Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco
Join our Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco as we travel from Casablanca to Marrakech and discover the amazing culinary delights in between.
Moroccan cuisine is known for its bold and exotic flavours. From the tangy-sweet taste of preserved lemons to the fiery kick of harissa, a spicy chili paste, Moroccan food is a symphony of contrasting flavours that dance on the palate.
To accompany these delectable dishes, Moroccan wine offers a pleasant surprise to wine enthusiasts. Despite being a predominantly Muslim country, Morocco has a burgeoning wine industry that produces a diverse range of wines, from reds to whites to rosés. The vineyards, mostly located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, benefit from the unique terroir of the region, resulting in wines with a distinctive character.
Join our 10 day Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco to discover all this and more.
Day 1 – Casablanca
On arrival to Casablanca airport, you’ll be greeted by our representative and transferred to your boutique accommodation in Casablanca. Casablanca is the biggest city in Morocco, was modelled on the city of Marseilles by the French in 1920s. Its entertainment venues vary in their offerings and range from classy cocktails, piano bars, and to fine dining experiences. Tonight, enjoy your first Moroccan dinner at the authentic restaurant Dar Dada, nestled in a charming riad which immediately takes you on a journey through time. The restaurant offers modern cuisine and still faithful to rich culinary traditions of Morocco. Tonight, you’ll enjoy delicious food, Moroccan culture and exceptional musical ambiance.
Overnight at the Hotel Idou Anfa or similar (D)
Day 2 - Rabat
This morning, you’ll visit Hassan II Mosque, one of the most impressive mosques in the world. It is the second largest functioning mosque in Africa and is the 7th largest in the world. For lunch, we head to the exceptional restaurant Ricks café, a beautiful recreation of the cafe that brings the Casablanca movie dreams to life and where you will you feel like you’re going back in time to the 1940s. After a fun experience and delicious lunch including wine, continue to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, where you will visit Rabat old medina, listed as a World Heritage Site. We will then visit the Royal Palace (from the outside) and the vast minaret Hassan Tower that it is the Mohammed V Mausoleum. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight at Dar Shaan or similar (BL)
Day 3 - Ben Seliman and Meknes
Today after breakfast, travel to Benslimane, to visit the “Domaine des Ouled Thaleb” founded in 1926, one of the largest and oldest wineries in Morocco. The winery uses eco-friendly growing methods and you will join your local host who will take you on a tour to discover the winery growing area, caves and production methods. The tour offers an excellent insight into the Moroccan process of wine creation. After the visit you’ll taste some of the finest wines in Morocco and enjoy a delicious lunch. The tour will then continue to Meknes, one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco. It’s known for its imperial past, with remnants including Bab Mansour, a huge gate with arches and mosaic tiling. The gate leads into the former imperial city. Join your local guide for a medina and Royal palace tour.
Overnight at the Riad Ritaj or similar (BL)
Day 4 - Les Celliers de Meknes and Fes
Our day starts as we travel to visit the Meknes winery, Les Celliers de Meknes. This winery was the first to plant many international varieties like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was the first in Morocco to use oak barrels for ageing. On arrival, you will visit wine cellars, understand where and how they store and age the wine. After the tour, you’ll enjoy wine tasting and share a passion for wine with the local winemakers in the tasting room. Finish this amazing experience, with a lovely lunch with breath-taking views over the green vineyard fields and blue skies. After lunch, the tour continues to Fes, the oldest and biggest medina in Morocco. Tonight, we will join a local family for unforgettable experience where you’ll enjoy one of the Fes traditional and unique dishes, chicken Pastilla. This ia a crispy pie that combines sweet and salty flavours, it is often served at weddings and celebrations but can be cooked for a special family dinner (Vegetarian pastilla option is available).
Overnight at Riad Myra or similar (BLD)
Day 5 – Culinary Fes
What better way to start the day, than on a culinary adventure with a hands-on cooking class. You will learn to cook just like a local, and discover the small gastronomic secrets required to make delicious traditional Morocco dishes. For lunch, you will be tasting what you have just cooked, followed by traditional mint tea and homemade Moroccan pastries. In the afternoon, our tour explores the ancient medina with your local guide and finishes an amazing day with sunset drinks at one of the best viewing sites in Fes.
