- The overall pace of the tour was moderate with enough free time to plan and visit other places individually once organised itinerary completed.
Our first night was spent in Tangier, where on the recommendation of the excellent Lahcen we ate authentic Moroccan meal at restaurant Mamounia in the Medina.
Hotel Tarik, if a bit run down, has a great location by Med with views across to Spain and Gibraltor.
Chefchaouen was less touristy and relaxed with a gentle uphill walk for overview of town and surrounding area. Lahcen, again a font of historical knowledge and authentic eating dishes, pigeon pastilla anyone?
My highlight was the next stop on the itinerary: The Medina in Fes for its architecture, colour, diversity, human activity and par excellence historical input of Rachid our knowledgeable, engaging guide.
Rabat was more fast paced and busy with motor cars, such a cntrast in pace to the "slow" paced Medinas, and with the irrepressable guide, Fatima, a whirlwind tour ensued! Fantastic! Careful if ordering gateaux in restaurant because all you will get is a plate of biscuits!, such are the joys of discovery in other countries cuisine.
Marrakech, certainly a place to experience, but to me was underwhelming, particularly its too touristy hassle of main square. Go visit the back streets and medina, immerse yourself in as much you can the real Morocco and Marrakesh, and get yourself an hamman scrub/massage, and shop around for best price.
I had a most relaxing hamman on the recommendation of Abdul our Marrakesh guide.
In many ways a tour is only as good, enjoyable as its other fellow travellers and tour leader and I am glad the former were good company, and full of praise for our tour leader Lahcen's local knowledge and in depth history of Morocco, his professionalism, organisational skills, humour and personality. Also plaudits to regional guides Hamid(Tangier), Hamish(Chefchaouen), Rachid, (Fes), the irrepressible Fatima(Rabat) and Abdul(Marrakech)
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Published on: 25 March 2017