5 Budget Destinations in Morocco

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Chefchaouen street ©Mark Fischer/Flickr

A country with an amazing culture and innumerable attractions, Morocco can also be surprisingly cheap. You can find all types of accommodation in Morocco, from very basic to five-star, but in general Morocco is much cheaper than most European countries.

Cheap transportation and affordable accommodation make Morocco and ideal destination for budget travelers. The golden rule when it comes to traveling cheap around Morocco is to stick with the less touristy places, where prices are often inflated. These 5 budget destinations in Morocco are all worth a try:

Agadir

The sun-kissed town of Agadir is one of your best bets if you are planning an inexpensive beach vacation. The seaside town on the western coast of Morocco offers kilometers of fine-sand beaches and a variety of all-inclusive hotels and guest houses at affordable prices. In the afternoon you can shop in the local souks and sip a mint tea in one of the numerous cafes in the new town center.

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Agadir mosque ©Suzan-Marie/Flickr

Essaouira

There is much to say about the city of Essaouira, Morocco’s top seaside destination. However, as we mentioned this Moroccan city in several occasions on this blog, I will only add that this is one of the best places in Europe to learn how to surf, and that the city itself has one of the most charming historic districts in the country.

Chefchaouen

The capital of Morocco’s northernmost region, Chefchaouen is a city with a very distinct atmosphere. Chefchaouen is where Arab architecture and Mediterranean lifestyle give birth to a charming blend of cobblestone streets, minarets, lively souks and blue-washed houses. In the center of the city you can visit the old kasbah, now home to a tiny museum. This is also an ideal place to buy local crafts (especially pottery), due to a very good price/quality ratio.

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Chefchaouen street ©Mark Fischer/Flickr

Merzouga

A typical Saharan town, Merzouga is best suited for travelers willing to experience life in the dessert and learn about Berber culture. The great attraction here is not the town itself, but the surrounding sand dunes, which can be easily explored by taking a guided camel trip.

Tangier

Located on the African side of the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is often presented as Morocco’s most artistic city. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere is obvious from the first contact with this vibrant cultural, commercial and educational center. Its bars and cafes are really inspiring, as this used to be a favorite hangout for many intellectuals in the 10th and 20th centuries.

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Tangier ©ChrisYunker/Flickr

 

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