Marrakech, Morocco Honeymoon??

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

looking for the same – getting married in italy, then have 1 week in morocco, then back to the states for a small dinner with family.  let me know what you end up doing, i need suggestions!



Post # 4
9552 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sorry I can’t help as I haven’t been to Morocco (yet) but I’ve heard it is amazing! You could also consider Greece! I’ve heard travel there is significantly cheaper with all their economic issues.

Post # 5
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

Morrocco is a cool place- I spent a week there visiting a friend who was teaching in Casablanca.  In that week we took a train to Marrakesh (3 hours from Casa by train) and went to Rabat, the Capital, as well.  It was fun and different, but we had to be careful to cover up and not be disrepectful to the local religion and culture- so I wouldn’t expect to go sunbathing or even wear a tank top.  We stayed covered and still got way too much male attention.

Besides all that…which there is still a lot more to be mindful of- I think that Marrakesh would be fun, you could even take a day or two into the desert and ride camels, travel to Casablanca, see some Mosques, etc.   Also- I hope you speak French!  French and Arabic are the two prominent languages…English is much lower on the list. 🙂

Post # 7
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to Marrakech about 18 months ago. It’s an incredible place and I definitely recommend it, but it’s a bit of a culture shock to start with. We stayed at the Riad Dar One which was beautiful. The gorgeous view from the roof terrace:

If you go, definitely eat at Al Fassia in the New Town – amazing food and it’s run entirely by women as a co-operative.

I’d also recommend a trip into the Atlas mountains. We had a guide and he took us to lunch wiht a Berber family, which was an incredible experience. Here we are having some mint tea with the father!

Post # 8
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Marrakech is a good base, but I’m not crazy about it. The Djema (where all the food stalls, musicians, snakehandlers, storytellers, etc are) was really cool for the first night or two, but all the people trying to sell me stuff got annoying. Even though I have olive skin and dark hair, and even though I dressed respectfully, I was still easily identifiable as a tourist.

The best way to see Morocco would be to really get into the Atlas Mountains and desert, but since you have limited time, I would recommend a few days in Marrakech and then taking a bus to Essaouira, which is a beautiful walled city right on the Atlantic. It’s also a touristy place and the the beach is not the cleanest I’ve ever seen, but it has a lot of atmosphere. It’s interesting to see how an Islamic society does laid back beach town.

Also, women wearing pants is very much accepted in Morocco. Long, loose-fitting, lightweight pants is common to see. Avoid tank tops or anything with cleavage, but short-sleeved tops are fine. Be respectful but the dress code is fairly relaxed.

One more thing–not all Moroccans are Arabs. The Berbers are the indiginious people of Morocco and more Moroccans are of Berber descent than Arab. They have their own language and culture and they are extremely proud of it even though they have been marginalized and oppressed for years.

Post # 9
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@thenextmrsi:  I’d love to see some of your research on riads – still looking for a place to stay in marrakech myself!

Post # 13
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hey there.  I lived in Morocco for 3 years–2 years in the High Atlas mountains and another year in Fes.  I’d be happy to help you out, though with the caveat that a lot has changed in the many years since I was there (as in, they have internet now).

If you are staying only in Marrakech, Mt. Toubkil is nearby–highest mtn in morocco and in north africa.  It’s over 13,000′, so is an adventure trek if you feel up for it.

If you plan to move around at all, definitely go to Fez.  It is one of the five royal cities and is absolutely amazing.  The medina (old city) is probably the best in Morocco.

Not much to see in Casablanca, except the Hassan II mosque.  Be aware than non-muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in Morocco (the prohibition is a cultural, not a religious, prohibition)–this mosque is the only exception, and it is exquisite. 

If you head south to Zagora or another desert location and see those blue scarves that the nomads wear…know that they’re not color fast.  If you wrap it around your head without washing, your skin will turn blue.

If you go vegetable shopping, don’t ask for ‘zucchini’–ask for courgette (the french word).  ‘Zucchini’ is a bit too close to a vulgarity in arabic.

Do NOT spend time in Tangier.  It is terrible.  So many folks come over on the ferry from spain just to ‘get a taste’ of morocco that it is the worst harassment I ever experienced in the whole country.  Tangier is not morocco—don’t be turned off by it.

I believe you said you’re going in May/June 2013, so you will not be there during Ramadan (muslim month of fasting).  For anyone who is there during Ramadan (mid July-mid Aug 2012—it moves about 2 weeks earlier each year) be aware that *even in major cities* you will be very hard pressed to find any food shops or restaurants open during the day (fasting is dawn to dusk).

Two fun facts–Morocco was the first country to recognize US independence back in 1776, and Marrakech was the first-abort site for a space shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral (if it failed to go into orbit).

Have fun!

Post # 15
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012



I’ll be honeymooning in Morocco!  These tips are great. We’ve made (a few) decisions, since our wedding is less than two months away, yikes!  We’ll be spending 3 days in Marrakech and then heading off to do a four days trek (camel ride, berber villages, camping in the desert, mountains, etc).  I’m just trying to find the right guide for that (hoping to find one that isn’t part of a big tour and can make it sort of “romantic” for us).  Then back to Marrakech for the night before heading home. 

I wish I had time to do Fez … but it doesn’t look like we can this time around.  Unless anyone has any recommends for fitting it in somewhere?


Post # 16
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@thenextmrsi:  by the way, congrats on choosing your hotel!  we’ll be staying at a riad as well.  i’d love to hear the excursions you’re doing, since i feel like i wanted to take one more day excursion while in Marrakech. 

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