By Erick Widman
If you want to spice up your life, look no further than Shannon Varis, who spent a week driving across Morocco!
Shannon is an artist on multiple levels: she’s clearly skilled at the art of travel, and is also a professional photographer who’s been all over the world on behalf of nonprofit organizations. She has developed the ability to easily connect with locals and uncover fascinating places that are off the beaten path. Thankfully for us, her photos speak powerfully about her travels!
Traveling Across Morocco by Car
Shannon has been to Morocco several times, and for the trip we interviewed her about, Shannon and her brother immersed themselves in a variety of spots with a weeklong driving tour. They started in Casablanca and in just one day made their way down into the Sahara.
She found Casablanca to be beautiful, especially the stunning architecture of its mosques. It was the changing landscapes were the most remarkable—and memorable—parts of their self-guided tour, though.
Morocco’s Dramatically Diverse Landscapes
Within just six hours of leaving Casablanca, Shannon and her brother traveled from beautiful fields of flowers to ancient towns built into craggy canyons. Soon after that, they entered the Middle Atlas Mountains and hit some snow.
One day later, they ended up in the Sahara, where they spent the night in sand huts.
What to Keep in Mind when You Visit Morocco by Car
Some other key recommendations Shannon has for a week in Morocco:
- Visit Marrakech and Fes.
- Stay in the Sahara Desert, ride camels, and hike on sand dunes.
- Enjoy the fantastic tagine served up all over the country—including the side of the road.
- Be careful in taking pictures of the locals—especially women. Many Moroccans are superstitious about the eye of a camera.
Image credit: all photos in this post by Shannon.