Mediterranean Coast and Rif Mountains

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Tanger/Tetouan /Chefchaouen

Nine miles and 30 minute ferry ride from Spain, Tangier, lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean mysteriously encounters the Atlantic Ocean. The historical presence of many civilisations starting from the 5thcentury provides the city of Tangier with a rich and intriguing past, the effects of which linger into the present.

From 1932 until its incorporation into Morocco in 1956, Tangier was considered an international city, under the control of a committee of 30 nations, and consequently a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and business. With its souks such as the Petit and Gran Socco Market Square, traditional cuisine, stunning beaches, and historical and cultural attractions such as the Mendoubia Gardens, Caves of Hercules, and Museum of Moroccan Art, Tangier shows the face of Morocco’s most international city.

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Chefchaouen sits nestled high in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. Founded in 1471 by Moorish exiles from Spain to fight the Portuguese invasions of the north, the name of Chefchaouen refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town which resemble the two horns of a goat. A popular destination, Chefchaouen is famous for its vivid blue rinsed houses and buildings. Winding lanes and narrow alleys are home to numerous souks offering cuisine and artisan works, such as woollen items, intricate embroidery, and goats cheese; all native to the North and not found anywhere else in Morocco.

South of Morocco and Berber Culture

The South and Amazigh People

Preserving Beauty

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We have devoted this section to the South of Morocco, since it is Lahcen’s home and second love (after cooking!). Whether or not you visit the South in your travels to Morocco, we would like to give you a taste of the beauty of the people and the landscape. And how to help preserve this beauty!!

Many people say that Morocco is divided into two cultures: the culture of the North and that of the South. This is not an unfamiliar statement for people coming from the United States, France, England, and many other countries where the north and the south have always been distinguished by their different cultures and mentalities. However, in Morocco, the difference is striking. Part of this disparity has to do with the hugely diverse landscapes. The North is known for its greenery in the peaceful, rolling Middle Atlas Mountains. The High Atlas Mountains in the South are quite the opposite of the Middle Atlas. These mountains are jagged, dry and harsh. The only greenery that we find in the south is in the beautiful, lush valleys along which you find small Berber farming communities. It is the hospitable culture of these communities and the dramatic landscapes that makes the south so different from the north.

Natural Beauty

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Marrakech is the legendary and romantic city in the south that thousands of tourists flock to every year. However, the South of Morocco is also famous for its striking display of the various kinds of landscapes that a dry desert climate can produce. Driving through the High Atlas Mountains feels like you are navigating a geological treasure trove. Colourful layers of rock curve with the face of the mountain in ways that look oddly similar to some of the geometric tile-work you see in Fes. Every stark mountain range in the High Atlas is cut by a long green ribbon of farmland and Berber villages. The houses in these villages are built in the traditional way, using the earth of the region. So from afar, the villages practically blend into the face of the mountains. Almost every valley in the High Atlas is more stunning than the last. Some famous ones include Dades, Draa, the Valley of the Roses, Gheris, and the Ziz Valley. One of the most stunning (and most touristy) is the Draa Valley, which is lined with lush palmeraies that follow the river for 95 kilometers.

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As you continue further South, you end up in the desert. The transition between the High Atlas Mountains and the sand dunes in the region of M’hamid and Merzouga is a stark, flat landscape. It’s the kind of place where you certainly wouldn’t want your car to break down. The dunes have become a popular tourist attraction, so towns like Merzouga and M’hamid, which used to be military outposts are now filled with nothing but hotels and hostels for people who want to take a 4×4 or a camel excursion into the desert. However, once you leave behind the hotels and bazaars and climb over the first few dunes, you feel like you are walking through a sea of sand. You might start to feel akin to Lawrence of Arabia.

Amazigh People

The South is primarily Berber, or “Amazigh”, which means “the free man”. The language that Amazigh people speak is called “Tamazight”. Although Arabic is the official language in Morocco, there are still communities in Morocco where people only speak Tamazight. Tamazight has a script of its own called Tifinart, although most people use Arabic or Latin script when writing in Tamazight. Like the Arabs, most Amazighs are Muslims. However, there are still some who are Jewish and Christians. Although there is no racial distinction or prejudice between the Amazigh people and the Arabs, the Amazighs have a very different culture than Arabs – a culture that many are struggling to preserve.

