MOROCCO is magical! I visited Marrakesh and the High Atlas mountains with my husband and kids for Spring Break years ago. I had always wanted to return to see the other fascinating cities of Fes, Rabat, and Essaouira. Morocco is a captivating destination for adventurous and patient travelers – getting around the country to anywhere besides Marrakesh requires connecting flights through Casablanca or very long drives – 8-10 hours days. The drives are incredible with gorgeous landscape and village after village living what appears to be a still a very primitive life.
While Marrakesh can easily be a long weekend for those seeking a cosmopolitan and romantic escape complete with dining, shopping, spa and night life, for travelers wanting to see the rest of the country, count on at least a week for adventures from the High Atlas mountains to a tented camp in the Sahara.
The perfect start is to fly into the capital Rabat (or if necessary into Casablanca for a night at the new lovely Four Seasons) or a 90 minute drive to Rabat, the serene, lush and spotless capital of the country. Because the Royal Palace is here and all of the embassies, Rabat is very beautiful and polished – this makes for the perfect way to “ease” into what will feel in some cases like a chaotic Morocco.
I loved the 12 room perfectly positioned Villa Difaya – lovely gardens, a superb restaurant, an excellent fitness center, and spa with hammam. Additionally families will love the two bedroom private villa.
FES – What an authentic, marvelous, and raw city. Fes is like Marrakech with out the European influence. One feels that they have really arrived in Morocco here. The markets, the artisans, the history, the food and the Riad Fes are all special highlights. Arriving to Riad Fes is quite mysterious and exciting. An original Riad surrounded by 4 other newer Riads built it the same historic architecture and tradition.
ESSAOUIRA – Is a fabulous ancient port town which should not be missed. Some of the weeks best images were captured here on my iPhone so don’t miss it now, or when you go to Morocco!