Guest review: friends Yolanda & Jacqueline’s photography and cookery holiday in Morocco

Good friends Yolanda and Jacqueline, from Gibraltar, got their first taste of learning holidays last year on our boot camp and detox holiday in Spain. They loved it so much that they decided to go on another GoLearnTo holiday together.

But this time they decided to try their hands at two new skills on our photography and cooking holiday in Morocco with our hosts Darren and Naima.

“Last year, we enjoyed our retreat in Spain so much that we decided to book again through for this year’s holiday.”

We caught up with them on their return to find our how they got on second time round…

Why did you choose photography and cooking this time?

As we had both recently bought new cameras we thought it would be a good idea to do this photography course in Essaouira.

We decided to go with the photography and cookery holiday as we thought it was a great combination.

women on holiday in town of Essaouira in Morocco

Yolanda and Jacqueline enjoy the sights in Essaouira

What were the other people like on the holiday?

There were 6 of us on the course. Most of us got along brilliantly and shared a lot of laughs and we have kept in touch.

How did you rate the teaching?

Teaching was quite good for both photography and cookery. The only problem I found was that they offer the course to start either on Fridays and Saturdays and personally I don’t think it works.

Everybody should start on the same day as we started on Saturday and I felt we had missed the basic, and for me, the most important lesson on the camera. Even though Darren gave us a short run through the next day, being complete beginners I felt we had missed out.

Related: Meet Darren – our photographer in Morocco

Cooking Moroccan dishes in the kitchen

Dishing up a Moroccan dinner

What were the highlights of your holiday?

Going to the beach to take photos of the sunset was great!

Cooking our harira and lamb tagine with Naima was a lot of fun too and the nights at Taros sharing stories with the rest of the girls were brilliant.

Now you’ve done the holiday, do you feel inspired to keep up your photography and cooking at home?

Absolutely. We have cooked the Moroccan dishes at home for the family and we are trying to keep up with the photography too.

How was your booking process with GoLearnTo?

Very straightforward. No problem at all.

Would you recommend this holiday to anyone?

blue fishing boats in port of Essaouira in Morocco

Yes definitely.

Essaouira is a lovely place in Morocco with a more relaxed attitude than you would find in Tangiers or Marrakech.

The Riad Maison du Sud we stayed at was very comfortable and the staff were very helpful.

The food throughout was very good, especially the fresh fish in the fish shacks and with Darren and Naima as your hosts you cannot go wrong.  Wonderful experience.

If you would like to know more about Yolanda and Jacqueline’s holiday, find out how you can book your place on this photography and cooking holiday here.