Exploring Morocco

IMG_5012_PerfectlyClearMy amazing husband helped me reach my first travel goal this year: I wanted to visit 30 countries before turning 30.

Throughout the end of May and into June we made it, traveling to some countries that had long been on my list–Morocco and Portugal–and spending a day in southern Spain.

Our itinerary was based on a great deal of planning and travel blog recommendations about getting around and how much time to spend in different cities. I also downloaded a few travel guides on our Kindle, which were perfect for looking up information as we went along, especially when we didn’t have Internet access.

Morocco Itinerary

The agenda ended up looking something like this:

  • Day 1: Fly from Cleveland, Ohio to Marrakech, Morocco
  • Day 2-3: Spend time in Marrakech
  • Day 4: Round-trip bus to Essaouira; final night in Marrakech
  • Day 5: Train from Marrakech to Casablanca; half day and night in Casablanca
  • Day 6-8: Train from Casablanca to Fes; spend time in Fes
  • Day 9: Train from Fes to Tangier; round-trip ferry to Tarifa, Spain
  • Day 10: Fly from Tangier to Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 11: Round-trip train to Sintra, Portugal
  • Day 12-13: Spend time in Lisbon
  • Day 14: Fly from Lisbon, Portugal to Cleveland, Ohio

I was actually really happy with the amount of time we allocated each city, I just wish there had been more time overall. I would have loved to have taken a camel rides out into the Sahara to tent camp or to have rented a car to visit the ruins of Volubilis or the blue streets of Chefchaouen in Morocco, and I would have loved to have seen more of the country-side in Portugal.

I guess there’s always next time!

I’m going to write a little about each country in a series of posts and include some of our favorite moments– we have so many incredible pictures that tell a little about the people, the food, the atmosphere and the geography.

None of them come close to the way I felt watching the countryside go by our sun-warmed train window or feeling the cool air on my face as we rocked through the waves of the Mediterranean on our way to Spain. Or the terror I felt when we couldn’t get out of the Marrakech airport or the frustration I felt when we were harassed every step of our way through the Fes market about seeing the tanneries!

There were so many incredible memories. Here are just a few.

Things to Do in Marrakech
Looking out on the main square in Marrakech from the safety of a rooftop patio
Looking out on the main square in Marrakech from the safety of a rooftop patio
View of the vendors in the main square from our rooftop patio in Marrakech
View of the vendors in the main square from our rooftop patio in Marrakech
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Storks nesting in the old castle ruins in Marrakech
Beautiful pigments in a Marrakech market
Beautiful pigments in a Marrakech market
What to See in Essaouira
Along the port in Essaouira
Along the port in Essaouira
Standing on a paved walkway along the Atlantic Ocean in Essaouira
Standing on a paved walkway along the Atlantic Ocean in Essaouira
Sook in Essaouira
Souk in Essaouira
My husband captured this photo from our bus as we passed through a small town
My husband captured this photo from our bus as we passed through a small town
Goats in trees! on our bus ride to Essaouira
Goats in trees! on our bus ride to Essaouira
Exploring Casablanca and Fes
Hassan II mosque during our half-day trip to Casablanca
Hassan II mosque during our half-day trip to Casablanca
Incredible evening of food and music overlooking Fes
Incredible evening of food and music overlooking Fes
Enjoying a mid-afternoon break on the rooftop patio of our riad in Fes
Enjoying a mid-afternoon break on the rooftop patio of our riad in Fes
Beautiful patterns lined the mosques and schools in Old Fes
Beautiful patterns lined the mosques and schools in Old Fes
The tanneries in Fes from the comfort of a shop overlooking the UNESCO site
The tanneries in Fes from the comfort of a shop overlooking the UNESCO site
We hiked up one of the hills surrounding Fes for some awesome views of the city and countryside
We hiked up one of the hills surrounding Fes for some awesome views of the city and countryside
Snapping a pictures in the gardens outside Old Fes
Snapping a pictures in the gardens outside Old Fes
The Sights of Tangier
My poor husband was called Ali Baba by every time we walked through the sooks-- he found his namesake in Tangier
My poor husband was called Alibaba every time we walked through the souks– he found his namesake in Tangier
Although we opted not to go for a ride, my husband was given permission to take this photo on the beach in Tangier
Although we opted not to go for a ride, my husband was given permission to take this photo on the beach in Tangier

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