Morocco feels like a fairytale and is a dream to explore with all the historical cities, culture and beautiful nature. You can visit Morocco all year long. We have been in January and the weather was perfect with 16 degrees. We’ve been traveling from Fes to the Sahara desert and via Meknes to the Blue pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen. In this blog post you will find tips for your Morocco itinerary with all the best things to do and practical photography tips.
When to go?
You can visit Morocco all year long. In the summer months it might be busier and a lot warmer. We went in January and the average temperature was around 16 degrees with lots of sunshine. It was perfect, not too hot or too cold. Sometimes we needed a light jacket but overall we could walk in a t-shirt. Be aware that there is a chance of more rain in January, February and March.
The temperature can vary a lot depending on the part of the country you are. Within the same day, you can drive from the desert to the snowy Atlas mountains. That makes Morocco so diverse and interesting, it has a lot of different landscapes to offer!
How to get around?
It is easy to hire a car in Morocco. You will be very flexible to get around, following your own itinerary and having awesome adventures along the way. We loved having our rental car because we could stop where we wanted to and do everything on our own pace. Also, we had enough space for our gear bags and felt very safe during the road trip!
To get into the Sahara desert and sleep there at night you have to book a desert tour with a driver and jeep. This is a must do when you visit Morocco! A true dream with a sky full of stars at night and the most magical sunset and sunrise in the sand dunes.
A must-add to your Morocco itinerary is staying in the Sahara desert. The desert is a combination of interesting orange rock formations, oases, vast areas and of course the huge sand dunes. Merzouga has the biggest sand dunes, so I will recommend going there to have the best views. A must do is sleeping in a tent in the middle of the desert. Nowadays the tents are really luxurious, with a private and warm shower, toilet, electricity, and a heater (in the winter months). We did a collaboration with Xaluca Grup and made an after movie of our unforgettable experience visiting the desert for two days. Watch the Youtube video below.
Getting there: Drive with your rental car to the place where you will meet your guide to enter the real Sahara.
Entrance fee: You will need a guide/driver to bring you to the desert. Prices vary per tour, what’s included or excluded. Do some research beforehand. We had a very good experience with Grup Xaluca! Read our review about our unforgettable experience in the Sahara desert with Grup Xalucu here.
Best time for photos: Sunrise and sunset, or when it’s dark you can develop your night photography skills and shoot the stars and the milky way. Challenging but so much fun to play with the long exposure settings.
Photo tip: Use an object or foreground for your night photos to get more perspective in your shots. For your sunrise or sunset shots make sure you stand on one of the highest sand dunes. This will give you a good perspective and you can use the lines of the dunes to make the photo really interesting. Also, don’t forget a lens puffer and cloth to clean your lens after shooting. There will be sand everywhere…
Capturing the sunrise, sunset and a sky full of stars will be one of the, if not THE highlight of your trip through Morocco!
Fes el Bali Medina
With over 9000 small streets and 40000 dead ends, you can get easily lost in the labyrinth Medina of Fes. You can choose to hire yourself a guide for a fixed price, but you can also choose to explore the streets yourself (with your big friend Google maps). There is such a vibrant atmosphere, so much different things to see, you can take a new photo at almost every corner. If you want to know the best things to do in Fes read this blog post.
Getting there: The Medina is only reachable by foot.
Best time for photos: If you want to avoid the heat, go in the morning. During the day it will get more crowded with tourists. If you want to shoot a Madrassa from the inside, take the opening times in account and know that it can get busy!
Photo tip: If you like portrait photography, street photography or culture, everything is possible to shoot in the vibrant medina of Fes. Go early to avoid the tourist crowds and harsh shadows on the faces of people or buildings.
Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Fes, Marrakesh and Rabat are the other three. The smallest and most relaxed one is Meknes, known for its grand architecture, medieval walls and beautiful gates. To discover Meknes and shoot your favorite locations, 1 or 2 days are enough. I would recommend to explore the city and visit the Royal Stables for its beautiful arches. In the city you will find a lot of detailed doors, small streets and beautiful mosques. If you like archaeological sites don’t forget to visit Volubilis, just 35km north of Meknes.
Getting there: With your rental car or the train. The city is best to be explored by foot.
Best time for photos: If you want to avoid harsh shadows, especially at the Royal Stables, go in the early morning or late afternoon.
Photo tip: Don’t forget your wide angle lens for all the beautiful buildings and detailed doors.
This village can’t be missed on your Morocco itinerary! Beautifully perched beneath the raw peaks of the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen is one of the prettiest and most charming towns in Morocco. Also known as “The blue pearl of Morocco” this artistic, blue-washed mountain village feels like a world on its own. The old Medina is a combination of Moroccan and Andalusian influence with red-tiled roofs, bright-blue buildings and narrow lanes. We would recommend staying here for at least 3 or 4 days to see all the beauty and take day trips to the cool green hills with waterfalls. If you only want to explore the village 2 days will be enough.
Getting there: Drive to Chefchaouen with your rental car and explore the village by foot. Be prepared because there are a lot of stairs in the small charming streets. With your rental car you can also explore the nature around Chefchaouen.
Best time for photos: Dawn is the best time to head out with your camera as the hues will change as the sun moves across the sky. On a sunny day the harsh shadows really ruin your photos in the streets. Also, there are fewer tourists in the early morning. In the afternoon and during golden hour, shadows and colors shift in ways that you want to capture them too! Especially the viewpoint of the village is a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Photo tip: Use a lens that allows you to shoot all these scenes in sequence because you don’t want to change lenses all the time. There is a lot of variety to shoot in Chefchaouen. Details on doors, buildings, daily life of the inhabitants and the nature around Chefchaouen. You will have your days filled here with exploring and photographing!
Lush valleys, cool canyons with beautiful waterfalls and the highest peak in North Africa makes this Moroccan mountain range so interesting. Its Berber-populated valleys feel very remote from the country’s mainstream urban life. Beautiful mountain views, various nature and authentic Berber inhabitants make it an interesting and must-visit place during your road trip through Morocco.
Getting there: Only way is with your rental car or a driver. Depending on where you are going from east to west Morocco, you have a big chance of crossing the Atlas Mountains. When you’re making your Morocco itinerary, keep in mind that the Atlas Mountains are a must-see!
Best time for photos: Sunrise and sunset, or when it’s dark you can try your night photography skills and shoot the stars and the milky way. Challenging but so much fun to play with the long exposure settings.
Photo tip: Use a foreground or framing for your landscape photos to get more perspective in your shots. Don’t forget your ND filters!
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