BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN MOROCCO
The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means “Land of God.” It is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco. The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. In contrast, Gueliz plays host to modern restaurants, fast food chains and big brand stores.
Fez is the medieval capital of Morocco founded by Idris I in 789, and a great city of high Islamic civilization. Fez has the best-preserved old city in the Arab world, the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes el-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. Within the medina transports of goods is provided by donkeys, mules and handcarts. Understand that the city infrastructure is not necessarily prepared for tourism, especially English speakers. Try to use Google translate to get across, but learning basic words won’t hurt, and you will see people appreciating your efforts.
Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m high. Most people are here to take a camel safari into the dunes, and to get a taste of remote (tourism-influenced) Berber life. Winter months (November to February) are cool but sunny, with daily high temperatures only slightly over 10 C, and cold nights. Spring until April is pleasant, with temperatures from 25 C up to 30 C in the afternoons, and with cool nights. Summer months are hot. In winter and spring there is occasional short rain or drizzle (a couple of days per month, on average). Best time to visit Merzouga is February to April.
Essaouira is a perfect example of a late 18th century fortified town, with the original cannons still in place and where Orson Welles shot his Othello, “The Moor of Venice”. More recently Essaouira has appeared in the HBO TV hit “Game of Thrones”, standing in for fictional city Astapor. The beach dominates the Essaouirans’ leisure time. Although the strong wind and currents makes relaxed tanning and swimming a little difficult at times, it is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing. With good winds for most days of the year, Essaouira is a watersports’ paradise. Equipment can be hired from various hire centres on the beach front. However, this is not the ideal place to learn watersports, particularly kitesurfing.
It’s no wonder that tourists flock here — this humble town is the embodiment of almost every Moroccan cliché. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents, and the call to prayer rings out of several mosques around the town in chorus. If you’ve got a few days to relax from the rigors of travel, this is a good place to do it. Spanish is the foreign language mostly spoken by the population, while French is the language of higher education.
Aït-Benhaddou is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has featured in many films. It has appeared in more than 10 movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. The town itself is the main attraction, with mud buildings climbing up the side of the hill. The Granary at the top of the hill is impressive and well worth the effort to get up there, though be careful of any little ‘entrepreneurs’ eager to help you climb to the top level inside the granary. They wait till your back is turned before quickly dissembling their makeshift bridge which you used to climb up and it’s not until you throw down some baksheesh that they’ll let you climb down again. The Mausoleum of Ben-Haddou is at the base of the hill on the opposite side to the town.
DESERT CAMP IN MERZOUGA ERG CHEBBI
Desert camp in Merzouga is located strategically in the middle of the big dunes of the Erg Chebi desert. Merzouga desert camp offers a spectacular nomadic experience and is unique because of the ‘KHaimas’, which are traditional tents made of camel skin used by Nomadic people. The evening gastronomic experience combines the best of Moroccan cuisine with Merzouga desert tradition. A traditional dinner, with drinks per guest is served at the camp.
Merzouga desert camp is situated in the quiet sand dunes of Erg Chebbi,the perfect getaway for honeymooners, individuals and small groups seeking privacy. Our private Merzouga camp offers desert tents with a sense of comfort and prestige.
The Sahara desert camp in Merzouga Erg Chebbi is available every day , very popular activity is camel trekking in desert.