Artists who came to discover Morocco, whether for a few days or a lifetime, have been unable to resist its profoundly captivating power of attraction. Tourists are amazed by the colors and exotic buildings. Meanwhile, the locals lead their busy life in the bustling metropolis that’s the capital of Morocco.
Morocco develops as a creative or personal experience suitable to reflection for artists, situated at the crossroads of two continents and two civilizations. On one of his travels, Jacques Majorelle remarked, “There are scenes of such authenticity that one forgets one’s time and lets oneself go at life in the Middle Ages.”
Morocco deserves more than a passing glance to fully appreciate its richness and beauty. The following are must-sees for people with limited time or who wish to see the main attractions.
The natural richness and contrast of Morocco’s mountain ranges and passes are particularly fascinating. Because of the diversity of the terrain, it’s simple to create a seasonal strategy that suits everyone’s demands. The ascent of Toubkal (4165m), Northern Africa’s tallest peak, is by far the most popular. The ochre or blue massifs of the Anti-Atlas give the most distinctive landscape, and they were only lately discovered by western hikers. Treks can be done on mules, mountain bikes, or camels, with overnight lodgings in a mountain hut or bivouac depending on the route and season.
Excellent surfing conditions are provided by the north-east trade winds that wash along the Atlantic coast. Essaouira is the most well-known, although others include Mehdia, Taghazout, Minleft, and Sidi Bouzid. If you go to the beach, you’ll enjoy the leisurely, pleasant pace of seaside living as well as the excitement of water sports. Windsurfers will enjoy Essaouira and Dar Bouzza Beach, located south of Casablanca. Kitesurfing has recently become popular in these peaceful yet beautiful towns. Skiing the Oukaimden Atlas (Atlas of Oukaimden) (75km from Marrakesh).
What could be more thrilling than skiing in Africa for experienced skiers? The Oukaimden winter ski resort, located at a height of 2,600 meters, is open from January to April. There are 300 hectares of ski runs for all levels of ability. Michliffen is a lesser ski resort in Ifrane, yet it nevertheless offers a wonderful Atlas Mountain experience. Outside of the snow season, Oukaimden offers hand gliding, rock climbing, and trekking.
Golf, Shopping and Tradition
Morocco is known for its stunning golf courses, which host international events on a regular basis. For amateurs, it offers a year-round opportunity to mix sport with discovery. The peacefulness of the scenery, set against the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by Palm Trees, helps to soothe the tensions after a miss-hit!
A trip through the maze of souks (shops and merchant booths) might be difficult at times, but getting lost in them is fun. If you want to go shopping, try bartering. It is a long-standing custom in Arab nations, but it may quickly become a nightmare if you are uninformed of the standard pricing. To prevent being taken for a fool, a prior visit to a cooperative or excellent counsel from a local will be beneficial.
Music is folklore, but it is also tradition, and it has been shaped by many influences (Andalousian, African or rural). Not just during festivals and gatherings, but even on the street, music may be heard. At festivals (see schedule), parties, and public places, allow yourself to be captivated by poetry or jolted by the beat of the music.
Moroccan cuisine, which is often considered to be among the best in the world, is a sensory explosion. Moroccan cuisine is known for its variety of ingredients in tagines and the sweetness of its pastries, both of which are trademarks of the cuisine.
Small eateries and well-known tables are available at a variety of rates. Avoid places that attract a large number of visitors since you could end up with a mediocre Moroccan food memento.
Morocco is a country with a lot of mountains. Its high-altitude grounds cover more than 100.000 km2 and include a dozen peaks with elevations above 4000 meters. In the south, the mountains give way to the Sahara Desert, which stretches all the way to Sub-Saharan Africa. Mule trails are sometimes the sole way for Berber tribes buried in valleys or villages in each oasis to communicate. The only way to visit these areas and learn about the proud and welcoming people who have preserved their old rituals is via Land Rover or on foot.