Morocking @ the Medina
1 My husband Gurpreet Singh and I travelled to Morocco and Spain. Since this was a road trip, we covered a lot of places. In Morocco we visited Casablanca, Marrakesh, Essoauira, Fez, Chefchaouen and Tangiers. We took the ferry from Tangiers and docked at Tarifa in Spain.
2 In Spain, we drove from Tarifa to Seville. From there we proceeded to Malaga, Granada, Cartagena, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid.
3 Morocco: Casablanca: We walked about the Medina, visited the impressive Hassan 2 mosque which is also the largest mosque in Morocco. A visit to Casablanca would have been incomplete without a visit to the popular Rick’s Cafe made famous by the 1942 movie Casablanca.
4 Marrakesh: The eclectic Medina in Marrakesh is famous for its sights, sounds and smells. We stayed in a Riad in the Medina and spent our days walking around, experiencing the street food and taking in the ancient splendour Medina had to offer. The Bahia Palace is worth spending an afternoon in. The pick of what we ate was their special Tagine dishes made by our cook at the Medina. We also loved the Moroccan speciality coffee Nous Nous.
5 Essoauira is a beautiful port city where many portions of the popular TV series The Game of Thrones was shot. We stayed in another lovely Riad here deep in the Medina and enjoyed the nightlife the port city had to offer.
6 Fez, one of the largest cities in Morocco, which till 1925 was the administrative capital of the country, is a city with many mosques, madrasas and synagogues but the site of our interest here was the tannery! Colourful and very vibrant, it is a must-see for those who can tolerate the stench. We bought some lovely leather jackets and carry bags on great bargains.
7 At the famous Clock Tower in the Medina in Fez, we dug into some delicious burgers including their popular Camel burgers.
8 The amazing Blue City of Chefchaouen is also called the Blue Pearl. This little hill station is a visual spectacle with streets, houses and doors all in different shades of blue. Chefchaouen turned out to be the surprise highlight of the Moroccan trip.
— As told to Namita Gupta