Have you ever wanted to the road less travelled when it comes to exploring Morocco? Rather than jumping at the chance to visit the same-old tourist destinations, follow our exclusive guide including some must-see sights once you’ve finally landed in North Africa’s most popular destination.
If you haven’t heard about tagine, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Often dubbed the un-official dish of Morocco, tagine is a slow-cooked stew which is named after the dish which it’s cooked in. You can find good tagine anywhere from the local restaurant, street-food stall, and even the occasional cafe in the city centre.
Between chicken, lamb, beef, and even egg tagine, there are a variety of different dishes which are seasoned with local herbs and spices for that authentic taste.
Stay: La Maison Arabe
Just one of Marrakech’s luxury hotels (at an affordable price) you can easily receive the best of both world’s in this traditional place of rest. Enjoy a hot stone massage, sign-up to their world-renowned cooking school, or just relax by the heated pool. Or just down to the local town square which is just a short 10 minute walk away.
You will love the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship featuring cedar wood ceilings, and big open spaces which are truly out of a picture book.
Experience: Fantasia Borj Bladi
Just one night at Fantasia Borj Bladi will completely change your outlook on a traditional restaurant. The food is good, but the main feature is the horse riders who put on a magnificent show with music and dancers for the entire Moroccan experience.
One of the main attractions in central Marrakech is definitely the Medina – old city filled with hundreds of little stalls and shops surrounded by traditional neighbourhoods.
Here you will find little trinkets, homemade treats and spices, clothing, and even score a bargain or two with the local vendor.
Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco, and is known worldwide for it’s buildings in different shades of blue. Enjoy a relaxed stay in one of the towns many hotels or hostels, and make sure to visit the Rif Mountains which stretch from Cape Spartel to Ras Kebdana.
Trekking, biking, and mountain climbing all are very popular ways to enjoy your time in the North-Moroccan countryside.
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Wanting to travel somewhere new, different, cheap, and exciting? Why not spice things up and head to the land of camels and charming cobras: Marrakech, Morocco.
Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the country, originally inhabited by Berber farmers, and since that time has quickly transformed itself into the trade, cultural and religious centre of sub-Saharan Africa.
Djemma el Fina
This is the centre of the city, since medieval times when the area was named Medina this square has been alive with entertainment and food stalls. Whether you want a pleasant afternoon overlooking the hustle and bustle at a café, or whether you want to get involved in the live performances of juggling, music and snake charming you are guaranteed a good time.
Majorelle Gardens and the Museum of Islamic Art
Two French artists by the names Jacques and Louis Majorelle crafted this inspiring garden in the 1920’s. Currently owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, you will find yourself in a sanctuary of tranquility, filled with water, and all forms of flora. One large splash of colour comes from the now Museum of Islamic Art, which houses pottery, tribal art and carpets, this museum was once owned by the creators of the garden as a studio.
Any shopping lover would know what the souks entail, it is a bargainers dream come true, in the case of Marrakech’s souks they are said to be the best in Morocco, with the likes of high-quality craft products, lamps that look they are straight out of Aladdin, spices, glassware, ceramics and ethnic jewellery. When it comes to the souks it is best to just absorb the chaos and culture happening around you. There is a certain atmosphere once you immerse yourself in the consuming energy that will leave you mesmorised and rich in experience.
As you can tell Marrakech is one place you simply must visit once in your lifetime, the absolute madness and business of this city will make you confused, yet grateful you could have the chance to wonder through this Islamic treasure.
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By Amy Miller