Overnight at Riad Myra or similar (BL)
Day 6 - Marrakech
Today after breakfast, head to the ancient Roman ruins and the World Heritage Site of Volubilis. There are a number of vantage points to take photographs of the town. Volubilis is the site of the largest and best-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors and it has incredible views of the Rif Mountain foothills, especially at sunset. Join your local guide for walking tour of the site. We will the continue the journey towards Marrakech, known as the Red city. Marrakech is a mix of modern world and old heritage and you will discover that the new city looks very similar to your typical European city, whereas the old city could be a scene from 1,000 years ago. On arrival, you’ll check in to your beautiful riad in the medina before you join your local guide for an private street food tour. You will get the chance to eat like a local and sample specialties that many visitors miss from harira soup, Tanjia, Moroccan pancakes Mssemen, Sfanj to spiced Moroccan tea, all while walking through the ancient medina of Marrakech and capturing its magic at night.
Overnight at Riad Maiepa or similar (BD)
Day 7 – Marrakech Cooking Class
After breakfast, our tour heads to a small local farm 45 minutes’ drive from Marrakech for a cooking class with a local chef. Here you will learn to make more traditional dishes using handpicked and organic ingredients. Enjoy your lunch with a wine tasting of local wines in the garden. After lunch we travel back to Marrakech and rest of the day is at leisure. There are options (payable locally) to experience a luxury Moroccan hammam and massage (MAD800) or be escorted on a private shopping tour (MAD500). Let us know in advance and we can pre-book these for you.
Overnight at Riad Maiepa or similar (BL)
Day 8 - Essaouira
The tour takes you on another wine adventure today as we make our way towards the coastal town of Essaouira. On the way we will stop at Val d’Argan, the second-largest producer of Moroccan wines, for a winery visit, wine tasting and lunch. We wil then continue on to Essaouira, where you will visit a local cheese producer where you will learn how Moroccan goat cheese is made, with plenty of samples as well. On arrival at Essaouira, you will have free time. Perhaps enjoy a coffee at a seaside café or buy some souvenirs for family and friends or book a sea view dinner.
Overnight at Riad Mimouna or similar (BL)
Day 9 - Essaouira Old Medina
We set off on a morning guided tour of Essaouira old medina, discovering the small charming streets which are full of artists and artisans, making and selling their craftwork. The lifestyle in Essaouira is peaceful and relaxed. During this walking tour, you will explore the most lively and picturesque parts of Essaouira and discover for yourself the old Portuguese fortifications in which Game of Thrones and the John Wick movie were filmed. In the late afternoon, we will head back to Marrakech for your last night. Enjoy a farewell dining experience at one of the best restaurants in Marrakech, the Palais Dar Soukkar, where you’ll celebrate happiness and abundance through the art of the table and where the show will leave you breathless and astonished.
Overnight at Riad Maiepa or similar (BD)
Day 10 – The end of the Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco
Today enjoy your last breakfast in Morocco. With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. Check-out time is usually around midday, however, if you wish to spend more time in Marrakech, we can organize additional accommodation for you (subject to availability) or you can do one of our optional activities. Your airport transfer to Marrakech will be arranged to suit your departure flights.
Get in touch with Our Local Tour to book the Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco
18th September to 27th September 2023
11th December to 20th December 2023
15th April to 24th April 2024
3rd June to 12th June 2024
30th September to 9th October 2024
2nd December to 11th December 2024
Price 2023 from - from £2795 per person (based on two people sharing)
Price 2024 from - from £2995 per person (based on two people sharing)
Single Supplement - £625
Included in the Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco
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Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.
Visa and Passport Information
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. However, the Moroccan Consulate General in London advise that your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. If your passport does not meet this requirement you may face difficulties and you should check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before travelling. Before travelling, make sure your passport isn’t damaged. Some travellers have been refused entry when travelling on damaged passports.
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad.
It is a condition of booking with Our Local tour that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities.
Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy.
What to bring on the Food and Wine Adventure in Morocco
Lightweight clothing is essential however a warmer jumper is advisable for cooler evenings in the mountains A light rain coat is advisable. There is a laundry available in most hotels.
Lightweight comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. Waterproof footware is recommended.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea.
Banking and Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Dh10, 5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
Mon-Thurs 0830-1230 and 1500-1830, Fri 0830-1200 and 1500-1830.
Most major credit cards are accepted in larger restaurants, hotels, guest houses and the occasional shop in the souks, with Visa and MasterCard being accepted most widely.
Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, although service in smaller towns can be erratic. Most major hotels now have more reliable ATMs.
Traveller's cheques are accepted in some areas but are not advised, as the exchange can be problematic and it can be difficult to find a bank able to cash them, although some of the main tourist hotels offer this facility.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around
The high-speed toll roads connecting Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech and El Jadida are of excellent quality. Coastal communities and most large towns are also well served by good roads. In the interior, south of the High Atlas Mountains, road travel becomes much more difficult, especially across the Atlas Mountains in winter. International and local car hire companies have offices in major towns, cities and airports. Car hire is generally expensive, and prices vary with the season. The minimum age for driving a hired car is 18, although many hire companies will require drivers to be 21 or over.
