Category: Things to Do

Best Day Trips from Casablanca

February 5, 2014

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Casablanca, Morocco.

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.

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Five Things to Do in Tangier

January 29, 2014

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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 [...]

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Art and Literature in Tangier

January 8, 2014

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Tangier, Morocco. Photo courtesy of jssz via Flickr.

With past residents including William S. Burroughs and Henri Matisse, and everyone from Samuel Beckett and Tennessee Williams to the Rolling Stones passing through, there’s a long history of art and literature in Tangier and the coastal city remains an important hub for international artists and writers.

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Street Music of Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech

December 25, 2013

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Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech. Photo courtesy of Grand Parc via Flickr.

At the center of the medina of Marrakech, the lively public square of Jemaa el Fna is the beating heart of the Old Town, lined with street food stalls, traditional riads and bustling restaurants. Along with the maze of souks that spill over into the square, Jemaa el Fna is renowned for its colorful display of local cultures – so much that it was inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2008.

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Exploring Morocco’s Dades Valley

December 11, 2013

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Exploring Moroccos Dades Valley. Photo courtesy of tomaszd via Flickr.

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.

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New Year’s Eve Events in Marrakech

November 27, 2013

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Celebrate New Year's Eve in Marrakech

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.

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New Year’s Eve

November 14, 2013

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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.

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What Not to Do in Morocco

November 13, 2013

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What not to do in Morocco: watch out for over-zealous snake charmers! Photo courtesy of AntoniO BovinO via Flickr.

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.

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The Best Spots for Camping in Morocco

October 30, 2013

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Camping in morocco. Photo courtesy of s_mestdagh via Flickr.

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.

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Best Day Trips from Fez

October 16, 2013

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Rabat, Morocco. Photo courtesy of YoTut via Flickr.

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.

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