Evocatively nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Kasbahs, Morocco’s Dades Valley is one of the most picturesque settlements of the High Atlas Mountains and a popular addition to multi-day desert and mountain tours from Marrakech. A breathtaking natural landscape of lush green oases and palm groves, dotted with elaborate mud-brick fortresses and rock-hewn villages, the valley is a prime spot for hiking expeditions and there are numerous scenic walking trails from which to take in the views.
New Year’s Eve is traditionally a family affair in Morocco, but with so many expats and travelers filling Marrakech over the festive season, there are plenty of options for those looking to party. Restaurants, hotels and nightclubs will be hosting special events and exclusive dinner parties in honor of the New Year, and the main square of Djemaa El-Fna will be alive with street entertainers, belly dancers and food stalls in the countdown to midnight.
Blessed with a beautiful climate, New Year’s Eve in Morocco may not be the snowy wonderland of the west, but it provides an opportunity for an exotic experience. One of the more common New Year’ activities include joining a New Year’s Eve desert safari, where you get deep into the romantic Sahara Desert.
From the labyrinth-like souks to the desolate plains of the Sahara Desert, few countries are as vibrant and varied as Morocco, but before you finish planning your trip, here are a few tips for what not to do in Morocco.
For many first time visitors to Morocco, the remote and untamed sands of the vast Sahara desert are an irresistible lure and there’s no better way to experience its magic than camping out beneath the desert stars and waking at the crack of dawn to watch the sun spilling over the top of the dunes.
The sprawling imperial city of Fez is so big you could spend days exploring its rambling souks and exquisite mosques, but the spiritual center is also a great launch pad for touring the northern coast of Morocco. With more time to spend, trekking inland to Merzouga and camping out in the Saharan desert is another unique experience, but for those on a tight schedule, here are some ideas for the best day trips from Fez.
Getting hopelessly lost in the labyrinth of souks is all part of the magic of Marrakech, but the sprawling markets, crafts workshops and makeshift shops are also a trove of unique souvenirs. Whether you’re browsing for quirky gifts, seeking out local fashions or in the market for a fine carpet, this buyers guide to the Marrakech Souks will help you plan your shopping expedition.
As the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities and one of the world’s best preserved medieval Islamic cities, Fez is a trove of historic architecture and monuments, and a walk around the Old Town of Fez reveals a bizarre amalgamation of the modern and the traditional. Sure, you’ll see youngsters chatting away on their cell phones and modern fashions creeping into the souks, but you’ll also see craftsmen working in the same many they did 1000 years before and crumbling ruins untouched for centuries.
For many travelers, the idea of stripping naked and entering a public bath is a daunting thought, but visiting a traditional Moroccan hammam is one of the country’s most rewarding cultural experiences. But before you pluck up the courage to grab your towel and head down to the local baths, here are a few tips to help conquer those first timer nerves.
Forget speed dating and typing sweet nothings to your internet lover; if Morocco’s Ait Hdiddou tribe are right, all you need to do to meet your match is show up at the Berber village of Imilchil in September. In a unique stand against organized marriage traditions, the annual Imilchil festival is a betrothal festival organized for would-be brides and grooms to marry, or meet and pledge their commitment to marry.