Amazighs are known for their hospitality and their openness. If you ever end up in a Berber village, you will surely be invited at least once into someone’s home, even if you don’t know the person. Amazighs have a social code that whether the guest is an enemy or a friend, one is required to host this person for at least three days in their home. If there is a traveller, someone from the community must house them. Even if they know that the traveller already has a place to stay, they will still invite them. If there is a person who comes to the village to serve the community (a shepherd, a teacher…), members of the community take turns housing and feeding them.

This custom is part of a tradition of brother and sisterhood among Amazighs. The effort of the community is far more valued than the work of a single person, which is practically unheard of. In a village, each family has their piece of land that they farm, but the work on the land is shared by the whole village. Every family helps the others to irrigate and harvest their land. This way, there is no competition between the farmers of whose land is the richest. The same community effort is seen when it comes time to shepherd. Neighbours and friends share the responsibilities with each other’s herds. If one family has 10 goats and another family has 20, the shepherd of the first family will take all thirty up into the mountains for 10 days, and then the second family will send their shepherd up for 20 days. Therefore, each family shares the time equally, depending on how many goats they have.

Farming in the Valleys

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In the valleys of the South, there is a complicated system for irrigation that requires the help of the entire community to control. The long valley of fields is irrigated by water that comes from the river to small streams that run through the terrain. In a long valley lined with fields, families will not always have fields next to each other. So when a family buys a piece of land, they also buy water time. Therefore, when a member of a family inherits the land, they also inherit the water, so to speak. The water comes from the river to streams which have been created to irrigate the land. Each piece of land has a passage from the stream to the land. When the water arrives on one piece of land, the community starts to count down the farmer’s water time. When the land is irrigated, the farmer opens the stream for another person’s land and the watch stops. However, this farmer’s work is not yet finished. There is still another piece of land further down the valley. So, the farmer waits for the water to arrive to the other piece of land and the watch starts again. Of course, it is important not to take too much time on one piece of land because you will be taking water away from your other fields. Therefore, using physics, farmers have figured out how to speed up the irrigation of one field so as to gain water time for their other pieces of land.

Tourism and the South: Preserving Beauty

With Marrakesh and Agadir as the two biggest tourist attractions in the country, the South has known tourists for quite a long time. However, every year more and more hostels, hotels, fancy guest houses, and gite d’etapes have been popping up. As with tourism in every third world country, this is seen as a good thing and a bad thing. A big concern is the preservation of small communities, like Lahcen’s town, Amellago. It would be sad to see this hidden treasure turn into a hot tourist spot. However, behind these concerns are more complicated concerns of the community members. People in small villages lead very happy lives, despite the lack of modern comforts. They eat well, they live amongst beautiful nature, they live in a close connection with the community. But in recent years, their comfort is due to their sons, husbands, and brothers who all leave the village to find jobs so that they can send money. Some travel to cities that are close, like Marrakesh, but some travel as far as Spain and France, staying away from their families as long as a year or sometimes two.

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Could tourism save these villages from the mass exodus of their men? Perhaps. But since these communities live amongst beautiful nature that they also depend on for their agriculture, tourism should not come at the expense of the land. Tourism is good for the country, but not if it will destroy the land. Few in the Moroccan tourism industry are paying close attention to the kind of tourism that the South is attracting. But we encourage you, dear visitors, to pay attention. There are many ways to travel in an eco-friendly way: stay in smaller locally-run gite d’etapes, think about how much water and energy you are using in smaller villages, take your trash with you when you leave or make sure that it goes in the right place. During your stay in a village, go for walks instead of drives to appreciate the scenery. Don’t drive too quickly when you are driving through rural areas. Many children tend to come close to cars. Wherever you go, respect the culture, and try to get close to the people. Accept invitations. If someone says hi to you in a village, say hi back. When people say hi in cities, it is not always a genuine friendly greeting. But in villages, there is rarely a hidden interest – people are just trying to be friendly.

Travel in Morocco like a Moroccan

How not to get lost in Morocco in a literal and figurative sense: cultural differences and peculiarities of the national identity of the inhabitants of the setting sun.

