Sunset in Marrakech, Morocco

A Quick And Minty Journey To Morocco

Hello, how do you like your journey to Morocco so far?” Out of all the things people called to us on the streets of Morocco, this is the one that stuck with me. As I laid awake the last morning, listening to the call to prayer, I thought about all the times I’ve dreamed of visiting Morocco and how I couldn’t believe I was actually there. I’ve mostly ignored any calls on the street, but that time I wanted to turn around and say “it’s fucking awesome, man!”. I once named Morocco as one of my top three dream destinations. Even though my expectations were high, even though it was a quick and fairly rushed trip, I had an amazing time. 

I was worried I wouldn’t like it, that it would disappoint me or that Marrakech will be too overwhelming. But the minute I landed in the chaotic Jemaa el-Fnaa square to witness the explosion of colour, smells and sounds, my worries disappeared, especially I realized my anxiety levels weren’t higher than usual. 😄 Feeling confident, I set off the next day to explore Marrakech and see some of its sights. That confidence lasted the whole trip and I didn’t have any problems whatsoever. In fact, I loved every single minute of my first time outside of Europe. 

Well, I talked too much in what was supposed to be a picture post about an insanely beautiful country. Here are a few of my favorite photos from this trip. Don’t worry, this will be the first post in a series of many others , you’ll soon be begging me to write about something else too. 😂

Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech, Morocco
Medersa Ben Youssef was high on my Morocco wishlist and it was as beautiful as I imagined.
Market in Marrakech, Morocco
We had a juice from one of the many juice stalls in Djemaa El Fna, before learning from a local guide that we shouldn’t do that. Oops. At least none of us got sick ๐Ÿ˜‰
Argan trees, Morocco
Argan trees near Essaouira
Essaouira Citadel, Morocco
The Essaouira citadel, or for Game of Thrones fans, Astapor.
Camel on the beach in Essaouira, Morocco
A cheeky camel who looked straight into the camera. Guess she was used to the attention.
Essaouira, Morocco
The incredibly beautiful and relaxed Essaouira
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The freezing Atlas Mountains
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Welcome to Ait Ben Haddou or for Game of Thrones fans, Yuncai. Yes, some of us were in heaven there!
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
The views from Ait Ben Haddou were breathtaking!

Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech

I left Morocco after a few amazing days, without that feeling of dread I usually get when I am waiting to board a plane to head home. Maybe it’s because we had already talked about returning soon enough (for at least two more trips). Or maybe it’s because I knew there was a DC superhero crossover waiting for me back home. *hits play*

Have you ever been to Morocco? What was your favorite part?

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  • I have such mixed views about going. I’d love to go because it looks so beautiful, but I’ve heard so many negative things about the filth, the stench, the constant need to negotiate or be bothered by people. You make it sound so delightful. Can’t wait to read more! #CityTripping

    • I was nervous before the trip exactly for the reasons you’ve mentioned. I was impressed when it comes to cleanliness. The newer part of town is super clean, while the medina with all the tourists and souks is dirty, but not as dirty as I imagined – the parts I’ve visited at least. In the main square I saw they were constantly cleaning it.

      You can’t really escape the haggle, as it’s part of their culture. You can not shop in the souks or go to fixed price shops. For souvenirs most of them have fixed prices and if you find it reasonable, you can choose not to haggle.

      We weren’t bothered by people, more than the calls to get us to visit their shops, which I just took as part of their culture. But if you ignore them, they’ll leave you alone. Then again, we were a group of 7 and I think that helped.

  • Wow and wow! Your photos are amazing! First time outside Europe? That is awesome. I have wanted to visit Morocco for a very long time. Like you, I am afraid to get dissapointed. I have read good things about the country but I have also read bad things. Will like to read more about your experience. #citytripping

    • Thanks, Ruth! I have a new post where I talk about some first time tips and why I think my trip was a success ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m impressed you managed to see so much of Morocco. I have only been to Marrakech but would have loved to see the Atlas mountains. Great photos #citytripping

    • Well to be honest, I saw a bit from a lot of places, haha. I’m dying to go back, the Atlas mountains are stunning.

  • I’ve got to admit that I prefer Fes to Marrakech: I love the sounds and sights and smells but after a while I find it a bit too overwhelming. I’d love to get to Ait Ben Haddou one day, looks the most amazing place. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • I’ve added Fes on my list after seeing some pictures from the medina – beautiful! You’d love Ait Ben Haddou! I wish I had more time there to wander around at my own pace.

