At times, Morocco can feel close; it’s on the doorstep of Europe, is frequented by Europeans seeking a long weekend escape and surfers from around the world seeking winter swell. But at times, this north African country can feel culture-shockingly thousands of miles away… which, in reality, it is. And it’s easy to forget about those everyday conveniences like sunscreen, a glass of wine or how to keep your healthy lifestyle in check which aren’t as readily available as they are elsewhere in Europe. Which means there are sure to be those moments when you suddenly think ‘Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… *insert your own irrational realisation here*’.
I’ve already advised how to get the most out of your trip if you’re all about adventure, wellness and endorphins. But alongside that there might be a few golden nuggets of information you’d be interested to know to help with your trip. Morocco really can be the holiday/adventure/trip you want to make it, so whether you want to go biking through the atlas mountains, drink mint tea with Berbers in the desert or go searching for waves with your board in the back of a van this country has it. So go get it! Just take note of the following for good measure.
Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… I forgot sunscreen
If you happened to forget the creamy stuff and like me, you’re always looking to search out the cheaper option, listen up. Sunscreen in Marrakech is widely available in pharmacies but costs the equivalent of €30. Which is a bucket load of your precious spending money, right? Try a supermarket if you’re on the outskirts of the Medina or a local convenience shop (those little stores which are just a shop front/counter with a shopkeeper behind). We found one just outside the Big Square which sold sunscreen for the equivalent of €6. It kept us protected throughout our trip and was 1/5th of the price we were quoted everywhere else (i.e pharmacies).
TOP TIP! Shop around and be sure to take care of your skin under those hot Moroccan rays.
Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… the souks don’t look like Google Maps
Just give up on Google maps. The souks are an absolute mind-fudging labyrinth and a map might help you get from A to B if you can figure out where you are in the first place. If not, it’s time to get back to basics, find your inner Berber and navigate by the constellation of the stars. Notable buildings, signs and shops which could help you recognise where you came from could also work if the stars aren’t your jam.
TOP TIP! Just get lost. Allow yourself time to become completely immersed in the little alley-ways which make up the heart and soul of Marrakech. But watch out for vehicles which somehow seem to fit down said tiny alley-ways!
Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… I really want a glass of red wine
Ok, I know we are all health lovers here, but who doesn’t love relaxing at sunset with a glass of wine or bottle of local beer? We’re only human, right? Right. If you’re staying in a Riad, be respectful of the local culture and just make sure you check that the owners are happy for you to drink on the premises. If you get the go-ahead then pop that bottle and enjoy sipping over a dreamy desert sunset. Our favourite place to source our vino was the Carrefour Label Vie just outside the Medina and the €6 Moroccan Merlot was our favourite.
TOP TIP! Stock up at a supermarket (we found this blog super useful) and drink back at your Riad. And don't be afraid to go for the local Moroccan wines!
Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… I just want to explore everywhere!
Rent a car! It’s a thing guys. So many people do this, and we just didn’t realise that it’s actually a thing. I wouldn’t recommend renting a car in Marrakesh, but once you get out of that city, then Morocco is your oyster. There are so many wonderful places to explore in your own time; from local fishing villages to vast open beaches, desert-scapes and palm fringed oases.
TOP TIP! Don't be afraid to drop a pin on Google Maps and just explore. And be sure to chuck a few snacks and plenty of water in the back.
Uh-oh, I’m in Morocco and… all they are feeding me is bread
Every. Kind. Of. Bread. Was pretty much how my first breakfast experience in Morocco went. I almost cried as I stuffed yet another slice of baguette smothered in butter and apricot jam into my mouth on that fifth and final morning in Marrakech before heading out to the Atlantic coast. Don’t get me wrong, it was good bread. And good jam. But this human body can only take so much of the carby fluffy stuff. And when you’re just craving fresh melon, bananas and mangos, a three course breakfast of bread, bread and bread doesn’t quite cut it.
TOP TIP! Pick up some fresh mango and muesli from the supermarket to help balance it all out. If you're exploring in Marrakech head to the juice vendors in the Big Square who will blend up pretty much any fruits you want, or get yourself beachside in Taghazout and head to Cafe Mouja for some serious smoothies and vitamin hits.
Have you been to Morocco?
Did you have any wild surprises? I’d love to know!
Or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask… i might know the answer, i might not, but i’ll try to point you in the right direction.
Stay wild adventurers!
with love, L x
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