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Lonely Planet Morocco (Travel Guide) [Paperback]

Lonely Planet , James Bainbridge , Alison Bing , Paul Clammer , Helen Ranger
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19 Aug 2011 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Morocco is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Navigate through the Fez medina, take a camel ride in the Sahara, or enjoy a cup of mint tea in the High Atlas; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Morocco and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Morocco Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Free, convenient pull-out Marrakesh map (included in print version), plus over 103 local maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Walking Tours, and Travel with Children
  • Coverage of Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Tafraoute, Taghazout, Sidi Ifni, Anti Atlas, High Atlas, Assilah, Moulay Idriss, Figuig, Erg Chebbi, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Morocco, our most comprehensive guide to Morocco, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Marrakesh? Check out Lonely Planet's Marrakesh Encounter, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Alison Bing, Paul Clammer, and Helen Ranger.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 10 edition (19 Aug 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741795982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795981
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A step in the wrong direction for LP 27 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ok, well to start - I have used LP guides for about the last ten years and am very well travelled. They are useful as a 'guide' (not a bible to control your travel) and very good in an unfamiliar location. I had an old copy of the Morocco book from 2004ish but decided to buy a new one for a month there at the beginning of the year. My oh my how this edition is shockingly bad and seriously patronising. I will explain my thoughts;
1. In my mind LPs target audience was always backpackers and budget travellers, but I understand how they want to diversify and include people on short breaks or on holiday etc. However this edition seems to focus on people who must be loaded. The 'top choice' and recommended hotels are almost always the most luxurious and expensive. Of course an expensive hotel is going to be nice and beat most of the budget ones, but how many people buying the LP guide are going to be looking for a £200 per night hotel and won't be on a tour or have booked it in advance. There is a real lack of budget options even though Morocco is awash with really budget accommodation. Ok it might not be a great place to stay but including it helps if you don't want to spend much and rock up in a town late at night unable to walk about seeking somewhere. Accommodation listings are badly organised and start with the most expensive which is just annoying. The addition of budget symbols is messy, inaccurate (as in not continued in the same was throughout the book) and just a waste of time. Classic backpacker budget accommodation is omitted completely from many places such as todra gorge and cascade amongst many others. 'Budget' is classed in the book as less than 40 euros but there are tons of places for less than 15 that are not mentioned.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 29 Oct 2011
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I purchased this book as it was the most recently published, but was very disappointed with some of the recommendations already closed (Mama Tilee) so by day 2 of a great weekend in Marrakesh the book was left in our Riad.
This book provided no insights, it feels like the authors were going through the motions with continuous statements of the blindingly obvious: Tips for Riad bargains - Avoid major european holidays - do they really have to tell anyone that.
There is a constant patronizing environmental tone and again more statements of the obvious - On Trekking "When there is a toilet it is a good idea to use it"
The final annoyance is what is missing, the locals describe football as the second religion with people coming to Casablanca to sleep in the streets of Marrakesh to get a ticket to an international game with all weekend celebration - not a word however in the guide.
There is a lot better out there guide wise, a recent Brandt to Bosnia we used was excellent, this however is a waste of money and space in your bag
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but should be better 12 Feb 2012
We bought this guide after previous good experiences with LP. Unfortunately they've really let the standard slip this time. We absolutely concur with the comments in the other reviews which echo our own experiences almost to the letter, and to which we would add the following:

1) LP claims cash machines are everywhere, even in small villages. They're not. You'll find them in larger towns but beware - they're often empty.
2) LP assures us that hotels routinely take credit/debit cards. They don't. In the major cities yes but almost everywhere else you'll need cash.

Luckily I've travelled in Africa and with that experience I always carry a 'stash' of Euro's and US $ as a back up so was able to use them as neccessary.

Another gripe is with the editorial tone, which is sensationalised in part and watered down elsewhere. Examples:
1)The road up the Dades Gorge is described as 'harrowing'. What nonsense. Being caught in a war is harrowing. Driving up a steep valley with switchback bends on a well maintained road with walls protecting the drop is dramatic. Also beautiful, memorable, stunning even.
2) The coastal town of Taghazout is described simply as "a sleepy fishing village popular with surfers". LP neglects to mention the all pervading stench of untreated sewage by the water's edge. Surf's up, folks!

My memory of earlier LP books is that they were never afraid to call a dump a dump, usually with a witty aside, and that's exactly the kind of honest appraisal you need when you're travelling as you're always short of time and usually watching the pennies. This book seems to have swapped that frankness for a kind of universally applied positive spin which is smeared over everything like a thick coat of cheap paint on a lumpy wall. Once you've realised this your faith in the rest of the book is significantly undermined, which is a great shame as there is undoubtedly a lot of useful and relevant stuff in there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars misses a lot of things out 6 Jan 2014
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this is a good general guide to Morocco but fails on detail and most of the gems we discovered on holiday were not mentioned in this book. The description of the places we did visit didn't fit with what we found which was disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 22 Dec 2013
By fen93t
Just been on holiday to Morocco for 3 weeks with this so called guide book. For backpackers/travellers this book is pretty poor. The maps are worse than the 2009 edition (take chefchaouen,full page 2009, third page 2011). Most of the accommodation listed is aimed at the high end or for the people on a city break. The map of Fez is useless.

I suggest people use and contribute to [...] If we can just get some good maps on that site.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Very useful book with a lot of depth and detail on Morocco - easy to navigate and a great purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Vivek Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just what you want from a Lonely Planet guide. And up-to-date too. An essential basic for traveling to Morocco, if you have never been there before.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Bines
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to Usual Lonely Planet standards.
Full of useful and in depth information, but some sadly way out of date: will be submitting my own findings to the Lonely Planet
Published 7 months ago by Ells Bells!
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough
You may want to try a second opinion if you are looking for upper end options or less backpacker in Maroco
Published 10 months ago by Andr� Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide
was very useful with info, maps and detail as well as cultural info we used during our stay and travel between Marrakech & Agadir
Published 10 months ago by RG
4.0 out of 5 stars Very complete
It contains a lot of information not only for tourists but also for someone who wants to live in Morocco temporarily.
Published 11 months ago by Tatiana
3.0 out of 5 stars Good guide but not for the kindle
Great guide that tells you all you ned but not really set up for kindle users. It is difficult to navigate around easily, but the could definitely improve this by just making some... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet guide to Morocco.
I found the lonely planet guide of Morocco very helpful when recently travelling in Morocco. It is very informative and full of useful and relevant advice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book Worm Loz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Really useful as all lonley planets are I found. Do think city maps could be better is my only improvement.
Published 11 months ago by Matthew Leech
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet country guides are always a great buy
Detailed, easy to use, suitable for everyone from backpackers to 5 star travellers. Strongly recommended for anyone travelling to Morocco
Published 12 months ago by Dave B
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