- Hassan organised almost everything perfectly and was anxious to make this trip work for everyone. The pace is quite fast but with so many exciting places to visit necessary. The hotels were generally fine although the one at Fez was appallingly noisy with a disco every evening and drunken locals outside until 4 am. It was also much too far from the Medina.
The local guides ranged from the brilliant to strong to absolute rubbish. e.g. At Marrakech Hassan was forced to use an independent guide who had no substantial knowledge except about 'vacche qui ri' and then avoid going into the souks in favour of 2 visits to 'friends' warehouses; so I ended up 'guiding' around souks I had previously seen with limited success. The harder walk at Todra was a highlight, less crowded and different. The trip into the desert (by 4x4 for 4 of us) and camels for others was also excellent and the particular camp used had a much more authentic feel than others nearby.
Food was eaten mainly at higher end restaurants and did dominate much of the day at times. I could have managed with less but others clearly thought this an essential part of the process.
Essouria just about remains a stunning place to visit but Marrakech is totally altered by low cost airlines and the 5th of my visits will never be repeated. Fez was more interesting.
Published on: 20 April 2017