1. They consider money not only in the national currency, but also in the “virtual”

Moroccan Dirham (MAD) has been a state monetary unit since 1960, however, you may also hear prices announced in rials. To transfer the sum from rials to dirhams, you need to divide the named number by 20. The fluctuations of the rate are not inherent in the dirham. In the country, thanks to strict regulation by the state, the dirham is approximately $ 0.1 and € 0.09 and can only deviate to one side or another only slightly. You can meet bills of 10, 20, 50 and 100 dirhams, coins with denominations of 10, 5, 2, 1 and 1/2 dirhams, and 5, 10 and 20 centimes (100 centimes equal to 1 dirham).

2. When they are married, they are not supposed to change their surname

At the conclusion of marriage, each of the spouses remains with his last name. Citizens of the “orange kingdom” do not attach much importance to this fact during the creation of the family. And when children are born, they are already recorded on the father’s surname.

3. They do not have numbers on their homes

Moroccan addresses are generally another world for our person. In addition to the fact that multi-apartment buildings are usually called residences, they also often do not have numbers, and names are used for their designation. For local people to live in the residence “Leila” or “Fatima” – a common occurrence. Therefore, for travelers, trying to find an address on their own is likely to be very difficult. Add to this the fact that the plaques on the buildings with the instructions of their numbers and street names are quite rare.

4. You can see them on the street shoe shine

If suddenly a resident of Morocco forgot to clean his shoes or got dirty on the road, for a small fee he can use the services of a shoe cleaner. And if it sounds strange to our ear, then on the streets in Morocco a man with a wooden box in his hands, filled with everything necessary for work, will rub and polish the client’s shoes. So on the ground from the fairy tales of Scheherazade you can still encounter representatives of this disappearing profession.

5. They often give alms

Parents in El Maghrib since childhood have taught children to help those in need. That is why many people who meet in the busiest places of the city (in parking lots near supermarkets and cafes, near sights, at crowded intersections, tourist points and, of course, at the entrance to the mosque) and begging for money on the street, do not cause the Moroccans either irritation , not to mention contempt. Most often, when you see a grandmother, grandfather, child or even a teenager with an outstretched hand, a Moroccan will give a coin in return.

6. They can give an even number of colors for the holiday

The Moroccans do not know about superstitions (with such rigor in our society) about the even number of flowers in the bouquet, and therefore are free to freely present floral compositions consisting of any number of flower buds.

7. They love to combine incongruous in their kitchen

The Maghreb cuisine combined several traditions in cooking, and local dishes are filled with diverse, sometimes seeming incompatible tastes. So, hot tomato soup harir is served with sweet dates. One type of tajin (perhaps the most recognizable dish of local cuisine) is prepared from meat with the addition of prunes, and traditional puff pastries filled with chicken or seafood are sprinkled with powdered sugar. Still here salted lemons and drink a very sweet, just tart, strongly brewed tea with mint.

8. They purify the tomatoes from the skin and seeds for eating

In Morocco, it is customary to remove peel from all vegetables and fruits, from which it is possible. Peaches, nectarines, apples, cucumbers for the inhabitants there are usually cleaned. And in tomatoes they also get rid of seeds, using only flesh for food.

9. They hug and kiss even with strangers

Moroccans are a very friendly people. At a meeting, people of both sexes exchange kisses and hugs, although they may be hardly acquainted or even see for the first time, but, being in the same company, are accustomed to warmly greet each other. The interpersonal distance accepted for communication in Morocco, our person will seem uncomfortable because of the intimacy of the interlocutor. If you ask a taxi driver or a waiter, he can, in the process of explaining, find it quite appropriate to hug you fraternally by the shoulders.

Марокко with Lahcen

Марокко — гастрономический оазис Северной Африки. Кухня этой страны — как ступка, в которой в идеальных пропорциях смешаны ароматы арабских пряностей, средиземноморские овощи и фрукты и толика французской изысканности.

Кухню Марокко часто называют одной из лучших в мире. Она богата, разнообразна и соединяет в себе все то лучшее, что позаимствовала из кулинарных традиций Африки, Арабских стран и Средиземноморья.

Сердцем марокканской кухни являются такие известные блюда, как кус-кус, таджины, пастилла, малоизвестные за пределами страны, но от этого не менее вкусные — харина и танджия. Ну и конечно же, знаменитый мятный чай.

