Cooking with the locals in Marrakech - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
So here we are on a beautiful day in May, just a few days before the starting of Ramadan and nothing seems to foretell it. It’s 10 AM and we are crossing Jemaa El Fna square in the company of Oumaina, our hostess for the day. The vendors are as…
I first passed the doorstep of Riad Laaroussa in 2013 on the occasion of Fes World Sacred Music Festival. I immediately felt compelled by the proportions and objects. The ground floor rooms had 7 meter high ceilings. And the courtyard could have accommodated a generous pool but the owner decided…
Lma Lodge Skoura - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Lma Lodge. In only a few years, this guest house in the palm grove of Skoura, has become a reference. Recently, previous guests have booked two years in advance, booking the whole place for them and their group of friends. The recipe for this success ? Instead of one single…
Palais Khum - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
When I find myself sometimes wandering about the medina of Marrakech in the morning, I yearn for a good coffee in a beautiful setting, somewhere away from the hustle and bustle. Away from the selfie sticks. And Palais Khum is just the place. After all, Stefano, the owner, is Italian…
Travel to Morocco during Ramadan - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Ramadan is a holy month in Islam, during which the Muslims refer from drinking and eating, among other things, from dusk till dawn ( 4 AM to 7H30 PM in Morocco). Morocco being a Muslim country, most Moroccans observe the fasting. In 2020, Ramadan will span most of May. Is…
When you ask a Moroccan which city best represents Moroccan cuisine, the answer will most likely be: Fez. And there’s a feeling that the time has stood still here for the past few centuries when walking aimlessly through thousands of derbs or just turning the corner to find oneself in…
The riads of Marrakech, probably Morocco's most coveted attraction. If until the late 90's, they were a well kept secret, the secondary homes of well- off French urbanites that used to come and spend the weekend or winter holidays and started to let rooms to their friends and aquaintances, they…
Dar Infiane - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Tucked away in the south of Morocco, lies the unassuming town of Tata. Those more intrepid travellers on a tour of the southern Morocco, spending the night in Erg Chigaga dunes, pass close by. At a first view,Tata seems a middle- of- nowhere ghost- town built by the French at…
Is Morocco Safe ? - 3.7 out of 5 based on 3 votes
Less people travel to Morocco in 2016. These are the official figures from the Moroccan Tourism Observatory. But why? Why are travelers avoiding a land rich in cultural diversity, stunning landscapes and natural- born hospitality? We cannot help but wonder if the kingdom’s location in Middle East North Africa (…
With little to do but wander, Essaouira remains a hippy hang-out where Jimi Hendrix is said to have penned Castles in the Sand. Today though, a more Bohemian crowd flocks for the laid-back ambiance, delicious local cuisine, and miles of beach perfect for walking (even as far as the castle…
This private Morocco tour will take you through Casablanca, Asilah, Tangier, Chefchaouen, Meknes, Volubilis and Rabat. Listen to a local university teacher relate tales of pirates capturing European nobility in Sale. Discover the colorful medina of Tangier with a view on the Atlantic, praised by Delacroix, Matisse and the ‘beat generation’. Become a child…
The rise of a pasha - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Many of our private tours of Morocco include a detour by the Pasha Glaoui’s ruined palace in Telouet, up in the High Atlas mountains and the nearby salt mines. But not many know that from this desolate group of ruins in the High Atlas, so far from the seat of…
Morocco's Crafts - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
There is a man carving patterns on marble plaques on the main streets of Fes. Another carves little wooden spoons out of his small shop in Essaouira. A small group of women weaves carpets out of a small cooperative in Chefchaouen. Wherever you go in Morocco, you will find people…
Gems of Morocco's North - 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes
A custom tour of Morocco reveals a country of many faces. A trip to the south will show you the life of the desert, Berber history and a culture that has thrived in a beautiful, but harsh landscape. A trip to the Imperial cities will give you a taste of…
24 hours in Rabat - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Walk the grand tree-lined promenades of the new city. Relax in the little corners tucked away in the old Medina. Come to Rabat for a tour of Morocco that is both unique and deeply fascinating. At night you can walk around the new city and see it lit up with…
You are in Marrakech for a few days. You’d love to spend a night in the Sahara but are put off by the distance ? After all, if you have 3 days on your hands, you can travel to the Sahara by 4x4, spend a night in the dunes and…
Private tours of Morocco help educating young girls - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
In 2013, we started supporting the education of the young girls in rural Morocco. Every month, Sun Trails donates 1 % of its income towards Education for All Morocco. So, in booking a private tour of Morocco with us, not only you are likely to have an unforgettable travel experience…
Rick's cafe Casablanca - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
The things to do in Casablanca aren't that many. Despite the glamor that is associated with the name, Casablanca is not exactly Bangkok. Or Cairo. Besides the third largest mosque in the world, the city boasts little more than a few architectural jewels in the way of monuments. There’s one…
Morocco desert experience - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
What is it that draws us to the immensity of the dunes ? The oceans of sand. Where does it spark from, this longing to gaze at wave after wave of sand disappearing on the horizon?... All else irrelevant. There, on top of the highest dune. Minutes ago, you were…
Family holidays in Morocco - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
You may think that Morocco is not the best place for your family on holidays. Think again. In the last few years, a new breed of hotels caters specifically for families with children and teenagers. And we don't mean trampolin and water slides all- inclusive- resorts. We mean treasure hunt,…
Medieval Morocco - exhibition of the year - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
On a beautiful morning in March we are entering the newly opened Museum Mohamed 6 in Rabat. The previous months built quite an expectation since the exhibition on medieval Morocco had been hosted by none other than Louvre Museum ( yes, the one in Paris) and proved to be quite…
