‘North Africa’

Traditional Moroccan cuisine captures your senses

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Moroccan cuisine is a mixture of influences from a number of different cultures such as the Berbers, the Moors, the Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, although it has its own personality as it never underwent Turkish influence, unlike other countries in the Maghreb. Moroccan cuisine is one of the most sensual in the world; it goes directly to the senses with a taste and aroma that not many international cuisines are capable of achieving. At the same time it is very simple to make and very familiar, as a Moroccan proverb says: “at mealtime, you don’t talk”. With the exception…

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…

The Sahara Desert in Tunisia, or Time Travel

The Sahara Desert seems to have always been there. This portion of land covered with reddish sand remains unmoved by the passage of time, reasserting nature in its primeval state, resisting the presence of man nearly everywhere—except at a few oases. Everything else is of the desert. This is an incredible travel experience that will last for many years in the pupils and the memory of travelers entering the Sahara. South of the western edge of Tunisia, acting as a border with the desert, the cracked clay of Chott el Djerid stretches over 100 kilometers. With the passage of time,…

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…

Tunisia, excitement in every town

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Tunisia is a fascinating country. Archaeological sites, the Sahara desert and its oasis, its incredible beaches, a gastronomy which will leave an unforgettable taste in your mouth, a tradition beyond the imagination, its coasts, establishments dedicated to thalassotherapy and wellbeing, and the possibility of playing golf and other land-based sports provide tourists with the opportunity for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry. Every inch of Tunisia bears something fascinating, deriving sustenance from the incredible Mediterranean culture, where time passes slowly and the hours seem to stretch out so that every minute can be captured in your memory. The…