If you’re the type of traveller who likes to get off the beaten path when travelling and do as the locals do, you won’t want to miss the often overlooked hillside town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune near both Fez and Meknes in Morocco.
On my latest episode of Why Morocco, and last podcast episode before taking a summer break, I sat down with my friend Rose Button when she came to stay with me from Moulay Idriss during Ramadan. If you’re planning to visit Morocco and it’s not in your itinerary at the moment, you may be inclined to add it after listening to this episode.
Small streets and local markets for wandering, cafes for people-watching, rolling hills to explore on foot or by bicycle and donkeys ready for the trek to nearby Roman ruins at Volubilis make this town the ideal spot for some slow travel. A perfect day here starts with a walk through the countryside, lunch from the roaring grills and afternoon wander and coffee in the square before bidding the day farewell while watching the sunset over the picturesque village with Volubilis in the background.
It’s one of those places where I buy a one-way ticket because I know I’m not going to be able to pull myself away until I absolutely must. In fact, non-Muslim guests have only been permitted to stay the night in the village since 2005. And so Rose purchased a guesthouse where she welcomes travellers looking to explore beyond Volubilis.
And this is exactly what Rose and I chat about on episode 20 of Why Morocco (along with her passion project). Listen now!
If, after listening, you want to start planning a Moroccan vacation, get in touch and I’ll put you in contact with Cris from Sun Trails Morocco, a private tour operator based in Marrakech. Having travelled with Sun Trails and Cris personally, I can attest that Cris is just genuinely passionate about discovering the hidden gems dotting the country. And meeting people like architects and musicians undertaking interesting initiatives. He then puts all this together in an itinerary for guests who are looking for more than just a standard tour of Morocco. He’s been on the podcast twice, so if you want to find out more, check out episode one and episode 19.
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