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jorge valente on motorcycle tour through morocco

Moroccan Motorcycle Diaries

diariesof – Morocco – travel by motorcycle through Morocco   Jorge and Anabela are hardcore travellers, journeying the world and documenting it through photography and their travel magazine. On a trip around Europe they decided to visit Morocco as it was so close. It was to prove a wise decision … and they’ve been good enough…

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family playing on the beach in morocco

Games To Keep The Family Amused On Holiday

Morocco is a fantastic place for family holidays, but like any holiday with children, it’s always good to have some games up your sleeve for when the attention wavers. Below you’ll find our suggestions for keeping everyone entertained, some of which are universal favourites, some of which are specific to Morocco. Enjoy! Driving Games A…

Into the surf

Surfing the South – Part 2

When you’re in this part of the world you must also get to the mountains for a few nights – they’re just 10mins above the coastal towns and the trundle up in an old Renault 4/ Quatre-elle with the gear stick that pulls out of the ‘dashboard’ is all part of the adventure. The air…

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Bethany Hamilton

Surfing the South – Part 1

You know you’ve arrived in the surfing towns of south Morocco, and not just because of the camper vans and tousle haired surfers. It’s a calmer place here with a gentleness in the air. The people are extraordinarily generous, kind, meditative – perhaps living by the ocean and growing up in the surf has had…

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Sosa concert

Festival of World Sacred Music

Before arriving in Fez, one of Morocco’s Imperial Cities, it wasn’t on my list of favourite cities. But after enjoying a week of concerts in some of the most magical venues, combined with exploring the region and meeting the friendly locals, I left with my opinion changed forever. The festival was one that I had…

Goats in a tree

There’s More to Morocco than Marrakech

So many of us have been to Marrakech. So many now consider that they have ‘done’ Morocco. I was beginning to feel that. It isn’t that it hasn’t got loads of charisma and charm; it’s just I want more, I want different. I want to dabble my feet in the Atlantic, see tree-climbing goats, drive…

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The performers come from around the world

Planet Rock

I’m in Marrakech: home of bustling markets, friendly locals and positively oozing with history and culture. But, as the sun drops below the horizon, a new and very different Marrakech appears. I have been invited to join an eclectic bunch of British music lovers for a series of rock concerts running over three days. Planet…

Toubkal mountains

Toubkal Trekking – Exploring a National Park

I’d had my eye on the Toubkal National Park ever since I landed in Marrakech six months ago, and as it was a glorious spring day and I had the weekend off so I grabbed my backpack and took a petit taxi to Asni. The sun shone brightly as I began my Toubkal trek along…

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The view from Lixus

Looking at Lixus – What to see at one of Morocco’s best heritage sites

Most places in Europe and North Africa fell under the influence of the Roman Empire, and Morocco is no exception. There are Romanic remains scattered across the kingdom, and the site at Lixus is one of the most impressive. The Romans, however, weren’t the first power to live in these parts; the Phoenicians and Carthaginians…

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Moroccan People

Meeting the Moroccans

Who are the Moroccans? Dive through the mists of time and even as far back as Paleolithic times (between 90,000 and 190,000 years ago) you’ll find the land that’s now known as Morocco was inhabited by the Amazigh. Closer to our time, just two and a half thousand years ago, the Phoenicians established colonies here,…

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Moroccan tea

Time for Moroccan Tea

The Japanese tea ceremony is famous the world over for its precise ritualistic nature and cultural significance. Mint tea is just as important in Moroccan culture. You’ll find that even in the poorest regions, families who may have no utilities, furniture or even a door to their house, will have a Moroccan tea set sitting…

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Cycling through the Atlas Mountains

Riding the Marrakech Atlas Etape – Sun and Cycling

The Marrakech Atlas Etape is one of the newer sportives in the world – the first was in 2013 – and I was determined to take part early. For me there were several pluses to the event, mainly Morocco itself. It was a chance to visit a kingdom that I’d long admired from afar. It also…

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Tizi n Test

Tizi n Test – Morocco’s Best Biking Road?

There are plenty of long and testing rides in Morocco, but this is about the best road to bike in all of Morocco: the Tizi n Test road. It’s labelled on maps as ‘difficult or dangerous’, which encourages people in search of a challenge. The Tizi n Test pass runs over the High Atlas mountains…

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Moroccan Cookies

Exploring the sweeter side of Morocco

Here are three of my favourite sweet treats from this amazing kingdom: Ktefa is a traditional Moroccan dessert made with warqa pastry. It’s layered with delicious, sweetened fried almonds and covered with a custard sauce that’s scented with orange flower water. Ghoriba, or Moroccan cookies, can come in many different forms and flavours. One of…

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Moroccan Gate

Did You Know?

Over the years I’ve picked up some good bits of trivia living here, and I’d like to share these Moroccan facts with you. The name of Jemaa el Fna, the vast market square in Marrakech, Morocco, can be literally translated as ‘Assembly of the Dead’ and may refer to the traditional display of the heads…

pink rose

Stop and Take Time for The Rose Festival

When most people hear about Ouarzazate they immediately picture sand as far as you can see, along with sand-coloured buildings and sandstone walls. But not far away – about fifty miles to the west – is El-Kelaâ M’Gouna. It’s a small town in the foothills of the High Atlas surrounded by acres of greenery, a…

Desert

Saharan Stretch – Four Reasons Desert Yoga is the best

One of the best things about yoga is that it can be practised anywhere: at the gym, in the living room, in the park. It’s almost a case of ‘have mat will travel’. But there’s no denying that your surroundings can affect your session, and stretching next to a building site isn’t going to help…

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Tangier

Seven Days, Seven Cities

So you’ve got a week in Morocco, how can you cram everything in? Whilst we’d recommend a more leisurely exploration of the Kingdom, here’s how you can do seven cities in seven days. Monday – Arrive in Tangier on the ferry from Spain and head for the Grand Socco, a palm-lined plaza at the entrance…

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Moroccan art

The Art of Morocco

When I first moved to Marrakesh years ago it was what first drew me into the city life of this fantastic place. Marrakech has some of the most diverse and prestigious galleries in the entire world. However, what I love about my city is that art is not just confined to those four walls. Art…

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Chefchaouen

The Blues of Chefchaouen

There’s probably nowhere else like Chefchaouen in the world. From a distance it looks like most other north Moroccan towns, full of square buildings huddled together on a mountainside. When you get up-close however, its uniqueness stands out. The place is blue. Not just the occasional building, almost the whole town. It’s a very beautiful,…

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Fez

An unforgettable first day at the Medina

You know how it is when you get something in your head and it just sticks there? That’s how it was with me and the Medina of Fez. I was probably around nine or ten when I first saw it, probably on a travel programme. I was instantly captivated by the sheer otherness of this ancient place….

Kitesurfing Dakhla

Blown Away – Kitesurfing in Dakhla

Essaouira gets the headlines when it comes to kitesurfing – and yes, it’s good. But 1,000 miles to the south is another golden location that you should visit if you’ve got any interest in kiting – Dakhla. The key to Dakhla is the shape of the peninsula it’s on. It juts out about 10kms into…

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