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Kingdom of Morocco


Country profile:

Location: North Africa.
Borders: Western Sahara, Algeria, Spain.
Capital: Rabat.
Area: 710,850 km2.
Population: 33,848,242.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham MAD.
Independence from France: year 1956.

Travel articles about Morocco

Moped in Sahara Desert – Moroccan Motorcycle Adventure

Moped in Sahara Desert - Moroccan Motorcycle Adventure

A few years ago – when I was living in the Sahara Desert city of Erfoud, my friend Samuel Santos from the travel blog “Dobrar Fronteiras” visited me. While trying to figure out something interesting we could do, I came up with the idea of riding a motorcycle on the desert tracks – along the Algerian border. From Erfoud, we would take the tracks along the heavily armed border line between Morocco and Algeria. From the army post of Tisserdmine, we would ride all the way to Erg Chebbi Dunes to a hotel called Auberge Café du Sud. From Auberge Café du Sud, we would take the tracks back to Erfoud – profiting from the existing 8.5 miles / 14 km of asphalt. ? Map of itinerary: So far everything seems ok, right? What is then peculiar about this trip? Well, the motorcycle was not really an authentic motorcycle… I mean,…

Visit Chefchaouen: 2-day Travel Guide to the blue city of Morocco

Visit Chefchaouen: 2-day Travel Guide to the blue city of Morocco

Visit Chefchaouen Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and photogenic cities in Morocco. Somehow, this blue painted old city stands out with a peculiar charm. Chefchaouen was founded back in 1471 and hosted a population composed mainly of Andalusian Moors. There’s a small fortress called La Kasbah that was built to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. Chefchaouen, known as the blue city, is considered by many the most picturesque place in Morocco. It’s located on the North side of the country, not too far from Tetouan, and close to the Talassemtane National Park. Around 40,000 people live there, mostly part of Berber tribes, now that the times of the bustling mellah are long gone. When you go to Morocco, you have to visit Chefchaouen! Its popular nickname says a lot about the city: Most of the buildings in the medina are painted blue, as are their doors…

Nomads of Morocco – High Atlas Mountains nomadic life

Nomads of Morocco - High Atlas Mountains nomadic life

Mountain Nomads High Atlas Mountains Nomads In a far region of the High Atlas Mountains, land of the Ait Hdiddou tribes, many nomads live in the fertile valleys. Spread out in the vast mountains, thousands of nomads live freely like they did centuries ago. The unchangeable Amazigh (Berber) culture is preserved due to the geographically isolated position where this place is located. Daily life is based on survival. With extreme weather conditions – harsh snowy winters and low temperatures of -4º F / -20º C, and hot summers with temperatures of 86º F / 30º C, this mountain region fertile environment gathers the perfect circumstances for nomads to herd their animals. In this region the tents are made of camel wool, which easily adapts to different weather conditions: During the summer, its thickness protects from the heat and sun. When it rains, the bloated wet wool creates a thick waterproof surface.…

Nomads, Tombs and Petroglyphs – Jebel Adad in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Nomads, Tombs and Petroglyphs - Jbel Adad in Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate is a famous south Moroccan destination. Often called as the “The door of the desert,” Ouarzazate is the starting point for several desert tours, the route of the 1001 Kasbahs, the Rose Valley and the UNESCO site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. The region around Ouarzazate offers lush landscapes with villages camouflaged in the arid scenery of the mountains and with hidden oasis covered with palm trees. Seven months per year, Ouarzazate is surrounded by the 4000 m / 13123 ft High Atlas snowy mountains. The uniqueness of its landscape provided the backdrop for many films, some of them historical as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, The Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator and Game of Thrones – Season 3, among others. Still, beyond all these famous sites, Ouarzazate has much more to offer, and many hidden gems are reachable within 20 minutes from the city center. Although I have been living…

Cycling the Sahara Desert – Bicycle trip in Morocco

Cycling the Sahara Desert - bicycle trip in Morocco

Traveling slowly, humbly and with the simple company of a bicycle can be very rewarding. A few years ago I decided on biking the Sahara Desert tracks from Erfoud all the way to Erg Chebbi Dunes. Erfoud is a Moroccan desert city where I lived during 4 years. This city is the entrance point to reach Erg Chebbi Dunes also known as Merzouga Dunes. A small section of the itinerary is done on asphalt but quickly the road changes to rough desert tracks, sand and rocks. Erg Chebbi Dunes are located on the southeastern part of Morocco just aside the Algerian border. From my house and back the trip was roughly 100 km / 62 miles. When biking Sahara Desert, the weather conditions can be very tough due to the dry air, strong direct Sun, harsh terrain and strong chilly winds. This trip is not as easy at it seems, because…

