If you have heard one thing about Morocco as a country, it’s that Moroccan food is out of this world. That is 100% true! In fact, our Morocco Food Tour shows you around a country that is located at a confluence of various civilizations whose old customs are still practiced daily.
Alleyways brimming with fresh baked foods and veggies, as well as aromatic fragrances emanating from colorful barrels of exotic spices are the highlights of our Morocco Food Tour.
Morocco Food Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Casablanca
We will meet you at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport and take you to a hotel, which is ideally located in the city center. You’ll be able to sample some of Casablanca’s renowned eateries, either by tasting some delicacies on Casablanca’s street food (briwate, snails, chickpeas..) or by sitting in a local restaurant to savour the Moroccan Tajineand Harira soup.
Day 2: Casablanca – Essaouira
Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan Moroccan city, a thriving commercial powerhouse with the Maghreb’s largest port. After breakfast at our hotel, which includes eggs and Khaliaa (Moroccan bacon), we’ll head out to see the city’s main attraction: the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the world’s third biggest religious structure and the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims are able to enter.
After the mosque visit, we’ll leave town for a picturesque 5- to 6-hour journey through the countryside to Essaouira. We’ll eat lunch (Bastilla or Tajine) along the road and arrive at Essaouira in the late afternoon. We’ll spend the night in an oceanfront Riad.
Day 3: Essaouira
You’ll wake up in Essaouira, a picturesque fishing village with a laidback and creative feel. We’ll spend the day exploring the town’s spectacular medina, whose towering historic defenses are a combination of Portuguese, French, and Berber architecture overlooking the emerald Mediterranean.
You’ll be able to enjoy a stunning beachside meal where freshly caught seafood is barbecued to perfection right in front of your eyes. Chopped salad and fish tajine are also on the menu. Finish with a traditional Moroccan mint tea and scrumptious French pastries in one of Essaouira’s many cafés.
Day 4: Marrakech
We drive to Marrakech to go to the exquisite Moorish palace of Dar El Bacha, which was formerly the home of Marrakech’s Pacha, Thami El Glaoui. The old royal Saadian Tombs will be our next stop, followed by the colorful and historic Jewish Mellah (district) and the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque before entering the 11th-century walled medina.
For lunch, we will go on a street food tasting tour, sampling all of the specialties accessible to ordinary Moroccans. Meat lovers can have Tanjia for lunch. Afterward, we’ll make our way through the serpentine maze of the historic busy souk, where we’ll see the best of Moroccan workmanship.
In the evening, revel in the charm that emanates from the center of the famous Djemaa el-Fna plaza. Mystical snake charmers, hustlers, and naughty monkeys are all part of the nightly action as fortune tellers, singers, and fascinating storytellers entice rapt audiences. Our Moroccan Food Tour concludes this day with dinner which includes tasting Moroccan dishes of beef with prunes and almonds and lemon chicken.
Day 6: Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Skoura
Leave Marrakech and head towards Ouarzazate by crossing Cross the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2165 meters, which is located in the High Atlas Mountains.
Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou where you will take a guided tour of the palm grove with a local guide and learn about traditional irrigation, Kasbah architecture, local marriage rituals, and other topics. We will have Medfouna for lunch.
Explore the adobe honeycomb citadel, which has hosted blockbusters such as Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Arrive in Skoura in the evening. Dinner and lodging in a local Riad.
Day 7: Skoura – Todra gorges – Merzouga
Have a local breakfast before jumping in the 4x4s and continuing your Morocco Food Tour. Later, visit the Valley of Roses, the Dades gorges, and the Skoura palm grove. Then, at Tinejdad, explore a classic walled Ksour hamlet and its light wells.
Todra Gorges, approximately 15 kilometers from Tinerir, provide an enthralling view with its crystal clear river issuing from it and its massive walls changing color to spectacular effect as the day progresses.
A three-course delicious local dinner and lodging are scheduled to at a lodge located in the center of the sand dunes of Merzouga.
Day 8: Erg Chebbi Desert
Spend the day exploring the surrounding region. Pry out fossils, drink hot mint tea with nomads and taste Madfouna the local ‘pizza,’ take in on a Gnawa dance, tour old mines, hunt for rock carvings or pre-Islamic graves, and so forth.
Quad biking and sand surfing are other options. Get escorted to your desert tent in the late afternoon so you may arrive in time for sunset. Dinner and lodging are to be in individual tents under the stars at a Merzouga desert camp with private showers and toilets.
Day 9: Midelt – Azrou – Ifrane – Fes
Our first visit after breakfast is Midelt. As we approach it, the surrounding landscape is colored with apricots, walnuts, and images of traditional Berber life. We’ll stop at a nearby local town for a really traditional lunch, where we may buy our meat from the butcher and have it grilled for us with some typical Moroccan salads.
After lunch, our destination is Ifrane, which, with its alpine chalets, groomed gardens, and lush park encircling a mountain-fed lake, might nearly be in… Switzerland. Beautiful hikes can be taken in these woodlands, which are home to the mischievous Barbary macaque.
We’ll arrive in Fes by the evening and stay in a Riad.
Day 10: Fes
To end our Morocco Food Tour, we’ll have a tour of Fes. It is the day to indulge in Fes cuisine. After breakfast, you will visit three separate food souks to sample typical Moroccan street cuisine such as dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives, and more.
You will be able to taste a variety of wonderful wild honey, debate its tastes and health-giving characteristics, and learn why honey is so essential in Moroccan food and Islamic culture at the honey souk.
You will examine traditional cooking methods with your local Morocco Food Tour guide by visiting a ‘furnatchi’, where the water for the community bath house ‘hammam’ is also heated, and a 400-year-old ‘furan,’ or communal oven and bakery.
That concludes our Morocco Food Tour.
This schedule is intended to give you a sense of what to anticipate on our Morocco Food Tour, but what we do on any given day is variable and may be adjusted to the group’s interests.
Join us, nonetheless, to savor the Moroccan cuisine. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!