Sunset in Chefchaouen

Our travel style as a couple is one that I feel (or at least hope) is relatable to many of my readers. While I wouldn’t go as far to call us crazy couponers, we definitely aim to maximize the travel rewards on our Card each year to ensure we can get the most out of our next vacation. According to a recent Amex survey, 3 out of 4 Canadians are travel bargain hunters, so I suppose we fit right in 😉
I’ve recently partnered with Amex Canada and their Gold Rewards Card to talk about My Travel Style. What’s great about this Card, is that it’s perfect for every type of traveller. Whether you book last minute or plan ahead, we can charge any travel to the Card then pay for it with points up to 12 months after our trip or purchase.
I feel like we’re constantly sharing a peek at our travels through Instagram, Snapchat and every other social media channel but I rarely get around to creating a travel diary of the places we visit. I thought it would be a great occasion to show our travel style through a behind-the-scenes look at the cities we visited through our recent tour of Morocco.
The lobby of our riad!
I don’t even know where to begin with this city. The famous alleyway pictured below showcases the unforgettable blue walls that paint this city in such a vibrant light. A little tricky to get to (we flew into Tangier and then drove from the airport to the town), but I can assure you the drive is well worth the wait!
We stayed at the Lina Ryad & Spa in the heart of the medina (or town). This stunning building boasts some of the best views of the town and is definitely a go-to spot to catch a sunset. I definitely recommend eating at Café Restaurant Sofia – home cooked meals from the only restaurant in town run by women!  Also suggested are Bendi Bab Ssour and Restaurant Morisco. 
The infamous alleyway!
Coloured dyes in the streets
Painted murals everywhere!
Steps to our riad
The oldest city in Morocco, the culture and winding streets of Fez will leave you in awe. We chose to drive from Tangier to Fez but there is a train system. To be honest, the website wasn’t easy to read and scheduling wasn’t consistent so we felt better driving than relying on the train.
Dining options in Fez were certainly more favourable than Chefchaouen and a glass of wine is definitely easier to come by 😉 We ate at L’Amandier Palais Faraj, Restaurant Numero 7, Café Clock (try the camel burger!) and Riad Rcif. We both agree that one of our favourite meals of the entire trip was a late lunch at the famous, Ruined Garden. We stumbled upon this by accident after getting lost in the medina (trust the process, it will happen!) and after seeing some young locals walking out the front door, we thought it was worth a shot. The type A in me is definitely a planner when it comes to vacations but sometimes it’s worth trusting your gut and veering off course – you never know what you’ll find! 
Try to count the fountains in Fez!
These chairs!
Lunch at the Ruined Garden?
Public gardens!
Third and final pit stop in our tour of Morocco was Marrakech. The drive from Fez to Marrakech is a bit brutal (6 hours) and despite having intentions of stopping over in Casablanca for an afternoon, we decided to skip it and just head on south.
I found the shopping to be THE best in Marrakech. I stocked up on straw totes, embellished clutches, linens, scarves, rugs, Moroccan wedding blankets and more. Tip – consider shipping what you buy back with the Moroccan mail service. It was more reasonable to send back a suitcase equivalent of stuff via air than carry it with us on the plane to Barcelona (our next leg of the trip).  

The dining was phenomenal and we’d recommend I Limoni, Dar Yacout (super romantic!), Nomad, Le Jardin (look out for the turtles!) and Comptoir Darma (for a belly dancing show).  If you’re looking for the perfect pick-me-up in Marrakech, then you MUST book a day pass at La Mamounia Hotel & Spa and soak up the sun poolside at this over the top luxury resort. This hotel will change your world! And it doesn’t hurt to know you’ll be earning rewards points while enjoying your trip! In fact, with the American Express Gold Rewards Card, you can earn 2 points for every $1 spent on eligible travel and everyday purchases, and 1 point for every $1 in purchases everywhere else – that’ll definitely help you get closer to your next destination 😉    

The famous La Mamounia Hotel
We had an absolute fabulous time and will most certainly be returning to Morocco in the future. Completely grateful for the experience, we definitely walked away with the travel bug and are eager to see more places.
Want to hear a little more about our travel style? Check it the video I did with Amex below:

This is an excerpt from the article What's Your Travel Style: Moroccan Photo Diary which originally appeared on