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Things to do in Morocco

Things to do in Morocco
Things to do in Morocco

Morocco is the official northern gateway to Africa, beckoning visitors to step into a land steeped in history and culture where mountains meet deserts and the captivating smell of the spice souks is never far away. History and architecture enthusiasts can spend hours losing themselves in a myriad of cobbled passageways that wind through ancient medinas lined with mosaic-covered buildings, cool courtyards, and tinkling fountains

Ait Benhaddou
Ait Benhaddou

Ait Benhaddou

Ait Benhaddou is an ancient ksar, or castle, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Perched on a hill beside the Ouarzazate River Ait Benhaddou boasts some beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, some of which are still inhabited today. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site has been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Most people opt for a day trip to Ait Benhaddou, coming from Marrakech and returning the same evening. However, there is a lot to be said for spending a night or two here, not least because it splits up the 7-8 hour round trip along winding mountain roads. Upon arrival, travellers will be able to cross the river either by bridge or stepping stones, the latter of which being much more fun, before exploring the clay earthen walls of the ksours and kasbahs.

Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen

High up in the Rif Mountains the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, which was was originally a Berber post, has a beautiful white-walled medina with distinctive blue-hued buildings. The main square is probably the city’s main attraction and offers a mix of traditional Moroccan items and tourist souvenirs. It’s also a great place to buy kilims, traditional woven carpets. While Chefchaouen has more than enough to keep people occupied, just outside of the blue walls are a number of natural wonders, including the magical cascades d’Akchour. Travellers can ogle at these sublime waterfalls before taking a dip in one of the rock pools and snapping a photo of the Bridge of God, a rock arch that reaches across the river.

Erg Chebbi sand dunes
Erg Chebbi sand dunes

Erg Chebbi

The Erg Chebbi sand dunes on the western flank of the vast Sahara Desert are spectacular. Wave upon wave of orange dunes, which reach up to 250m in height, roll out into the distance creating endless patterns of light and shade and the most spectacular panoramic vistas. The best way to experience the desert is to take an epic camel trek across the rolling dunes and spend a night at a remote Berber camp under the most incredible blanket of stars. Of course, there is more to the Sahara than just ogling at the landscape and the heavens. During the day, travellers who make it as far as the Sahara will be confronted with an array of exciting activities, including sand skiing, sand boarding and quad biking over the dunes. For those with aching muscles, you can enjoy a Sahara spa day, which means burying yourself to the neck in burning hot sand.

Essaouira
Essaouira

Essaouira

The enchanting coastal town of Essaouira has an 18th century, fortified medina. The town has now extended beyond its ancient walls, but is still small enough to explore on foot and any city gate leads to the medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. There’s a broad, sandy beach in front of the medina and plenty of cafés and restaurants with outside terraces for al fresco dining. Blue doors and window frames abound in Essaouira, as do art galleries, jewellery stalls and other handicraft stalls. Activities on offer in Essaouira include horse riding and wind surfing. Laid back Essaouira is the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxations after exploring Morocco’s bustling Imperial Cities.

Imperial City of Fes
Imperial City of Fes

Fes

Fes. Step back in time with a visit to the Imperial City of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. The ancient medina is a bustling hive of activity which remains world’s apart from 21st century life. It’s very easy to get lost in the labyrinth of winding alleys, scattered with beautiful mosques and minarets, stunning synagogues, market stalls and pungent smelling tanneries. To navigate your way through the medina there are five different circuits you can follow, each with a different colour, each with a different theme, such as palaces and gardens, traditional crafts etc.

