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Sunday, 16 May 2010

Marrakech, Morocco, Africa, Dec 2004

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World HeritageMarrakech is an interesting city with the very old Medina in which the Souk is a must-see, you should hire an official guide, as it is like a maze in the Souk. You will see many handicraft still being made the traditional way, carpets, lamps, oilament etc. Mosques are usually off-limit to non-muslims. You should visit some of the museums that show you the old religious school, collections of items used in the old days. If you have time, you should definitely visit the Berber villages (the first tribe to settle in what's known as Morocco today), also the desert and mountain.
Morocco's tourism is not very developed. It is difficult to even find a good map in each city, not readily available and not very well mark. There are plenty of cafe and some local restaurants, but if you want to find a nice looking restaurant by Western standard, you need to spend more time in locating them.

Day 1: London to Marrakesh
Day 2: Marrakech: Medina, Souk, Koutoubia Mosque, Place Jemaa el-Fna, The Souks, Ben Youseef Medersa, Koubba Ba' Adiyn, Rahba Kedima Old Square, Saadian Tombs, Palais Bahia, Dar Si Said Museum
Day 3: Marrakech: Ourika Valley
Day 4: Marrakech to Casablanca: Clock tower, Place des Nations Unies, Hotel Excelsior, Palais de Justice, Place Mohammed V, Eglise du Sacre Coeur, Hyatt Regency 
Day 5: Casablanca to Rabat: Avenue Hassan II, Hassan Tower, Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hotel Farah, Oudaia Kasbah, Place Jama Es Souna
Day 6: Rabat to Meknes: Imperial City, Bassin de l'Aguedal, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Medina
Day 7: Meknes/Volubilis/MoulayIdriss/Meknes
Day 8: Meknes to Fes: Medina, Fondouk el-Nejjarine, Bou Inania Medersa, Tanners Quarter, Karaouiyine Library, Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II, El-Attarine Medersa
Day 9: Fes: Rest
Day 10: Fes to Casablanca: Mosque Hassan II
Day 11: Casablanca to London

In hindsight, a better way to explores these cities is to fly into Marrakech and take the train to visit Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes (Volubilis) and Fes in that order. Then, fly out from Fes instead of Casablanca. 

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