Of course we are thrilled to have long stays at Chez Max but you may be looking at integrating a Marrakech villa rental at Chez Max into a larger Morocco trip to take in some of the scenery and contrast of this magnificent country.

Here are some suggestions of how to use your time on different length trips. Depending on hoe much moving around you want to do, you can take to the road and cover a lot of the country or you can take longer in fewer places. I prefer the less is more approach to visiting Morocco as I feel that staying somewhere for that bit longer allows one to really enjoy each place and get to know it more than just a surface view.

If you have 4-6 nights in Morocco you are restricted to a one or two centre trip.

Combining renting our house in Marrakech with either some time on the Atlantic coast can work well in a ¾ night split.

Max’s recommended places to stay in Essaouira

Max’s recommended places to stay in Oualidia

If you have 9 nights in Morocco you could do the following:

  • 3 nights at Chez Max (to relax in a beautiful, calm rural setting)
  • 3 nights in Marrakech city (to enjoy the frenetic energy of the mad, red city)
  • 3 nights on the Atlantic coast (to swim, surf, birdwatch and if in Essaouira, shop!)


  • 3 nights at Chez Max (to relax in a beautiful, calm rural setting)
  • Drive across the Atlas to Skoura
  • 2 nights in Skoura
  • 2 nights in Zagora
  • 1 night in Ait Ben Haddou before driving back to Marrakech for a last night.

Max’s recommended places to stay in Southern Morocco


If you would like us to build you a quote for a complete tour around Morocco staying in these, our favourite charming places, just let me know.  We can provide excellent vehicles with good English speaking drivers and save you the hassle of booking these yourselves.

In Skoura:

In Zagora

In the dunes at Erg Chigaga (3 hours drive from Zagora)

In Merzouga (at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes)

Max’s recommended places to stay in Fes

In Fes (7 hour drive from Merzouga)

Morocco Driving map