7 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Essaouira

7 Photos to Fall in Love with Essaouira

It’s not the blue city (Chefchaouen), or the capital (Rabat), or well known for the way it comes to life at night (Marrakesh), it’s simply Essaouira; the calm, coastal city where Moroccans and visitors go to lose themselves and relax. If you’re not convinced yet, sit back and enjoy six more pictures that will make you want to plan a trip to visit Essaouira immediately.

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Visiting Morocco in Summer: A Survival Guide

Visiting Morocco in Summer- A Survival Guide

Morocco is an increasingly popular travel destination year-round. But as the seasons change throughout the year, so do the opportunities visitors have to experience Morocco’s culture and history. Whether you’re into water sports, mountain trekking, cultural experiences or historical sites – you’ll find that the optimal time for exploring all of these sides of Morocco can vary throughout the year. If you’re planning on visiting Morocco in summer there are a few things to keep in mind. (more…)

The BEST Places to Eat in Marrakesh

The Best Places to Eat in Marrakesh

There is a buzz surrounding Morocco’s food scene at the moment and its not hard to see where all the fuss is coming from; new and inspiring restaurants are popping up all across the country. Let’s be honest, Morocco has always been high up on the must-visit list for foodie travellers. But it is a new wave of fusion cooking and cultural dialogue that is at the centre of this gastronomical shake up and Morocco appears to be waking up to the creative re-imagining of traditional dining experiences that’s been happening in innovative eateries across the world. Intrepid travelers are looking for great places to eat in Marrakesh and beyond.  (more…)

Faces of Morocco: Stories of a Country

Faces of a Nation

The people are what make the core of any culture. Today we’d like to introduce you to some of the faces of Morocco. The people behind these images are our friends and neighbors. The portraits come from all corners of Morocco and are a small sampling of who you might encounter when you come to visit. We hope you enjoy this glimpse of Morocco!

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10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the Sahara NOW!

Visit the Sahara with Journey Beyond Travel

Do you have a dream to visit the Sahara? Or, maybe you’re one of those people who insists there’s nothing there to see or do. If the Moroccan Sahara is your “must see” list or if you want to stay as far away as possible we’ve put together ten of our favorite images to show you just how amazing and beautiful it truly is. Pack your bags because after this, you’ll want to go for sure.

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Hidden Morocco: Aoufous and the Ziz Valley

The Ziz Valley, Morocco

Morocco is home to numerous stunning palm groves and your journey from the imperial cities of Fez or Marrakesh toward the vast Sahara will take you past an oasis valley before reaching the dunes themselves. As you pass through different towns and terrains, the landscape begins to notably change into a rocky scrubland, geographically indicating the beginning of the ‘desert.’ While many people rush through the area between Marrakesh and the Sahara,  those seeking a glimpse into rural Moroccan life slow down to appreciate the area known as the Ziz Valley.

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Fossils in Morocco: Ancient Artifacts Abound

Moroccan Dinosaurs and Fossils

Picture the vast and dry Sahara Desert as a lush green tropical forest. Now add some lakes, waterways and a river as wide as the Danube running through it, feeding the flora and fauna in the area. It’s difficult, right? But this is actually what the Sahara looked like some 100 million years ago. And even way before that (hundreds of millions of years), a part of what is now the Sahara was actually submersed in ocean water. The region flourished in the prehistoric age and much of the evidence from that time has lived on until today in the form of exquisitely preserved fossils.

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Sfenj: Moroccan Doughnuts

Moroccan Sfinge Recipe

Every culture has it’s version of fried dough, and Morocco is no different. You’ll find sfenj on street corners throughout the country. The dough itself is simple, a basic yeast dough but it is super sticky, making it a bit of a trick to master. Sfenj is prepared early in the mornings for breakfast or late in the afternoons for tea time and you’ll be hard pressed to find it anywhere in between those times!

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