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 […]


Djemâa el Fna Wander amid the sizzle and smoke of the world’s most exuberant marketplace. Souk Shopping Lose yourself (literally) in the alluring lanes of the bazaars of the souk and the city. Authentic accommodations Stay in a Riad and sip mint tea in the airy confines of your bougainvillea-filled courtyard haven. Historic sights Step […]