Marrakech
Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech. One of the first sights you will see in Marrakech is the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, with its 230 foot high minaret, dating back to the 12th century. Djemaa el Fna, the central square, is best seen in the evening when its overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. The square is an incredible assault on the senses, with aromatic smells, weird and wonderful sights and a cacophony of sound. The bustling souks surrounding Djemaa el Fna sell everything from colourful lanterns, leather bags and shoes, to musical instruments and exotic spices. Be sure to barter to snap up some bargains

Atlas Mountains
Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

Stretching 2,400kms through Morocco to Tunisia, the beautiful Atlas Mountain range includes the Rock of Gibraltar. Trekking is popular in the Atlas Mountains and can be anything from a light stroll to a strenuous hike up to the highest summit in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. The Moroccan Grand Atlas includes the Middle Atlas, High Atlas and Anti-Atlas. There are many Berber villages in the High Atlas which maintain a very traditional way of life and can be explored by those looking to expand their cultural horizons. Some popular stopping points include Ouarzazate and the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, both of which have featured in a number of notable films including Jesus of Nazareth and Alexander the Great. A trip to the Toubkal National Park, situated near Marrakech, is also well worth visiting.

Volubilis
Volubilis

Volubilis

Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the ruins of Volubilis are utterly captivating and a must see for anyone travelling through Morocco. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and remains one of the best preserved Roman colonial towns to have ever been discovered. During its heyday, it has been discovered that Volubilis was a major producer of olive oil as dozens of ancient presses have been found. In addition to this, a number of shops have been uncovered here, indicating that Volubilis had a thriving commercial centre. The main structures at the site are two public buildings, a basilica and a temple, both easily visible and fascinating to behold. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this historical site is that it has only been partially excavated, leaving what remains to the imagination. Who knows what else might be unearthed here in the future.

Morocco

As like all other countries, Morocco is special with its own culture. Futhermore it is also a place of acceptance towards differences. We shall speak to you about its own authentic features, but also the reality where Morocco has become a country where you’ll find an embracing of other cultures and traditions and even a practice in certain corners. This country has truly known the meaning of multitude, given that its culture has changed a lot throughout the history.

Moroccan culture and traditions

As you travel across Morocco, you will discover it is a land of art and history, the country alone has hosted Berbers, Phoenicians, Arabs, South (Sub-Saharan African) and North (Romans, Vandals, Spanish-Andalusians, both Muslim and Jewish): however, the majority of Morocco’s population is Berber and Arab by identity, and at least a third of the population speaks the Amazigh language.

What is Morocco well known for?

Moroccan People

The Moroccans are the inhabitants and the citizens of Morocco, Most of them have Berber or Arab origin. there are 38M Moroccan in the World about 33M are living in Morocco and about 2.5M are living in France and Spain.

Moroccan Values and Attitudes

Moroccan people follow the principles of Islam, Moroccan families has a strong foundation in unity, whatever it is the nuclear family as well as the extended one. Children’s are expected to take care of their parents when the grow old, therefore there are very few elderly homes compared to western culture.

Traditional Clothing

Our traditional dress here is the Djellaba, although it is not what youngsters wear nowadays. There is also the Caftan which we might wear at weddings too ! Usually these are worn with ‘Balgha’ (flat slippers made from leather) but at weddings women wear Caftans or Takchitas with heels.

Moroccan Weddings

Moroccan weddings are out of this world ! A groom is required to give his bride special gifts before the big day such as sugar or henna as well as other gifts chosen by him. Two days before the wedding, custom requires the bride to go to the traditional Moroccan Hamam (sauna) with her relatives.. as it is considered an act of purification where they sing traditional songs together. The next ceremony that takes place uses the famous Moroccan Henna.. As they get a professional to draw meaningful symbols on the hands and the feet of the bride. Ceremonies differ in different cities, but what never changes is the fact that the Moroccan wedding lasts at least four to eight hours, and they use Negafa (a women who offers make-up services) to take care of the bride and how she looks. They also use an Amariya (traditional ornamental chair) for both the bride and the groom. As they lift them up in what seems to be a sort of chair.
All of these are considered traditions : Whether it is the weddings or the music which we call « Dekka El Merrakchya » or the Henna that you will find offered to you everywhere on the streets or even pouring the tea making « Rezza » .. Moroccan traditions are certainly one of a kind ! And these are the traditions which truely make the Moroccan culture.

