The perfect city break: 3 days in Marrakech

Visions of 1001 nights, snake charmers, vibrant souks and food – oh the glorious Moroccan food- : all these clichés came to mind when finally booking my trip to Marrakech. It’s a city I’d been longing to visit for a long time and after my weekend in Tangier the year before, I was now ready to visit the most famous and most popular city of Morocco! I read up a lot beforehand and it looked like most people either absolutely love or hate the city. It’s not an Continue Reading

The best ways to avoid scams in Marrakech

I am a solo female traveller so let’s set a few things straight first: after having travelled to 4 different cities, I can truly say that Morocco is one of the friendliest and most hospitable nations I’ve travelled in! Moroccans are a traditional, respectful and good-humoured bunch and I have never felt unsafe, harassed or worse! So what about all those horror stories of being constantly ripped-off?  How about the annoying carpet touts and the insistent hassle and hustle from everyone Continue Reading

Arts and crafts in little-known Tetouan

“Hello my princess, I’m glad we meet again!” I turn around and stare right into the eyes of the man I have been trying to avoid all day… I met Abderrahmid the day before and as helpful and friendly as he may be, there was something too eager and slightly disturbing about him. My polite refusal for dinner was met with the prophetic words “I hope your government won’t be punished for that” and before I could even react, he put on his biggest smile and offered me a bar of Continue Reading

A love letter to Tangier

The cafés of “Le Petit Socco” are buzzing as I enjoy my last glass of mint tea. I don’t want to leave Tangier, the city grabbed me from the moment I arrived! Is it its international past with its history of spies and brothels? Is it the friendliness of its inhabitants or the cosiness of my hostel? I don’t know, but the fact is: there are plenty of things to do in Tangier and the city has totally won me over! Best things to do in Tangier 1. Exploring the medina A labyrinth of narrow Continue Reading

The Ville Nouvelle of Marrakech: a taste of modern Morocco

The true charm of Marrakech lies inside the medina: a place of endless souks, historical palaces and the famous Djema el Fna square. But Marrakech is also one of Morocco’s most modern cities, home to a yearly international film festival, as well as an arts festival. If you want to have a more complete picture of the city, I’d urge you to stroll around in the Ville Nouvelle, the modern part of Marrakech. Wide boulevards are home to numerous cafés and ice cream parlours, as well as big Continue Reading

From hout quari to avocado juice: local food in Marrakech

“ I hope you are hungry?” Youssef asks me. We meet on the main square, Djemaa el Fna, where, together with 8 other food enthusiasts, I’ll be going on an evening food tour with Marrakech food tours. I’m really looking forward to this; in Europe the knowledge and offerings of Moroccan food is very often limited to tajine and couscous, so I’m curious what lesser known delicacies await us! After having explored the most stunning palaces of Marrakech all day, it’s time to Continue Reading

Chefchaouen: beyond the 50 shades of blue

Nestled in the glorious scenery of the Moroccan Rif mountains lies Chefchaouen or Chaouen as it is often called by Moroccans. The city with the most photographed and instagrammed medina of Morocco.  A quiet place where people come to take a break from the otherwise frantic Moroccan cities. There’s a sort of calmness that reigns over the place. Is it the mountain air? Is it the availability of kif  (cannabis) grown abundantly in the surrounding countryside? Or is it the Continue Reading