Разнообразные свежие овощи, мясные блюда из баранины, говядины, верблюжатины и блюда из морепродуктов марокканцы щедро сдабривают пряностями. Такие специи, как шафран, корица, кумин, имбирь, черный перец и специальную смесь специй Рас-эль-ханут используют для обогащения блюд, а не для того, чтобы замаскировать вкус и аромат продуктов.

Рас-эль-ханут, что в переводе означает «хозяин лавки» — это очень популярная на Севере Африки смесь из специй. Чаще всего включает измельченные в различных пропорциях: кумин, имбирь, кориандр, анис, корицу, гвоздику, черный перец, кардамон, сушеные бутоны лаванды или розы, семена нигеллы, мускатный орех, куркуму и паприку. Состав может насчитывать от десяти до ста видов специй! Рецепт смеси у каждого хозяина лавки — свой, и хранится он в строжайшем секрете. Острое исключение из преимущественно мягкой, средиземноморско ориентированной кухни Марокко — огненная харисса, паста из чеснока, перчика чили, оливкового масла и соли.

Кус-кус, который представляет собой маленькие зернышки манной крупы, покрытые тонким слоем муки, занимает центральное место в кухне Марокко и часто готовится со специями, овощами, орехами и изюмом. Он может подаваться, как самостоятельное блюдо или в качестве гарнира.

Наиболее часто употребляемым здесь мясом является баранина. Обычно ее готовят до того момента, пока она не станет достаточно нежной, чтобы есть ее без использования ножа, только руками. К мясу подают соусы из изюма и лука, а иногда — даже абрикосовое пюре. Мясо и рыбу тушат, запекают на гриле или готовят в таджине.

Обязательные составляющие любого застолья — оливки, разнообразных форм, размеров и окраски, а еще свежевыпеченный хлеб. Соленые блюда часто дополняются фруктами и сухофруктами — абрикосами, финиками, инжиром и изюмом. Орехи, такие как кедровые орешки, миндаль, фисташки — также очень популярны и часто появляются в самых неожиданных блюдах. Марокканские сладости не обязательно сладкие на вкус, но обычно чем слаще, тем вкуснее. Обычно сочетают в себе корицу, миндаль, ароматы фруктов и мед.

Жители Марокко чаще всего едят руками, используя три пальца и кусочек хлеба, и делают они это так ловко, что забыть о существовании столовых приборов довольно просто. Вот только чтобы научится так же искусно сворачивать шарики кус-куса, потребуются годы практики.

Не зависимо от того, предпочитаете вы основательный завтрак или только легкий утренний перекус — разнообразие традиционных утренних блюд в Марокко способно удовлетворить практически любые вкусы. Например, можно начать день с Марокканской питы из уличного ларька. Стакан свежевыжатого сока, хотя другого в Марокко и не бывает, можно найти также на улице, но лучше использовать свою чашку, так как многие продавцы просто ополаскивают стаканы после использования. Другими вариантами завтрака могут быть свежие фрукты, французская выпечка, пончики и конечно же кофе или мятный чай. Для более основательного завтрака отправляйтесь в кафе, где вам предложат все то же, что и на улице, плюс омлет со свежим тмином или Марокканские блинчики.

Обед — традиционно самая главная трапеза за день (за исключением месяца Рамадан), обычно он продолжается с двенадцати до трех по полудню. Очень многие магазины, музеи и другие общественные места закрываются в Марокко на обеденное время, так что в большинстве случаев будет разумно последовать местным обычаям и отправится в кафе или ресторан. Обычно обед состоит из нескольких блюд. В начале традиционно подают салат, который представляет собой самую банальную смесь из нарезанных овощей, таких как помидоры и лук, приправленных специями. Возможен и более сложный вариант — из приготовленных баклажанов, смешанных со свежим луком, лимонным соком, солью и перцем.

В кухне Марокко нередко сочетание в одном блюде соленого и сладкого. Ярким примером является пастилла, традиционно состоящая из фарша голубиного мяса с миндалем в слоеном тесте. Сверху это чудо кулинарной мысли посыпают сахарной пудрой и корицей. Несмотря на непривычность сочетания продуктов, блюдо это вполне съедобно и более того, способно завоевать ваше сердце благодаря контрастному сочетанию вкусов.

