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Errachidia-Midelt -Merzouga, between the Atlas and the Desert

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Midelt, Errachidia and Merzouga welcome you to eastern Morocco. The first two cities are your introduction to mountainous terrain with the beautiful scenery formed by the Middle Atlas range, a majestic setting that enchants and bewitches. This was also the start and end point for the caravans that once carried food to Timbuktu.

Merzouga, a small village lost in the sands, is one of the gateways to the Sahara. Here is the land of the Erg Chebbi, a world of dunes, palm groves, trails and treks. Explore the desert and these stretches of sand bathed in sun and silence. As you walk among these immense, arid forms, you will stumble upon a lake, Dayet Srij.

Waders stand in its waters as doves and wagtails soar overhead and storks hover. One of Morocco’s richest ecosystems thrives right here in the middle of the desert!

Eastern Morocco is full of curiosities, so surrender to its mountains and deserts and discover a whole other country.

Unique sports in the middle of the desert

An original way to explore this marvelous region and its many surprises is through outdoor activities – chooseone of your favorites or try something new.

Take a hike or ride a mule along the trails at the breathtaking canyons Ziz, Amsed, Tadighoust, Assoul or Amellagou, which is known as one of the world’s best mountain climbing destinations.

You can also admire the dunes at Erg Chebbi, in Merzouga, as part of a camel-riding or sand skiing excursion. If you like fast thrills, the Moulay Omar and Znigui ergs are great places for fun in an ATV or 4×4.

Seasoned fishermen and water sports aficionados will find happiness deep in the Eastern High Atlas on the banks of Tislit and Isli Lakes, which are rich in trout, pike and barbel. Romantics will appreciate the legend of the lakes, which involves a forbidden romance between lovers from warring tribes.

Spelunkers will delight in uncovering the secrets of the many caves, including Akhiam in the Imilchil area.

Tafilalet is the perfect place to stay active in a unique setting.

Art of living and traditions in Morocco

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Morocco has been around for thousands of years and has inherited centuries of tradition. And yet this kingdom is not the least bit frozen in time. It has a vibrant culture that is expressed each day in the little details that make up daily routines and habits, as well as in celebrations and rituals. Spend some time here and soak up Morocco’s irresistible lifestyle.

The best approach is to walk through her cities and villages and experience the narrow alleys of ancient neighborhoods. This brings you close to the people: talk to them! They are certain to invite you to have a cup of Moroccan tea, a time-honored ritual of hospitality and ceremony.

You should also experience day-to-day life. Morocco and its inhabitants espouse an enviable Mediterranean lifestyle that has been recognized by UNESCO. This lifestyle comprises practices, foods and symbols that bring pleasure to every day and are sure to captivate you as well.

The kingdom loves its celebrations, which punctuate the calendar. One of the types of events that bring Moroccans together are its famous moussems, festive religious events. Do not miss the Tan-Tan moussem, which is especially well known and has been listed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage register since 2008. The EssaouiraGnaouas festival is also highly recommended. These gatherings are opportunities for you to interact with and immerse yourself in the different cultures that make Morocco such a rich, diverse country.

This is but a glimpse of the myriad cultures that still thrive in Morocco. Work your way across the country and get to know these treasures of Morocco’s intangible cultural heritage.

Moroccan nightlife

Whether you pick a traditional or modern experience, a night on the town in Morocco will make your trip unforgettable.

The major cities of Morocco have a rich nightlife. Cafés and clubs throb with music and conversation all night long with sounds from around the world. There is something for every taste and every mood. In Marrakesh, it isn’t unusual to run into international stars and celebrities. The kingdom’s casinos are also worth a look. There are excellent venues in the Red City, Agadir, Tangier and Mazagan to indulge your taste for games of chance.

Would you prefer a more mellow evening? If so, sample the country’s many restaurants, where the world-renowned cuisine of Morocco will delight your taste buds. Local dishes on the coast and further inland will take you on a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure.

You should consider participating in a traditional Moroccan celebration for a chance to combine the pleasures of fine food, dancing and singing. These evenings will reveal to you some of the cultural facets that make Morocco so rich. Choose between Arabic-Andalusian or Berber folk customs.

To ensure your vacation is time well spent, come to Morocco, a kingdom that is continuously pulsing with life. Its welcoming people are always up for a party and the sounds of celebration ring through their homes and streets.

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Land of hikers Morocco

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Wide open spaces are abundant in Morocco. Throughout the kingdom, there are national parks that preserve nature’s beauty and double as magnificent hiking destinations. To the south and the east, the Sahara beckons: head there for an adventure within the immensity of the desert.

