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Hassan II mosque, Morocco

Morocco

Our trip to Morocco was way back in November 2012 when sampaisudah.com wasn’t conceived yet. Because of its fascinating and intriguing aspect of the country, I’ve decided to include posts of it now.

Morocco has been in my dream list for a long time but due to the highly priced package tour, it has been put off for a while. A long while actually. It materialised when we came across a 8D/7N full board ground package tour offered by a local travel agent for only RM2,050 (USD600 in 2012). The Etihad return air ticket (KUL-CMX-KUL) cost more but both totaled well below RM5,000.

Morocco
Note (July 2017) : As of mid July 2017,  the government of Malaysia and Morocco have signed an agreement to allow citizens of both countries to travel back and forth without visa requirements. Passport holders who are traveling for business or social visits with valid documents are allowed to enter and exit both countries without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days. (Please check whether the agreement has come into force).

For Malaysian citizens, you do require a visa to enter Morocco. You can download the visa application form here. You would also need a letter from your employer confirming your employment and their knowledge that you will be holidaying in Morocco among other documents. If you are retired, a declaration letter by yourself would suffice. Fill the form up, submit 2 black & white passport size photos, copies of your ID together with your passport and pay the visa fees (RM100-please check) to the Moroccan embassy in Wisma Selangor Dredging, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Approval isn’t on the spot, you’ll need to come back later (about 1 week) for your passport. Make sure during this period, you do not require your passport for travel elsewhere.

The ground package tour includes pick-up and send-off from/to Casablanca airport – Casablanca hotel, all meals, air-conditioned transportation, accommodations, entry fees and tour guide. As usual, you are expected to tip your tour guide and the bus driver.

The tour starts from Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Volubilis – Fes – Ifrane – Beni Mellal – Marrakesh – Casablanca. At the airport upon our arrival, we were greeted by a representative of the tour agency. Here we found out there’s another Malaysian couple and an Australian couple in the same flight joining the tour too. We were than transferred to our hotel and free for the rest of the day. The tour starts the next day.

Morocco flight route

A couple of hours transit in Abu Dhabi and we’re off to Casablanca.

Casablanca airport.

Safely arrived in the early morning into Mohammed V airport, Casablanca.

Casablanca

Planes parked on the apron.

Casablanca airport

Casablanca ATC tower.

Streets of Casablanca.

Street of Casablanca.

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Another street in Casablanca.

Marrakech

Casablanca seems to be free of traffic jam.

Marrakech

Street in-front of our hotel.

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central market, casablanca

Central Market, Casablanca, Morocco

The first day of our tour is quite hectic. In Casablanca we will be visiting the central market, Habous Quarter souq, Mohammed V square, Hassan II mosque followed by lunch at Ain Diab, dubbed as the croniche of Casablanca.

After lunch, we’ll take a 100km drive to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. There, we’ll visit the King’s palace, Mohamed V Mausoleum, Kasbah of Udayas and the mouth of river Bou Regreg. In almost all the major cities in Morocco, the King has a palace.

First in the itinerary is a visit to the central market. In the 60’s, this central market is frequented by celebrities, royalties, dignitaries and of-course the local. Rubbing shoulders with them was common. All-in-all the central market now is just like any other market in a big city. You’ll find vendors selling vegetables, fruits, flowers, spice power, kitchen essentials and the like.

central market, casablanca

Provision shop in the central market.

central market, casablanca

Kitchen essentials sold here.

central market, casablanca

Basket if you require one.

central market, casablanca

Many varieties of fruits.

central market, casablanca

Many kinds of vegetables.

central market, casablanca

Flowers are also available.

Casablanca itinerary.

Casablanca itinerary.

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Habous quarter, casablanca

Habous Quarter, Casablanca, Morocco

Habous Quarter (new medina) is an area of Casablanca built in 1930s by the French. So expect a wonderful mix of French and Moroccan inspired architecture. Characterised by its neat alleyways and elegant arches, strolling around the Habous unveils small souks selling local handicrafts and leather goods. You’ll also find a market specialising in many varieties of olives. Welcoming you to the Habous Quarter will be the minarets of Moulay Youssef and Mohamadi Mosques adjacent to each other.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Moulay Youssef mosque.

Habous Quarter, Casablanca

Yes, we are in the right place.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

An early morning deserted street.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Framing the arches

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

We came early, so no crowd.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Olive souq.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Multi coloured, multi varieties of olives.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Souvenir shop just opening doors.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Silverware.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Brassware

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Crockery to cook tagine.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Local handicraft.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Leather craft.

Habous Quarter, Casablnca

Moroccan fridge magnets.

Habous quarter, casablanca

Mohamadi mosque on the adjacent square.

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