Moroccan Food

The first think any Moroccan will start telling you about when you ask him where he is from is the food ! Yes, the food, : believe it or not, it is hard to describe Moroccan food in words alone. From Pastilas to Tajines and Couscous, the meals will charm you! They are not only well cooked but also immensely detailed. Especially the spices ! Ask any Moroccan and he’d tell you how knowing how to work with spices is the most important part about Moroccan cuisine.
The spices most usually used are cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, coriander, caraway and even mint! Next comes ginger, paprika, turmeric and saffron. Perhaps the most essential thing you should know about Moroccan spices is that we have a spice of our own called ‘Ras El Hanout’. This spice is made out of 27 different other spices

Now, Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and Berber cuisine. It is highly influenced by its interactions and exchanges with other cultures which only shows how multicultural Morocco is! The above is only an introduction to Moroccan cuisine. If you are planning on visiting us soon then perhaps consider trying the following meals : Bissara which is a soup of dried broad beans, Harira which is rich with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and lamb, and all spiced up with a squeeze of lemon juice and coriander, Tagine which is probably the first dish you should try! try Couscous next. And last but not least, Maakouda (a potato pancake) ! But what you should keep in mind is that even though it is only one country, you’ll find each one of these dishes cooked differently in certain cities and in each home. Which is probably why you should come yourself and check out what we’re talking about! Rest assured, you’ll be warmly welcomed.

Moroccan Architecture

Moroccan Architecture has been greatly influenced by numerous architectural styles such as Arabic architecture for fountains, Geometric Design and Islamic calligraphy, Persians techniques for tiling concept (Zellige), Al-Andaluz Architecture (Southern Spanish) for Andalusian gardens and arches. More recent buildings are influenced by French architecture due to France occupying Morocco in 1912. That said, more modern buildings keep a balanced combination of all these architecture style.

Moroccan Music

Moroccan Music is one of the fundamental aspects of Morocco’s culture, There are many different musical styles to be found in Morocco, each one with its own history. You can find Amazigh music from the Rif, Andalusian music from Rabat, Fes and Oujda, Chaabi from the Atlas, Ahidous from the Souss as well as Gnawa plus many more.

Moroccan Hospitality

This is another one of the country characteristics, its citizen’s hospitality. Moroccan people are probably ones of the nicest people you’ll ever meet! They will welcome you into their homes without even the need to make sure of who you really are, they feel the need to feed you until you can not eat anymore, tell you all the stories you might need or not need to know about their land and guide you through your entire journey. As for youngsters ? They’ll introduce you to the mixture of culture in every possible aspect and teach you what fun really means over here.

Moroccan culture and traditions

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Morocco is the official northern gateway to Africa, beckoning visitors to step into a land steeped in history and culture where mountains meet deserts and the captivating smell of the spice souks is never far away. History and architecture enthusiasts can spend hours losing themselves in a myriad of cobbled passageways that wind through ancient medinas lined with mosaic-covered buildings, cool courtyards, and tinkling fountains

Aït-Ben-Haddou
Aït-Ben-Haddou

Things to do in AïtBenHaddou And Ouarzazate

Ait Benhaddou is an ancient ksar, or castle, situated along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Perched on a hill beside the Ouarzazate River Ait Benhaddou boasts some beautiful kasbahs in Morocco, some of which are still inhabited today. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, the site has been the setting for many films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Most people opt for a day trip to Ait Benhaddou, coming from Marrakech and returning the same evening. However, there is a lot to be said for spending a night or two here, not least because it splits up the 7-8 hour round trip along winding mountain roads. Upon arrival, travellers will be able to cross the river either by bridge or stepping stones, the latter of which being much more fun, before exploring the clay earthen walls of the ksours and kasbahs.

