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3 Weeks in Morocco: Discover the Magic of Morocco

From Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Chefchaouen, and Tangier.

A Week in Marrakech

Embarking on 3 weeks in Morocco offers an exhilarating blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. From the bustling souks of Marrakech to the serene blue streets of Chefchaouen, this journey unveils the diverse tapestry of Moroccan life. Experience the majestic Sahara, explore ancient Roman ruins, and wander through historic medinas. Each destination in this itinerary promises unique adventures, rich in tradition and splendor, ensuring an unforgettable Moroccan escapade. Make Morocco your first destination in the African continent!

Jemaa El Fnaa Marrakech 3 weeks in Morocco travel itinerary
Snake Charmers at Jemaa El Fnaa in Marrakech / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

How to Get Around Morocco

Navigating through 3 weeks in Morocco, you’ll find the train service slow but reliable, offering scenic routes between major cities. Alternatively, collective vans provide a more local experience, connecting you from one city to another. While buses are available, they are less recommended due to comfort and efficiency. Choose your mode of transport wisely to enhance your Moroccan journey.

Medina in Marrakech
3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Medina in Marrakech / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Evening Vibe at the Square

Begin your Marrakech adventure on Day 1 by checking into your accommodation and immersing yourself in the city’s lively charm. Meander through the bustling Medina in the evening, experiencing its unique energy. Enjoy a delightful dinner at a nearby restaurant, sampling traditional Moroccan flavors. Conclude your day with a relaxing evening tea on a rooftop terrace, offering a stunning view of Jemaa El Fnaa’s vibrant main square.

Day 2: Discovering the Heart of Marrakech

Begin your second day in Marrakech with a visit to the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa. Here, you’ll experience the city’s heartbeat amidst entertainers and bustling markets. Next, delve into the colorful souks, a paradise for unique crafts and souvenirs. Afterward, admire the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, a symbol of the city’s rich heritage. For lunch, choose a rooftop café and relish traditional Moroccan dishes while enjoying panoramic views. In the afternoon, explore the exquisite Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. End your day with a delightful dinner at a local restaurant, savoring the authentic flavors of the region.

3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary Ait Ben Haddou Movie Location
3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary – At Ben Ait Ben Haddou – Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia, and many more movies were made here.

Days 3-5: Sahara and Ouarzazate Exploration (3-Days Tour)

Begin your 3-day Sahara expedition from Marrakech, heading towards Tinghir. Your first captivating stop is Ait Benhaddou, not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a famed Hollywood backdrop, featured in recent films like “Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones”. Journey through the picturesque Valley of the Roses next. Day 2 leads you to the impressive Todra Gorges and the tranquil Oasis of Tinghir. The adventure continues to Erfoud, known for its bustling date market. The day’s highlight is at Merzouga, where a camel trek through the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes awaits. Spend the night under the stars at a Berber camp, enjoying a traditional Moroccan dinner and Berber music. The journey concludes with a scenic drive back to Marrakech, passing through the captivating Valley of Roses. This tour was extraordinary. The Sahara Dessert will leave you speechless! You can purchase the tour here.

Day 6: Unveiling Marrakech’s Serenity and Splendor

On Day 6, start your morning with a tranquil visit to the Majorelle Garden, a peaceful haven amidst the city’s hustle. Then, step into the world of fashion and art at the nearby Yves Saint Laurent Museum. For lunch, head to Gueliz, Marrakech’s modern quarter, where you can indulge in contemporary Moroccan cuisine. In the afternoon, wander through the lush Menara Gardens, a perfect spot for relaxation. Later, explore the historical ruins of El Badi Palace, a journey into the past. Conclude your day with a sumptuous farewell dinner at a renowned Marrakech restaurant, reflecting on your unforgettable journey.