The well-marked paths make it easy for you to enjoy the pleasures of walking. To the north, try Al Hoceima park on the Mediterranean coast, where a hiking trail runs through the park and along the sea. There are several rest houses along the way, so you can spend a few days with the plant and wildlife of northern Morocco. Talassemtane National Park offers similar treats. You will love exploring it as you hike from waterfalls to streams to the shade of Morocco’s pine trees and giant Atlas cedars. In the south, check out the Valley of Roses for an unforgettable walk in an enchanting setting.

The most gregarious travelers can opt for backpacking: from the peaks of the Middle Atlas mountains around Ifrane to the top of the famous Mount Toubkal – Morocco’s highest mountain, which can be summited in two days. The Sahara Desert is another option: here the pleasures of camping mix with the discovery of vast spaces and interactions with the locals. You can also choose peaceful horseback rides along the beach throughout Morocco.

The country of Morocco is like one tremendous hiking trail: as you travel through forests, over mountains or atop cliffs, you won’t fail to be captivated by nature’s wonders.

A paradise of sand and stone

Are you searching for excitement in an idyllic setting? Look no further than the region of Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir for intense sporting adventures: hikes, camel treks, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking in the mountains of Jebel Saghro, summiting Mount M’goun and a plethora of motor sports on the Chgaga Dunes – these are just some of the myriad activities that await you around Ouarzazate. Thrills and chills are guaranteed!

Is your dream to combine a vacation in an exotic natural setting while enjoying a favorite recreational activity or learning a new one? The area around the city of Ouarzazate and its more modest neighbors, Zagora and Tinghir, is the ideal place for an array of sports. The environment here ranges from typically Moroccan towns to a vast desert where you can get your fill of fresh air. Climb atop a camel, jump on your mountain bike, lace up your best walking shoes or hop into a vehicle and head toward the Chgaga Dunes. Prepare to be amazed!

Festival International des Musiques du Monde in Merzouga

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Deep within the majesty of the Erg Chebbi dunes — Morocco’s biggest — lies Merzouga, host to its own International Festival of World Music. Each spring, the festival puts on a program like no other.

Treat yourself to the exceptional setting of this oasis curled up in the desert’s dunes, interact in the convivial ambiance and discover local and international music. Be sure not to miss the sunrise in Merzouga, reputed to be the most beautiful in the world.

Take a camel trek or camp out in the desert to make your trip unforgettable. There are also sports opportunities and the famous spa treatment that consists in being buried in the warm dunes of the desert. Thanks to the unique setting, the festival is an occasion for partying and promoting eco-friendly behaviors and environmental protection. The schedule included seminars, performances, children’s workshops, an environmental day and plenty of concerts where emerging Moroccan talents interacted with international virtuosos. In a magical demonstration of personal commitment, tourists and locals worked hand in hand to clean the huge dunes in the surrounding desert. The festival succeeds in uniting all cultures in their shared passions: music and preserving nature.

Date event

From 21 Feb To 3 Mar 2019

Discover Moroccan gardens

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Morocco’s riches also include a variety of fauna and flora, to which its sumptuous gardens can attest. Just to give you an idea, Morocco counts several hundred gardens, each more awe-inspiring than the next.

One great example is Menara Garden, which features a vast stretch of olive trees in a peaceful haven right in the center of Marrakesh. In Rabat, visit the famous Botanical Test Gardens and Exotic Gardens that await with thousands of plant species. And be sure not to miss the Andalusian Gardens at Les Oudayas. In and around Tangier, get some fresh air at the wonderful Mendubia Garden, where centuries-old trees stand over canons that are now purely decorative, or stroll around a chateau in Perdicaris Park. In Fez, embark on an outing fit for a king at the Jnan Sbil Gardens which run from the medina to the royal palace.

Where sustainable eco-tourism is a priority

The Majorelle Garden is the most symbolic park in Marrakesh. The painter of the same name planted beautiful specimens here to create a pleasant space that would inspire his artwork. The garden was bought by Yves Saint Laurent in the late 1980s and is now open to the public to promote green tourism. Finally, for a magical evening constitutional, the roses in the Koutoubia gardens are the perfect destination.

In Morocco, put your body and mind at peace by spending time in its multi-faceted gardens.

The Moroccan desert

There is a reason why Morocco is known as the “Land of Dunes”: its desert expanses lend themselves to the formation of sand dunes, which make the Moroccan landscape such an unusual one.

Your adventure begins in Zagora, the gateway to the Sahara. This simply fantastic town is surrounded by a palm grove and rocky hills. Other, grander spots that have their own oases, such as Tafilalet, Tinghir, Fint,Tata and Figuig.