Agafay Desert Lodge & Camp - 3.8 out of 5 based on 4 votes
Only 40 minutes drive of Marrakech lies the desert of Agafay. It isn’t sand dunes like the Sahara. Yet layer after layer of rock dunes instill a similar feeling of remoteness. Of nothingness. Only troubled by the occasional douar, local hamlets with their mud houses which seem to slowly return…
The Other Morocco - 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 votes
From Marrakech to desert to the coast in 9 days. Our most off- the- beaten- track 4x4 Morocco tour, away from the tourist crowds: pristine gorges with see- through natural pools where fish swim, Bronze- Age rock engravings, wildlife including gazelles, falcons and hares, 3000- year old tombs, century- old…
Jardins de Skoura - the lodge within a palm grove - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
When visiting the south of Morocco, many think of Ouarzazate. And yet, this 20th century city with its famous film studios, plethora of large hotels and a few manicured kasbahs is far from representing Morocco or the region itself. To immerse oneself into the local culture, one has to travel…
Luxury Desert Camp - 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
You want to spend a night in the desert but don’t want to loose on the comfort ? Or perhaps you are considering renting a car and drive there yourself, but are afraid of getting lost, coping with the traffic of Africa or missing out on things to do/ see…
Maison de La Photographie Marrakech - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
I remember meeting Patrick back in 2009 for the first time, just when Maison de la Photographie had opened. I was managing a Riad in the Medina of Marrakech at the time and someone told me about this interesting photography museum that just opened around the corner. Out of curiosity,…
Private Morocco Tour- 8 Convincing Reasons - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Discovering Morocco on a private 4x4 tour has become very popular in the last few years. When one thinks of Morocco, endless saffron dunes and hard- to- bargain souks come to mind. Ultimately, a culture shock will happen. It is overwhelming – in ways both uplifting and unsettling. Naturally, you…
Atlas Mountains chic hotel - Domaine Malika - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
A boutique hotel at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco is a rare sight. Except for Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot there were no choices of staying in the area other than your typical wood- bean country club. And if you are on a private tour of Morocco, you…
Casablanca rates always high on the list of those that want to take on a Morocco private tour. In spite of its myth, Casablanca nowadays appears to be but a large congested city with not much in the way of interesting sites. But is that all there is to it…
Villa Des Orangers, Marrakech - 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Riads in Marrakech were sprouting like mushrooms a few years back when the economic crisis hadn’t yet touched Europe and USA. The debate of the day was: what makes a Riad a Riad ? Why some places are called ‘Dar’ and others ‘Riad’ ? Is it the shape of the…
5 things to not miss on a luxury tour of Morocco - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
You are planning on taking on a private luxury tour of Morocco and you are wondering what is that you can not miss. It is no less than a daunting task, considering the explosion of luxury hotels, restaurants and brands in Morocco in the last few years. Perhaps not as…
6 things to do in Marrakech - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
We’ve been designing travel experiences around Morocco since 2008, from our offices in Marrakech. The year is 2019 and with the rise in numbers of online ‘ lifestyle travel designers’ with ‘expert advice’ on Marrakech, we needed to sift the wheat from the chaff and compile our own list of…
Recommended not only to those that are fond of cooking or exotic cuisine but also as one of the best introductions to Marrakech and its old city's way of life, in a city where local reliable guides are getting harder to come by. An excellent alternative to a day trip…
Having booked lunch for our guests at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot quite a few times while on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains with us, it had been a while since we wanted to try it ourselves. Especially since first time was 7 years ago and the chef (and…
Morocco's true luxury - a day at La Mamounia - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Just finished a private tour around Morocco and looking for somewhere romantic to pamper yourself and shed off the sand of the Sahara? Sharon Stone stayed here. And the Rolling Stones. Back in the day it was Winston Churchill's favorite hotel. There is harldy a more romantic site in Marrakech…
Azalai Desert Lodge, Zagora - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
In the shade of the eucalyptus, I am just about to finish my lunch with a fresh mellon- infused home made ice- cream and a glass of what the owner of the house calls a 'citronnade': a freshly squeezed lemon juice mixed with mint, sugar and lots of water, served…
Morocco - best time to visit ? - 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
What is the best time to visit Morocco ? A question that often comes up when someone contacts us about booking a tour of Morocco. Is October the best time to visit ? Is Christmas busy ? What are the temperatures in March ? What about Ramadan ? When visiting…
Dar Al Hossoun, Taroudant - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Beyond the snow covered peaks of the Atlas Mountains, between Marrakech and the Sahara lies a quiet town - older, yet less famous than Marrakech. And that is how its residents like it. Away from the glam, flamboyance and millions of tourists of the red city, Taroudant is a quiet…
The dust on the horizon had settled down and the sand beast beyond the djebel seemed to have fallen asleep. The blue people had told me sandstorms this time of year meant seasons are changing, yet summer was still lingering around as far as I could tell. The vast panorama…
A DAY OUT PICNICKING IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS (or how you don't need a grill when having a barbecue) Driving: 1 hour and a half each way. Trekking: 1 hour. Day dreaming: most of the day. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: 1. Wake up relatively early errr... 10 AM- ish. Bring your…
GREEN MOROCCO TOURS. What if the accommodations offered on your Morocco tour would comply with the best environmental practices ? Saving electricity. Regulate and preserve water. Making sure the waste is recycled. Employing only local work force. And much more. Traditional Berber villages have always been built from a mix…