3 weeks in Morrocco
One week in Marrakesh was too long for us. One day would have been good. We stayed in Riad Yasmine, near Bab Tazgout. Nice Riad, but difficult to get to the main square Jma El Fnaa as you had to walk through the souks. It would have been better to stay nearer the square, or to the south of it slightly, or maybe for us in a 4 star hotel in the new town.
It just became too much of a hassle after a while. If you stop for a moment someone will insist on trying to show you the way somewhere (anywhere) and then demand payment for it.
Restaurant Marrakchi in the square is overpriced for tourists and not especially good food. Better to eat in the square tables, or in one of the cheaper restaurants.
Another week in Morrocco, now south of the Atlas mountains. We took a taxi (about £100) which drove the long way round via the coast rather than go over the mountains (about 4-5 hours).
Stayed in Dar Zitoune about 2 km out of town. Lovely place in beautiful gardens, but not much to do. Food was good, but a bit limted in choice after a few days. Swimming pool was a bit too cold for comfort. Walking into town was not pleasant, nor was the town really - like Marrakech only smaller, still got hassle from locals.
Third week was the best. Stayed in the Sofitel - nice hotel. Pool was still a bit cool, but swmmable. We could at least walk here along the sea without hassle. Fresh grilled fish at the open stalls was good, but watch the price. Wood products here are excellent and very cheap - the only things we brought back from Morrocco.
Overall we did not like Morrocco much - certainly not for a long stay. There is really not a lot to see compared with Europe, NZ, US. Not much architecture, scenery mostly the same, food boring after a few days.