An original experience in the desert

The Moroccan desert is a vast space ripe for discovery. Climb aboard the Oriental Desert Express, the train that connects Oujda to Bouarfa, for an unbeatable view of the Sahara Desert glimpsed between dunes and palm trees. Athletic adventurers can choose activities like sandboarding, i.e. sand surfing, which is possible in Merzouga and M’hamid El Ghizlane. In fact, the Merzouga dunes are a great place for sampling the desert in an ATV or off-roader. If you’re a romantic at heart, spend the night in a khaima, a traditional tent used by nomads that makes a lovely spot for resting under the stars.

Treat yourself to a total immersion in the Sahara and you won’t regret it.

The dazzling nature of southern Morocco

Turn inland, away from the sea, and allow the towns of Midelt, Errachidia and Merzouga to show you another side of Morocco. Their stunning panoramas unfurl between the summits of the
Middle Atlas and the infinite expanse of the Sahara.

Midelt and Errachidia are mountain towns. Varying contours interrupt the horizon, forming a backdrop that exudes serenity. Oaks, date palms and olive trees rise from the valley floors, while cedars and firs ring the mountaintops, reinforcing the sense of calmness that pervades the area. There are many excursions to bring you up close to these beautiful landscapes.

The outlying areas of Midelt and Errachidia hint at the nearby desert, but Merzouga, a lost village in the sand, sits right at its doorstep. This is where you will find the tallest dunes in Morocco and the most beautiful sunrise in the world. Look around for a palm grove and waters stirred by the flights of birds and you have found Dayet Srij Lake and its migratory bird population. Whether you choose a quick getaway or a multi-day excursion, you will be able to immerse yourself in these treasures and discover all the secret delights of the desert.

These remote lands are far removed from the resorts of Morocco. This is whereyou come for untamed nature and where adventure awaits just around the bend.

Marrakech

Tourism / Security: Morocco in the Top 5 worldwide

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Morocco is considered the 5th safest country among the tourist destinations studied, tied with Japan and Canada according to a ranking established by the British magazine “Which? Travel”, with a score of 6.1.

Morocco thus outperforms popular destinations such as Greece, France and Italy, outperforming only Iceland, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Spain.

It should be noted that the ranking is based on the crime rate of the destinations studied, the risk of natural disasters, health threats and the risk of terrorist attacks.

Marrakech has just been designated African Capital of Culture 2020, a showcase of today’s urban Africa, highlighting the diversity of African cultural expressions, announced on Friday in Marrakech, the Mayor of the ochre city, Mohamed Larbi Belcaid.

In 2020, Marrakech, this thousand-year-old city doubly inscribed on the universal heritage list, first through its medina since 1985 but also Jamaa Lafna Square as an intangible heritage in 2001, will bear the colours of African culture, he welcomed.

As a world-renowned tourist destination, Marrakech has an important hotel, tourist, event, sports and cultural infrastructure that is very dense, as evidenced by the fabric of museums, traditional and contemporary art centres, he said.

The human ground, the concern for multiculturality and the richness of its heritage allow Marrakech to launch a pilot edition of African Capitals of Culture, he said, calling for the creation of a Marrakech 2020 organizing committee and also to install an organizing committee of African capitals in Marrakech.

The African Capitals of Culture, which will be launched for the first time, see themselves as a major event, anchored and managed in Africa and radiating internationally. It is an initiative that brings together and promotes the expertise, know-how and skills on the continent and in the diaspora that make up today’s Africa and shape tomorrow’s world.

Clima / estações Marrocos

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Marrocos é uma terra de contrastes. Banhado a norte pelas águas do Mediterrâneo, a oeste pelas ondas do Oceano Atlântico e atravessado pelas montanhas do Rif e do Atlas, o país está submetido a todo o tipo de influências climáticas.

As regiões costeiras resultam muito atrativas pelo seu clima ensolarado. Os raios do sol são constantes durante todo o ano e poderá disfrutar dos seus benefícios em qualquer temporada. Agadir, localizada frente ao oceano Atlântico e o principal destino balnear do país, oferece aos que procuram relaxamento 300 dias de sol por ano, temperaturas amenas e suaves ventos alísios. Mais a norte, Taghazout, Mogador e Magazan também merecem uma visita.

Um pouco mais para o interior, o clima é menos mediterrânico, predominando um clima continental. A topografia é mais pronunciada e oferece esplêndidos panoramas. Marrocos é o pais dos grandes espaços onde os aventureiros poderão realizar caminhadas em qualquer estação.