Рецепты блюд марокканской кухни:

Самые популярные среди основных блюд — кус-кус и таджин. Кус-кус традиционно готовят в святой день — пятницу, но в ресторане его можно отведать в любой день недели. Таджин — это одновременно и блюдо и название посуды, в которой его готовят. Таджин представляет собой массивную керамическую сковороду, плотно закрытую высокой конической крышкой. Пар, поднимающийся от готовящегося блюда, многократно конденсируется в верхней части крышки и стекает вниз, благодаря чему блюдо приобретает особый насыщенный вкус. Рецептов таджина невероятное множество, но обычно это блюдо состоит из мяса и овощей, приправленных Марокканскими специями. Одно из любимых блюд жителей Маракеша — традиционное тушеное мясо танджия. Свое название блюдо получило от глиняного кувшина, в котором при готовке долго томится острая маринованная говядина с пряностями и лимонным соком.

Рецепты блюд марокканской кухни:

Кухня Марокко у большинства туристов ассоциируется с пряной жирной мясной пищей. Но не стоит забывать, что Марокко омывается водами Средиземноморского моря и Атлантического океана. Поэтому в национальной кухне широко используется не только мясо, но и рыба и морепродукты. Так что не стоит удивляться, если на обед вам подадут свежие устрицы. Морепродукты, особенно в прибрежных городках, отличного качества и самый простой способ ими полакомиться — купить прямо на берегу, где их при вас же обжарят на огне и подадут с хлебом и салатом. В городе Эссуэйра есть много ресторанов, где можно отведать блюда из свежайшей рыбы, но в более изысканной обстановке.

Логичным завершением каждой трапезы служит особый Марокканский мятный чай, второе имя которого — Берберским виски. Секрет этого чая — не в китайском чайном листе, а в добавлении к нему свежей мяты. Финальный мазок — кусочек сахара, при виде которого вздрогнет любой дантист. Чай обычно подают в серебряном чайнике, а затем разливают его в небольшие красочные стаканы. Чаепития в Марокко настолько популярны, что насладиться этим напитком можно бессчетное количество раз за день.

Рецепты блюд марокканской кухни:

Чай и пастилла далеко не единственные сладости в кухне Марокко. Десерты чаще подают на протяжении всей трапезы, а не в ее конце. Большинство сладостей готовят на основе меда, орехов с добавлением пряностей, чаще всего корицы, семян фенхеля и фруктов. Самые популярные: маханша, небольшие печенья из тончайшего теста с миндалем, ригаиф, медовые блинчики с семенами кунжута, шеббакиа, жареные в масле пирожки, щедро смазанные медом, ажурные блинчики бегрир, которые подают с горячей смесью растопленного сливочного масла и меда, фруктовый торт им-али и печеные трубочки с начинкой из фиников.

Ужин обычно начинается после девяти вечера и проходит в кругу семьи. Как ни странно, традиционным блюдом для ужина, особенно в Рамадан, является суп Харира. Это густой острый томатный суп из чечевицы с бараниной. Но как и на завтрак, легкие снэки на ужин можно найти на лотках уличных торговцев, тут вам предложат жареный миндаль, жареную кукурузу или щедро приправленные тмином свареные вкрутую яйца.

Практически везде в Марокко есть передвижные уличные торговцы, предлагающие улиток. Эта часть национальной кухни осталась от французов, контролировавших страну в первой половине двадцатого века. Французы оставили после себя еще один приятный след — виноградники и винодельни, поэтому у вас есть возможность попробовать местные вина — Медальон, Атлас, Волюбилис, Совиньйон Блан, Каберне Совиньйон и множество других.

Самую вкусную еду традиционно готовят дома, но за неимением приглашающих, можно отправится в ресторан или риаду, где всегда рады гостям.

Фес без приуменьшения можно назвать кулинарной и культурной столицей Марокко. Обед себе по душе и по карману тут может найти любой путешественник, вкусно готовят везде, от лотков на рынке до кухонь шикарных ресторанов.

Лучший ресторан города, безусловно достойный посещения — La Maison Bleue. Блюда здесь неизменно идеально приготовлены и красиво оформлены, меню состоит из пяти смен блюд, каждое из которых — настоящее произведение кулинарного искусства. В силу популярности ресторана, столик лучше резервировать заранее.