Metered petit taxis are available in major towns. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped, although it is common to round fares up at least to the next dirham on short trips. Larger, grand taxis are usually Mercedes cars, used for travel outside medinas and to areas outside towns. These can be shared, but fares should be agreed before departure as they don't have meters.
Bike hire is available in most major towns - although attempting to cycle through city traffic is inadvisable. For those travelling longer distances, bikes can be transported on trains and buses.
Making use of the extensive bus network is the cheapest and most popular way to get around Morocco. Buses serve most communities, and private operators compete for custom on the more popular routes. The major bus companies are Compagnie de Transports Marocains, Trans Ghazala, and ONCF. There are extensive bus services in Casablanca and other main towns. Pre-purchase tickets are sold.
Traffic drives on the right in Morocco and the wearing of seatbelts is compulsory. The speed limit is 40kph (25mph) in cities and built up areas, rising to 80km (50mph) on more major roads, up to 120km (75mph) on motorways. No alcohol at all is allowed in the bloodstream when driving.
Foreign driving licences are accepted, as well as International Driving Permits. Third Party insurance is required. Insurance documentation and a licence must be carried with you at all times. Insurance can be arranged locally.
The Moroccan rail system, run by Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) provides regular services. The network runs from Oujda in the northeast to Casablanca on the west coast, Tangier on the north coast and Fes and Marrakech in the interior. However, only a small part of the country is served, and even large centres such as Agadir and Essaouira are not covered.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice
Water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is the best bet and is available everywhere. Milk is unpasteurised, so boil before drinking. Meat and fish should be freshly cooked and served hot. Vegetables are typically served cooked. If eating fruit, try to stick to fruit that can be peeled before eating. Most produce is grown organically, without chemical pesticides or fertilisers but it’s highly likely to have been washed in unsterilized water.
Fusion isn't a new trend in Morocco, where the cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean, Arabic, Jewish, Persian, West African and Berber influences. Meals range from the diffa, an elaborate multicourse feast featuring couscous and grilled meats, to quick brochettes (kebab) from a roadside stall. Produce is seasonal, grown locally and typically without chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
Tagines, the fragrant stews of meat, vegetables or fish, named after the distinctive conical earthenware vessel they’re cooked in are the Moroccans main staple. Flavours revolve around a subtle array of spices, and traditionally every spice shop would have its own secret ras el hanout spice blend recipe.
Restaurants range from buffet diners to high-end establishment serving gourmet fare. Many now offer à la carte menus and a three-course fixed-price menu is still common at dinner. Restaurants in cities and large resorts are cosmopolitan, offering a good selection of cuisines, including typical Moroccan fare, plus French, Italian, Spanish and fusion dishes.
The best way to experience the true flavour of Moroccan cuisine, however, is to sample the street food. Djemaa el Fna square in the centre of Marrakech sees an explosion of pop-up food stalls after dark, and most other cities have their own foodie quarters. Scrumptious local specialities such as almonds, olives and a rainbow array of spices can be found in souks across the country.
Laws on alcohol are fairly liberal (for non-Muslim visitors) and bars in most tourist areas stay open late. Wines, beers and spirits are available to tourists. Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. By law, no-one is allowed to drink alcohol in view of a mosque or during Ramadan, although tourist establishments sometimes flout this rule. Locally produced wines, beers and mineral waters are reasonably priced, but imported drinks tend to be expensive.
Tipping waiting staff is expected (if service is satisfactory), usually up to 5 dirams on small bills, and around 10% for larger bills.
Climate and Weather
Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in the months of December and January.
Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) during the winter.
Owing to the relatively high winter temperatures, and summers that are dry rather than unbearably humid, Morocco is an all-year round destination. If you really want to avoid the heat, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons of April to May, and September to November.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
Lightweight cottons and linens are best worn during summer, with warm medium weight wear for the evenings, during the winter, and in the mountains. Waterproofing is advisable in the wet season, particularly on the coast and in the mountains. Both men and women should be careful to wear clothing that is cognisant of cultural sensitivities – long sleeves and low hems will be looked on favourably. Sunscreen, a sunhat and sunglasses are essential especially in summer.
Access is unrestricted and is widely available in business centres, hotels and in internet cafés. A one month prepaid unlimited internet access card for laptops, iPhones and smartphones is available from Maroc Telecom (who also have the best national coverage).
Electricity and Plug Standards
Electrical sockets (outlets) in Morocco are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Kingdom of Morocco usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.
But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts.