The Unlikely Traveller has returned...

To travel life having safely arrived on the Atlantic coast in a city named Essaouira (pronounced Essa-weera).   Leading up: It would be fair to say that for many days leading up to my departure I was a little hesitant. After all, I'd had settled back into 'normality' for over six weeks and therefore the prospect of solo travel to an African continent had me feeling somewhat ambivalent, som ...

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A winter's week in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira was not somewhere I had heard of until recent times. Having proven itself to be so welcoming, I've ended up staying here for nearly one week. To put that into perspective, consider that the average tourist visiting Morocco would likely a) visit Marrakesh and b) for typically no more than 3-5 days though largely due to the infrequency of flight schedules I'd imagine. With Easyjet's direct Luton to Essaouira route introduced less ...

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Why you should come to Essaouira right about... NOW

No, honestly, you really should and here's eight reasons as to why people, particularly from the UK, should not ignore this post:   1) Sunshine! Essaouira offers almost constant sunshine with a very pleasant ambient temperatures ranging typically between the late teens to mid 20s for January and February. That single reason alone might be enough ...

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A bonkers day out at Paradise valley

Having decided it was finally time for me to leave the relative tranquillity and calming ambience of Essaouira, I searched for and found a new destination. Instead of taking the obvious north east route to Marrakesh, I've headed further down south along the Atlantic coast as there are a couple of towns/villages I've been advised to visit. One of those was Taghazout (pronounced tag-ra-zoot). The 2.5 hour bus journey cost me 80 ...

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A weekend in Agadir

  'Should I stay or should I go'? I've learnt that Agadir appears to definitely divide opinion between travellers and tourists. 'Don't go to Adagir, there's nothing to do there'. 'If you do go there, you won't even need a night - just a day at most'. Those two sentences I'd heard multiple times in Essaouira and now ...

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Three nights in Marrakech...

Might not seem like much time to spend there - especially considering I spent a week in the relaxed, less well known village of Essaouira. However, my reasons for only wanting three days in Marrakech can be explained. You see, contrary to popular belief, there are not a bucket load of things to do here. Additionally, I've actually been to Marrakech once before with my ex partner, Kate. We had such an amazing time here those years ago ...

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Journey to and arrival at: FES

Have you ever heard of the Moroccan city named Fes? This city boasts some impressive facts and figures so hopefully by the end of the post, you'll have learnt some memorable things about Fes making it not just another city, and certainly not just another city to forget. For starters, with over a 1 million population count, it's Morocco's second most populated city.   ...

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Chefchaouen: Fifty shades of blue

I've arrived at Chefchaouen; an instantly likeable and popular tourist destination.  Visitors seek out Chefchaouen due to its relaxed vibe, pleasant mountainous surroundings and spectacle that is all things blue. Having heard the city was indeed painted blue, naturally my expectations were set accordingly but on discovery that only a large portion of the buildings were blue, well, I'll admit to this being a slight anti-clima ...

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Wrapping up my time in Morocco

Just last week I smashed my train travel record racking up 7.5 hours and yesterday I broke my bus record reaching Casablanca, or 'Casa' as the Moroccan's would say, in a solid 6 hourer! I can also tell you that was my final journey in Morocco as I won't, for several reasons, be spending any notable time here in Casa or in Morocco's capital city, Rabat. You see initially it was the input from travellers that had me contemplati ...

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