Advice on route needed
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM Last Post By: schoki
Sep 18, 2012 12:27 PM
Advice on route neededHello everyone,
we have three weeks before we fly to Casablanca for 15 days. I've read quite a bit in this forum and even though we are quite experienced travellers we'd like to hear your advice on our route. Is it doable or just rushing through?
Day 1: Casablanca & bus to Essaouira
Day 2: Essaouira, surfing
Day 3: Essaouira
Day 4: Essaouira
Day 5: Essaouira
Day 6: taking bus from Essaouira to Marrakesh
Day 7: Marrakesh
Day 8: Marrakesh
Day 9: drive to Merzouga with a rental car (Dades or Todra gorge on the way)
Day 10: desert tour
Day 11: desert tour
Day 12: desert tour - start driving to Meknes
Day 13: continue drive to Meknes with stops in between (where?)
Day 14: Meknes
Day 15: Rabat - flight back from Casablanca late at night
Do we need more time for the drive from Marrakesh to Merzouga?
We have a rough idea of what we can do and want to see on the route. Do you know any must-sees and secret advice?
Any advice on good and cheap(ish) accomodation?
Sep 19, 2012 1:39 AM
1It is long way to drive from Marrakech to Merzouga in one day and if you want to visit Todra Gorge and Dades, take 2 days for this trip.
On the way to Meknes you can make overnight stop in Midelt. Don´t forget to make stop in Azrou for to search after monkeys and cedar tree and, what I liked much more than this was around 20 km after Azrou on the way against Meknes is one wonderful view it calls ITO, it is volcanic landscape. And Meknes, this city I liked very much so say hello to it from me, thanks, LOL.
Otherwise I think your itinerary seems good with a little more elaborate.
Sep 19, 2012 2:11 AM
2Marrakech to Ouarzazate (or Ait Benhaddou) is a good 4-5 hours. There's a balance between trying to make progress and going slow enough to see things as they pass in a blur, so I suggest you stay overnight at Kasbah Itran which is just north of El Kelaa M'Gouna. As you enter El Kelaa there's a wide triangle to your left with a road leading off through a shopping area. Take that road and keep going for about 5-8km.
Day 10 you can carry on, see the Dades and/or Todra gorges, and arrive at Merzouga. You only really need two nights there.
You could stop on the way north either at Midelt or (preferably) Azrou to see the wild monkeys.
As khamlia points out above, a nice spot to stop and look at the landscape is the Paysage d'Ito which is between Azrou and El Hajeb on the Meknes road.
Sep 19, 2012 11:35 AM
Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM
4Great, thank you for your advice.
So we'll definitively take two for the trip Marrakech to Merzouga.
I'll have a closer look at Midelt, Azrou and Paysage d'Ito. What you wrote sounds good - and it's right on our way. Btw, we've been thinking about going to Fés instead of Meknes. Do think it's worth the tiny detour? Is Fés a must-see or is Meknes a good and perhaps less touristy alternative?
lareadytogo mentioned ging to Agadir intstead of to Essouira. We want to have beach and surf time and read that Agadir is not agood spot for beginners. Plus the city is not as nice. What do you think about the two alternatives?
@TimCullis: You recommend staying in Merzouga for two nights. Most tours into the desert start early in the morning. So we thought it might be good to stay the night there. Does that make sense? And can you recommend a desert tour for two nights?
And one more question: Do you have good advice on hotels on our way (nice, clean and reasonably priced)?
(4 star Hotel)
From US$390.27 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$260.44 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$20.66 per night