‘Morocco’

Essaouira, a great destination for surf lovers.

Essaouira, in Morocco, is made up by 10 km of virgin sand swept by the trade winds that are so coveted by kite surfers and windsurfers. These winds, known locally as Chergui, are ideal for surfers, reaching a speed of 30 knots in summer. The part of the beach that is closest to the town has calmer waters, whereas the leeward zone features bigger waves. Essaouira beach is perfect for any level of expertise. The bay is quite closed and the wind blows towards the shore, where the absence of rocks makes it quite safe. The gusty winds are milder…

Roam through the bazaars of Morocco

If you go shopping in any town or city of Morocco you will live an unforgettable experience, because the color, the spirit and the variety of these bazaars are a gift for the senses. You’ve got to haggle—accepting the first price they offer you is considered offensive so it’s best to play along with the tradesmen if you want to buy something, otherwise you’ll get ripped off. At these bazaars you can find almost anything. Buying is easy because everything you may want or need to buy can be found at these flea markets: all kinds of carpets, leather goods,…

The unquestionable charm of Essaouira

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Around two and a half hours from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech is one of the most genuinely peaceful and pretty cities in Morocco: Essaouira, also known as Mogador. Essaouira has been included on the World Heritage List by UNESCO and its medina or old quarter is one of the most interesting in the country, for tourists and for people fond of water sports or culture. Essaouira is currently a city of 70,000 inhabitants, with an economy based on tourism, fishing and artisan goods. The special charm of its historical ensemble, arising from its unique character and personality of…

The wonderful tradition of thermal baths in Northern Africa

Throughout the territory of Northern Africa we can find hundreds of thermal spas, with Tunisia and Morocco at the forefront of this custom. Water sprouts up in the most unexpected places. These waters have important medicinal benefits that have led Tunisia, for instance, to develop thermal tourism for people wishing to benefit from these mineral and medicinal waters that are good for treating an array of ailments, ranging from stress to dermatological and locomotive system maladies. The most important spa resorts in Tunisia are located in the coastal town of Korkobous, near Hammamet, with its famous seven fountains, and the…

Moroccan customs that are worth bearing in mind

Morocco warmly welcomes its visitors, but you must remember that Moroccan customs are quite different from those of the western World, therefore we should respect them. These are the most important ones: · Most mosques and temples may only be visited by Muslims but there are some exceptions. You must be dressed appropriately, without wearing anything provocative. · When visitors are invited to a meal at a home they must wash their hands first and are not to start eating until after the owner of the home has prayed the ‘bismillah’ in praise of God. · Throughout the month of…

Merzouga. Desert magic

  Located in southeast Morocco, in the Valley of Ziz, Merzouga is a charming little town with all the magic of the desert. Rising up as one of the gateways to the Sahara, it is the most salient enclave in the Erg Chebbi dune area, making it a fundamental part of the journey for many tourists visiting Morocco. Erg Chebbi is the most accessible and well known of the smaller ergs. It is located between the Taouz massif and the rocky desert and it is around 20 km long. Many nature and adventure lovers from all over the world choose…

Morocco, the country of aromas, flavors and sounds.

Morocco is the country of the senses par excellence. A country of aromas, flavors, sounds, streets, temperature and textures, Morocco traps you through every one of your five senses. And there is no better way to seep in its essence than walking through its bustling towns, villages and cities, taking in the frenetic activity of the stunning medinas, the historical quarters with labyrinth-like streets, which mix the residential aspect and the commercial activities of the souk. The souk truly makes you aware that you are in another continent, in a different culture and a distant timeframe. You will stimulate your…

Moroccan delicacies

The Maroccan cuisine is probably one of the most interesting, rich and varied in the world. Highly influenced by the Maghreb cuisine, today it can be considered a fusion of techniques from the Berbers, Moors, Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, but it has its own personality since it never received a Turkish influence unlike the rest of the Maghreb region. Its sensuality is indisputable, as it strikes the senses directly with its flavor and smells. At the same time it is very simple to prepare, very family-oriented; there is a Moroccan proverb that states: “during the meal, one does not…

The secrets of preparing an authentic Moroccan tea

Tea holds an important place in Moroccan culture, to the point that it is considered an expression of art, and it is certainly a model of the culture of the country. And it is little wonder, as, from the moment the English introduced it to the African continent, it was well received by the locals and grew in popularity very quickly. It is no surprise, then, that Morocco is one of the leading importers of tea in the world. Drinking a glass of tea in good company while having a nice chat is a real experience that you must not…

Agadir, the perfect base camp

Traveling to Morocco can turn into a problem when it comes to planning the best place to set up camp, as its varied geography makes it a destination with several possibilities. The solution to this situation may be establishing the city of Agadir as your base camp, to then go on different one-day (or two, maximum) excursions through its territory, and thus be able to experience a country as close as it is mysterious for some of us. To start, visitors must immerse themselves in this city full of history, which boasts a magnificent beach on which to relax or…