Recommendations While In Morocco
traveling3 in the Medina in Marrakech, January 11, 2006
Street Scene in Essaouira
|Neil and I stayed 3 places and were
happy with all three.
Meridien N'Fis in Marrakech
Sofitel in Agadir
Riad Zina in Marrakech
The riad in the Marrakech Medina provided a much closer
experience with the local people. We are sure that if we had
stayed at the Meridien during the Eid, no one would have invited us
home for their parents celebration.
Larry and Spencer stayed 4 days at the Surf Morocco Camp found at www.morocsurf.com and enjoyed their stay
there. The accommodations were a large house near the beach.
All were found and reserved over the internet. A small lesson I
learned was tha if you spell the town "Marrakech" rather than
"Marrakesh", you'll find more on the various websites.
|Places to Eat
| Eating is always a big part
of any trip for us and Morocco did not disappoint. We had great
meals at roadside stops and at the Piano Bar across the street from the
Meridien. We had great meals and great experiences
Dar Al-Yacout., Hotel
La Mamounia, Cafe
de France, all in Marrakech, and Kasbah du Toubkal in the
Atlas Mountains nearby.
|Cars and Driving
|Yes, I rented a car over the
Internet through Alamo. However, the Concierge at the Meridien
told me that I could hire a van and a driver for much less.
That's the way we went (and Neil was much happier). The roads are
well marked and heavily policed, but the driving is "exciting".
Cars passing on curves, on hills, and while passing other cars. We passed a bus wreck in which 50 to 100 (fifty to one hundred) people
were killed in a head on collision several hours earlier. It
didn't make the news in Marrakech, but Neil's brother heard it on the
news in Charleston, SC.
With a driver you also don't need to worry about directions or
parking. Fix a price first. We had great success with Khalid Bouifraden - cell:067 05 64 10. He is available to drive throughout Morocco.
|Books to Read
|Books Neil and I read, all
recommended by Nels Nordquist, a friend and fellow world traveler:
The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles
Morocco: From Empire to Independence, by C.R. Pennell, and
A Year in Marrakesh, by Peter Mayne
The book by Pennell is short but provides a very
good history of Morocco, the knowledge of which made the city tours
We also used our copy of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", by
Patricia Schultz. This lead us to Essaouira, Yacout, Place Djemma
El-Fna, and the Hotel La Mamounia.
Finally, everyone should take a copy of
"Morocco - Eyewitness Travel Guides" We have used these Travel Guides in India, Egypt, and, now, Morocco.