The Meknes medina, garnished as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, holds many treasures within its walls. The first one can be admired even before you enter the imperial city: Bab Mansour. This incredible gate (bab in Arabic) is not only a spectacular example of Almohad architecture but it also holds a unique story behind its construction.
There are some Moroccan foods (like Sfa) that are so good, you’ll never find them on a restaurant menu. Rfissa is one of those dishes. The simple ingredients of chicken and lentils are elevated with the inclusion of spices and a slow cooking time – until everything is falling apart, delicious.
So you’ve seen the snake charmers in Marrakesh, you’ve gotten hopelessly lost in endless souks in Fez, and you’ve rocked all the casbahs around Casablanca. Check, check, and check. But what if you’re just not a checklist traveler? What if you want more than just a Facebook photo, but an experience to last a lifetime? Here’s our 5 places in Morocco that you should visit (but probably haven’t!). (more…)
Arts and history enthusiasts simply can’t leave Fez without paying a visit to the incredible Dar Batha Museum, the city’s museum of traditional Moroccan arts. Set in a gorgeous 19th century palace, the building in itself could be considered a piece of art. Designed by Sultan Moulay Hassan, this Andalusian-Arabic style palace was occupied by two sultans before being repurposed as a museum in 1915. It features stunning zeillij tiling, intricate wood carvings, and a tranquil Andalusian garden where visitors can enjoy a peaceful break from the bustle of the medina. Within its walls however, lies the real treasure: one of the country’s finest collections of Moroccan decorative arts and artifacts dating to the 10th century. (more…)
© Chris Griffiths A small village in the Imlil region of the High Atlas Mountains. While a remote and picturesque setting, the harsh reality of life here is faced with limited access to basic infrastructure and amenities, such as educational facilities.
Very few girls living in rural communities in the High Atlas Mountains get the chance to further their education beyond primary level. Most secondary schools are located in larger towns several kilometers away and parents struggle to afford lodging for their children. While boys are generally allowed by families to make the long journeys to and fro nearby colleges, girls must stay at home unless their parents can afford lodging near the schools. The existing housing facilities are very often inadequate, presenting further reasons for families to lose confidence in sending their daughters to live away from home. Many girls find themselves in uninspiring work or married at a very young age. These new found adult responsibilities often prevent them from furthering their education or securing a career path.
When most people think of Moroccan food two things come to mind; tagine and couscous. But, there is a wide range of Moroccan recipes that never find their way to restaurant menus. In fact you’ll typically only find these dishes served in homes. This is one reason it’s such a treat to get an invitation to a Moroccan home for a meal! While the combination of sweet and savory notes in sfa may seem strange, this is exactly what make it so appealing. (more…)
No one visits Fez without passing by Bab Boujloud at least once. It is virtually impossible, as the gate (bab in Arabic) serves as an excellent navigation point for the lost wanderers trying to find their way through the busy streets of the Fez medina. But Bab Boujloud is much more than just a handy reference point on a map. Its glittering mosaic tiles and grand archway have made it one of Morocco’s most famed gateways and a sight you definitely won’t want to miss as you discover the city of Fez. (more…)
“Konichiwaaaa!” the Moroccans shouted at us while walking through the maze of the medina in Essaouira, our first stop in Morocco.
At first I was perplexed why they all think we’re Japanese. But that’s usually how it is when you’re traveling as an Asian abroad. In some parts of the world, they think I’m Chinese. In other parts of the world, I’m Thai. Sometimes they think I’m Vietnamese. In Morocco, I’m Japanese. I never really figured out how Japanese culture is connected to Moroccan culture and I didn’t really see a lot of Japanese tourists there too which left me wondering why they would think most Asian tourists in Morocco are Japanese. (more…)
Halal tourism is a relatively new term and style of travel. It refers to meeting the needs and desires of Muslim tourists by providing services and amenities that Muslim travelers desire. There is no standard definition of defines an experience as falling into the category of halal travel, but several components stand out. In a 2014 poll by Crescentranking, one of the first companies to provide rankings of Muslim-friendly destinations, listed Morocco as the number six most “halal friendly” travel destination.
Thinking of traveling to Morocco but don’t know how to start planning everything? We’ve got you covered. From full-fledged travel guides to insightful documentaries, covering language books and helpful tips for you trip, we’ve compiled a list of the top 15 travel resources for your 2015 Moroccan adventure.