51 days in Morocco Itinerary

51 days in Morocco Itinerary

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51 days in Morocco Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Tram + Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Casablanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
El Jadida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Marrakech
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Essaouira
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Agadir
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
6
Merzouga
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h
7
Nador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Fes
— 7 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
9
Chefchaouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Tangier
— 5 nights
Fly + Tram:  5 h
End: Lyon

5
nights
Casablanca

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Plage Lalla Meriem and Jardin Zoologique de Rabat. Get a sense of the local culture at Hassan II Mosque and Russian Orthodox Church. Explore Casablanca's surroundings by going to Rabat (Kasbah des Oudaias & Chellah). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at Grains de Sel, Le Kiosque Gourmand, examine the collection at Museum of Moroccan Judaism, and look for gifts at Mooi.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Casablanca planner .

Lyon, France to Casablanca is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Casablanca due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lyon in July, you will find days in Casablanca are little chillier (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to El Jadida.

Things to do in Casablanca

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rabat
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Chellah ©
Chellah

3
nights
El Jadida

El Jadida ©
Resting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, El Jadida seamlessly blends Moroccan and European cultural influences and remains a remarkable example of how Portuguese colonists integrated Renaissance ideals into their construction technology.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosquee de la Cite Portugaise and Shrine of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lagoon of Oualidia and Marche Lalla Zahra. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Haouzia Beach, stroll through Plage Sidi Abed, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Chaibia Talal.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read El Jadida day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Casablanca to El Jadida in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Casablanca in July, expect nights in El Jadida to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marrakech.

Things to do in El Jadida

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lagoon of Oualidia, Shrine of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss
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Plage Sidi Abed ©
Plage Sidi Abed
Haouzia Beach ©
Haouzia Beach
Shrine of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss ©
Shrine of Rabbi Abraham Moul Niss

9
nights
Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Head to Ensemble Artisanal and 6.4 Galleryfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, make a trip to Jemaa el-Fnaa, and relax in sumptuous surroundings at local Arab baths.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip planner .

Getting from El Jadida to Marrakech by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from El Jadida in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Arab Baths
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna

7
nights
Essaouira

Essaouira ©
The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Plage de Sidi Kaouki. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Medina of Essaouira and Galerie La Rochelle. The adventure continues: see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, kick back and relax at Essaouira Beach, learn about winemaking at Le Val d'Argan, and explore the historical opulence of Dar Sultan Palace.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Essaouira visit planner.

Drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect colder weather when traveling from Marrakech in July: highs in Essaouira hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Agadir.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Le Val d'Argan, Plage de Sidi Kaouki, Dar Sultan Palace
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
nights
Agadir

Agadir ©
Completely rebuilt after a catastrophic earthquake in 1961, the coastal city of Agadir rose from the ruins and grew into Morocco's premier beach destination.
Explore hidden gems such as Crocoparc and Plage Imi Ouaddar. Family-friendly places like Plage d'Imsouane and Plage d'Agadir will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Taghazout Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get in on the family fun at Xtreme Park, and don't miss a visit to Seafront Promenade.

For ratings and tourist information, read Agadir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Essaouira to Agadir takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Merzouga.

Things to do in Agadir

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage d'Imsouane, Plage Imi Ouaddar
Highlights from your plan
Plage d'Imsouane ©
Plage d'Imsouane
Crocoparc ©
Crocoparc
Plage d'Agadir ©
Plage d'Agadir

2
nights
Merzouga

Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Depot Nomade. Visiting Merzouga Desert and Erg Chebbi Dunes will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee Nomade.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Merzouga day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Agadir to Merzouga takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Nador.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Erg Chebbi Dunes, Musee Nomade
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Erg Chebbi Dunes ©
Erg Chebbi Dunes

2
nights
Nador

Nador ©
Nador is a coastal city and provincial capital in the northeastern Rif region of Morocco with a population of about 161,726 . Attractions like Plage d'El Kallat and Plage Cap de l'eau make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mar Chica and Plage de Saidia. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Mohamed V.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nador day trip app .

You can drive from Merzouga to Nador in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Merzouga to Nador is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Fes.

Things to do in Nador

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de Saidia
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Plage de Saidia ©
Plage de Saidia
Mar Chica ©
Mar Chica
Plage Cap de l'eau ©
Plage Cap de l'eau

7
nights
Fes

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake Dait Aoua. Head to Coin Berbere and Fondouk Tsetouanienfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Fes side-trips: Haroune Aqueduct (in Moulay Idriss) and Meknes (Royal Stables & Bab El-Khemis Gate). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Medina of Fez, see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, take in the exciting artwork at Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat, and browse the different shops at Borj FEZ.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fes trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Nador to Fes takes 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nador to Fes due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nador in August, expect nights in Fes to be slightly colder, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Chefchaouen.

Things to do in Fes

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Meknes, Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Lake Dait Aoua, Haroune Aqueduct
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Medina of Fez ©
Medina of Fez
Archaeological Site of Volubilis ©
Archaeological Site of Volubilis

2
nights
Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen ©
Tourism in Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif mountain range, has been thriving for decades due to its scenic surroundings and buildings painted in a striking blue hue.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Chefchaouen Medina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Spanish Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, and then stop by Local Berbere Artisanal.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chefchaouen driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Fes to Chefchaouen in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tangier.

Things to do in Chefchaouen

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Chefchaouen Medina ©
Chefchaouen Medina
Spanish Mosque ©
Spanish Mosque

5
nights
Tangier

Tangier ©
Separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier remains a mix of North African, French, Spanish, and Portuguese cultural influences.
Attractions like Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam and Ba Kacem Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bleu de Fes and Galerie Conil. Explore Tangier's surroundings by going to Church of San Bartholomew (in Asilah) and Dar El Oddi (in Tetouan). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Dalia Beach, examine the collection at American Legation, stroll through Playa Blanca, and pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tangier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tangier travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Chefchaouen to Tangier in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tangier are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tangier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Asilah, Dar El Oddi
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Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam ©
Paradise Beach Kaf Lahmam
Dalia Beach ©
Dalia Beach
Ba Kacem Beach ©
Ba Kacem Beach

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