8 days in Morocco Itinerary

8 days in Morocco Itinerary

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8 days in Morocco Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly:  27​h
Ait Ben Haddou
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Essaouira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Marrakech
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
San Antonio

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Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou ©
Seen in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows, the ancient city of Ait Ben Haddou takes visitors on a journey back to the 17th century with its impressive South Moroccan architecture, boasting earthen clay dwellings in walled kasbahs.
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ait Ben Haddou travel planner.

San Antonio, USA to Ait Ben Haddou is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Antonio to Ait Ben Haddou due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Antonio in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ait Ben Haddou, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Essaouira.

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Auberge Ksar Ait ben haddou ©
Auberge Ksar Ait ben haddou

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Essaouira

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Essaouira Beach. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, take in the waterfront at Essaouira Fishing Port, look for gifts at Le Comptoir Oriental by Madada, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Essaouira trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ait Ben Haddou to Essaouira in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ait Ben Haddou in May: highs in Essaouira hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marrakech.

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Horseback Riding Tours
Essaouira Ramparts ©
Essaouira Ramparts
Essaouira Fishing Port ©
Essaouira Fishing Port

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Marrakech

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
On the 21st (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Desert Morocco Trips, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, then admire the striking features of Bahia Palace, then don't miss a visit to Ben Youssef Madrasa, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip planner.

You can drive from Essaouira to Marrakech in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Essaouira in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Jardin Majorelle
Bahia Palace ©
Bahia Palace

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