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Trip Report Morocco Highlights

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My husband and I just got home from 5 days in Morocco on the end of our walking the Camino Portuguese. I am not writing a formal trip report but did want to make a few comments and review some services we used in order to help anyone else planning a trip to Morocco.

Marrakech- we stayed three nights in a lovely, small riad in the medina, called Dar Rocmarra. Communicating via email were always promptly answered and they arranged transportation to and from the airport for us. Our room was small but lovely with a nice private bath. The common spaces were very charming with a roof top Terrace where we took several meals prepared by staff. Meals were very tasty. Staff were very helpful with maps, directions to sights and restaurants. The riad only has 5 rooms and the nights we were there, we were the only guests. Would recommend.

We did a Marrakech walking tour one day with Desert Majesty. Tour was good, but a little pricey for the time spent. Most of what we saw you can do on your own, though our local guide did get us in to a few areas to watch baking and other craftspeople he knew where we could take pictures comfortably.

Essaouira- we took a day tour through Viator, leaving from Marrakech. This was a good day tour, just 4 of us with the driver and a guide. The guide was very knowledgable about Morocco and answered questions well. We stopped at a women's cooperative to see them produce Argan Oil for cosmetics and that was very cool. The tour of the harbor and fish stalls was incredible. The tour through the walled town and shops was fascinating. We had 3 hours after to explore on our own and walked the beach, watching the camels, walking back through the fish stalls and people watching. Very good value for the price and a fascinating day. The drive was about 2 hours each way and the villages and countryside were endlessly fascinating.

Two day trip with Desert Majesty from Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains to Zagora. This is a LONG drive but wow, so much to see. Once in Zagora, we met our camels for an hour camel ride into a camp in the dunes for an overnight. Food was great, the tents were comfortable and the whole experience was a blast. We stopped on the way back to Marrakech at the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ben Haddou. Beautiful, unique spot where several movies have been shot. The price for this Desert Majesty excursion was reasonable for two days, all food, camel rides, overnight tent, and a fantastic driver who got us safely over those mountain roads and shared a lot about Morocco and all the groups of people who call it home. highly recommend but not if you are prone to car sickness and hate long drives.

We flew to and from Madrid on Ryanair and flights were on time and without a problem. Flight time is under 2 hours each way. Happy to answer any specific questions.

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