Morocco is a fascinating country. It feels very much caught between two worlds, those of North Africa and Europe.
Tim was still recovering from his broken leg during this part of the trip and he was between a wheelchair and walker. Some of our stories will cover these challenges.
We went to six cities in Morocco: Fes, Chefchaouen (the Blue City), Rabat, Marrakech, Essaouira and Agadir, and no two were alike. Each had its own vibe and rhythm and their medinas were quite distinct.
Fes had by far the most traditional medina. They hang onto their old world ways more strongly than anywhere else we visited in Morocco. It’s not that they ignore technology, they simply keep the old around and with little change.
Chefchaouen is beautiful with its blue paint and laid back atmosphere. After the hard sell of Fes, Chefchaouen is a nice respite and fun to walk around. The area leading up around the back of the medina is worth a walk and this city is certainly worth a full day or two rather than the day trip some people make it.
Rabat is relaxed, but not immensely exciting. Its medina is one of the more modern ones, and yet bad paving gave us our first breakdown of Tim’s wheelchair. Fortunately the people here were awesomely helpful and we made it back to the hotel okay.
Marrakech has all of the flavor that you’ve seen on TV and YouTube. Unfortunately, they know this and it’s become highly commercial. It’s fun to see those typical things, with snake charmers and monkeys, but don’t let them badger you into ridiculous payouts. Marrakech is a modern city as well and you can find anything you need here.
Essaouira is a wonderful seaside town with a fishing port. The people here are easygoing and there’s plenty to see. We felt very welcome here. It’s another town that worth a few days rather than just a day trip. The medina here was a mix of tourist areas and local stuff and it wasn’t so large as to be overwhelming.
Agadir was devastated by an earthquake in 1960 and unfortunately the rebuild has left it devoid of any special charms. There are a lot of buildings that all look alike. It’s a practical city and comfortable, if not exciting.
All in all, Morocco is an interesting and diverse place. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures there.