Visit Essaouira – Morocco: 2-Day City Guide to the Wind City

Visit Essaouira - Morocco: 2-day Travel Guide to the Wind City

Visit Essaouira Mogador. That remote port on the Moroccan coast, founded around a fort built by the Portuguese, in the yesteryear of 1506. The Portuguese Expansion was taking its first steps, the dream of Morocco filled the Portuguese imagination, eager to control and explore the wealth of the commercial and trade routes that went by. The tragedy of Alcácer Quibir that in 1580 would take the life of King Sebastião and the independence of the Kingdom of Portugal was still years ahead. In 1525, just nine years after its foundation, the Moors conquered that fortress. The Portuguese never regained control over it and, in time, it began to be known as Essaouira. Introduction to Essaouira Despite the fact the city was founded in the 16th century, it only began to take shape from 1760 onward. Before that, it was just a fortress. But as the walls were built around the medina,…

People of Morocco – Photos of Moroccan People

People of Morocco - Photos of Moroccan People

People of Morocco People of Morocco… The other side of traveling. No monuments, no museums, no gardens or palaces. To really get to know a country, you have to interact with its people. Photography always kept my attention and I got my first SRL camera when I was 16 years old. During my Visual Arts studies at University, I decided to engage myself in a photo project to last for a few years. So, from 2001 until 2005, my main purpose of traveling was to capture images of people. I made hundreds of photos of people using my CANON EOS 1 film camera. On this page I collect some of the best photos I have from Morocco. NOTE: These images were made between 2001 and 2005 using a film camera (not digital). Visit my photo project People of the World. Photos of People from Morocco Grandfather and grandson in Taddert village,…

Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert – Morocco

Inspiring Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert, south Morocco

Erg Chebbi Dunes Erg Chebbi Dunes are a stunning part of Sahara Desert, on the southeastern part of Morocco, close to the Algerian border. This incredible sea of sand is the ideal place for a couple of days enjoying one of the best holiday destinations in Morocco. Explore the dunes and admire a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the horizon. “Having a surprising orange hue, the Erg Chebbi Dunes are one of the most beautiful places in Africa.” Challenge yourself to climb the 250 m / 810 ft “Grand Dune” near Merzouga village. The serene warm wind will welcome you. The vistas are breathtaking and worth the 1-hour effort climbing up. Photos of Erg Chebbi Dunes

Mind-blowing Sahara Desert Hotel – south Morocco

Mind-blowing Sahara Desert Hotel - south Morocco

The Sahara Desert is a fantastic place that many travelers dream about. On this blog post, I will write about an amazing desert hotel called Café du Sud. If you ever wondered how a Morocco hotel would look like, this is the best you can get. The Moroccan Sahara Desert is a fantastic place, with its orange color sand dunes are one of the country’s best travel destinations. The Hotel Café du Sud is a fabulous hotel to stay while in Erg Chebbi Dunes. Regarding accommodation, this hotel in Morocco offers you exclusive luxury bivouacs in the dunes and also rooms with beautiful decoration. Mind-blowing Sahara Desert Hotel 1- Hotel facade and main entrance 2- Swimming pool and friendly Blue Man from Sahara Desert 3- Decorated double room, Sahara Desert inspiration 4- Camel trekking in Sahara dunes 5- Tourist children birthday party 6- Preparing traditional mint tea with wooden fire 7-…

Visit Fez – Morocco: 2-day Travel Guide to the Mecca of the West

Visit Fez: 2-day Travel Guide to the Mecca of the West

Visit Fez Fez (also spelled Fes) is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, alongside Rabat, Meknes, and Marrakesh. It’s located on the north side of the country, far away from the coast, with a population of a little over one million people. They say Fez is the most Moroccan city in Morocco, where you’ll find the best-preserved historic center of the Arab world, with a lot to attract tourists, quality-, quantity-, and diversity-wise. One more remarkable fact about Fez: it’s the biggest urban place in the world without car traffic. Introduction to Fez The year of Fez’s foundation is uncertain, but it’s estimated somewhere between the 8th and the 9th centuries. Shortly after, refugees arriving from al Andalus (Islamic Iberia) and migrants coming from Tunisia, boosted the city growth. However, tensions between these two communities were a source of constant conflicts, some of them violent, that only ended with…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Africa – Travel Guide

