Maison de la Photographie Marrakesh, Morocco

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.

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8 Tips for Senior Travelers to Morocco

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!

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Top Places to Walk, Hike, and Trek in Morocco

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.

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A hand drawn illustration of the El Badi Palace in Marrakech, Morocco.

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…

Morocco trekking photos of mountains in Morocco.

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…

Medersa (Madrasa) Ben Youssef in Marrakesh hand-illustrated drawing and photo of a scene in this ancient school.If you walk too quickly through the busy streets of the Marrakesh medina, you may just miss out on one of its biggest treasures. Once the largest Quranic school in North Africa, the facade of the stunning Medersa Ben Youssef (Ben Youssef Madrasa) blends too easily with the dusty houses and buildings of the medina. But don’t be mistaken by its plain wooden doorway and bare outer walls. The inside of this ancient school is filled with magnificent craftsmanship details from zeillij tiling to incredible stuccowork and beautiful wood carvings. So take a breather on your journey through the winding streets of the medina and discover a magnificent (and quiet!) sanctuary that will make you forget all about the hustle and bustle of the hectic souks.
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Mohammed V Mausoleum drawing in Rabat. This sight is next to the Hassan Towers as well in Rabat.Guarded at all times by elaborately dressed royal guards and fez-topped security personnel, Rabat’s two most visited sites stand opposite each other along the magnificent Bou Regreg river. Hassan Tower (or Tour Hassan) and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V are two of Morocco’s most mystical places: one is an incomplete project of majestic proportions and the other stands as a masterpiece of modern architecture, holding inside the grand tombs of past kings. Wander through the ruins of columns and enter the ornamental grandeur that is the exquisite mausoleum to discover a part of Moroccan history that will forever remain incomplete.
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When my family moved into a rammed-earth house in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the majestic beauty of our host valley was overwhelming. In time it remained awe inspiring, but was sometimes shadowed by the immensely different lifestyle I experienced while living there. Two years into our stay I finally grasped some cultural etiquettes, while others remain elusive – maybe even to the Moroccans who practice them because that’s just the way it is.

Insights to Rural Morocco

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Kasbah des Udayas (Oudayas Kasbah) in Rabat Morocco. This is an illustration of this fortified part of the city.Set in Morocco’s capital on the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, the Udayas Kasbah (or as it’s also known, Oudayas Kasbah) is one of the country’s most unique sites. Originally built in the 12th century and renovated many times since throughout the centuries, it has been home to Arab tribes, Andalusian immigrants, and some of Morocco’s most powerful sultans. Walk up the steps leading to the imposing gate of Bab Oudaya and discover the winding streets of the Kasbah that will take you to Rabat’s oldest mosque, beautiful gardens, and an exquisite museum.
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Rural Morocco, the Best Taste of Moroccan Culture

Morocco is a land known for its exotic appeal and incredibly varied cities like Tangier, Rabat, and Fes. While beautiful, chaotic Marrakesh is a must-visit city for anyone going to Morocco, the best taste of the culture is found in her rural cities. One of the special treats of getting away from the typical tourist path is finding places that haven’t adapted their culture to an onslaught of foreign visitors. You get to see an image of daily life as it really is.

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