Things to do in Chefchaouen
Things to do in Chefchaouen

Things to do in Chefchaouen

High up in the Rif Mountains the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, which was was originally a Berber post, has a beautiful white-walled medina with distinctive blue-hued buildings. The main square is probably the city’s main attraction and offers a mix of traditional Moroccan items and tourist souvenirs. It’s also a great place to buy kilims, traditional woven carpets. While Chefchaouen has more than enough to keep people occupied, just outside of the blue walls are a number of natural wonders, including the magical cascades d’Akchour. Travellers can ogle at these sublime waterfalls before taking a dip in one of the rock pools and snapping a photo of the Bridge of God, a rock arch that reaches across the river.

Things to do in Merzouga
Things to do in Merzouga

Things to do in Merzouga

The Erg Chebbi sand dunes on the western flank of the vast Sahara Desert are spectacular. Wave upon wave of orange dunes, which reach up to 250m in height, roll out into the distance creating endless patterns of light and shade and the most spectacular panoramic vistas. The best way to experience the desert is to take an epic camel trek across the rolling dunes and spend a night at a remote Berber camp under the most incredible blanket of stars. Of course, there is more to the Sahara than just ogling at the landscape and the heavens. During the day, travellers who make it as far as the Sahara will be confronted with an array of exciting activities, including sand skiing, sand boarding and quad biking over the dunes. For those with aching muscles, you can enjoy a Sahara spa day, which means burying yourself to the neck in burning hot sand.

Things to do in Essaouira
Things to do in Essaouira

Things to do in Essaouira

The enchanting coastal town of Essaouira has an 18th century, fortified medina. The town has now extended beyond its ancient walls, but is still small enough to explore on foot and any city gate leads to the medina, so you’re unlikely to get lost. There’s a broad, sandy beach in front of the medina and plenty of cafés and restaurants with outside terraces for al fresco dining. Blue doors and window frames abound in Essaouira, as do art galleries, jewellery stalls and other handicraft stalls. Activities on offer in Essaouira include horse riding and wind surfing. Laid back Essaouira is the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxations after exploring Morocco’s bustling Imperial Cities.

Things to do in Fes
Things to do in Fes

Things to do in Fes

Fes. Step back in time with a visit to the Imperial City of Fes, the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. The ancient medina is a bustling hive of activity which remains world’s apart from 21st century life. It’s very easy to get lost in the labyrinth of winding alleys, scattered with beautiful mosques and minarets, stunning synagogues, market stalls and pungent smelling tanneries. To navigate your way through the medina there are five different circuits you can follow, each with a different colour, each with a different theme, such as palaces and gardens, traditional crafts etc.

Things to do in Marrakech
Things to do in Marrakech

Things to do in Marrakech

Marrakech. One of the first sights you will see in Marrakech is the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, with its 230 foot high minaret, dating back to the 12th century. Djemaa el Fna, the central square, is best seen in the evening when its overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. The square is an incredible assault on the senses, with aromatic smells, weird and wonderful sights and a cacophony of sound. The bustling souks surrounding Djemaa el Fna sell everything from colourful lanterns, leather bags and shoes, to musical instruments and exotic spices. Be sure to barter to snap up some bargains

Things to do in Atlas Mountain
Things to do in Atlas Mountain

Things to do in Atlas Mountain

Stretching 2,400kms through Morocco to Tunisia, the beautiful Atlas Mountain range includes the Rock of Gibraltar. Trekking is popular in the Atlas Mountains and can be anything from a light stroll to a strenuous hike up to the highest summit in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. The Moroccan Grand Atlas includes the Middle Atlas, High Atlas and Anti-Atlas. There are many Berber villages in the High Atlas which maintain a very traditional way of life and can be explored by those looking to expand their cultural horizons. Some popular stopping points include Ouarzazate and the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, both of which have featured in a number of notable films including Jesus of Nazareth and Alexander the Great. A trip to the Toubkal National Park, situated near Marrakech, is also well worth visiting.

