By: J. Nemr
Morocco. If I had to describe it in one word, it would simply be impossible. I say this because it is unlike anything I have ever experienced and all of its wonders could never fit in one adjective only. Every corner you turn to is absolutely mesmerizing, filled with magic and diversity. Where the modest souk markets and the most extravagant architecture meet the eye. This Northwestern African country is definitely worth a visit.
Architecture - Riads:
Moroccan architecture is, in my opinion, is very underrated. This is because its beauty lies within the commonly ancient constructions rather than on their exterior, therefore, it can be somewhat deceiving. In order to appreciate its beauty, it is recommended to explore the well-known Medinas (the most ancient parts of cities such as Casablanca or Marrakesh) and keep an eye out for the Riads, which are amazing, large traditional houses.
In many occasions, their exterior is very unattractive, made of terracota tones and very ancient raw materials. On the other hand, their interior include explosions of bright colours and divine pillars and tilework on the huge, sunlit walls.
The souks - world’s most famous markets:
The Souks play a very important part in Moroccan culture and it is a truly exotic experience. Essentially, they are Arab markets or bazaars where you can find absolutely everything that comes to mind. Cars cannot access the area in oder to preserve the ancient and traditional atmosphere of the souk and the tightly packed streets are filled with merchants and tourists alike. From food, to beautiful tapestry, to shoes and pottery, it is a maze of diversity and the essence of Moroccan culture. If your sense of direction is not the best, there are local guides available who knows just the right spot to grab a bite to eat of take a snapshot of your favorite store. It is a great place to spend the day if you enjoy shopping or taking pictures. As there is a lot of walking to be done, just be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
Looking for a magical experience? What about a camel ride though the orange dunes of the Agafay? Followed by the mystical sunset on top of the mountains and the most traditional fine dining? Be sure not to miss out on this breathtaking evening. Located just 40 minutes away from the city of Marrakesh, the guided tour though the Agafay desert is without a doubt a mind-blowing experience. You can choose to spend a night or two at luxurious tents if you want the whole Saharawi (natives) experience. The place counts on phenomenal views and a very well-planned infrastructure for meals etc. This experience is the perfect combination of adventure, fine dining and relaxing.
Morocco’s population is caring and welcoming towards tourists, since it makes up a significant part of the country’s economy. They speak and understand Arab, French and English and so communication is not something to be concerned about. Morocco is enjoyable for friends groups, families and couples alike and counts on endless possibilities to exhibit their captivating way of life!