Menara garden in Marrakech / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Menara Garden in Marrakech / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

Day 7: Ouzoud Waterfalls Adventure

On Day 7, leave Marrakech’s buzz for a refreshing day trip to Ouzoud Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the African continent, nestled near Tanaghmeilt in the Azilal province. Travel in an air-conditioned minibus, passing through Grand Atlas’s traditional towns and Berber villages. Upon arrival, spend about 4 hours at Ouzoud, surrounded by ancient olive trees. Enjoy swimming in the clear waters, spotting monkeys, and maybe even taking an optional boat ride. After a serene afternoon, head back to Marrakech, expecting to arrive around 6 PM. You can buy the ticket here.

Where to stay in Marrakech

In Marrakech, you’ll find a variety of accommodations that cater to different preferences, all conveniently located near the city center. For budget-conscious travelers, The Madrassa offers a cozy, friendly atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for those looking to save money while meeting fellow travelers. Those seeking mid-range accommodation can find comfort in Riad Jaime, where traditional Moroccan charm meets modern amenities, right in the heart of the Medina. For those desiring luxury, Royal Mansour provides an unparalleled experience with its exquisite design and top-notch service, ensuring a memorable and lavish stay.

Day 8: Discovering the Charms of Casablanca

Start your Day 8 in Casablanca by visiting the iconic Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. Then, take a leisurely walk along the scenic Corniche, a vibrant beachfront area. Next, explore the Anfa District, known for its upscale shops and cafes. For lunch, savor local seafood dishes at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Morocco Mall, the largest shopping center in Africa. End your day with a stroll through the Habous Quarter, immersing yourself in the traditional Moroccan architecture and local markets.

3 Weeks in Morocco
Hassan Mosque in Casablanca / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

Day 9: Unveiling the Heart of Casablanca

On Day 9, delve into Casablanca’s history by starting at the Old Medina, a bustling historic area. Wander through the narrow lanes and discover the hidden gems of the city. Next, head to the Mohammed V Square, a central hub adorned with impressive architecture. Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Sacre Coeur, an architectural marvel combining European and Moroccan styles. For lunch, enjoy authentic Moroccan cuisine at a restaurant in the city center. In the afternoon, explore the United Nations Square, a lively spot perfect for people-watching. Conclude your exploration of Casablanca with a relaxing evening at one of the local cafes.

Where to stay in Casablanca

In Casablanca, Chambre Royale Avec Toilette Interne offers budget-friendly, comfortable lodging near Casa Voyageurs Train Station. Another budget option is the Premiere Classe Casablanca Centre Ville provides good value with city views and proximity to key attractions like Hassan II Mosque. Those seeking luxury can choose Kenzi Tower Hotel in Maarif, boasting panoramic city views and upscale amenities like a hot tub and indoor pool.

Day 10: Immersing in Rabat’s Rich History

On Day 10, upon arrival in Rabat, begin at the Kasbah of the Udayas, a historic fortress offering stunning ocean views. Next, stroll down to the bustling Rabat Medina, a hub for local crafts and culture. Afterward, walk towards the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of modern Moroccan architecture. Nearby, explore the Hassan Tower, an iconic landmark of Rabat. For lunch, enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, relax in the Andalusian Gardens, a serene escape within the city. Finish your day with a walk along the Bou Regreg River, enjoying the peaceful riverside ambiance.

Hassan Tower in Rabat / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Hassan Tower in Rabat / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

Day 11: Delving Deeper into Rabat’s Charms

Start Day 11 with a visit to the Chellah Necropolis, an ancient Roman and medieval ruin, rich in history. Then, make your way to the Rabat Archaeological Museum to delve into Morocco’s ancient past. Next, head to the vibrant Agdal district, a perfect spot for lunch and to experience local life. In the afternoon, explore the contemporary side of Rabat by visiting the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Conclude your Rabat adventure with an evening stroll in the elegant Hay Riad neighborhood, known for its chic cafes and restaurants.

Where to stay in Rabat

Rabat offers various accommodations to suit all budgets. For a budget stay, Dar Oussama Rabat Medina stands out with its comfortable rooms and strategic location​​. Mid-range travelers can enjoy Riad Al Mazhar‘s quiet, friendly atmosphere​​. Those seeking luxury should opt for Sofitel Rabat Jardin Des Roses, known for its elegant rooms and panoramic views​​. All these options are centrally located and highly rated on Booking.com, ensuring a memorable stay in Rabat.