Things to do in Volubilis
Things to do in Volubilis

Things to do in Volubilis

Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the ruins of Volubilis are utterly captivating and a must see for anyone travelling through Morocco. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and remains one of the best preserved Roman colonial towns to have ever been discovered. During its heyday, it has been discovered that Volubilis was a major producer of olive oil as dozens of ancient presses have been found. In addition to this, a number of shops have been uncovered here, indicating that Volubilis had a thriving commercial centre. The main structures at the site are two public buildings, a basilica and a temple, both easily visible and fascinating to behold. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this historical site is that it has only been partially excavated, leaving what remains to the imagination. Who knows what else might be unearthed here in the future.

Camel Trekking

Camel Trekking in Merzouga
Camel Trekking in Merzouga

Camel Trekking in Merzouga, Overnight Camel trek Merzouga is an experience you will never forget it, Camel ride & spend a magical night in the deep desert in nomadic tents. Our Morocco Camel Trekking offers two camp options the Luxury & simple desert camp, excellent cuisine and sleeping in the desert beneath a stunning canopy of stars in our traditional nomadic bivouac

Day Trips From Marrakech

Top Marrakech Day Trips & Excursions
Top Marrakech Day Trips & Excursions

Top Marrakech Day Trips & Excursions. Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys: Private Guided Day Trip from Marrakech. Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech. Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech. Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Guided Day Tour from Marrakech including Lunch in Berber House.

Fes Desert Tours

Fes Desert Tours

Drive to Fes for a full-day’s guided walking tour of the medina, souks, and much more.

Fes Excursions and Day Tours form Fes

Fes excursions and day trips to explore the rich history, culture, and architecture the Fes, the spritual and cultural capital of Maorocco. your trip in morocco has suggested a list of excursions, guided Medina tours and things to do in Fes to enjoy with your family and friends while traveling in an amazing time machine back in history.

Hotels in Morocco

Hotels in Morocco Luxury Desert Camp
Hotels and Luxurious Riads in Morocco Luxury Desert Camp

Visit Morocco on a private tour and spoil yourself by staying Morocco’s best boutique, luxury properties. Morocco is known for it’s intimate Boutique Hotels and Luxurious Riads that are restored palace style accommodations with lavish courtyards, trickling fountains, lush gardens, roof top terraces and elegant decor crafted by local Moroccan artisans and designers

Marrakech Desert Tours

Marrakech Desert Tours

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Desert Tours from Marrakech

The Sahara Desert looms large in the imagination of the traveler in Morocco. And anyone who’s been to see this natural wonder will tell you that it’s an absolute must for any visitor to Marrakech. Here are some option for what to do and how to visit.

Camel RidesCamel Rides

One of the best (and most traditional) ways to experience the Moroccan desert is by camel. A camel ride through the palm groves of Marrakech and into the desert can take as little as a few hours, and often includes a stop at a local Berber home for mint tea and a snack.

Hot-Air Balloon RidesHot-Air Balloon Rides

Gazing down at the desert and foothills of the Atlas Mountains from a hot air balloon gives you an idea of the size and scope of the vast Sahara Desert. This bucket list–worthy experience is a great way to kick off a day in Marrakech or further exploration of the desert.

Buggy and Quad Bike ToursBuggy and Quad Bike Tours

For a desert-style adrenaline rush, opt for a tour of the desert and palm groves by buggy or desert quad bike. These small-group tours by all-terrain vehicle allow you to safely take in the stark landscapes of Morocco in as little as half a day.

Desert CampingDesert Camping

Experiencing the Moroccan desert beneath the stars is a completely different experience than by day. Those who have a night to spare will be rewarded with a camping trip into the desert, which often includes a camel trek from M’hamid into the Merzouga dunes of the Zagora Desert to a Bedouin desert camp, a sunset over the dunes, and a traditional Moroccan dinner under the stars to the tune of local folk music.

Multi-Day ToursMulti-Day Tours

The beauty and diversity of the Moroccan desert warrants more than just one day of exploration. On a multi-day trip, you might explore the UNESCO-listed kasbah of Ait Benhaddou or the cinematic city of Ouarzazate, stop at Atlas Studios (one of the largest movie studios in Africa), camel trek across the Erg Chebbi dunes, or take in the scenic beauty of the Dades and Todra gorges.

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