In the uppermost part of the African continent, just a short ferry-ride away from Spain, you’ll find Morocco. An eastern land with a rich history and an intriguing culture, it offers a stunning mix of heat, spice and culture.
Here are our top ten reasons to fall in love with Morocco.
Morocco is exotic in many ways, not least for its food – flavoursome and cooked from the heart, each bite will evoke amorous feelings. An intriguing mix of cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, aniseed, cumin, paprika and saffron, your inner-foodie won’t be disappointed.
Step back in time when entering the labyrinth that is the Medina, or ‘Old City’ of most towns. The intricate network of roads, built between centuries old-stone walls are too narrow for modern cars, so it’s not unusual to pass mules carrying loads or local children running errands. It truly feels like another world! if you can, visit the old capital of Morocco, Fez, it has the largest Medina in the world. Be sure to find yourself a local guide, as tourists can get easily lost.
Lamb, chicken, vegetable, beef. You’ll probably try it all during your stay as this is a serious staple for the Moroccan people. Made in a purpose-built clay cylinder pot and served with cous cous, this melt-in-your mouth dish deserves its own spot on the list.
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The Hammam is an integral part of the Moroccan way of life, and it is a traditional steam/bath house. Whilst many Hammams are tourist-friendly, try to visit one frequented by locals on a regular basis. It offers a glimpse into a long-standing history and is a truly powerful reminder of the community spirit that has survived for centuries.
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Authentically friendly by nature, prepare to be blown away by the welcoming locals. From the tourist hot-spot Marrakech to towns on the road less travels, the local people are generally willing to help visitors with a heart-warming smile. Be respectful of the local culture and customs and enjoy the experience of something different to what you’re used to.
Stunning, old-world tiled mosques and riads (traditional homes) are dotted around the country. Characterized by high, round arches and intricate designs, Moroccan architecture is not only completely #instagramworthy, but entirely beautiful.
Bold colour is everywhere you turn in Morocco – in the food, the wares and the buildings. It truly adds to the immersive experience, and makes it one of the most picturesque destinations on the world.
The local souq, within the Medina, is basically a treasure trove of furniture, art and spices. Pick yourself up a traditional kilim rug or ottomans, spices or a supply of the famed beauty must-have Moroccan Oil!
Morocco has a rich and interesting history to discover, from the partly excavated Roman ruin of Volubilis (near Meknes) to the more recent influence of the French Military Rule post World War 1, so there is plenty to explore!
Explore the sparse, yet breathtaking, desert landscape on camel back or by 4×4 vehicle and you’re really in for an adventure! For a truly special experience, opt for a night under the stars with traditional desert camping.
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