Marrakech – Riad Anabel – Guest House 4 *
Located in the Medina 5 minutes walking from Jamâa El Fna
Located in the Medina 5 minutes walking from Jamâa El Fna
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 street or square and devoted to one particular craft),and in the countryside there are hundreds of weekly souks,on a different day in each village of the region. When buying souvenirs in Morocco, it’s worth considering how you are going to get them home;many Moroccan goods _ ceramics, for example – break all too easily ,and you aren’t going to find any bubble wrap to protect them. If they’re in your baggage in the hold of a plaine, they are very likely to get damaged in transit, especially if you have to change planes on your way home. It’s also not worth taking too literally the claims of shopkeepers about their goods, especially if they tell you that something is ” very old ” or an antique – trafika ( Phoney merchandise) abounds, and there are all sorts of imitation fossils,old tiles and antiques about. Moroccan […]
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 color, and come from Salé. The Appetizing Moroccan Meal Tajine, the food in a tajine is arranged with the meat in the middle and the vegetables piled up around it. Then the lid is put on , and the tajine is left to cook slowly over low light, or better still, over a charcoal stove ( kanoun ), usually one made spices. Chicken is traditionally cooked in a tajine with green olives and lemons preserved in brine. Lamb or beef are often cooked with prunes and almonds. When eating a tajine, you start on the outside with the vegetables, and work your way to the meat at the heart of the dish, scooping up the food with bread. MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS WITH RIAD ANABEL What better place to learn how to cook Moroccan food than Marrakech? Learn some Arabic phrases from your expert guide and […]
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 handful of notable restaurants and dinner-cabaret venues and the recently opened Museum of the palmery, showcasing contemporary Moroccan art. Museum of the Palmery. Signposted on the route de Fès as you head out to the Palmery, this cultural oasis is well worth a detour. Marrakesh-born Abderrazzak Benchaabane _ ethnobotanist, perfume maker, garden designer, and local legend_ has created an enchanting walled garden and, within it, a contemporary art museum. The garden adjoins his home and exhibits his own collection of contemporary Moroccan art, painting, and sculptures. Benchaabane was responsible for the restoration of the Majorelle gardens at the request of Yves Saint Laurent in 1998, and the garden designs here clearly reflect his passion for creating beautiful natural spaces. The indoor gallery and arcades open out to a water garden with pergolas and pavilions, an Andalusian garden, rose beds, and cactus gardens.
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 played favourites even in death, keeping alpha-male princes handy in the Chamber of the Three Niches, and relegating to garden plots some 170 chancellors and wives – though some trusted Jewish advisors earned pride of place, literally closer to the king’s heart than his wives or sons. All tombs are overshadowed by his mother’s mausoleum in the courtyard, carved with poetic, weathered blessings and vigilantly guarded by stray cats. Al-Mansour died in splendour in 1603, but a few decades later Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail walled up the Saadian Tombs to keep his predecessors out of sight and mind. Accessible only through a small passage in the Kasbah Mosque, the tombs were neglected by all except the storks until aerial photography exposed them in 1917.
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 choruses; In Casablanca, rai (opinion) music, born of social protest, keeps young men on the streets; Cobblers in the Meknes medina may work to the sound of violin-based Andalusian classical music or the more folksy Arabic melhoun, or “sung poetry”. You know you have reached the south when you hear the banjo strum of Marrakesh’s roving storytellers. Gnaoua music is best known for its use in trance rituals is known for its use in trance rituals but it becomes a popular form of street entertainment; The performer’s brass qraqeb hand cymbals and cowrie-shell-adorned hats betray the music’s sub-Saharan origins. Moroccan beats. This is a very popular music scene. Morocco’s music festivals are growing every year in size, quality, and recognition.
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 Casablanca and Marrakech, Tangier, or Agadir is now easy, reliable, and quick, Morocco’s first tramway is up and running in Rabat, connecting the country’s capital to its sister city, Salé, and helping ease congestion between and within the two. Casablanca has also constructed a tramway. Despite the tram, the nation’s cities and villages remain heavily reliant on buses, local taxis, and trains. Rural areas are reasonably well served by Mercedes taxis, and coaches, although it is common, to see farmers ride all manner of donkey and mule-pulled carts into town on Market day. Also vying for road space are scooters favored by tradesmen, powerful motorbikes, and an assortment of cars, 4x4s, and buses. The rail network is extensive, linking Tanger, Fes Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Agadir. Car-rental companies are becoming more common and reliable, with the best operators available at Casablanca’s Mohammed VI airport.