I don’t have any idea where my travel to Morocco from Saudi Arabia can lead me, but what I am sure is I am delighted to cherish my solitude. I have heard about Morocco’s best places to visit and off the beaten path from my fellow travelers across the globe but what makes me curious enough to travel this country is the true meaning of Moroccan’s culture and my extinct has just gotten strong and strong every day and that I said YES.

Morocco

I have friends who disagree everything I have thought about Morocco. But now, I can definitely tell them that they are wrong, totally wrong and I just don’t give a care now.

I walked down from a near perfect architectural designs of the buildings that were built in the city of Rabat, got confused of which tram to ride, an understandable shower conversation that I had with the locals and the experience of being left at the bus station in Ifrane from a 9 degree celsius temperature and those loving care from Moroccans to help me when I just don’t know where to go. Those are priceless yet I am convinced to the reality that this country has a lot more to offer. Sticking to the original plan and I chose Marrakesh to be my home temporarily during my stay, It was a stand point that opened my eyes to love this country more and more.

 

What You need to Know about Marrakesh

Marrakesh is not the capital city of Morocco but it is popular than Rabat. I came from Casablanca airport and the first city that I received recommendations from digital nomads Facebook group is Marrakesh.I want to know why I received a lot of recommendations for other places in Morocco as a traveler.I took nearly 4 hour travel time from Casablanca’s Gare de Oasis train station to finally arrived at Gare de Marrakesh.It is a highly populated city that lies at the heart of the country and connects major cities and towns that are accessible to tourists with the cheap cost of living. I was impressed how business was put to make a lot easier for tourist to get access from ATM, restaurants, hotels, transportation, and even sim card activation.

Souq Medina and Jemaa el Fna are the most common tourist attractions in the city. But are these places worth? Absolutely.To give a little bit of explanation, Souqs are the traditional marketplaces and often divided into various markets from spice sellers, tanners or food stalls. But those dark streets and the haggling shopkeepers can be daunting but always remember to be vigilant and use your common sense.

Speak Moroccan Arabic or French

 

A middle eastern Arabic, huh? I want to clear it out that the most well-used languages in Morocco are Berber, Arabic, and French. Well, here is the catch, for those travelers who speaks Arabic, there will be no issue in speaking but there will be an instance that you don’t understand the response. Middle eastern Arabic is quite different from Moroccan Arabic. Sounds weird right? Alright, if you don’t speak any of them aside from English and your own mother tongue, here is what I can tell you. Young Moroccans or I may say the educated ones can speak English fluently. But expect that when talking to the locals will definitely give you a headache. I am sure you can find a lot of people that can understand you. So asking questions when you are not sure will definitely give you answer.

What about Spanish, huh? Okay, I met some locals who can talk and understand Spanish but rare. Most of them do live in northern parts of the country like Tanger, Tetouan, or Chefchoean. So when it was hard to me to speak French, I literally introduced myself that I speak Spanish. Spanish and French are common because they are based in Latin. You can take a chance to speak, if that works then you will have a good day ahead.

Explore Nearby Places First

 

While excursions and tour agents were aggressive in taking you to different places in Morocco, you can start a DIY tour around the city where you stay. I stayed in Marrakesh, so an excursion around the city was easy for me. Souks, Jemaa el Fna, and mouth watering foods that you can try are some of the things that you can do. Save time and money as well!

To add on, I would recommend visiting Ouarzazate where a lot of films chose this location. It is more than just a location that you fell in love with these movies, but an awareness about Moroccans history and how Berbers lived in those days. It brought me a lot of realization, deep knowledge about how they survived through those times, spending their lives in the deserts while keeping their cultures up to this day.

Next, you will fall in love with Essoiuera, where the famous Argan oil is produced and sold. More than a hundred kilometers travel from Marrakesh, you can choose an excursion for less than 30 EU on a day trip with comfortable tourist bus together with other tourists. However, you need to be careful in paying a fee to these agents because some people may ask you a lot more than the price. Essaouira is another place where Game of Thrones Astapor filmed its location. Along the corridor of the scala is the cannon row where more than a dozen Portuguese canons remain pointed out to the sea.

I am telling you, chances are if you pay a visit to either of these two cities, you will feel that you are also part of these movies.

All About Beach in Agadir

 

While old Kasbahs and souqs are dominants in Morocco, Agadir

will take you to a place where the beach and a slow pacing life can be challenging. For me, Agadir is all about the beach. Morocco’s prime resort and Europeans holidaymakers flock here every year particularly during winter when there is still blue skies and sunshine. Taghazout is getting popular among digital nomads and travelers who loves surfing and work remote at the same time.

You can take a flight and bus to Agadir if you don’t have a car with you. You can take a public bus from Marrakesh as low as 10 EU for one way.

 

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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