Tucked into the valleys of the High Atlas, the Amazigh tribes of Morocco make their homes and live in much the same way they have for generations. Agriculture and traditional trades are the way people survive here but like the rest of the country, they too have seen the opportunity to earn money selling their goods to tourists. In these mountain regions the highly fashionable Beni Ourani rugs that grace home design magazines serve the practical purpose they were created for as temperatures commonly dip below freezing during winter months, making warm floors a must. In the same way, wood carving, weaving and metal work is as much art as it is functional craftsmanship. It was here, with these products, that Morocco’s first truly fair trade cooperative was born.
Morocco is a country filled with beautiful hidden gems and Legzira Beach and Rock Arch are undoubtedly a part of this collection. Tucked away between the two small towns of Mirleft in southern Morocco and Sidi Ifni on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Legzira is known as one of the most picturesque beaches in all of Africa. Like its other Atlantic counterparts, the 8km of sandy coast are windy, rocky and expansive. But they also hold a unique charm.
Indeed, a beautifully sandy coastline isn’t particularly hard to come by in Morocco but what sets Legzira Beach apart are its two incredible mammoth stone arches. Naturally formed after decades of erosion, these sedimentary cliffs jut out onto the crashing waves linking the coastline and the seaside in an extraordinary way. Accessible during the low tide, the best time to catch the magnificence of this beach is during the sunset when the two cliffs turn an intense red color. Continue reading…
Visitors to Morocco are often unsure about shopping. Items in Moroccan souks (markets) are often not priced, and tourists may be unfamiliar with the practice of bargaining to agree on a price. Naturally, the buyer wants to feel he/she has got something of good quality at a good price, but the seller has the upper hand in the negotiation. Often visitors will rely on a guide to point them in the direction of a reputable shop or to help reach an accord on a price. This article tells you the potential pitfalls of using a third party in your shopping and gives you some hints on how to ensure that the craftsman or manufacturer gets as much of the retail price as possible.
Many travelers today easily associate Morocco with hashish (a type of cannabis) but although the country’s production of the drug is centuries old, it was not until the early 1970s that Morocco became internationally recognized for it.
Indeed, until t the start of an increasing influx of foreign “hippies” into the country in the late 20th century, much of the cannabis produced in Morocco actually served to satisfy the domestic demand for kif (a mixture of tobacco and chopped pieces of marijuana). Today, it is estimated that Morocco produces anywhere from one third to almost half of all hashish sold around the world, supplying the vast majority of Europe’s demand.
While this article does not seek to promote any kind of illegal activity, it is a fact that many travelers use hash when visiting Morocco and it is important for all to be informed of a few issues surrounding hashish and kif.
Sitting on the northwestern tip of Africa and exhibiting the impact of centuries as a melting pot of African, European and Arabian cultures, Morocco seems so exotic yet is surprisingly accessible. A conscious push to welcome airlines and visitors from key markets such as the US, Canada and European countries means the allure of Morocco has never been closer.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and it is in the heart of the Red City where you will find a collection of photographs worth well over 40,000 words if we take the saying literally. The Maison de la Photographie, one of Morocco’s richest photography museums, is located in a hidden spot in Marrakesh’s medina. You will have to get past the popular souks and walk through some twisting back alleys to find the beautiful riad where the museum is set, but even if you get lost on your way, the museum is well worth the hunt.
Whether you are looking to retrace the route of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s Marrakesh Express, seeking a luxury break in internationally acclaimed hotels with spas and golf courses, or you are looking for a little spice and adventure, Morocco has a lot to offer the senior traveler.
Morocco is surprisingly close to Europe – around a 3 hour flight from London or Paris, yet is so exotically different. Combining elements of African, Arab, Berber and European culture, it is like no other country on the African continent. It is Africa, however, and there are some preparations and precautions that older travelers might wish to take into account when planning their trip. Here are eight top tips to ensure your trip of a lifetime runs as smoothly as a camel swaying through the desert!
While many people know Morocco for its labyrinthian cities, bubbling tajines, or never-ending shopping options, there’s another resource that makes this country so appealing. For people who would rather get away from the cities, some of the best hiking opportunities in North Africa can be found in Morocco. If a grueling multi-day trek is your dream come true, or you’d prefer a leisure walk along country trails, or maybe something in between you can find the ideal trek. To uncover some of the best trekking in Morocco we’re sharing some of our best kept secrets.
It’s 1578 and Morocco is at war with Portugal. On a fateful August day, the Moroccan forces wipe out 26,000 Portuguese men including the army’s commander, King Don Sebastian. Morocco’s commander, Sultan Abd El Malik survives to witness his kingdom’s crushing victory but perishes shortly thereafter on the battlefield – but not without first naming his youngest brother his successor. Continue reading…
Many places in Morocco lend themselves to amazing photos. Whether you are an amateur or semi-pro, getting superb landscape (or even people shots) adds to the depth of your experience and helps to bring your trip back to life once you are home again. I’ve gone through some of our latest Morocco trekking photos and thought I’d share those with our readers with a quick blurb about the location and what I enjoy about the photo itself. I can’t offer much in the way of technique or camera settings; my knowledge is more on the ascetic side of the whole thing. If you’ve got any comments or photos of rural Morocco, or photos of you enjoying your time in Morocco’s mountains, please feel free to send them to us via email. I will try to add them to this piece over time. Unless otherwise stated, these photos were taken by Chris Griffiths and Thom Buttery, amazing photographers and film makers from the UK who are responsible for our amazing travel videos you’ll find throughout our website (including those of Fez, Essaouira, Chefchaouen, and more). Continue reading…