Morocco… the land of magic carpets, camel rides, and mint tea! For those of you who didn’t know, I just led my first ever adventure tour through my new baby, Life Over Stuff Tours! About 9 months ago I asked my Instagram followers if they’d want to travel with me if I organized an adventure somewhere around the world, and you guys said yes! So after a few polls, we finally decided on Morocco for the 1st trip and it was definitely a week full of adventure!
This was my third time in Morocco in 3 years (can you tell I love this place!?) and after these three experiences, I feel that I came up with the perfect 1 week Morocco itinerary. Now I want to note: this itinerary doesn’t include Marrakech which honestly, deserves its own trip. But the reason I didn’t include it in this itinerary is because we only had a week to travel, and I feel this route make the best use of your time and allows you to truly experience Morocco’s diversity and see a lot in one trip!
So here it is, my 1 Week Morocco Itinerary:
Day 1 and 2: Fes
Start by flying in to Fes and book yourself a traditional riad on Airbnb because this is hands down the best way to stay in Fes! Not only do you get to sleep amongst incredible architecture but they often come with a guard and staff who will help you with whatever you need and many come with a delicious traditional breakfast in the price, like ours did. Our Airbnb was stunning and if you’d like to book it, check it out here! Bonus points if you book a riad with a rooftop so you can enjoy an amazing view of the medina 🙂
Once you’ve rested and are ready for a full day of exploring, put on some good walking shoes and hire a local guide to help you navigate the maze that is the medina of Fes! Fes is home to the largest medina in the world so trust me when I say having a guide will be a lifesaver.
First thing on the list should be visiting the tanneries of Fes. The tanneries are a great way to witness one of the oldest practices in Morocco, and learn about how they naturally tan and die the leather that’s sold in the markets with flowers. But beware, the tanneries smell pretty bad so make sure to bring a scarf to cover your nose!
Next it’s time to explore the local artisan shops, since Fes is the artisan capital of Morocco and there’s no better place to do it! You don’t have to buy anything when visiting these shops, but if you decide to make sure that you bargain. I recommend paying about half of the price they start out at, but also take into consideration the amount of time and skill that goes into these beautiful handcrafts.
The other highlight of Fes is its stunning architecture… and there’s plenty of it! Below is the Royal Palace, which has some of the most beautiful architecture in Fes. This was one of my favorite places to shoot and was surprisingly not crowded!
At the end of the day, head to the top of the city to take in the view over Fes. You can walk up here but it’s quite a hike, so if you’re not in the mood for a workout you can hire a taxi or driver to take you up here 🙂
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
Day 3 and 4: Desert Camel Tour
If there’s one takeaway from this blog, I hope it’s that you don’t come to Morocco without experiencing the beauty of the Sahara. I’ve been on two desert tours in the desert now, and both times were incredibly magical and peaceful experiences! From Fez, you can do a 2 day camel tour to Merzouga, which is the most iconic part of the Sahara with bright red sand dunes. We went with Fuma Tour Travel which offered a great price and the service was awesome! Aziz the manager and our driver Abdel were so kind and helpful and made the experience great!
It’ll be a lengthy 7 hour or so drive out to the desert, but you’ll have plenty of stops along the way to eat and stretch your legs. And once you arrive, you’ll get to rest and relax with some mint tea before starting your hour long camel ride at sunset to the desert camp!
One of the best parts is you’ll get to stop right before sunset to explore the dunes and take some photos, which I highly recommend!
At night you’ll have a delicious Moroccan meal and then get to listen to the local Berber people play some music around a campfire under the stars, which is an unforgettable experience. And if you’re like me, you’ll befriend the Berber guys and stay up light talking to them and learning about each others lives 🙂
Day 5: Chefchaouen
I can’t express enough how much I loved exploring Chefchaouen, also known as the Blue Town! This place has been blowing up on social media and Pinterest and I was a little worried it would be filled with tourists, and though there were a lot I felt you could still get away from the crowds and experience the peacefulness of this magical mountain town. It’s not very big so you don’t need much time to see it, which is why I only have being here for 1 day, but you could do more if you had the time!
We stayed at the cutest Airbnb called La Petite Maison Blue with the sweetest host named Jawad. Staying here was one of the highlights of the trip for me! I think one of the best parts of visiting Morocco is meeting amazing locals and getting a glimpse into their world and how kind and generous they can be. How cute is this home!? Brb, moving in.
Once you’ve dropped your bags go straight to hitting the streets and spend the whole day exploring! I ended up meeting a local shop owner who offered to show us around and he ended up spending two hours taking us to all the prettiest spots in town, and we just gave him some money for his time and took a look at his shop at the end. I never felt pressured in this town and found the people to be so nice!
Chefchaouen is also a great place to shop for handmade goods, which are also cheaper here than they are in Marrakech or Chefchaouen!
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
Day 6: Asilah
For our last stop we traveled to Asilah, a small beach town just south of Tangier. I chose this town over Tangier because it’s more quiet and relaxing and has a beautiful medina right on the ocean! We stayed at yet another gorgeous Airbnb with the most beautiful architecture and design that was such a nice place to end our trip. You can check it out here 🙂
I need to hire this lady to come decorate my future home because holy wow!
I didn’t take too many photos in Asilah because sometimes I like to put away my camera and just take in the place, but here are a few I snapped on my iPhone of the Greece-like white town!
And at the end of the day, head to the beach for sunset to enjoy the ocean and see the medina from the shore 🙂
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
Day 7: Fly home from Tangier (TNG)
Enjoy your last morning overlooking the ocean and have a relaxing breakfast at your Airbnb before flying home!
I hope you all found this guide helpful and please comment below if you use these tips for your own trip to Morocco! And if you’re not already, make sure to follow along on Instagram at @lifeoverstuff to get updated when I share new guides, and if you found this guide helpful please share one of these images below to Pinterest! 🙂