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.

Golf in Morocco, hundred years of history…

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From the North to the South, experiencing golf in Morocco depends on whether Golfers want to discover sunny beach resorts, to experience the game at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the Mediterranean or the cities famous for their history and culture. Four different golf experiences and four different ways to practice the sport.

Morocco is offering golf amateurs and professionals multiple landscapes. Golfing in Morocco is part of a much wider tourism offering. As a matter of fact, a wide range of hotels is offering various activities related to wellbeing, nature and adventure, water sports…

The Moroccan open sky offers very good connections to and between the major tourist destinations. Thus making Morocco an ideal golf break destination. Located less than three hours flight away from the major European capitals, Morocco offers nice weather and pleasant temperatures throughout the year together with golf courses designed by the most famous international architects.

Players will enjoy a high diversity of golf courses, in terms of landscape as well as playing techniques. Other advantages are the highly competitive green fees as well as the low caddies’ fees.

Fez – Meknes, the imperial pearls

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Fez radiates a unique aura. This imperial city is the custodian of 13 centuries of Moroccan history. Meknes has a rich, prestigious past and harbors marvelous surprises.

Walk through the walls that guard the celebrated Medina of Fez, whose outstanding universal value has been recognized by UNESCO. Meander along the streets of the Fes-El-Bali district. The Bab Boujloud Gate is the easiest way to access the medina. In May, the city’s squares and streets come to life with music from around the world as the Sacred Music Festival takes over the one-time imperial capital. Along with the Jazz in Riads festival, it is one of the city’s cultural highlights.

Don’t leave without sampling the city’s extraordinary cuisine, which is considered to be among the best in the world.

Just 40 miles from Fez lies the city of Meknes, another open-air museum. Its medina and the remnants of the royal palace also earned it a designation as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. Pass through the Bab Mansour Gate on El Hedime square to enter the medina and enjoy this masterpiece of Spanish-Moorish art. Be sure to make time for the royal stables and granary of Sultan Moulay Ismail anddon’t miss Volubilis. This Roman archaeological site just north of Meknes is the most extensive one in Morocco. Its triumphal arch, capitol and house of Bacchus attest to the splendor of the city, as well as its economic and political significance.

The imperial, eternal cities of Meknes and Fez serve up a timeless experience that blurs the boundaries between past and present.

The souks, markets of the food and the well-being

It often seems that time stands still in the medinas of Fez and Meknes. Yet behind their high walls, a host of artisans busy themselves crafting and reviving traditions to produce works that are both authentic and modern.

Wander into the Fez medina and explore its alleys, where you will madrassas, riads and caravanserai that have been converted to museums and mosques. Tour El Henna market, a showcase for natural cosmetics where bars of black soap are stacked alongside kohl kits and bottles of rose water. Seek out the cabinet makers clustered in the Nejarrine district, who work wood, which they cut and carve with great finesse. But in the Imperial City, the most representative art is pottery. This is where you will find the famous cobalt blue pottery of Fez, glazed ceramic made by deft potters. Their agile hands produce great trinkets that double as souvenirs and practical serving pieces.

Meknes has a reputation of its own. Its medina and El Hedime square are homes to all kinds of stands. Artful damascening can be found on vases, plates, bracelets and other finely decorated objects. Embroidery and tanning are also specialties among these craftsmen who hand down their skills from father to son.

Meknes is nestled within an exceptional, fertile hinterland scattered with vineyards, orchards and olive groves.

In these two imperial cities and their surrounding areas, there are countless opportunities to find souvenirs from the people and from the land.

Viaje a las puertas del desierto

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Ouarzazate, Zagora y Tinghir, un destino auténtico rebosante de mil y una maravillas que le dejarán sin aliento, les desvela a los visitantes una diversidad de paisajes increíbles, entre desierto y exuberantes valles.

Siga los pasos de los más famosos directores como David Lean, Ridley Scot, Martin Scorsese o Alejandro González Iñárritu, que rodaron en los suntuosos decorados de esta ciudad del cine las obras maestras del séptimo arte como “Lawrence de Arabia”, “Gladiator”, “Kundun” y “Babel”. Cada año, la magia de estos lugares atrae a nuevas producciones, como recientemente la de la serie “Prison Break”.

Los deportistas ávidos de aventura y de rutas de senderismo seguirán numerosas pistas que los conducirán a los confines del desierto, irán al encuentro de los camelleros y sus caravanas en la encrucijada de las rutas de Draa, del Ziz y del Dades.

¿Y por qué no acampar en vivac? ¡La duna de Tinfou, cerca de Zagora, también conocida como la duna “de la arena de oro” le hará vivir una experiencia inolvidable! En cuanto a Tinghir, aproveche su visita para admirar desde la Kasbah de El Glaoui la espléndida panorámica que esta ciudad del Alto Atlas le ofrece de su palmeral y de las gargantas del Todra.

A las puertas del desierto, ¡nada es demasiado bello!

¡Disfrute a tope de sensaciones fuertes a las puertas del desierto!

¿Le apetece vivir experiencias al límite en un entorno de ensueño? Disfrute de unos intensos momentos deportivos en pleno corazón de la región de Ouarzazate, Zagora y Tinghir: una ruta de senderismo a pie o a lomos de un camello, BTT, pesca o incluso trekking por la cadena montañosa del Jebel Saghro, la ascensión del Monte M’Goun o múltiples deportes mecánicos que podrá practicar en la Duna de Chegaga no son más que una pequeña muestra de las numerosas actividades deportivas que podrá practicar en la región de Ouarzazate. ¡Sensaciones fuertes garantizadas!

¿Sueña con poder compaginar unas vacaciones en las que desconectar totalmente en plena naturaleza al tiempo que practica o incluso descubre todo tipo de actividades deportivas nuevas? ¡La zona formada por la ciudad de Ouarzazate y sus dos vecinas ciudades más pequeñas, Zagora y Tinghir, son el lugar ideal para la práctica de numerosos deportes! ¡Allí le espera un entorno natural entre ciudades típicas de Marruecos y desierto para llenar los pulmones de aire fresco! ¡Prepárese a vivir sensaciones fuertes por la Duna de Chegaga a lomos de un camello, en BTT, con su mejor calzado de trekking o en un vehículo!

¡De compras por las inmediaciones del desierto!

Comprar múltiples objetos típicos como alfarería, puñales y alfombras, visitar sus lugares de fabricación llegando incluso a elaborarlos usted mismo, son una parte de las actividades que podrá realizar en Ouarzazate, Zagora, Tinghir y sus alrededores. ¡Allí le está esperando la autenticidad y la riqueza cultural!

En las inmediaciones del desierto, en esta región inexplorada y de naturaleza preservada, descubrirá la autenticidad y la maestría de sus artesanos. Estas ciudades marroquíes, al igual que todas las demás ciudades de la región, poseen un rico patrimonio y permiten descubrir múltiples objetos y creaciones típicas, tanto del país como más concretamente de esta región.

Admire las joyas y las alfombras fabricadas por las manos expertas de los Amazigh, descubra una fábrica de destilación de agua de rosas en Kelaa M’Gouna o incluso la alfarería típica de las ciudades de Tamegroute y Zagora. ¿Y por qué no descubrir más acerca de la fabricación del hierro forjado en Tinghir? En estas encantadoras ciudades del sur de Marruecos podrá ver infinidad de cosas. Visite también la cooperativa de AZLAGT para conocer los procesos de fabricación de los puñales, o incluso Taznakhte para admirar las alfombras.