One of the best ways to get to know traditional cuisine and immerse yourself in the Maghreb atmosphere is to stay in the riad. Riads are often old houses, restored and filled with antique furniture and tastefully selected antiques. They are the embodiment of exquisite luxury: colored stained-glass windows, marble mosaic floor, antique furniture of the finest work, silk pillows. Even if you do not live in such a riad, you must go to lunch or dinner in peace and cool, blessed after the hot noisy bustle of the streets. In Fez one of the best riads is Tafilalet. To further immerse yourself in the culinary world of Morocco, you can take part in culinary tours and masterclasses under the leadership of chef Lahcen Beqqi (Lahcen Beqqi).

Marrakesh, an amazing pink city, is able to conquer the heart of the traveler not only with its unusual beauty, but also with an incredible variety of culinary delights. For example, you can attend classes at wonderful culinary schools .check with wwwfescooking.com

Если вы отправитесь из города на юг, ваше обоняние непременно приведет вас в шафрановый город Талиуине. Здесь не только производят шафран, но также располагается музей, дегустационный зал и магазин, полностью посвященные этой царской пряности.

В старинном приморском городе Эссуэйра безусловно заслуживает посещения ресторан Elizir. В эклектичном интерьере, где старинная марокканская мебель сочетается со стульями в стиле пост-модерн и лампами Баухауз, вам предложат меню с невероятным разнообразием средиземноморских блюд, от весьма смелых и непривычных, до легко узнаваемого стейка-филе с редуцированным бальзамиком.

Куда бы вы не отправились в Марокко на поиски интересных кулинарных впечатлений — избегайте заведений, которые напоминают мультяшные замки, с официантами, одетыми как Алладин и лазерным шоу после захода солнца. Традиционной кухней там и не пахнет.

Марокко — удивительная страна и кухня ее настолько разнообразна, что способна подарить вам массу незабываемых впечатлений. «Ahlanwasahlan» — «Добро пожаловать в Марокко»!

Мария Комар, Козырная Карта

Things to see and do in Morocco

Are you ready for your flying carpet holiday adventure FesCooking in the stunning setting of Morocco? Us too !! With so much to see and do, you won’t know where to start!

Can you believe you can go skiing and play in the sand in the same place, it is so surreal.

Go hiking up Mount Toubkal or hit the slopes of Michlifen ,Oukaymden which entices skiers worldwide to visit. If it’s sand, you want we have plenty of the stuff in the Sahara desert a few hours from Europe ,!!FesCooking will plan a tour to marrakech a visit to the magical red city of Marrakesh with a sightseeing tour, the mystic of Morocco has long enticed Travellers to this location and none more so than Marrakesh, just the name sends shivers of excitement through you.

The Moroccan hospitality is second to none they bend over backwards to ensure you are made welcome into their country and even if you are lucky their homes too.

Pop into the shops and next thing you know the shopkeeper has made you a cup of tea and wanted to chat!

Best places to people watch are at one of the many High rise rooftops cafes. Overlooking The Medina, you can easily spend the day drinking mint tea.

Fabulous place and fabulous people.

While you’re in Morocco, please try and plan a tour to Marrakesh,this ancient land of stunning beauty where time seems to have stood still.

Its vast deserts and warm hospitality where you can ride the desert on a camel, surf its Atlantic coast or even ski it’s snow-capped the Atlas Mountains in one private tour.

For something a bit more laid back and relaxing you have to visit Rabat ( Arribat) Morocco’s capital, a guided private tour to Rabat is the jewel in the crown of Morocco. The most stunning museum, the royal palace is situated here. The calmness of Rabat is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle ofCasblanca ( Addar Albaidae)

What to Do and See in Morocco

Marrakech

1 Marrakech ( Mourrakech)

The Medina is part of everyday life

Marrakech ( mourrakech)it’s a fabulous place to people watch and is a busy square made up of still holders selling bits and bobs, musicians playing their latest sounds and the occasional snake charmer threw into the mix !! Escape to the rooftop restaurants and watch the world go by It is best to visit with a private tour guide as you may get lost among the many stalls!

