Morocco

Entrance to the Medina in Fez

When: May 2010
Where: Morocco with a stop over in Spain
Who: RS and AM

In May 2010, me and my friends RS and AM went to Morocco for a week for the memorial day holiday. I had always wanted to go to North Africa and I was excited for my first serious taste of the Islamic Culture after our quick trip to Istanbul.

Because airfare directly to Morocco was so expensive, we ended up flying to Madrid and then taking a cheap Ryanair in and out of Morocco. This meant our first stop was a 24 hour layover in Madrid, Spain.

And of course, the always popular Google document:

Friday May 21

-LB and RS: 5:30pm – Flight out of Dulles Airport to Madrid

-AM:3:57 pm- flight out of National to Madrid

Saturday May 22

-LB and RS: 7:15am – Arrive in Madrid

-AM: 8:15 am – Arrive in Madrid

Meet at Cafetería Robot Londres in Terminal 1 of Madrid Airport – Past Baggage Claim.
Flemanco Show – 19:00 (7:00 Pm) (27 Euros – includes show and drink)

CORRAL DE LA MORERIA – MADRID

C/ Morería, 17

Getting there from the airport:

From terminals T1-T2-T3, take the metro L8 to Nuevos Ministerios stop, then change to
line L10 to Tribunal and finally change to line L1 to Gran Via.
Using the metro to go to the airport could take 45minutes aprox, take 1 hour to be sure
you don’t loose your flight.

*the taxi service from the airport is fast except in the morning when traffic jam can
make it difficult, the cost is around 25-30€ and it takes arount 20-30 minutes.*



Sunday May 23

-6:30am – Depart from Madrid

-7:45am – Arrive in Marrakesh

Transportation: Mohammed, my new best friend, is meeting us at the airport with his private taxi. He will be holding a sign with my name on it (600 dhs or 55 Euro)

Riad Amana (52 euro per night) 14. Rue Khader Ghailane – 44000 Essaouira, includes breakfast

Monday May 24

-Early morning back to Marrakesh from Essuaria

- Ali Ben Youssef Madersa

- Saadian Tombs

- Dinner

-Hamman (?)

“You can ask the cab driver to drive you to “Riad Larouss”: “Pharmacie populaire” and then call me on 00212 6 61 08 20 42 when you are there: someone from Riad Koubba will collect you and show you to the Riad.”

Hotel in Marrakesh: Riad Koubba (www.riad-koubba.com) – 85 euros (30 euros each) per night including breakfast

Riad Koubba – 27, derb Belbekar, Zaouia Lakhdar – Médina – Marrakesh – Marrakesh and its region – MOROCCO
Tel. 00212 6 61 08 20 42


Tuesday May 25 – Marrakesh

-Breakfast/ Orange Juice in Djemaa El Fma

- Late Morning/ Lunch in Souks

- Afternoon back in Djemaa El Fma

Hotel in Marrakesh: Riad Koubba (www.riad-koubba.com) – 85 euros (30 euros each) per night including breakfast

Riad Koubba – 27, derb Belbekar, Zaouia Lakhdar – Médina – Marrakesh – Marrakesh and its region – MOROCCO
Tel. 00212 6 61 08 20 42



Wednesday May 26

Leave Marrakesh for desert tour ($423 each)

8am (Reception) transfer across the highest Atlas road pass of Tizi-n-Tichka to Skoura. Detour along the route to visit the traditional Berber Village of Telouet and the Kasbah of el Glaoui, former Berber War Lord and Pasha of Marrakech. From Telouet there is the option (summer only) to cross the Old Trade Route via the pink salt mines and villages of the Ounila Valley to Ait Benhaddou; otherwise take the main highway. In Ait Benhaddou visit the World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, one of Morocco’s most spectacular ksours (fortified villages) that once stood on the route of the trans-Saharan caravan route through the Atlas mountains too the fondouks of Marrakech. Continue through Ouarzazate to Skoura. Converted Kasbah on HB (Half Board with dinner, bed and breakfast included)

Thursday May 27

8am transfer to Merzouga and the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi sand sea. Along the route pass through Kelaa Mgouna (valley of the roses) where, in Spring, Berber children line the route with garlands of the fragrant roses grown in the hedgerows for the French perfume industry. Time permitting, leave the main route at Tinghir to drive along the Todra gorge, passed palm groves and allotments, to the mouth of the Gorge (20m wide and 200m high). Continue through Erfoud and Rissani to Merzouga. Late afternoon camel trek with a desert guide for 1-2hrs to a desert camp where the camels are hobbled, mint tea is served and dinner is freshly prepared and served under the stars. Camel trek on HB (Half Board with dinner, bed and breakfast included)

Note: there are no facilities inside the Erg Chebbi desert dunes. Another option is an evening camel ride and a night in a hotel on the dune line. Most clients however prefer the camel trek for the experience of journeying across the sandy desert dunes to a desert camp and nomad tent for the night.

Friday May 28

Rise early to watch the sunrise and then camel trek back across the dunes to shower and prepare for departure. Transfer direct from Merzouga to Fes along the Ziz Valley Gorge and via Azrou and the cedar forests.

Arrive Fez from desert tour

Instruction from Helen from Fez-Riads:

Please ask your driver to take you to Ain Azleten in the north of the medina. He should phone the pension on 00212 (0) 535 637 303 as you’re approaching Fez so that staff can come to Ain Azleten to meet you.

Hotel in Fez: Pension Sekaya (around 36 Euros – 12 euros each)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293733-d1435866-Reviews-Pension_Sekaya-Fes.html

16 Sekayat Demnati | Zqaq Roumanne, Fes, Morocco

00212 (0) 535 637 303

Saturday May 29 – Fez

Hotel in Fez: Pension Sekaya (around 36 Euros – 12 euros each)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293733-d1435866-Reviews-Pension_Sekaya-Fes.html

16 Sekayat Demnati | Zqaq Roumanne, Fes, Morocco

00212 (0) 535 637 303

Things to do while in Fez:

-Medersas (theological colleges)

-Bou Inania on Talaa Kebira – LP says “one of the most important sights in Fez”

-Sahrij and Sbaiyine in Al-Andalous

-Seffarine (near Seffarine Square)

-The Mellah – Original Jewish Ghetto

-Ibn Danan Synagogue – built in the 17th century

-Funduqs – Caravanseries

-Sights in the medina:

-Bab Bou Jeloud – main gate at the medina

-Kairaouine Mosque and University – largest mosque in Africa and oldest university in the world (?)

-Nejjarine Square – see the fountain

-Kissariat – covered markets w slippers

-Chouwara Tanneries – animal-skin dying

-Attarine Medersa

-Batha Museum (Dh10) – sultan’s summer palace 19th century

-Chemmaine Souk – can buy fezzes here

-Ville Nouvelle – More modern/affluent neighborhood

-Drinks at the “seedy but undeniably enjoyable Le Marocain”

Sunday May 30

-6:00pm – Depart from Fez

-10:00pm – Arrive in Madrid



Monday May 31

-LB and RS: 11:05am – Flight from Madrid to Dulles

-AM: 12:35 pm – Flight from Madrid to National

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