Overall, Morocco was a very pleasant experience. The people were nice. In the souks the merchants were much more restrained and respectful than our experience a few years ago in the market of Istanbul! The northeastern quadrant of the country, which we covered fairly well, is lovely, fertile farming country. The Roman ruins at Volubilis are outstanding. Chefchouen is quite beautiful. The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is stunning — a symbol of the best of Islam, in my opinion.
We especially appreciated the work of Majid Baraka, our driver, guide and friend…he is a very sweet man and was extremely punctual and “present” with us at all times. His recommendations for meals were excellent and he gave us good counsel as far as sights to see, places to shop, etc. He was a very big part of our very happy Morocco experience and we would unreservedly recommend him to anyone.
We found the Riads in Fez and Rabat tremendously interesting places to stay and (for a few nights at least) a welcome alternative to your average hotel. The Riad Myra in Fez is a magnificent structure, the architecture is superb, and the service was first-class. I found the suite somewhat claustrophobic (I am prone to claustrophobia) once we were “locked in” for the night. Once my wife showed me how to open the windows and admit a little fresh air, it got better. For the first while — after I realized it had no windows opening to the outside world — I had a new sympathy for Moroccan women in a Sultan’s hareem! Like a pampered prisoner (but still a prisoner).
The Riad in Rabat was much less “confining” feeling, especially since we had a room on the top floor, open to the sky and with a window that opened. We enjoyed it greatly.
Hats off to ExperienceIt! We will certainly use your services again in our travels. And recommend Morocco.
John & Janis