Visit Morocco on a Budget

Amina Al seddik
By Amina Al seddik 1.5k Views 15 Min Read

Visiting Morocco nowadays has become viral among travellers, and to be honest, we are not surprised, because the country is actually well worth visiting due to its delicious food, iconic sights, culturally rich cities, museums, traditional souks and shops, and more.

Despite the fact that Morocco is not an expensive country, especially for foreigners, you still can stretch those euros even further and visit Morocco on a budget without compromising on your Moroccan experience.

From sightseeing to food and accommodation, here are the best ways to Visit Morocco on a budget.

Visit Marrakech on a Budget

You can’t visit Morocco without giving a visit to the Red City, Marrakesh, so here’s a glimpse of budget-friendly experiences that Marrakech offers and that will allow you to enjoy your trip to fully experience the city’s culture, history, and vibrant atmosphere without straining your wallet:

  • Jardin Majorelle: Explore this stunning botanical garden filled with vibrant colours and exotic plants. It’s an oasis of tranquillity in the centre of the city. The best time to visit the Majorelle garden is early in the morning when it opens.
  • Explore Bahia Palace: One of Marrakech’s most important architectural structures that allow you to experience the opulent world of Moroccan building design. You can admire the detailed tile patterns, peaceful inner yards, and vibrant green gardens, all in one place.
  • Experience Jemaa el-Fnaa: The Jemaa el-Fna square is one of the main cultural exchange spaces in Marrakech. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Marrakech’s main square. From snake charmers, who should not be supported, to Moroccan cultural traditions performed through musical, religious, and artistic expressions, and food stalls, it’s a sensory overload that shouldn’t be missed.
  • Explore the Koutoubia Mosque: Marvel at the impressive architecture of the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. Travellers of all religions can visit Koutoubia’s plaza and gardens for free.
  • Take a Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains: Escape the city for a day and go to the breathtaking Atlas Mountains. Hike scenic trails, visit traditional Berber villages, and enjoy panoramic views without breaking your budget.

Now, what we do know is that for every traveller, the best way to avoid expensive accommodation is to travel outside of peak season. However, you can still travel whenever you want if you are ready to stay in hostels because they are the best option for someone seeking to visit Morocco on a budget.

Here are the best hostels you can stay in while enjoying your Marrakesh trip:

  • Hostel Dream Belko: 14 Derb Sbaia Kasbah, Marrakech 20000 Morocco.
  • Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge: Riad Zitoune Jdid Derb Zenka Dika, No. 40, Marrakech 40000 Morocco.

Read also: Where to shop in Marrakech

Visit Chefchaouen on a budget

Chefchaouen is a charming city located in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s one of the most captivating destinations that attracts visitors with its stunning blue-painted streets, houses, and buildings. It’s the perfect spot for travellers wanting to visit Morocco on a budget and seeking tranquillity, beauty, and a glimpse into Morocco’s diverse cultural tapestry. 

The Medina: Chefchaouen, like every other ancient city of Morocco, exudes undeniable beauty and cultural richness. However, what sets it apart is the unique tapestry of its individual history, culture, and costumes just waiting to be discovered. This city is absolutely one of those cities that will get every visitor lost in its charming blue alleyways.

Akchour and Ras El ma Waterfalls: The best spot for anyone who wants an escape from the city. The crystal-clear waters and the soothing sounds of rushing water mesmerise visitors and create an unforgettable experience that showcases the natural charm of the region.

Outa El Hammam Square: Located in the centre of the city’s medina, surrounded by blue and white buildings, pavement cafes, restaurants, and markets that offer a variety of local goods and souvenirs, this square creates a unique and vibrant atmosphere.

Just like we mentioned before one of the secrets in planning a budget-friendly Moroccan adventure is staying in hostels, so here are a few you can stay in on your trip to Chafchaouen:

  • Riad Baraka- Chefchaouen: 12 Derb Ben Yakoub, Chefchaouen 91000 Morocco
  • Chefchaouen hotel: Quartier Znika Rue Hawta, Chefchaouen 91000 Morocco
  • Hotel Mauritania: No. 15 Rue Kadi Alami, Chefchaouen 91000 Morocco
  • Pension Cordoba: 36 Rue Granada, Chefchaouen 91000 Morocco

Visit Tangier on a budget

Tangier is a city where you can find a mix of cultures; from North Africa to Spain, Portugal and France, too. The city is located in northern Morocco and it’s so close to Europe that, on a clear, sunny day, you can see Spain across the straits.

Cafe Hafa is a meeting point for intellectuals, artists and bohemians, as well as the perfect spot for a traditional Moroccan mint tea while you’re chilling with your friends or on your own and enjoying one of the best views in the city above a low cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The cafe is located in the Marshan of Tangier, a more residential area on a hill just above the Kasbah.

American Legation Museum: What a lot of people seem not to know about Morocco is that it was one of the first countries in the world to recognize the USA as a nation and this Museum conveys the history of the relationship between the US and Morocco. The museum is a must-visit when you’re in Tangier, especially for Americans.

Tangier Kasbah is one of the most beautiful spots to visit in the city. Situated in the upper part of the medina where you get to feel the rich history of Tangier. The kasbah has served as the region’s military and political centre since the Roman era.

Cap Spartel is a great spot for tranquillity and beautiful landscapes to immortalise in your memory. Cap Spartel is located 14 kilometres west of Tangier, famous for its beautiful cliff view where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. Everyone coming to Tangier shouldn’t miss a visit to Cap Spartel.