  • It’s my top-3 too! But I am waiting up for a 2-week journey, to hit up all the musts. It so great that you had a good time, especially bc I started to worry about the hype after Alaine wasnt all that zazzed about her trip.

    • I’d rather do three short and great trips, rather than stay for 2 weeks and end up feeling disappointed by one place or another (Allane said that’s probably why she didn’t like some parts of her trip)

      • Innnnnteresting. The only time I’ve ever done a two-week trip to one destination was Crimea 2014. And save for my accommodation (which was as roughing-it as it gets for a non-backpacking trip), which I was ready to ditch a week in, the rest of the time went like a breeze sans disappointments. I am now planning a 2-week trip to essenatially one area of France for this summer….

  • Els Mahieu

    Gorgeous pics! I’m in love with Morocco too! Walking around the medina early morning when everything is still quiet, is one of my favourite moments! Visited the north and Marrakech so far, but hope to make it to the Atlas mountains soon.

    • I need to wake up early and walk around the medina next time I’m in Marrakech, I regret not taking too many pictures on its streets.

  • Dorothee Baur

    Beautiful pictures! I’m thinking about visiting Morocco in January, it’s a country I wamted to go to for such a long time already ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just a tiny little bit worried that I might be overwhelmed by eb=verything, you hear such different stories of people who visit…

    • I think January is a good month to visit, less crowds, people are more relaxed. If you travel with a few other people, I’m sure you’ll have a good time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Therese

    I love the camel pic. Hubby & I have just been discussing where to travel to in 2017 & a tour of Spain/Portugal/Morocco was on the list. I was just a bit hesitant because I didn’t know what to expect and was also a little concerned about safety. You’ve made it sound very enticing. Did you always feel quite safe there?

    • I’ve always felt safe, even when I got lost at night on the streets of the medina and ended up on a dirty street where we were the only tourists. However, I was traveling with six other friends, so I think this helped, I probably wouldn’t have felt safe all the time if it was just me or if I was with only one other person.

  • Stunning photographs, you did a great job. I’m certainly considering a trip to Morocco in the near future, and this post is really inspiring. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much!

    • Thank you, glad to hear I inspired you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Travel Sisters

    Your photos are stunning. Have yet to visit Morocco but hopefully soon.

    • Thank you, I hope you can visit soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Anisa Alhilali

    Morocco is definitely on my list. Your pictures are wonderful. I really love all the colors. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laryssa Gobets

    We were in Morocco about 10 years ago before I had a good camera. Your photos are bright and colorful. We were only there for a few hours and now you have made me want to go back again. #TheWeeklypostcard

    • Morocco is a very beautiful and colorful country. I can’t wait to go back and visit other cities.

  • I know an American travel blogger who moved to Marrakech. I always wondered what made her do that, but after reading your post and seeing your beautiful pictures I understand. It’s an ‘insanely beautiful’ country as you pointed out. I added this to my ‘dream travel destinations’ too, Vlad.

    • I’ve read of people who moved to Marrakech too. I probably wouldn’t enjoy living there, but as a travel destination I’m sure it will become one of my favorites. We’re lucky to have so many cheap flights from Europe nowadays (although not from Romania)

  • I am sooooo happy that you enjoyed your trip! I knew you were going to love Marrakech, it’s impossible not to, that city is amazing. I wish I could have visited Essaouira, but next time I will make sure to go there. Your pictures are stunning, especially the one of the Medersa Ben Youssef, what an incredible place isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I loved Medersa Ben Youssef, I couldn’t go to Marrakech and not see it, haha. I was sad the pool in the courtyard didn’t have any water, I was planning on taking some reflection shots, haha.

  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    I did a similar trip to you, about ten years ago. Morocco’s incredible! I loved Marrakech but found the pace at Essaouira more calming. I didn’t make it to the Atlas Mountains though, which I now regret. Something for next time! #citytripping

    • Essaouira is a lot more relaxing, I would have loved to stay more days there, it felt like a whole different country than Marrakech, haha.

  • Finding Lala

    I’m headed to Morocco in a couple of weeks so I was super excited to come across this post! I love your pics – makes me even more excited

    • Thank you, I hope you’ll have a great time in Morocco ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Agness

    I absolutely love the local architecture of Morocco. The streets are filled with so many colours! You can never get depressed there, I believe it!