17 Dec 2018 - 18 Dec 2018
2 guests - 1 room
This has to be one of the exotic cities/countries that we have ever been to. Loved the bazaars and just walking around the streets watching the locals transact business and communicate.
Experience of a lifetime! What a magical experience! Ahmed & Ahmed from Begaa Tours made sure my first trip to Morocco was absolutely unforgettable. I will definitely be back. I traveled alone and felt safe, happy and welcomed everywhere I went, thanks to these wonderful guides. I visited Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Ouarzazate and Marrakech in 8 days - a quick but incredible trip which I would recommend to anyone!
This is primarily a business destination, not so much a tourism destination, but it definitely is interesting, giving a serious taste of Moroccan city life. The traffic is wild and chaotic, but obviously has it's own flow if you know how to handle it. Hotels are often full at just about any time of year, so book early if you have a specific preference. During my stay, as we roamed the city streets, there was nary a tourist in sight, until we came to the coastal Corniche area, with it's clubs and cafes, near the Mosque Hassan II. Despite the apparent lack of western tourists, the locals clearly know what they are when the see them, so expect to be befriended and offered "help" by many. Of course, compensation is expected. Many goods are available at excellent prices compared to the west, but it's a good idea to scope out prices for things you might want to buy before shopping, maybe asking typical prices at your hotel. As a foodie, I had fun sampling the offerings from the many carts and stalls in the Old Medina - spicy escargot, egg sandwich, fried fish, sausage sandwich, traditional Harira soup, and more - but it's probably not for the 'delicate-of-stomach" and faint-hearted. Also, definitely try the lamb in Morocco, Good to note that photography is somewhat foreign, and it's recommended to either ask permission before shooting, or to shoot under-cover. In some cases it's worth it to hand out a couple dirhams as a thank you. Getting a taxi can take a while, but if there's room, you might get one shared with you. Always make sure the driver turns on the meter, and don't let them quote you a price unless you already know it's a fair one. Buses aren't recommended transportation for non-locals, unless you have a local guiding you, like we did. By the end of 2012, the new tram system should be in service, hopefully alleviating some of the crazy traffic and packed buses. Although this isn't a typical tourist spot, there is plenty to see and do, from street culture to high end hammams.
Casablanca does have a bit more to recommend it than many visitors give credit, but I've been there several times and still haven't been charmed by it. It's too big to walk around very easily, which makes it hard to deal with. Still, a couple of bonuses: cab drivers are for the most part honest (always nice), and now there's a tram system, so I'm looking forward to going back and using that. Also, the old downtown area, with its gorgeous Art Deco buildings, is worth seeing--the tram now runs down the middle of the biggest, grandest avenue.