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From Rabat to Marrakech or vice versa : Morocco in 3 days

posted by Liza 11th February 2016 1 Comment
From Rabat to Marrakech by train: Morocco in 3 days

Last updated on November 25th, 2016

From Rabat to Marrakech, we managed to see Morocco in 3 days. Morocco is amazing and deserves more than 3 days, of course. It is absolutely great outside Marrakech & Rabat too, of course. I believe, that 3 days are absolutely not enough to see this wonderful country but what can you do if you only have a long weekend to spend there?
In our case, it was just like that, so we decided to see Morocco just from Rabat to Marrakech. We bought super cheap tickets to Rabat from London Stansted and from Marrakech to London Stansted. The experience with Ryanair was nice. You can find more about traveling with low cost airlines in this post:



Also, we were limited by budget and due to this reason, we had to arrive in Rabat and leave from Marrakesh. To get to Marrakech, we hat to take the train from Rabat to Marrakech. Rabat was nowhere to be found in the tourist brochures of the country, so  we decided to spend an evening and the morning there and then head to Marrakesh by train.



However, we actually liked Rabat a lot.  We stayed in a Riad Marhaba in the middle of Medina, and it was almost impossible to find it. Luckily, Pepe speaks French, so we asked the locals in the middle of the main market. We understood that tourists are rather a rare thing in the city. After nearly the whole market gathered around us, we finally found a person, who knew where this place is and how to find it. And he guided us there for free. Never expected something like this to happen:) In general, people of Rabat are very friendly. No one in Rabat tried to fool us or give us higher price, not a single person was begging on the streets. Maybe that’s why I liked Rabat so much. From the aesthetical point of view, there is really nothing to see in Rabat but the atmosphere of the city is great. It’s quite modern, even the Medina is a bit different from Marrakech. It’s also way cheaper there.




Try to load some city maps with GPS beforehand! Or you might end up walking around medina for hours!
I liked the food in Rabat. For 1£, you can have a huge pita bread filled with freshly charcoaled lamb! And for one more pound – a fresh smoothie made of Mango, Orange, Kiwi and Papaya. Also, for 1 pound you can have a handful of boiled snails. We tried. Not recommended 🙂




Also, in the evening, we walked to the sea. The walk was a bit creepy so think twice if you are going to walk there at night.
Second of our 3 days in Morocco, started in our hotel, we had amazing breakfast on the top floor of the building – open terrace. It was so calm there (we were alone) and still chilly. Breakfasts in Morocco are fabulous! Or terrible if you are on a diet. A typical breakfast consists of at least 3 types of bread, different sorts of jam and also olives. Actually, breakfast varies from hotel to hotel.


Train from Rabat to Marrakech

In the first half of the day, we headed to the main railway station in order to buy the tickets for the train from Rabat to Marrakech. The tickets were quite cheap, less than 10£ as far as I remember. The duration of the train ride is slightly more than 4 hours but as long as you are sitting – it’s okay. We were lucky to find 2 spare seats, and everyone who entered 1 stop after us, hasn’t been able to find one already.



Once we arrived in Marrakesh, we took a taxi. Taxi drivers usually refuse to bring you inside the Medina and leave you at the entrance of it. We, nonetheless, agreed with one driver, that somebody will pick us up at the entrance of Medina and bring us to the hotel.  So it happened.


In Marrakesh, we lived in Riad Tamarrakecht. Again, the hotel surprised us with amazing interiors (though not as breathtaking as the hotel in Rabat) and delicious breakfasts on top of the building. Read Tamarrakecht is very well located: in the middle of the medina, 15 minutes away from Jemaa el-Fnaa square, the main landmark of Marrakesh. This square is a must for every traveler, however, during the day, there is not much to see. All the activity appears during the evening hours. The “thing” on the square is the food market: in various food booths, you can try all the possible traditional dishes of Morocco.




It makes sense to go to the most crowded booths as lots of people are sort of a guaranty of the quality of the food in the booth. However, keep your eyes open for various rip-offs. The stuff of one booth tried to charge us 40 dirhams extra. We asked for the bill and pointed at the dishes we actually didn’t have.
Another unpleasant moment is that while you’re eating at the main square, all the sort of beggars approach you and ask for money or ask to buy something from them (e.g. tissues).
Bring a pack of tissues with you and put it on the table, and then, each time you are asked to buy smth, the point at the pack of tissues at the table. This works 100%.
Next day we went to the main souk (market) of Marrakesh. This place is so huge! Seems like half of the old city is the market. Don’t hesitate to bargain, otherwise, you will end up paying up to 3 times more! Also, we visited the palace of Marrakesh. I cannot say that it’s very impressive but if you have free time, why not to see it?


Beware of Henna tattoo masters! The prices they offer is a total rip off, moreover, it’s extremely different to bargain with them. Starting from 200 pounds  for a tattoo I decreased the price to 30 pounds. It looked great but anyways, it was a total rip off.



The evening we spent again on the main square as it’s the best [and only] activity for the evening in Marrakesh. An alternative would be a nice restaurant but we pretty much exhausted our resources, so it wasn’t an option anymore 🙂

The way back to the airport was much better than the way from the Railway station: our driver somehow managed to squeeze into the streets of the medina and was just 150m away from the Riad.

As a summary, I would say, that Morrocco is a great country and we will definitely try to come there again to visit Agadir, Fes, Tangier and Casablanca. However, 3 days appeared to be totally fine for Rabat and Marrakesh combined.


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