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Fes Bab Boujeloud Carpet dealers in Meknès Meknès Medersa Bou Inania Zellige Kasbah Dadès Valley
Meknès Medersa Bou Inania Tajines Morocco Marrakech old man Olive grove near Volubilis

Our 9-day family trip to Morocco in April 2006 focussed on the royal cities, with a detour over the Atlas to the Dadès valley. This being the first visit to Morocco for all of us, we decided to follow a classic route.

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Travel Facts

Itinerary: Zurich - (Casablanca) - Rabat - Volubilis - Meknès - Fès - Atlas - Tinerhir - Todra and Dadès gorges - Ait Benhaddou - Atlas - Marrakech - Zurich

Other facts: Our trip was mostly booked via Globetrotter/Sierra Mar. We rented a Toyota Landcruiser Prado car from Hertz, which prove just big enough for the five of us and luggage. Gasoline (Eurodiesel) was easily available at the price of roughly 8 Dirham/liter. The most helpful guidebook was the Rough Guide on Morocco, with up to date information and useful maps, and just the right level of cultural/architectural background for me.

What I would do differently next time:
  • not visit all the royal cities - the medersas and souks start to look the same after a while, if seen in such short time
  • start with very touristy Marrakech, so that the tourist queues get shorter during the trip
  • spend more time in the South, especially make a trip to the desert
  • book directly over the internet next time - to get nicer places in some of the cities

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