AN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MOROCCO
Known for its architecture, food, history, landscapes and culture, it’s hard to know where to begin when talking about Morocco. Visiting Morocco has been unlike any other trip I’ve done. It enchants the travellers & photography lovers with its mixture of charm and mystery. Drinking mint tea while overlooking the busy Medina is an experience in itself. The overcrowded souks tell you the story of its people, while offering you unique pieces of jewellery, handmade shoes and rugs. If you visit Morocco during the Ramadan, you might get the chance to experience the Eid al-Fitr in the Medina. The whole city lightens up, people get together celebrating and eating. It is a unique chance to immerse yourself in the Moroccan culture and socialise with the moroccan people.
PLACES TO VISIT
- Bahia Palace: This place was once the home of one of the sultan’s viziers. The architecture style is impressive, especially in the harem area.
- Marrakech Souk: You can find almost anything your heart desires. Get ready to bargain and negotiate your way through the souks.
- Djemaa El Fna: Find it in the heart of Marrakesh, in the Medina area. It can get very busy especially at night. Enjoy some orange juice, or drink some tea on the rooftop of local cafes while overlooking the square.
- Koutoubia Mosque: It is a majestic mosque, yet non-muslim are not allowed to enter.
- Jardin Majorelle: This garden is a landmark of the city. Scattered with plants from all over the world, this place is like an oasis in the middle of the city.
- Essaouira: A beautiful port city, where you can go to the beach, sunbathe, walk around in the local souks and have fish.
- Sahara desert: Spend at least one night in the desert.
A NIGHT IN THE SAHARA DESERT
can be described as cold, mesmerising, once-in-a-lifetime experience, colourful and dusty. We booked a tour in Marrakesh that took as to the Sahara desert, and we also had few more stops on our way there. It took over 8 hours to get to the desert by car and then another hour or so riding the camel to get to our tents.Our driver was not a very chatty man, and I’m sure the language barrier contributed to his silence. But, he did have a CD with Arabic music playing non-stop for 8 hours straight. At the beginning I found the music beautiful but after a while I realised the cd had a maximum of 10 songs that were repeating non-stop.
After listening to the same songs the entire day we reached our destination and the point where we had to get up on camels to continue our journey. Riding the camels looks incredible in photos but the really life situation is different. It is incredible to see the desert being on top of the camel, but after a while it can become a very painful situation. You can feel every single movement the camel makes. With that being said, if you won’t ride the camel for a long time I recommend you try it out. It is an incredible experience, and you can get beautiful photos.Once we reached our destination, we were given our private tents. The tents are very simple. You get a mattress, and that’s pretty much it. We were given tajine for dinner and some fresh fruit and tea. The berbers made a bonfire and started playing the drums and invited everyone to dance in circle.It was extremely beautiful to experience the stillness of the desert and watch the stars. I have visited many places but this is one of the most magical moments I’ve experienced.The next morning we had breakfast, explored the surroundings for a bit and then head back on the camels. It took us another 8 hours to get back to Marrakesh. If you have more time, I’d recommend you spend more than one night in the desert. I promise it will be worth it.