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.
Morocco offers a unique blend of African and Middle Eastern exoticism yet is comfortably close to European capitals and surprisingly well-connected to long haul hubs. The arrival of globally renowned luxury hotel brands, the development of golfing and wellness tourism and the opening of destination shopping boutiques has made certain Moroccan cities such as Marrakech and Casablanca serious contenders in the luxury destination stakes. A spate of accolades – such as Marrakesh being voted Trip Advisor’s top worldwide destination in March 2015 – and celebrity endorsements (George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin had a Moroccan honeymoon; David Beckham celebrated his 40th birthday in Marrakesh), demonstrate that there has never been a better time to book your luxury vacation in Morocco!
Take the road from Ouarzazate to Erfoud and you will find yourself driving along what is commonly known as the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs. You’ll catch a spectacular view of a vast valley dotted with small oases and hundreds of ancient fortifications. The sand-colored walls of the kasbahs may all start to look the same after a while, but don’t be fooled: they each hold a special historical treasure within.
Can you travel in luxury in Morocco without leaving a footprint? It’s the question on every conscious traveler’s mind, and if it’s not, it probably should be. Whether we’re aware or not, the way we travel has a huge impact on the places and communities we visit. Depending on the choices we make, we have the power to contribute positively or negatively to these communities.
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. (more…)
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.