2 Casablanca

( Dar al Baidae) very Art Deco city and you will think you are wandering around France when you see the historical buildings, the reason being the French architects lived and breathed in Casablanca in the 20th century hence the art deco feel. Fabulous restaurants to eat and a visit to the Hasan ll Mosque is a must while visiting Casablanca You will see some amazing artwork while out and about as the cheap rent

Hassan II Mosque

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Hasan II Mosque is situated by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. It stands tall and proud and is the largest mosque after Methina and Mecca., and is the tallest building in Morrocco It can take thousands of people outside alone, and inside can hold around 250,000! It is stunning in the evenings, and you can take fabulous pictures as the sun sets behind the mosque. Try to get there as early as possible to beat the queues and find a tour guide.

Oudayas Kasbah

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Rock the Kasbah, Oudayas Kasbah with a private tour, and you will love the peace and serenity of this area, situated not far from the Medina, this is Rabats oldest area. It was built to protect the inhabitants from the ocean. It is very well preserved and a wander around the little streets all of them painted in gorgeous blue, and white tones makes it an ideal photographers dream. Stop in the tea house and watch the world go by.

Fes el Bali

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Welcome to the biggest maze ever! Fes el Bali is the biggest one I’ve ever seen. Take you time strolling around the 9,400 streets and as you can imagine it is hard not to get lost here !! You can find anything and everything from the local merchants selling all the spices, fresh meat and fruit. Also, you will come across lots of small bed and breakfasts, where you may have to stay the night if you get lost in the labyrinthine!!

Erg Chebbi

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Erg Chebbi is close to the Algerian border. Erg means Dunes, and you will see some as high as 500 feet here! A private tour and Guide is a must for safety reasons. Now to travel over the dunes! Camel maybe? A lovely way to see the dunes in their full glory and a bit more rustic! If this doesn’t appeal why not a 4 x 4 it is like surfing a wave over the never ending dunes and lastly maybe a quad bike which is like riding a Rollercoaster.

Volubilis( Oualili)

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Romans in Morocco? Never ! If you love a bit of Roman history, you must visit this place on a private tour. An earthquake in the mid-80th century destroyed this beautiful little city, and the stunning mosaic ruins are there for all to see, and a lot of the stone sculptures are still intact. It has been a world heritage site since 1997. It is amazing how the water system worked back then, and the guides will explain in full detail.

Bab al-Mansour

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The most famous green door to the entrance of the Meknes, the imperial city.The inscription above the gate reads I am the beautiful gate in Morroco, I am like the moon and the sky. It was built in the 18th-century and is said to be the biggest in North Africa. The color is now, unfortunately, fading through time but is still spectacular to see. The door is no longer opened and remains closed but it is a great photo opportunity.

Chefchaouen

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The stunning blue buildings of Chefchaouen is the most picturesque city ever; the place has many things to do if you to go on a love trek, you can go through the lush green gorges and up the mountains and look down towards the Mediterranean sea. The locals can be seen weaving tapestries while wearing traditional clothing with their hats decorated with many colors. ..

Tangier

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Tangier a place where a lot of famous people have lived over the years and where James Bond was born thanks to Sir Ian Fleming! It’s now an international port and popular with cruise ships coming from everywhere bringing high investment into the country. While here you can visit the cave of Hercules, The Medina and the Kasbah

Plan Your Holiday To Morocco

Appropriate Dress in Morocco
Jalabas are Nice
Women don’t have to wear a Djallaba with a veil to thoroughly enjoy their trip to Morocco, though you will see many of the local women in Fes wearing a simple Djallaba and head scarf as they go about their daily lives.
Modesty Rules
You are visiting a land and culture where the people place great stress on modesty; particularly in the way their women dress. While Moroccans are accustomed to many types of visitors, we would desire that you be sensitive and modest in dress. This may result in an enhanced level of acceptance and better communication with the people in whose land you are a guest. Excessively tight or revealing clothing should definitely be avoided. Loose fitting slacks are perfectly acceptable in the modern parts of the cities. Long dresses or a skirt with a second light top layer is a good option, especially for older women exploring or shopping in the Medina. A second, loose, thigh length shirt, worn over slacks, is common among the younger women. Many cover their hair, though it is not unusual to see its natural beauty.
Tourists Aren’t Unusual
In the busy square and streets of Marrakech one sees all sorts of dress from many nations, as it is a very popular tourist destination. The more conservative dress will be more noticed and appreciated deep in the Fes Medina and in the country villages. Tight, short, sleeveless tops and shorts are in extremely poor taste and reflect badly on your home country.
In general men wear long trousers, casual shirts and some kind of jacket in the cold weather. Slacks, dress shirt, a suit jacket, and even a tie are common among the businessmen. Shorts usually identify a tourist, though men do use them for exercise or sports. Young boys often wear shorts, as do some teenagers. Many of the older men wear a Djallaba and Tarebusch (traditional hat).
Sometimes It’s Cold
During the cold months, December through February, a heavy jacket will definitely be appreciated, possibly also a second layer as it can become quite cold. The desert night can become so cold that you may even appreciate thermal underwear if you plan to sleep there. The mountains are also cold even in May.
June through August can be hot enough that you may never use your light jacket. The rest of the year you will definitely appreciate having a light jacket or a heavy shirt to add in the evenings or on cold days. Very few Auberges and many of the Kasbahs have no provision for heating, though most hotels are air conditioned.
In December it is much more difficult to fit everything for a ten day trip into a single piece of luggage but it simplifies your travel a great deal if you can.
I trust these observations will help you in your preparations for your trip.

