Why Morocco Is The Perfect Cultural Getaway This Summer

  • Issue no. 3

Why Morocco?

Morocco’s popularity has sky-rocketed in recent years as people are finally realising what an amazing country it is that really does have something for everyone. Whether it be the food, culture, geography or architecture, Morocco has it all.

Morocco is a food lover’s paradise with all types of delicious spices ready to please your palate. Bread is more than just a staple food in Morocco, as it is considered sacred (if a piece falls on the ground, it must be picked up and kissed) with many various types to enjoy, such as khobz, msemen and baghrir. When in Morocco, you must try couscous, the national dish. It should be noted that in Morocco, the term “couscous” denotes a whole dish usually made with meats and vegetables cooked in a flavorful broth served over steamed semolina granules (or couscous as we know it). It is typically prepared in large amounts and is traditionally enjoyed on the national holiday, Friday. Couscous is traditionally served in communal dishes and represents an opportunity to gather and share with friends and family.

Moroccan culture embodies a fusion of Berber, African, Arab, and Jewish influences.  A variety of cultural influences have shaped the country over the centuries, reflected in its diverse culture. The country has still managed to remain united despite its diverse culture and ethnicity. Moroccans are predominantly Berbers and Arabs, and their way of life and range of activities reflect this. The cuisine however does differ from one region to another, but the herbs and spices used are mainly those of the Berbers. Morocco is also famous for its use of fresh fruits and vegetables which is largely as a result of the country’s close proximity to the Mediterrean Sea.

Morocco’s terrain is diverse, including mountainous regions along its northern coast and interior, as well as lush plains where much of the country’s agriculture takes place. Morocco’s mountainous areas are also dotted with valleys throughout. The Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and numerous stunning beaches are just a few of Morocco’s distinctive geographical features. There’s no way you won’t find something for you.

Places to Visit

I could mention a slew of incredible sites to visit in Morocco, but a few stick out. Marrakech is probably the most well-known of the Morcco cities. Many colourful souks, gorgeous architecture, intimate gardens, and boutique hotels can be found in the country’s major economic centre. Jardin Majorelle, Palácio da Bahia, Marrakech Medina, and Le Jardin Secret are just a few of the many places worth seeing in Marrakech. A hot air balloon flight over the city, several camel treks to destinations like the Sahara, quad biking, and various walks to beautiful valleys and waterfalls are only a couple of the thrilling activities available within a short drive from Marrakech.

Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, is just another reason to visit this fascinating country. It is home to spectacular architecture, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, delicious cuisine, and the only Bikram yoga facility in Morocco.

Chefchaouen and Fez are two other noteworthy cities to visit. To see what all the excitement is about, all you have to do is look at a photograph of Chefchaouen. There’s a reason it’s known as the ‘blue city,’ and it’s because of its distinctive blue colour. Many people say that the reason for all the blue buildings is because of an influx of Jews fleeing the Spanish inquisition in 1492, who brought with them a tradition of painting buildings blue, while others claim it is to deter the great amount of mosquitos in the area. Whatever the reason, it’s a destination you won’t want to miss.

Of course, the Sahara Desert is at the top of many people’s list of things to do in Morocco, and rightfully so. The peaceful, flowing golden dunes are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It is truly unforgettable, from long camel treks to sleeping under the stars.

Perfect On A Budget

One of the most appealing aspects of Morocco is that there is enough to do regardless of your budget. Due to hostels costing as little as five euros for food and a roof over your head, it is a paradise for travellers from all over the world. Don’t worry if you’re on a budget as museums and restaurants are both reasonably priced.On the other hand, Morocco has you covered if you’re searching for a more opulent experience. You can stay in Dar Ahlam, one of the world’s top 15 most beautiful villas, attend the Fez sacred music festival, visit Palais Selman’s ‘Le Spa,’ and participate in a variety of other luxurious activities.

Things To Do

As already mentioned, there are countless things to do in Morocco when you’re there, be it a camel trek, indulging in the local food and culture or even take a hot air balloon trip over Marrakech. But there are still a few stand-out things to experience.Every year in June, the local population celebrates the region’s natural and cultural beauty, which is symbolised by the cherry fruit and the year’s chosen Cherry Queen, who is chosen during a pageant that attracts contestants from all across the region and the country. The event culminates in a parade including local producers, performing troupes, rural and urban music, majorettes and bands, and floats. The Cherry Queen, dressed elaborately and surrounded by attendants, is at the centre of the parade, presenting cherries to passersby. The Cherry Festival is unique in that it involves the entire community: craftswomen manufacture silk buttons for traditional clothing, growers supply cherries, local sports groups compete in competitions, and music and dance troupes entertain the crowds throughout the festival.

If you’re looking more for natural beauty to set your eyes on then the Atlas Mountains are perfect. Home to remote valleys, windswept canyons and breathtaking summits that offer jaw-dropping views. It will be first on your list if you’re a keen hiker and not one to miss.

Josh Harry
Marketing Trainee

Readers Comments

  1. Ali Kasmi says:

    Excellent article on Morocco, à sum-up of the rich and varied options of visiting Morocco.
    Well done to Josh Harry for this very honest and very inviting article.
    Thanks, Ali Kasmi Travel Link Morocco

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