Morocco, Essaouira – A Town with French Charm
If you want to move to a quieter but equally interesting area of Marrakesh for a moment, the coastal city of Essaouira (formerly known as Mogador) is the right choice. Located on the west coast of Morocco, this pleasant city is soaked in the Atlantic Ocean and the way to it is through endless argan fields.
On your way to the coast you can come across one of the most famous Moroccan phenomena - goats that graze on mature argan trees. Previously, hard argan tree cores, particularly suitable for the production of oil, were actually collected only after grinding in the goat's stomach. However, the development of modern devices has been abandoned and today it is only a way of attracting curious tourists to the area. Mostly by the tree stands a business thirsty Moroccan who enriches himself on every tourist taking pictures there.
The city has a rich and typically wild history for Morocco, originally built at the beginning of the 15th century as one of the six coastal forts under Portuguese rule. Over time, however, the fortress and the city associated with them slowly disappeared, until now only preserved Essaouira and nearby Agadir. The current center of the city was then completed in the 18th century by the then Sultan of Morocco, and the city excels in its unique mix of European and North African architecture.
There is a ban on motor vehicles in the city center, which greatly facilitates the movement of intricate streets that are literally in inside of the fortress walls. The color contrasts between the blue-white streets and the sand walls of the fortress clearly distinguish one from the other. The streets in several places are small squares with European-style cafés and restaurants. You can't get lost in the city, no matter where you go, you find the busy harbor.
There is a fish market in the harbor, over which flocks of gulls circulate. It is here that the famous Moroccan entrepreneurial nature comes to the fore, everyone cries everybody. Freshly caught fish, octopus and oyster cover all wet, sealed concrete, and wandering dogs fight with cats for discarded remains of freshly grilled sardines, the biggest local delicacies. Local fishermen go out on the blue-painted boats to meet the ocean every day in the morning, hoping to have something to sell.
GPS: 31°30'43.3"N 9°46'13.1"W
Text and photos: Barbara Nováková
Anyone who thinks that the Sahara is just a sandy plain is wrong. I also saw this for myself during my visit to Tunisia. The largest part of the Sahara is rocky, the sandy part is the smaller one. It is good to think about safety and use the services of a professional guide.
raveling to see movie backdrop is more popular every year, so it's no wonder that the Ouarzazate Moroccan Valley is a sought-after and, most of all, a cheap destination for movie enthusiasts from around the world. Everyone is eager to see and touch the scenery that has played a major role in many series and movies. In the valley you can see real shooting places, such as the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Above all, there are large Atlas studios built on the dusty plains of the eastern foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
Undoubtedly, Morocco is one of the most diverse countries, mainly because of its size. The nature of the landscape changes significantly with kilometers traveled, so in a few days in one country you can get from the Atlantic coast through the Atlas Mountains to the vast palms, gorges and also the desert.
In relation to Morocco, everyone will surely recall, besides local colored ceramics, clay architecture, tajines (long swaths) and long caftans, the orange-colored Moroccan part of the Sahara. It is an element so typical for this country that it is almost unbelievable that desert dunes only spread to a small percentage of otherwise vast land. The largest and most famous dune is undoubtedly Erg Chebbi.
If you are going to the desert while traveling across Morocco, do not miss the relatively large provincial town of Tinghir and its annexed Palmeria on your way to Merzouga. It is actually an oasis, the last nice place to live before entering the plains leading into the desert. There are over 40,000 inhabitants in the city, most of whom are Berber ethnic. It is one of the poorest regions in the country and you will probably encounter begging children who are accustomed to regular income from the pockets of tourists while staying in the area.
The sun barely rises above the horizon, and Casablanca is awake. Red taxi cabs drive in the streets lined with modern buildings. You feel an incredible amount of energy around you, which, of course, overflows with you. It just lives in Casablanca.
Before we go together to explore other Casablanca monuments, we will introduce you to urban culture.
Imlil is a relatively small mountain village located in the western part of the Atlas Mountains, roughly in the central part of Morocco. In fact, it is not so interesting in itself, but still welcomes thousands of visitors every year. You ask why? This is the place where alpine tourism enthusiasts go to the highest mountain in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal.
You have already had a chance to see Morocco, specifically Rabat, with us. Today, however, we dive deep into this interesting city and escape the winter that prevails with us.
In the previous article on Rabat we told you about the history and architectural heritage of this city. Today we will be interested in local culture.
Ourika Valley is about 30 km from Marrakesh, literally on the high Atlas. A river of the same name flows through it, creating a narrow valley between the high mountains and a narrow valley on both banks.
In the second part of Fez, we take a look at the Blue Gate which is green from the other side for it is the color of Islam and blue is the color of Fez. There is a lots of vegetables, nuts, dates, and chickens around.
When traveling from Fez, we travel across Meknen plain dubbed the Garden of Morocco. All you can think of grow here – melons, bananas, oranges, lemons, almonds, and grain.
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