An Insiders View on Morocco

By Nora Aghmane

What makes Morocco an ideal travel destination for all?

Morocco is a wonderful change of scenery for those who want to experience something truly unique. Situated on the northwest corner of Africa, Morocco boasts stunningly beautiful landscapes including the cool blues of the Mediterranean and the warm sands of the Sahara Desert, the high peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Morocco is a country rich in culture and steeped in history, providing its visitors with a diverse range of unforgettable experiences.

Tell us something that every traveller should know before traveling to Morocco?

Morocco is very accessible to most travelers, and is a direct flight from nearly every major European city, as well as New York, Boston, Miami, Washington D.C., and Montreal. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, and most European countries do not require a visa to visit. The country also has excellent domestic transportation services, with ample road and rail infrastructure that allows for ease of travel between major cities and the various ports of entry.

Any essentials that one needs to carry?

Skin care products, hats, comfortable shoes, wipes, hand sanitizer, Moroccan dirhams….

Which are the most surreal places to visit when in Morocco?

The Desert of Merzouga, The blue city of Chefchaouen, Fes , Tangier and Marrakech !

 

Can you tell us a little about the life of the locals?

Moroccans are extremely hospitable and religious people. They are very conservative people and observe their culture to the fullest. Moroccan customs do not allow wearing clothes above the knees, kissing in public, eating in the open during Ramadan.

What are the local delicacies/drinks which one must try and where in Morocco?

Moroccan Tea with Moroccan sweets is absolutely a must try when in Morocco.

What are a few things which one must buy here?

Argan oil, Moroccan spices, babouches (Moroccan slippers) .

Which is the most romantic place to visit here?

Kasbah Tamadot in the Atlas Mountains, Caravan by habitas in Agafay desert.

What are the local festivals which one must come to attend here? Which is your favourite and why?

Lost Nomads in Agafay Desert. Love it full of music and sensations in the middle of the Desert , it is magic !  Otium Festival in Taghazout Beach is ferric just right on the beach.

What is your most endearing travel memory here that you wish more people could have been part of?

The Moroccan culture is very rich, each one should discover it by visiting monuments, souks and local houses.  Moroccan cuisine is definitely one of the best in the world, very rich in flavors.  I suggest that visitors explore Moroccan cuisine by participating in cooking class workshops.

 

 

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