Africa Travel Guide

Africa Travel Guide “Africa is an amazing continent to visit, the Cradle of Humankind. It has a total of 54 countries with a total population of 1.1 billion people. The most spoken languages in Africa are Arabic, Somali, Berber, Amharic, Oromo, Swahili, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, and Yoruba.” My Top Africa Unreachable lost desert city of Timbuktu, Mali Ancient Ksar of Ait Benhaddou adobe fortified village, Morocco 4600 year old 146 m / 481 ft Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt Orange color sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Morocco 13th century monolithic cave churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia Holy city of Harar, Ethiopia Chinguetti desert city, Mauritania 9000-year-old rock paintings of Laas Geel, Somaliland Crazy mystical city of Marrakesh, Morocco Bushmen rock paintings in Ha Khotso, Lesoto Kairouan religious city, Tunisia Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, South Africa Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe Bwabwata National Park, Namibia Fajã de Água village, Cape Verde Fogo National…

Doors of Marrakesh, Morocco – Voyage Through Time

Doors of Marrakesh, Morocco - Voyage Through Time

I love doors. When I travel, I have particular interest in doors and windows. Doors reflect not only the personality of a city, but also the personality of its residents. There’s not one door the same as the next. Marrakesh, seen through doors, takes us on a historical time journey since the city was built until modern days. The old Medina of Marrakesh showcases amazing doors, giving its labyrinth alleys a unique charisma and charm. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh was the capital of Morocco during the 12th and 13th centuries. Marrakesh was, for a long time, a major political, economic and cultural center of the western Muslim world. What exceptionally fascinates me about doors is that they are authentic works of art built both by man and time. They just look like timeless canvases made up of rare textures and ephemeral colors.…

Visit Marrakesh – Morocco: 3-day Travel Guide to the Red City

Visit Marrakesh - Morocco: 3-day Travel Guide to the Red City

Visit Marrakesh Called as the Red City – Al Hamra – because all its reddish buildings, Marrakesh is one of the most exciting cities in the world. To visit Marrakesh is a once on a lifetime experience. If you are looking for a 3-day Marrakesh travel guide, you came to the right place. Marrakesh attracts many tourists, so it is easy to confuse its history and culture with its strong touristic aspect. On this page, I will try to demystify this fantastic city, and compile a few great places so that when you travel to Marrakesh, you already have something organized. Introduction to Marrakesh History books say that Marrakesh was founded in the year 1071 in the Almoravid dynasty and was the most important metropolis of North Africa for many centuries. But, we can consider that it is Ali Ben Youssef who founded Marrakesh in 1126. The first 9 km wall…

Nomads of Morocco – Sahara Desert nomadic life

Nomads of Morocco - Sahara Desert nomadic life

Sahara Desert Nomads Sahara Desert Nomads Nomads of Morocco… Most part of the Kingdom is desert. Nomads can be found in most deserts of the world. In the Moroccan Sahara Desert and in the Atlas Mountains, many people still maintain their peculiar nomadic tribe way of life. • nomad a. A member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food;b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer. This impressive yet harsh lifestyle represents one of the most interesting and extraordinary aspects of Morocco. In the desert tracks from Tafraoute Ait-Atta to Taouz, along the Algerian border, hundreds of families live in migrant pace, following their animals in search for food and water. Being a nomad means that you will lead a non-sedentary way of life. You will have animals and you will follow them in order to get food and…

Djemaa El-Fna Marrakesh – Insanity Beyond Expectations

Djemaa El-Fna Marrakesh - Insanity Beyond Expectations

Marrakesh is a fascinating city. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid Sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh has one of the most chaotic urban environments on the planet. I lived there for one year and have been visiting it for several times since 2001. Many people tell me they didn’t enjoy Marrakesh because it’s too touristic and that Djemaa El Fna Square is just made up to get money out of visitors. On this page, I’ll try to demystify this amazing square and tell you some curious facts to make you understand its history, so that you will appreciate it differently. Djemaa El Fna? How to understand it Well, indeed Marrakesh is a bustling commercial city, but we have to realize that Marrakesh has been welcoming foreigners for centuries. It’s not just the casual hippy trail city, nor did it start to receive travelers since the 1970’s. We are talking…

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