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Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:02 am
by horace
anyone been?
Catching a flight to Spain this week and thinking instead of southern Europe what about cycling Morocco instead!
Cheap or expensive?
Food, good or bad?
Beer, hopefully none as I needa dryout.
Roads, bicycle doable or not?
Weather , wrong time of year or not?
Cheers for any sensible replies.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:47 am
by logos
I've been there for about one week 7-8 years ago. In Agadir, which was totally forgettable. But the food was good, prices were low and people generally very friendly.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:18 am
by gavinmac
Chefchaouen is the blue village in the mountains where the hippie tourists go.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:14 am
by Playboy
Hippy tourists ... and GavinMac

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:48 am
by over the rainbow
One of my favorite countries,..used to do business out of Essaouira
lovely country, great food and mysterious people and mint tea till its coming out ur ears :-)
Roads are good for cycling and u'll get some nice climbs.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:25 am
by RobW
Fabulous country. Must have been 9 or 10 times. Not much beer about but that pollen. oh Lordy.
Fez is one of the most extraordinary places I have ever been.
Having said that I haven't been since the early '90s but apart from a few places on the coast and Marrakech I don't think it will be all that touristy because of the throat slitting fear.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:28 am
by ReasonstobefearfulP3
I loved the food in Marrakesh, North African/Arabic food with heavy french influence. And all good value

Beer easy enough to get in restaurants and hotels. I can’t remember drinking it around the squares/street food places.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:02 pm
by spitthedog
RobW wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:25 am
...but apart from a few places on the coast and Marrakech I don't think it will be all that touristy because of the throat slitting fear.
Is/was it common to get robbed after yer drink has been spiked over there?

Seemed to hear that alot anyway.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:25 pm
by RobW
spitthedog wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:02 pm
RobW wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:25 am
...but apart from a few places on the coast and Marrakech I don't think it will be all that touristy because of the throat slitting fear.
Is/was it common to get robbed after yer drink has been spiked over there?

Seemed to hear that alot anyway.
Never heard it and I was in some ropey old joints.
It wasn't advisable to get too near the hash producing areas unless one had, ehem, good reasons for going.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:41 pm
by John.Sweden
Went there in May 2016
Rabat surprisingly nice
Fez was great
Casablanca disappointing, noisy central square, begging fat ladies with babies, not much to do
Marrakesh also disappointing, clean and modern, I expected it to be more adventurous
Could be hot south of Atlas-Mountains now.
I liked hiking in the Dades Valley. Modest locals. Small hotels run by local families.
Essaouira very nice, but small
Food a bit boring after a week and not as good as Middle-East/Lebanon

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:59 pm
by Playboy
Couscous, Couscous, and more Couscous πŸ‘

Casablanca is a shithole.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:06 pm
by RobW
What's the name of that delicious broth everyone eats in the morning?
Some of the best people watching in the world, stoned in a streetside tea shop, especially when everyone goes for the sundown stroll/flirt. Extraordinary mix of faces and some very hot women but therein lies danger.

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:14 pm
by John.Sweden
Was searching for some information about the demolition of the Essaouira Mellah (Jewish quarter). Even during the day it's a bit grim with men hanging around and prostitution in some remaining buildings. Explained well over here

Recommended restaurant in Essaouira: https://restaurantlatolerance.com/

When you sit on public bench in Marrakech after sunset, it could get a bit romantic .

Re: Morocco..

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:05 am
by RobW
RobW wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:06 pm
What's the name of that delicious broth everyone eats in the morning?
Some of the best people watching in the world, stoned in a streetside tea shop, especially when everyone goes for the sundown stroll/flirt. Extraordinary mix of faces and some very hot women but therein lies danger.
Halila, that's the name of that broth.
Looking forward to following your travels old fella.