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Morocco Photography Holiday
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Morocco Photography Holiday

  • 3 Night Holiday
  • Half Board
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Morocco is the perfect destination to learn and develop your documentary, street and landscape photography skills. Join us on this exciting tour offering an array of photographic opportunities, from the impressive mosques and markets of Marrakech to the busy fishing port of Essaouira and the rocky, barren Agafay Desert. During your stay, you will not only get to experience Moroccan culture through your camera's lens, but will also enjoy traditional Moroccan food and live music, as well as an exhilarating camel ride across the dunes.

This tour is provided in association with Dublin Photography School and is suitable for anyone seeking to develop their digital photography skills, from beginner to advanced. Stewart Kenny, an award winning fine art landscape photographer plus an additional tutor from Dublin Photography School will accompany the group, offering tutorials, demonstrations, photography tips as well as unique and spectacular photographic opportunities. 

Dublin Photography School offer a special €85 price onto their Travel Photography Workshop for anyone who books this trip. Click here to find out more >

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)    
Local Time
GMT
Passport
No entry visa is required for Irish/UK citizens. Non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 4 hours. 
Climate

Warm and sunny climate, with average temperatures from the early to mid 20s. Evenings can be quite cool.

Food & Drink

Moroccan food is spicy, healthy and delicious. Tagines of lamb or chicken, flavoured with spice mixes known as Ras el Hanout, meatballs of lamb or beef (kefta) and couscous are all popular.

Fruit is used as commonly as vegetables in cooking. Vegetarians will be happy with ‘meze’, small dishes usually including spiced aubergine dip, herbed potatoes, honeyed carrots, puréed pumpkin with cinnamon, and roasted tomato relish. Refreshing mint tea is the nation’s favourite drink.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.91MAD
  • Beer: 25.80MAD
  • Glass of wine: 30.10MAD
  • Light Lunch: 41.61MAD
  • Soft Drink: 9.74MAD
  • Bottled Water: 6.16MAD
  • €1 = 10.8 MAD
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A shawl or pashmina for ladies, long trousers for men, for visits to holy places
  • A sun hat
  • A warm jacket for the evenings
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

Maroc by Daniel Easterman

Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Holiday highlights

Imlil

Imlil is a small village in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco which sits at 1,800 metres above sea level. It provides excellent opportunities to practise your landscape photography skills.

Djemaa el-Fna

This colourful square in Marrakech is where snake charmers, storytellers, medicine men and musicians congregate to entertain and enthral locals and tourists alike.

Essaouira

A perfect example of a late 18th century fortified town, Essaouira was built in accordance with the principles of the North African military architecture with an influence of contemporary European standards. It has always been a major international trading seaport, which links Morocco with the world.

The Agafay Desert

The Agafay Desert is located about an hour away from bustling Marrakech. In contrast to the lively city, it is relatively untouched with little development and you can enjoy the day exploring the rocky terrain while admiring the nearby Atlas Mountains. Explore the sand dunes and desert and take in the inspiring view of the whole of the Imlil Valley from a height.

Marrackech Souk

The souk has a variety of shops selling handcrafted slippers, traditional woodwork, brass, iron and bronze artefacts, jewellery, kaftans, carpets, spices and pottery.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)    
Local Time
GMT
Passport
No entry visa is required for Irish/UK citizens. Non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Flight Duration
Flight is approximately 4 hours. 
Climate

Warm and sunny climate, with average temperatures from the early to mid 20s. Evenings can be quite cool.

Food & Drink

Moroccan food is spicy, healthy and delicious. Tagines of lamb or chicken, flavoured with spice mixes known as Ras el Hanout, meatballs of lamb or beef (kefta) and couscous are all popular.

Fruit is used as commonly as vegetables in cooking. Vegetarians will be happy with ‘meze’, small dishes usually including spiced aubergine dip, herbed potatoes, honeyed carrots, puréed pumpkin with cinnamon, and roasted tomato relish. Refreshing mint tea is the nation’s favourite drink.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 15.91MAD
  • Beer: 25.80MAD
  • Glass of wine: 30.10MAD
  • Light Lunch: 41.61MAD
  • Soft Drink: 9.74MAD
  • Bottled Water: 6.16MAD
  • €1 = 10.8 MAD
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • A shawl or pashmina for ladies, long trousers for men, for visits to holy places
  • A sun hat
  • A warm jacket for the evenings
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

Maroc by Daniel Easterman

Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Morocco

Morning

Travel to Morocco

Begin your photography adventure to Morocco by departing Dublin on a direct flight to Marrakech Menara Airport. Marrakech is home to impressive mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating back to the Berber Empire, with maze-like alleys and thriving marketplaces. At each location, and throughout the entire Moroccan adventure, the tutors will discuss how to get the most out of your images with the equipment that you have.

