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FAMILY TRAVEL: Moroccan Adventure

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, September 14th, 2008 at 10:18 am in Family Travel.

Jessica Mullins in MoroccoGot an adventuresome family? A recent University of Idaho grad shares her Moroccan adventure tips on what to eat, where to stay and what to do.

THE TRAVELER: Jessica Mullins, Mill Valley

THE TREK: “I traveled to the gem Chefchaouen, Morocco, with six peers from my study abroad program in Spain. Half the excitement of Chefchaouen is getting there – a ferry from southern Spain across the strait of Gibraltar to Africa, a walk across the border to Morocco (and) a grand taxi, which goes from town to town for fares comparable to a bus, to take us on the hour drive.”

BEST BEDS: “Our group of backpackers stayed in the Aline Hostel. Don’t be driven away by the $9 cost of a bed. The hostel, in a great location, has a rooftop terrace with an ideal daytime or nighttime view of the town and mountains, comfortable huge beds, well-decorated rooms and includes breakfast.”

MEMORABLE MEALS: “In Morocco, it is easy to eat like a king for a peasant’s price. Try the restaurant Tissemal in Hotel Casa Hassan (another nice place to stay). Couscous and mint tea is a must in Morocco — one of my friends spent more on mint tea than he did on everything else combined.”

OUT & ABOUT: “Chefchaouen, a small town in the mountains of northeastern Morocco, is an entirely different world. It’s an easygoing town with never-ending sights. The town’s blue-washed buildings — blue accents highlight everywhere from outer walls to curved arches and steps — add to the town’s magic and charm. Spend the day wandering the town and getting lost in the small medina, or mazelike area with all the main shops. The mountains surrounding the town offer fantastic vistas and hiking options.”

P.S. “Make plenty of time to relax and take several breaks to enjoy Morocco’s hot mint tea. Also, the unbeatable prices of everything in Morocco — shop for anything, including traditional rugs, handmade leather items, bright-colored blankets or spices. I bought probably $50 worth of saffron for $2.”

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