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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.

Agadir, versão natureza

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Cidade balnear, Agadir é também uma cidade para viver a natureza e não precisa ir muito longe para descobrir sua riqueza.

A cidade foi edificada num dos mais perfeitos tesouros da natureza: a baía de Agadir, declarada uma das mais belas do mundo desde 2002. Para além dos belíssimos recantos para relaxar, a baía forma um fascinante litoral que se torna ainda mais belo ao pôr-do-sol, quando o sol se afunda no oceano.

Em Agadir, a natureza instalou-se no coração da cidade. A medina Cocco Polizzi é um excelente exemplo. Reconstruída após o terramoto de 1960, esta medina, um pouco afastada do centro da cidade, aninha-se numa floresta de eucalipto. O vale das aves é outro exemplo. Este parque primoroso, de entrada gratuita, estende-se por mais de seis hectares e meio.

Transpasse as portas e entre num mundo totalmente diferente com áleas de palmeiras e flores exóticas, lagos e riachos e, naturalmente, aves oriundas de todo o mundo, assim como, macacos, cangurus e lamas, amistosos companheiros durante a visita.

Explore a cidade Agadir e descubra uma natureza repleta de pequenos prazeres campestres.

Uma das mais belas regiões de Marrocos

Agadir é sinonimo de evasão. O vale de Souss e, um pouco mais adiante, os relevos do Anti-Atlas formam maravilhosos panoramas numa região rica onde poderá render-se aos prazeres da descoberta e do turismo de natureza.

Para os amantes de grandes espaços verdes, o Parque Nacional de Souss-Massa, incontornável, acolhe uma fauna excecional: 250 espécies de aves, incluindo o famoso íbis-Eremita, assim como antílopes, javalis e mangustos. Caminhar por estas extensões selvagens é uma experiência inesquecível. Em Tifnit, as casas esculpidas na rocha, antigas habitações trogloditas, hoje abandonadas, vão chamar a sua atenção.

A flora é impressionante; cresce e floresce por toda a região. Árvores frutíferas, como o argão – e seu famoso óleo – e amendoeiras resplandecem no fim do inverno. Também as flores prosperam abundantemente servindo a produção de mel. Existem rotas turísticas dedicadas a estas flores. Descubra a mestria, a tradição gastronómica e o estilo de vida autêntico da região.

A descoberta é uma das especialidades de Agadir e da região. Percorra-a e deixe-se surpreender pela natureza e seus encantos.

A faceta cultural de Agadir

Agadir deve muito da sua fama à sua baía e ao seu inesgotável interior. Mas também é uma cidade de cultura, uma cidade onde tesouros patrimoniais convivem com as mais modernas criações!

Afaste-se um pouco da beira-mar e transpasse as muralhas da medina. Perca-se pelas ruelas de muros decorados com zelliges (azulejos) e descubra a mestria ancestral dos artesões de Agadir. Seguidamente, visite a Kasbah, suspensa num penhasco a 236 metros de altura. O sismo de 1960 não a conseguiu destruiu e há cinco séculos que zela esta cidade moldada por diversas influências.

Na Medina, o museu rende homenagem à cultura Amazigh (Berbere), os artesãos confecionam joias e os músicos tocam melodias inebriantes. A música é parte integrante da vida de Agadir. Ao longo do ano, a cidade acolhe numerosos festivais. Dos mais célebres, o festival de Timitar dedica-se às músicas do mundo. Destaque também para o já famoso Concerto para a Tolerância.

Por último, Agadir possui uma cultura gastronómica rica, com tradições culinárias inspiradas dos produtos da região: delicie-se com as especialidades locais como o tamboril com limão confitado ou o tagine de frango com mel, amêndoas e uvas.

Esta é a bela Agadir: uma cultura variada numa cidade acolhedora e sempre desperta.

Maroc: les expériences les plus réservées cette année sur Airbnb

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D’après le dernier rapport du site Africa Travel Summit, de son premier sommet sur le voyage en Afrique à Cape Town, en Afrique du Sud, Airbnb classe le Maroc dans la liste des destinations préférées du continent.

La plateforme de réservation de logement en ligne affiche le royaume parmi les expériences les plus réservées de l’année 2018, on retrouve notamment une balade à pied de Marrakech ainsi qu’un tour à dos de dromadaires dans la palmeraie pour assister au coucher du soleil tout en apprenant la culture berbère, les deux accompagnées d’une guide touristique qui raconte l’histoire de la ville ocre et la culture de ses habitants.

L’une des expériences les plus réservées cette année en Afrique a également été la découverte de la musique gnawa avec un maâlem à Essaouira, connue par ses soirées musicales et spirituelles (lilas de gnaoua). Les voyageurs de cette ville font un tour avant de rejoindre un maalem dans sa maison accompagné d’un danseur gnawi pour un concert privé.

A paradise of sand and stone

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Thrills galore at the gateway to the desert!

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!

Do you long to get away to grand, mysterious landscapes? Then hire a guide and roam through the palm groves at Draa and Skoura, climb the dunes at Tinfou, Erg Lihoudi or Chegaga and admire the singular beauty of the Fint oasis! In the mood for a swim? Jump into Mansour Eddahbi Lake! Ouarzazate and its neighbors Zagora and Tinghir offer up a host of activities and unforgettable panoramas to enjoy on a Moroccan vacation devoted to the unexpected.

Together, Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghirmake up an important metropolitan area in southern Morocco, on the outskirts of the desert, where the varied landscapes will take your breath away. Seek out the company of an experienced Moroccan guide and get ready to explore a ton of sites whose unheralded beauty will transport you. The variety of panoramas create a true feeling of escape. Venture into palm groves, swim in lakes, wander through the mineral desert at Agdz or the Dades Valley, explore the caverns at Akhiam-Imssakh-Rabb or Oussikis Valley or plunge into the unmissable Iriqui National Park!

As you can see, Ouarzazate has a wide array of landscapes that are representative of Morocco and of this gateway to the desert.

Shopping on the edge of the desert

Shop for an array of typical products, including pottery, daggers and carpets, visit the workshops where they are crafted or even try your hand at making something yourself. These are but some of the activities that await you in Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir and the outlying area. Come discover their authenticity and cultural wealth for yourself

This unexplored region on the fringes of the desert features unspoiled natural wonders and authentic, expert work from skilled craftsmen. These Moroccan cities, just like all the other cities in the area, are home to a rich heritage. They allow you to discover myriad objects and creations that are typical not just of the country but of this region in particular.

Admire the jewelry and carpets made by the expert hands of Amazigh, or Berber, artisans, tour a rose water distillery in KelaaM’gouna or seek out classic pottery in the towns of Zagora and Tamegroute. Why not take the time to learn about producing wrought iron in Tinghir? All these discoveries and more await you in the charming cities of southern Morocco. Be sure to make a stop at the AZLAGT cooperative to learn about making daggers or in Taznakhte to marvel at the carpets!

Atlas and the Desert Errachidia – Midelt – Merzouga

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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.