Afternoon

Marrakech

On arrival, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your accommodation in Marrakech. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome meal which will allow you to get to know your small group of fellow travellers, as well as the Dublin Photography School tutors. Afterwards embark on a guided tour of Djemaa el Fna Square, where storytellers, acrobats, medicine men, musicians and even snake charmers vie for attention. There are lots of opportunities to capture amazing shots under the expert eye of your Dublin Photography School tutors.

Overnight

Accommodation

Riad in Marrakech (1 night)

Day 2 - Explore Imlil

Morning

Atlas Mountains & the Agafay Desert

Transfer from Marrakech to Imlil, a small village in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco which sits at 1,800 metres above sea level. There will be photo opportunities included en route as you cross the rocky desert of Agafay, passing through and exploring different villages before reaching the big plain of Haouz. Witness the landscape as it changes from desert to rural farmland, passing through the Kik Plateau, and reaching Imlil.

Afternoon

Imlil

On arrival in Imlil, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant for an authentic dining experience. This small mountain village provides excellent opportunities to practise your landscape photography skills. Later, you will enjoy dinner and traditional music, followed by an evening taking photographs under the night stars. Here the photography tutors will offer tips, tricks and demonstrations so that you can get the most out of your camera’s settings. Tuition for abstract, macro, water and nature photography is also provided each day along with so much more.

Overnight

Accommodation

Riad in Imlil (1 night)

Day 3 - Explore Essaouira

Morning

Transfrer from Imlil to Essaouira

Following breakfast at your riad, depart Imlil for Essaouira, with a stop at a local market at Tieta-Henchane included en route. Here you will immerse yourself in local life, as this is a traditional market town where people from the nearby villages come to purchase their weekly shopping. The souk and its people will give you a perfect opportunity to improve your documentary and street style photography.

Afternoon

Essaouira

In the afternoon embark on a camel ride on the sand dunes at the Southern end of Essaouira’s beach, followed by a short orientation tour of Essaouira, exploring the market, port and ramparts of the old town. Essaouira is a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city. Essaouira is a great sport for reportage, documentary & street photography. As always, the Dublin Photography School tutors are on hand to help you capture the best shots. This photography holiday has a massive emphasis on shooting from the hip, capturing National Geographic style images. Enjoy a meal with your group at your riad before having the remainder of the evening at leisure to spend as you wish.

Overnight

Accommodation

Riad in Essaouira (1 night)

Explore Marrakech & return home

Early morning

Sunrise photography

Enjoy a sunrise photography session at the Essaouira fishing port. Here you will receive tuition and hands-on demonstrations from the Dublin Photography School tutors, to enhance your photography and start seeing the world around you in a different light. Afterwards, observe the famous tree-climbing goats in the nearby Argan trees. There will be plenty of opportunities to capture amazing shots under the expert eye of the Dublin Photography School tutors before your onward transfer to Marrakech.

Afternoon

Explore Marrakech

In the afternoon enjoy a short orientation tour of the bustling souks in Marrakech. You will then have free time to continue to explore and photograph independently in the medina area. This is the perfect time to capture some last minute travel snaps or to pick up some souvenirs. Afterwards you will transfer to Marrakech Airport for your return flight to Dublin.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Riad Marrakech Riad

You will be staying in a riad in the Marrakech area. A riad is a traditional large house in Morocco, built around a central courtyard or garden and often converted into a hotel. Depending on the number of people travelling, the group will be split into differe... read more read more read more

You will be staying in a riad in the Marrakech area. A riad is a traditional large house in Morocco, built around a central courtyard or garden and often converted into a hotel. Depending on the number of people travelling, the group will be split into different riads. A riad stay will give you an authentic local experience together with simple home comforts. 

Hotel address
Riad Marrakech
Marrakech
Morocco

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Riad Imlil Riad

You will be staying in a riad in the Imlil area.  A riad is a traditional large house in Morocco, built around a central courtyard or garden and often converted into a hotel. Depending on the number of people travelling,  the group will be split &nbs... read more read more read more

You will be staying in a riad in the Imlil area.  A riad is a traditional large house in Morocco, built around a central courtyard or garden and often converted into a hotel. Depending on the number of people travelling,  the group will be split  into different riads.  A riad stay will give you an authentic local experience together with simple home comforts. 

Hotel address
Riad Imlil
Imlil
Morocco

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Essaouira Wind Palace 3

The Essaouira Wind Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Essaouira. The hotel is close to key attractions in the area, it is a short walk from the beach, the Mohammed ben Abdellah Museum and the traditional souks. The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout, a terrace with views of th... read more read more read more

The Essaouira Wind Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Essaouira. The hotel is close to key attractions in the area, it is a short walk from the beach, the Mohammed ben Abdellah Museum and the traditional souks. The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout, a terrace with views of the city and beach and a restaurant serving traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Hotel address
Essaouira Wind Palace
15, Avenue l'istiqlal, Ahl Agadir,
44000 Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira
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