With its melting pot of Arabic, Berber and African influences, Morocco’s vibrant cultural capital is the perfect place to experience the country’s unique dance, music and arts, and Marrakech hosts a number of traditional festivals and events throughout the year. Held each July, the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival is one of the biggest and most popular, bringing together artists and entertainers from all over Morocco, as well as Europe and Asia, for a week of live music, traditional dance and dramatic horse shows.
As a child growing up in the Atlas Mountains, Mustapha Ahitass was inspired by the pioneering tour guides who led treks through the peaks near his hometown. After graduating from university Mustapha decided to work as a guide himself. He spent 14 years accompanying travelers through the Sahara before becoming a private Viator guide.
From its charmingly chaotic souks to its grand Islamic architecture, Marrakech is the kind of city you could spend weeks exploring, but whether you’re passing through en-route to the desert or visiting as part of a multi-day tour of Morocco, it’s still possible to take in the highlights on a day visit. If you can only spend one day in Marrakech, a walking tour of the city or a Marrakech discovery tour is a great way to maximize your time and minimize the hassle, but with careful planning, you can also enjoy the top attractions without a guide.
From bejewelled contortionists shimmying in the central square of Djemaa el Fna, to the sultry entertainers that perform at the city’s top hotels, belly dancers are everywhere in Marrakech. The hypnotic beats and sinuous movements of the traditional dance have long captivated visitors to the city and there are a number of ways to discover the ancient art of belly dancing in Marrakech.
While prices aren’t quite the bargain they were during Morocco’s 1970s heyday, whether you’re on a tight budget or saving your dirhams for a special tour, there are still plenty of free things to do in Casablanca. Here are some ideas.
From the bustling medina of Marrakech to the desolate sands of the Sahara Desert, Morocco’s prepossessing landscapes were made for the big screen, but the country’s thriving film industry has often flown under the radar for visiting tourists. Everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to Martin Scorsese have shot on location in Morocco, with the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate used for hundreds of films and international blockbusters and the annual Moroccan Film Festival in Marrakech drawing a prestigious crowd of industry insiders. Even James Bond landed on Moroccan soil, with scenes from the 1987 movie Living Daylights set in Tangier. Consider yourself a film buff? Here are five movies you probably didn’t know were made in Morocco.
A melting pot of North African, Arabic and Mediterranean influences, Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and unique blends of spices, making eating out in Morocco a full sensory experience. Whether you’re tucking into street food in Marrakech or dining on fresh seafood in Essaouira, here are 10 of the most delicious foods to try in Morocco.
With its colorful souks and opulent palaces, and a backdrop of soaring mountains and sun-soaked desert, it’s no surprise that Marrakesh is a bucket list favorite. Whether you’re visiting as part of a multi-day tour or have a few weeks to explore the city, liven up your itinerary with these 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Marrakech.
As the country’s biggest city, Casablanca is well served by public transport and whether you book a guided tour or go it alone, the city makes a strategic base for exploring the rest of Morocco. Cities like Marrakech and Tangier are better visited on an overnight or multiday tour, but there are still plenty of options for day trips from Casablanca – here are a few of the best.
The Moroccan city of Tangier stands old and proud on the coast of North Africa, just 20 miles (35 km) from Spain. Its white-washed buildings spread up the hill overlooking the water, inviting you in to explore its maze-like medina and sip tea in the sunshine. Its long history dates back to the 5th century […]