Day 12: Exploring the Historic Wonders of Meknes

Begin Day 12 in Meknes by visiting the impressive Bab Mansour Gate, a stunning example of Islamic architecture. From there, stroll to the nearby Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, one of Morocco’s most significant historical sites. Next, explore the Royal Stables and Granaries, a testament to the city’s past grandeur. For lunch, savor local delicacies at a traditional restaurant in the Medina of Meknes. In the afternoon, delve into the city’s rich history at the Dar Jamai Museum, showcasing Moroccan arts and crafts. Conclude your day with a relaxing walk in the El Hedim Square, the lively heart of Meknes, surrounded by cafes and shops.

Meknes / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Meknes / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary

Day 13: Unveiling Meknes’ Cultural and Natural Beauty

On Day 13, start at the Meknes Medina, immersing yourself in the vibrant market atmosphere. Wander through the narrow lanes, discovering artisanal treasures. Then, head to the beautiful Bou Inania Madrasa, an architectural marvel. Afterward, enjoy a peaceful stroll in the Agdal Basin, a historic water reservoir surrounded by gardens. For lunch, choose a café overlooking the basin, offering scenic views and tasty cuisine. In the afternoon, visit the Heri es-Souani, the city’s granary and stable complex, showcasing Meknes’ historical significance. End your exploration of Meknes with a sunset view from one of Medina’s rooftop terraces, reflecting on the city’s timeless charm.

Where to stay in Meknes

For an affordable stay in Meknes, consider Hotel Akouas, which offers a convenient location and free Wi-Fi. For a mid-range option, Hotel Swani provides contemporary, air-conditioned rooms with an à la carte restaurant. If you’re seeking luxury, Château Roslane Boutique hôtel & Spa is set on a large estate, offering an outdoor pool and a spa, ensuring a lavish experience.

Day 14: First Glimpses of Fes’ Splendor

Start Day 14 with your arrival in Fes. Begin exploring at the Bab Boujloud, the famous blue gate leading into the heart of the city. Next, wander through the vibrant Fes el Bali Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bustling with artisans and markets. Visit the renowned Al-Qarawiyyin University, the world’s oldest, founded in 859 AD. For lunch, enjoy traditional Fassi cuisine at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the Chouara Tannery, witnessing the unique process of leather dyeing. Finally, relax in the Jnan Sbil Gardens, a serene escape from the city’s hustle.

Volubilis / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Volubilis in Morocco

Day 15: Deep Dive into Fes’ Rich Culture

On Day 15, delve deeper into Fes. Start at the Dar Batha Museum, showcasing Moroccan arts. Then, visit the ornate Bou Inania Madrasa, an architectural gem. Wander through the Jewish Quarter, known as Mellah, with its unique history. Lunch at a café in the area, sampling local dishes. In the afternoon, explore the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts, located in a beautifully restored funduq. End your day with a stroll around the Royal Palace of Fes, admiring its grandeur from the outside.

Day 16: Volubilis and Moulay Idriss Excursion

Day 16 takes you on a day trip to Volubilis, a well-preserved Roman city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its ancient ruins and mosaics. Next, journey to the nearby town of Moulay Idriss, a significant Islamic pilgrimage site. Spend time wandering through this charming town, soaking in its spiritual atmosphere. Enjoy lunch at a local eatery, trying regional specialties. Return to Fes in the late afternoon, bringing back memories of Morocco’s rich history and culture. You can purchase your ticket here in advance.

Where to stay in Fes

In Fes, for budget-friendly accommodation, Dar Hafsa offers a cozy and well-located stay. It’s ideal for travelers watching their expenses while wanting to be close to the city’s attractions. For a mid-range option, Riad Farah is an excellent choice, providing comfort and authentic Moroccan décor in a convenient location. For a luxurious experience, Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda stands out. It combines traditional architecture with modern amenities, offering a swimming pool and spa in the heart of Fes’s Medina.

