A group of our Moroccan Tour Leaders share some of their favourite things about their country, including its history, people and the sights, sounds and smells of ‘the gateway to Africa’.
“Our country is an exotic gateway to Africa. Its mountains, desert and coast form a unique and colorful landscape while the medieval medinas punctuated with souks are full of colours and aromas.
Built by the native Berbers, invaded by Romans and Europeans, occupied by Arabs and influenced with the nomads of the sub-Sahara, Morocco produced a rich culture which can be seen in all aspects of the Moroccan life. Moroccan history dates back centuries and you can witness its origins in rock carvings in the desert, the majestic Hassan II mosque, the Roman ruins in Volubilis and the old medieval city of Fes.
UNESCO has bestowed World Heritage status to many sites in Morocco. These include:
- Fes medina - the largest living medieval Islamic city
- The carnivalesque DJemma El-Fna square
- Kasbah Ait Benhaddou (a shooting location of many recent international movies)
- The peaceful Portuguese town of Essaouira, which is a great retreat from the heat and hassle of the big cities
- Meknes, the imperial city built by the powerful Moulay Ismail in the 17th century, a showcase of Moroccan architecture complete with huge gate and impressive artwork.
Beside the World Heritage Sites, there are plenty of places we’d recommend you visit:
- Chefchaouen located in the north in the heart of the Rif mountains, small town in a big landscape
- Merzouga a village in the desert lying on the edges of the impressive Erg Chebbi dunes
- High Atlas which offers a multitude of treks with Mount Toubkal - highest peak in North Africa - 4167m above sea level
Another way to enjoy Morocco is trying our rich cuisine. Influenced by the native Berbers, Moroccan cuisine is a mixture of Andalucian, Turkish, Arab and French textures. Eating the sweet and the salty mixed dishes, with combined fruit and vegetable stews is a result of this variety. The national drink is mint tea, often served with sweat Moroccan pastries while the famous Friday lunch of couscous is worth trying.
The animated souks displaying a large range of the Moroccan handicrafts are a major highlight of all the journeys through Morocco as every region has its particular products. Another highlight awaiting you is a hammam. This traditional steam bath is a wonderful eye-opening cultural experience!
The unique and special attraction of our country is having a mixture of highlights in one place. As Explore Tour Leaders we’re really proud of our culture and are always happy to take groups to experience a real insight of Morocco. As you are travelling around you will be transported back centuries and enchanted with the wilderness of this colorful country and the hospitality of its friendly people for a better understanding of our homeland as well as our society.
To experience the wide range of options available to you, check out the holidays to Morocco we offer.