Experience the colors of Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Ohhhhh, Marrakech. Words do not do it justice. The smells, the colors, the tastes! 

There are three absolute musts when you are in Marrakech:

  1. Stay in a traditional Riad

  2. Drink as much Mint tea as possible

  3. Go shopping!

Fes, Morocco

Known as the cultural capital of Morocco, Fes does not disappoint. You can get lost for hours trying to find your way along the winding alleyways filled with leather, metal, fabric, and fruit shops. While you could spend an entire day exploring with no plans, it would be a miss to not check out the Chouara leather tanneries.

There are a handful of leather-shops that sit right on the edge of the tanneries and offer a great bird's eye view of all the action. At almost a thousand years old, the tanning process has barely changed since the medieval times. After the hides are soaked in a mixture containing cow urine, they re then dunked in a stinky batch of water and pigeon poop... Many shops hand out mint leaves to hold under your nose to help with the smell! What I found fascinating is that all the leathers are died using natural ingredients: poppy flower (red), indigo (blue), henna (orange), cedar wood (brown), mint (green), and saffron (yellow). 

After a day well spent exploring the bazaar and tannery, you're sure to be starving. If you're up for it... try a Camel Burger from Cafe Clock.  

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Nestled up in the mountains, Chefchaouen, the Blue Pearl of Morocco, is unique due to its color but also because of its laid back vibe. Here, you can get lost in the blue alleyways while you catch glimpses of local family life. While it does take a bit of effort to get to (multiple hours in the car along one-lane, winding roads), it is very worth it. 

Because it is a smaller town, the dining and hospitality options are more limited. But, if you have the chance to visit, you must stay at Lina Ryad & Spa. It is located at the top of the Medina, providing some of the most gorgeous sunset views of the entire city. Be sure to have brunch on the roof top!