A sul, o país abre-se à vastidão do Sahara. A melhor altura para o visitar é  a primavera e o outono. Na areia, o sol brilha e reflete-se nas dunas. Estas extensões desérticas exalam algo de irreal. A camelo, descubra um dos mais belos cenários criados pela natureza

Tramites

Passaporte, visto e duração da estadia

Para evitar qualquer problema à chegada a Marrocos, certifique-se que possui passaporte válido.

A necessidade de visto depende da sua nacionalidade.

Para todas as nacionalidades, a duração máxima duma viagem turística é de 90 dias.

Embaixadas e Consulados

Ao preparar a sua viagem, anote a informação de contato da sua embaixada e consulados existentes na região, onde poderá pedir a reemissão dos seus documentos, em caso de perda, ou para obter conselhos (saúde, segurança, etc.). Geralmente, todas as missões diplomáticas têm um número de emergência para usar apenas em caso de necessidade. Na maioria das vezes um serviço social poderá ajuda-lo, inclusive em caso de emergência.

Cambio

A divisa nacional de Marrocos é o dirham. Não é possível cambiar fora das fronteiras do país pelo que deverá optar por cambiar nos aeroportos, bancos e alguns hotéis ou considerar outras formas de pagamento.

Para proceder ao cambio de moeda é exigido que apresente o seu passaporte.

Cartões de crédito

Confirme com o seu banco se é possível retirar dinheiro com o cartão de crédito. A maioria dos bancos nas principais cidades marroquinas tem ATM. Troque dinheiro em função das suas necessidades. A grande maioria das compras e serviços são pagos em dinheiro – depois de regatear, evidentemente!

Desert child of Morocco

Morocco, a gastronomic country

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The third edition of the Gastro et Cia Awards, organised by the Spanish daily La Razón, crowned Morocco as the best international gastronomic destination.

The jury, composed of personalities from the worlds of politics, economics, arts and culture, recognized the richness and diversity of Moroccan cuisine, which has preserved its originality and original cultural characteristics.

The organizers emphasized its Berber, Arab-Andalusian and Jewish origins, as well as those of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. This award is a tribute to a cuisine that uses quality products produced with patience and love.

At the ceremony held in Madrid, Mohamed Sofi, delegate of the ONMT, Moroccan National Tourist Office in Spain, received the award.

In the presence of H.E. Karima Benyaich, Ambassador of Morocco to Spain. Mohamed Sofi was delighted with this international recognition and that Moroccan cuisine, one of the richest in the world, is so much appreciated for its multiple flavours and colours, the result of multiple cultural legacies.

He said that this award also demonstrates that gastronomy is currently considered to be “a very important ingredient in any tourism experience”. And recalled on this occasion the richness of the Moroccan tourist offer, culture, business, seaside or sport.

Moroccan cuisine

Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Morocco‘s interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines with a slight European and Subsaharan influence.

Welcome to Morocco

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Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.

Mountains & Desert

From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.

Ancient Medinas

Morocco’s cities are some of the most exciting on the continent. Join the centuries-old trail of nomads and traders to their ancient hearts, from the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh. In the rocky deserts medinas are protected by kasbahs, on the coast by thick sea walls. But it’s not just a heritage trip, as Morocco’s cities are forward-facing too, with glitzy new urban design in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier looking to the future as well as paying homage to their roots.

Moroccan Activities

Enjoying Morocco starts with nothing more strenuous than its national pastime – people-watching in a street cafe with a coffee or a mint tea. Use the opportunity to plan your next moves – hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking in the desert, shopping in the souqs or getting lost in the medina. Between the activities, you can sleep in boutique riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up delicately flavoured tajines – before sweating it all out in a restorative hammam.

Traditional Life

Morocco is a storied country, that has, over the centuries, woven its ties to Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East into whole cloth. Its mixed Arab and Berber population forms a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one, taking the best of its traditions and weaving the pattern anew – from the countryside to the city, from the call to prayer from the mosque to the beat of local hip hop. Morocco has a hundred faces and sounds, all ready to welcome the traveller looking for spice and adventure.

Jemaa el-Fnaa Marrakech

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is a square and market place in Marrakesh‘s medina quarter (old city). It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists.

History

Marrakesh was founded by the Almorabits 1070-1072. After a destructive struggle, it fell to the Almohads in 1147. Following this, Jamaa el-Fna was renovated along with much of the city. The city walls were also extended by Abou Yacoub Youssef and particularly by Yacoub el Mansour from 1147-1158. The surrounding mosque, palace, hospital, parade ground and gardens around the edges of the marketplace were also overhauled, and the kasbah was fortified. Subsequently, with the fortunes of the city, Jamaa el Fna saw periods of decline and also renewal.