Hercules Cave: The first thing that catches your attention about this cave is its name; according to the myth it’s called Hercules Cave because Hercules (the character from Greek and Roman mythology) slept there during his quest to fetch three golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides.

The cave is known for the famous crack in the rock that resembles the outline of Africa which allows you to catch a glimpse of the deep blue tones of the sea through the fissure.

The Cave of Hercules is situated below Cape Spartel and could be reached from Robinson Plage.

Wondering where to stay on your visit to Tangier? we’ve got you.

  • The Medina Hostel: Rue Abaroudi n 14, Tangier 90000 Morocco
  • Tangier Kasbah Hostel: Rue Sidi Jalil, Tangier 90030 Morocco

Read also: Where to shop in Tangier

Visit Fes on a budget

Fes is a city rich in history and culture, famous for its historic sites, including the University of Al Quaraouiyine, the oldest working university in the world, the Al-Attarine Madrasa, Bou Inania Madrasa and the fascinating Chouara Tannery. Also known for its traditional arts and crafts, including pottery, ceramics, and leatherwork, Fes is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Moroccan history and culture.

Fes El Bali: also known as the old city or The Medina, is an introduction to the rich history and architectural beauty of Fes. It’s famous for its narrow, winding streets, the bustling souks are full of vibrant colours, exotic scents and a wide array of goods, including spices, textiles, carpets, jewellery and other traditional Moroccan products, as well as historic mosques and Medersa (Islamic schools) decorated with stunning architecture.

Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University: The world’s oldest continuously operating university, founded in the 9th century, Characterised by a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, attracting students from all over the world and famous for a range of disciplines, including Islamic studies, theology, Arabic language, law, sciences, and humanities. 

Medersa Bou Inania: Another Islamic school rich in architectural beauty and historical significance. Today, Medersa Bou Inania is open to the public, so everyone can appreciate its architectural splendour and historical past. It offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Fes and the enduring legacy of Islamic education

Mellah (Jewish Quarter): The Mellah, or the Jewish Quarter, used to be a residential area and cultural hub for Jewish residents of Fes and the surrounding regions. Today it represents a symbol of tolerance and harmony between Jewish and Muslim communities in Morocco.

Discover affordable accommodations that still offer comfort and convenience for your stay in Fes:

  • Dar ATLANTICA – Fes: 10 Arsat Jiar Zenfour Bab El Guissa, Fes 30000 Morocco 
  • Dar ELINOR: Fes, 8 Derb Benani Ziat Douh, Fes 30000 Morocco
  • Fes Touria Palace: 9, Derb Sidi Youssef, Nekhalin Fès-L’Ancien, Fes 30200 Morocco
  • BackHome Fes: 15 Derb Bennani Douh Batha Fez, Fes 30000 Morocco

Read also: Where to shop in Fez?

Visit Essaouira on a budget

A beautiful coastal city, Essaouira, is located in the western region of Morocco where you can: 

  • Visit the Medina: Explore the narrow streets of Essaouira’s Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can wander by the charming blue and white buildings, browse through local shops, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.
  • Discover the Skala de la ville: One of the magnificent architectural landmarks in Essaouira. Exploring the Skala de la Ville allows you to soak up Essaouira’s rich history while admiring the breathtaking scenery that surrounds it.
  • Attend the Gnawa and World Music Festival: A Moroccan festival that serves to promote Gnaoua culture. You can attend a live performance of Gnawa to be able to absorb yourself in the hypnotic rhythms and soulful melodies of this traditional African-inspired music.
  • Visit the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Museum: The museum gives you the chance to enjoy Essaouira’s rich history and art scene and discover traditional Moroccan artefacts, historical exhibits and contemporary artworks. The entry cost for foreigners is 60 Dirhams and 20 Dirhams for locals.

Affordable hostels for your trip to Essaouira:

  • Dar loulema: 2 Rue Souss, Essaouira 44000 Morocco
  • Essaouira Beach hostel: Rue Lalla Hasna n18, 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

Visit Morocco on a Budget Moroccan Cuisine

When it comes to Moroccan cuisine, it is an adventure like no other that will allow you to enjoy the flavours of Morocco without breaking the bank. Here are the local, must-try dishes on your visit to Morocco:

Mint tea: It is the staple of Moroccan hospitality and can be found everywhere in the country.

Tangia: An iconic dish exclusive to Marrakech. Prepared in a traditional clay pot called a Tangia, this slow-cooked meat masterpiece is a must-try when exploring the flavours of the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to savour this authentic Moroccan delight during your visit to Marrakech.

Harira: is the most famous, traditional soup in Morocco and my personal favourite dish. It is made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, fresh herbs and meat. Noone visits Morocco without trying Harira.

Snail soup or as it is called in Morocco, Babbouche: A dish originating in Morocco, it is made with snails that are cooked slowly in a bouillon containing thyme, anise, gum Arabic, mint and other ingredients. 

Bistilla: Bastila or Pastilla is a traditional Moroccan pastry dish that combines sweet and savoury flavours. It’s made with layers of thin filo pastry, spiced shredded chicken or pigeon meat, eggs, almonds, cinnamon, saffron and ginger, and is topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and ground cinnamon before serving. 

Read also: Moroccan cuisine: a culture you can taste

Conclusion

For every passionate traveller wanting to visit Morocco on a budget, let us assure you that Morocco is an irresistible destination where you can immerse yourself in the culture and create lifelong memories without spending vast amounts of money. Follow our guide and experience the richness and beauty of Morocco without breaking the bank.

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