Accessible Tourism in Morocco: An Overview

Accessible Tourism in Morocco

Courtesy Derek Workman

The definition of accessibility and disability can vary greatly from person to person. Whether it is a physical disability meaning a wheelchair is needed to a sight and/or hearing impairments and everything in between it is possible to visit Morocco and have an amazing experience. Morocco is still a developing country and therefore does not have the same legal requirements as places such as the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Visitors with accessibility needs will have to do a bit more research to ensure their needs are met.

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Merenid Tombs in Fez Morocco
Everyone loves a little mystery, and that is exactly what you will get when you visit the enigmatic ruins of the Merenid Tombs (also known as Marinid Tombs). Located on a hill just above the bustling city of Fez, there is very little that is actually known about these tombs besides the fact that they were built in the 14th century. The time period suggests that these were built during the Merenid dynasty, but it is not certain who specifically was buried there and why. All of this mystery only entices us even more, and the tombs are one of the most visited sites in Fez. The spectacular panoramic views of the city and mountains may also have a little something to do with it. Continue reading…

Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh
Hidden from the world for roughly 200 years, the Saadian Tombs were found a short distance from the bustling city center of Marrakesh, and are a truly rich architectural gem. Housing two lavish mausoleums with approximately 60 tombs and over 100 more in the beautiful gardens, the Saadian Tombs are one of the most elaborate and best preserved resting places in Morocco today.
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A spate of celebrity weddings and the recent honeymoon of actor George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, have put Marrakesh firmly on the map as a romantic destination. However, Morocco offers much more than just the city of Marrakesh for honeymooners. There are plenty of locations and destinations which will encourage your romantic side and create hundreds of joint memories for the happy couple!

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Hand-drawn illustration of Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, Morocco

For over 1200 years, the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque (or al-Karaouine) has been one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim World. With a history dating back to the 9th century, this mosque and university have been the selected congregation space for various Muslim saints and scholars throughout the centuries.

Today, the university continues to function as an excellent school of religious and physical sciences, and the mosque is considered Morocco’s holiest place, governing the time of all Islamic festivals across the country. On your next visit to Fez, make sure you head into its old town and take your time discovering this magnificent treasure chest of history that has much more to it than meets the eye. Continue reading…

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Honeymoon in Morocco

You’re getting ready to tie the knot but are still torn on where you should spend your honeymoon. A beach in Tahiti? A cabin in the remote woods of Canada? Hiking the Camino de Santiago? Why not pick a destination that can deliver everything? Where you’re asking. Morocco is an excellent destination anytime of year to enjoy countless new experiences and bask in the honeymoon glow.

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Morocco Jewish Museum

Morocco’s rich Jewish heritage is a unique piece of history that is unknown to most travelers – and that in itself is reason enough to explore it on your next holiday to this exotic country. Although Jews historically lived in mellahs (or Jewish Quarters) in a number of Moroccan cities, including Fez and Marrakech, a majority of the Jewish population in Morocco today resides in Casablanca today. It is here that you will be able to find a thriving Jewish community along with a host of relevant monuments, communal spaces, kosher restaurants, cemeteries, shrines, and museums. One of the most impressive sights is the Museum of Moroccan Judaism (Musée du Judaisme Marocain) and often simply called the Moroccan Jewish Museum, a one-of-a-kind history and ethnography institute dedicated to past, present, and even future life of Jewish life in Morocco. Continue reading…

Berber Jewish Men

Many visitors to Morocco are surprised to learn of the country’s cultural diversity. Although today a majority Arab Muslim country, Morocco has a significant Jewish past (and present) as well as indigenous Amazigh (also known as Berber) population who pre-date the Arab immigration.

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Fez Mellah Jewish Quarter Morocco

Historically, Morocco has strived to be a place of acceptance. Several different cultures and religions have inhabited its cities and towns throughout the centuries. Today, the majority of its population is Muslim but it is not hard to find a wide array of remnants of the country’s Jewish heritage throughout its many cities. Most Jews immigrated to Morocco in the 15th century following the Spanish Reconquista which pushed out the entire Jewish population from the Iberian Peninsula. They established themselves in mellahs (or Jewish Quarters), that were often found in a corner of the city fortified by Kasbah walls for protection. These mellahs became a city within a city for the Jews with their own synagogues, fountains, and markets lining narrow streets and alleyways.

Several Jewish Quarters still survive today with their synagogues and Jewish cemeteries and can easily be found within large cities such as Marrakech and Fez. But a trip off the beaten path can also be extremely rewarding. Towns such as Sefrou and Chefchaouen have beautifully preserved unique mellahs that can easily be explored from one of the main Moroccan cities. Continue reading…

Morocco Jewish Sights

Morocco was once home to the largest population of Jews in the Arab world, a figure topping 300,000 inhabitants. Today the number has largely diminished but many of the historical sites have remained intact and offer a glimpse into a part of Moroccan culture that is unique to the region. While the relationship between Muslim and Jewish residents has had ups and downs, the legacy and richness of Morocco’s Jewish population remains a national treasure. Continue reading…