Shopping in Morocco Souks

Shopping in Morocco Souks and craft traditions, buy souvenirs in Souks – markets – which are a major feature of Moroccan life, and among the country’s greatest attractions. They are to be found everywhere: each town has its special souk quarter, large cities like Fes and Marrakech have labyrinths of individual souks (each filling a […]

The Appetizing Moroccan Tajine

The Appetizing Moroccan Meal Tajine Like Paella or casserole, the word tajine strictly refers to a vessel rather than to the food cooked in it. A tagine is a heavy ceramic plate covered with a conical lid of the same material. The prettiest tajines, decorated in all tajines for actual use are plain reddish-brown in […]

The palmery of Marrakesh

The expanse of palm groves to the north of the Medina is dubbed the  » Beverly Hills  » of Marrakesh, a place of manicured golf courses, private villas hidden behind high walls, upmarket resort hotels, and luxurious secret gardens. Through there are no real  tourist attractions here, the area is well worth visiting for its […]

Saadiens Tombs in Marrakech

Anyone who says you can’t take it with you hasn’t seen the Saadian Tombs, near the Kasbah Mosque. Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi spared no expense on his tomb, importing Italian Carrara marble and gilding honeycomb muqarnas (decorative plasterwork) with pure gold to make the Chamber of the 12 Pillars a suitably glorious mausoleum. Al-Mansour […]

The musique of Morocco

Music is integral to daily and ritual life in Morocco, both for enjoyment and social commentary. It emanates from homes, stores, markets, and public squares everywhere. Joujaka music is perhaps the best known, but every region has its own sound. In the Rif you hear men singing and singing accompanied by guitar and high-pitched women’s […]

Getting around Morocco

Road condition are acceptable in Morocco, certainly around the major cities, although driving practices leaves much to be desired. The country’s transportation infrastructure has grown significantly in recent years and continues to expand. New highways connect many major cities, making it easier for travelers to get from one place to another. Traveling by road between […]

Modern Morocco

When king Mohammed VI married engineer Salma Bennani in 2002, she became the first wife of Moroccan ruler to be publicly acknowledged and given a royal title. Women’s rights have since improved. The minimum age for matrimony has risen to 18, and women have more freedom of choice in marriage and divorce. Women have also […]

La Bahia Palace of Marrakesh

This 19th-century palace, once home to a harem, is a marvelous display of painted wood, ceramics, and symmetrical gardens. Built by Sultan Moulay el Hassan I’s notorious Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, the palace was ransacked on Bou AHmed’s death, but you can still experience its layout and get a sense of its former beauty. Don’t […]

Koutoubia Mosque

Yacoub el Mansour built Marrakesh’s towering Moorish mosque on the site of the original 11th-century Almoravid mosque. Dating from the early 12th century, it became a model for the Hassan Tower in Rabat and La Giralda in Seville. The mosque takes its name from the Arabic word for book, koutoub, because there was once a […]

Top attractions

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa If you want a little breath taken out of you, don’t pass up the chance to see this extraordinarily well-preserved 16th century Koranic school, North Africa’s largest such institution. The delicate intricacy of the gibs (stucco plasterwork), carved cedar, and  zellij ( mosaic) on display  in the central courtyard makes the building seem […]