For 10 days in Morocco, I would recommend choosing to travel in either the North or the South. Someone asked me about doing 5 main cities in 10 days. If you tried to fit in Rabat, Casablanca, Chefchouen, Essaouira and Marrakesh, this would be way too much for one trip. You would be spending almost all of your time on the road, and not really have enough time to appreciate the amazing food, culture and people that Morocco has to offer.
When I made a 10 day trip to Morocco, I went to Marrakech, over the Tizi n Tichka Pass to Ouarzazate and also to Essaouira on the coast. Anything more than that would have been too rushed for a 10 day trip, in my opinion. So, what is a good itinerary for 10 days in Morocco?
10 Days Itinerary Morocco – South (Visit Marrakesh, Mountains and Coast)
My recommended itinerary for the South would be to fly into Marrakesh and spend at least three days there. You can head over Tizi-n-Tichka pass and Ouarzazate. In the surrounding areas you will find many Kazbah’s (Ait Benhaddou), gorges (Dades Gorge) and Wadis to explore, so spend three or four days there is possible. You can then head to the coast to Essaouira. This 10 day itinerary will allow you to see city, mountains, Desert and Coast.
I did this itinerary in August and it was amazing, although avoid heading to the desert in August because the heat is too much to bear.
This itinerary presumes that you fly into Marrakech – there are Easyjet flights to Marrakech.
Day 1 – Arrive Marrakech, eat at Le Jardin (one of my favourite restaurants in Morocco!)
Day 2 – Visit Marrakech Museum, Ben Yousef Madrasa Old Qura’nic school.
Day 3 – Koutoubia Mosque, Mediah walls, Bahia Palace.
Day 4 – Essaouira – Ramparts and Medina.
Day 5 – Essaouira – Beach or Surf, head back to Marrakesh for overnight stay.
Day 6 – Over Tizi n Tichka, visit Kasbah on the way.
Day 7 – Ait Benhaddou (early morning), Atlas Studios. Eat at Chez Dimitri.
Day 8 – Day trip – Dades Gorge/Wadis/Kasbah’s.
Day 9 – Back over Tizi n Tichka, cooking class/Jemaa El Fna square for night market.
Day 10 – Marrakech – shopping in the souks ready for flight home!
10 Day Itinerary Morocco – North Morocco
Alternatively, you could fly in to Casablanca where you can visit the only mosque in Morocco that a non-Muslims are allowed to enter. Other than the White Mosque, there is not that much to see in Casablanca, and the city is busy and dirty.
You would be better to move on visit Fez, Rabbat and Meknes. If you are making good time, you may also be able to fit in Chefchouen, the blue city. Personally, I would make sure that I fitted Chefchouen in above Fez, but that’s my opinion. I prefer the smaller towns to big cities in Morocco.
This Itinerary presumes that you are flying in and back out of Casablanca.
Day 1 – Casablanca – White Mosque.
Day 2 – Rabat (Old Town, Royal Palace).
Day 3 – Rabat (Kasbah des Oudaias).
Day 4 – Travel to Chefchouen – The Blue City.
Day 5 – Exploring Chefchouen.
Day 6 – Travel from Chefchouen to Fez. Explore Fez Medinah.
Day 7 – Fez (Take a guide to show you the main sites in one day)
Day 8 – Fez – Evening travel to Meknes.
Day 10 – Return to Casablanca. Shopping and relax ready for flight.
The buses in Morocco are relatively safe, but a little sickly (especially on Tichka pass). I can recommend a good private driver if you need one!
Personally, I prefer slow travel, and if it were me, I would take 2 weeks to do these trips, particularly the second. These trips cover a lot of ground, so consider extending your trip if possible to fully absorb Moroccon culture and way of life. I really think you should spend more than 10 days in Morocco if possible.