Day 17: Discovering the Blue City – Chefchaouen

On Day 17, arrive in the enchanting town of Chefchaouen. Begin your exploration at the Plaza Uta el-Hammam, the heart of the city, lined with cafes and shops. Next, visit the iconic Kasbah Museum in the center of the square. Here, delve into the history and culture of the region. For lunch, choose a local restaurant and try Moroccan tagine. In the afternoon, meander through the blue-washed streets of the Medina, capturing picturesque moments. Later, explore the Ras Elma River area, where the water’s soothing sounds add to the city’s serene ambiance.

Chefchaouen Blue City Morocco
Chefchaouen is Morocco’s Blue City

Day 18: Further Exploration of Chefchaouen

Start Day 18 with a hike to the Spanish Mosque, offering panoramic views of Chefchaouen. The morning light provides perfect photo opportunities against the blue city backdrop. Return to the town and visit the Outa El Hammam Square again for more exploration. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the rooftop restaurants overlooking the Medina. In the afternoon, spend time shopping for unique local crafts, such as wool garments and woven baskets. Conclude your Chefchaouen adventure with a relaxing evening stroll through its peaceful streets, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere of this beautiful blue city.

Where to stay in Chefchaouen

For budget-conscious travelers, Hotel Souika offers comfortable accommodations in the historical center of Chefchaouen. It’s well-reviewed for its location and convenience. For those looking for mid-range options, Hotel Alkhalifa is a popular choice, set in traditional architecture and praised for its great location and friendly staff. If you’re seeking luxury, Dar Jasmine provides a more upscale experience with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, garden, and restaurant, offering mountain views and top-notch services.

Day 19: Arrival and Discovery in Tangier

On Day 19, travel to the vibrant city of Tangier. Start your adventure at the bustling Grand Socco, a lively market square. From here, venture into the Tangier Medina, a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with history. Next, visit the Kasbah Museum in the old Sultan’s palace to explore the city’s rich past. For lunch, enjoy local seafood at a café near the Port of Tangier. In the afternoon, stroll along the Bay of Tangier beachfront, enjoying the sea breeze. End your day with dinner at a restaurant offering traditional Moroccan dishes and live music.

Day 20: Tangier’s Cultural Highlights

Begin Day 20 at the famous Cave of Hercules, just outside Tangier, where myth and nature meet. Return to the city and explore the American Legation Museum, showcasing the historical ties between Morocco and the United States. Next, wander through the vibrant Cap Spartel area, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local eatery. Spend your afternoon in the artistic Marshan neighborhood, known for its galleries and cafes. Conclude your day with a relaxing evening walk in the Mendoubia Gardens, a tranquil spot in the heart of Tangier.

Tangier / 3 Weeks in Morocco Itinerary
Medina in Tangier

Day 21: Farewell to Tangier

Enjoy a leisurely morning at one of the city’s charming cafes on your final day in Tangier. Take this time to reflect on your Moroccan journey or shop for souvenirs in the Medina. Depending on your departure time, have a final stroll along the beach or visit any spots you may have missed in the city. Depart from Tangier, carrying memories of a vibrant and diverse Moroccan adventure. From Tangier, you can take a ferry to Tarifa in Spain for an hour. 

Where to stay in Tangier

In Tangier, accommodation choices range from budget-friendly to luxurious. For an affordable stay, consider Dar Gara, a well-renovated bed and breakfast in the city center, known for its cozy beds and tasty breakfast. For a mid-range option, Marina Bay offers a wonderful experience with its outdoor swimming pool and excellent location near the beach. For those seeking luxury, Riad Dar Saba – Saba’s House in the Old Medina is an exceptional choice, offering air-conditioned rooms and a terrace, all in an elegant setting.

Concluding your 3 weeks in Morocco, you’ll leave with memories of vibrant markets, ancient cities, and warm hospitality. This journey is more than a trip; it’s a vibrant plunge into a rich, cultural tapestry. Morocco’s beauty, from its bustling cities to tranquil mountains, will linger in your heart, calling you back to its enchanting landscapes and timeless charm.

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