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Lahcen’s introduction

Colorful and charismatic, Fez, Morocco has long been considered the spiritual and cultural capital of this North African country. Founded in the 9th century, Fez is the second largest city in Morocco with a popluation of around 1 million people. Fes also claims the title of culinary capital of Morocco. It’s cuisine envelopes the influences of the indiginous Berbers, the Arabs, Andalusians from Southern Spain, the Jewish population and French. An essential element in Fez cuisine is the aromatic spices, including paprika, cinnamon, saffron and tumeric. As colorful as they are pungeant. The best place to experience the varied of food is in the countless souks, or markets, that line the tangled streets of the ancient Fez medina.

Pastilla – This classic dish of Fez came to the country by way of the Spanish where the word ‘pastilla’ means ‘pie’. It’s a flaky round pastry filled with a sweet and savory combination. Originally cooks used pigeon meat, but chicken is also a popular filling.

Harira – This hearty lentil soup is traditionally what Muslims reach for when ending their daily fast during Ramadan. You’ll find many variations depending on the chef, but most begin with tomato base and include lentils, chickpeas and meat, like beef, lamb or chicken.
Tagine –Tagine is a savory stew and is named for the cone-shaped ceramic dish in which it’s cooked. You’ll find it everywhere in Fez. Any combination of meats and vegetables and spices can be added to a tagine. After slow roasting for hours, the aromatic dish is usually presented on a mound of couscous.

Couscous – Couscous is a staple of Fez cuisine. The tiny pellet-like pasta is the foundation for many meals, on top of which chefs serve fish, meat or vegetables. Many women in Fez still hand-roll their own couscous starting with whole wheat flour and water.

Zaalouk – This is called a Moroccan salad, but really it’s more of a smoky dip typically served with crusty bread. Chefs simmer eggplant, aka aubergine, in a zesty blend of tomatoes and spices, top it with a dash of olive oil and squeeze of lemon. Dar Iman
Spicy sardines – Morocco is the largest exporter of sardines in the world. The health benefits of the tiny protein-packed fish get a little diluted when they’re stuffed with spices and deep fried. But they’re delicous and a popular snack food in Fez.

Brochettes – If you follow your nose in the old Fez medina, surely you’ll come upon many souks cooking up brochettes, or small kabobs over smoky fires. Skewers hold turkey or chicken or kefta, which is ground beef or lamb seasoned with pungant spices like cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika.

Bessara – This is a hearty fava bean soup that’s often eaten for breakfast. The pureed bean soup seasoned with garlic and lemon juice makes a satisying comfort food in the cooler months. Similar in consistency to hummus, lots of people like to eat bessara as a dip with pita bread.

Steamed Sheep Head( Rass-Mfawar) – Many families enjoy steamed sheep head during the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice). You can find it offered in many souks, or markets. The sheep head is steamed in the morning and ready to eat by lunchtime. Sprinkle the meat with salt and cumin for a fatty and flavorful bite.

Chebbakia – This deep fried sweet dough is a popular treat during Ramadan and other special occasions. Bakers form strips of dough into flower shapes before a dropping in a deep fryer then coating them in a honey mixture and sprinkling with sesame seeds .