morocco | incl Sahara desert camel trek & camp

  1. thanks for sharing this very great post! it’s full of very usefull information for people who want to travel to Morocco! keep up the great work!

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