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In The Realm of Arabian Nights Morocco

Mahmoud Gebril April 19, 2016 Published in Morocco
In The Realm of Arabian Nights Morocco

Morocco, this part of the world, is still in the imagination of the world. With its thrilling and enchanting contour of tales of the Arabian Nights, the country has charmed many hearts across the world.

In the inclined authentic heart of the mosques, decorated in incredible tales on the harsh, green slopes and flowering canyons of the Anti-Atlas; in the inhabitants of the desert with the burnouses and camels; in an inimitable turmoil of the bazaar, the reminiscences of the past, the savory scent of the spices; in the patterns of the carpets; in the sound of the snake charmers of flutes; in the colorful Basil of Medina with the flavor of the mint tea; a thousand faces of Morocco are still living as you have always imagined and as you have always longed for it.

From the sand dunes to palm tree gardens and from the glacial peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the beaches of Agadir, it holds all the dreams from the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights even today. There are the oases in the Sahara, the colorful buildings of Marrakech, the forts of the Foreign Legion, and the ancient Fez. Let’s go on a Morocco luxury tour!

The Dreamy City of Marrakech

Marrakesh is very multi lingual—from business people to shopkeepers—most will be able to figure out where you from before you even say a single word.
Main square of Marrakesh in old Medina. Morocco.

Marrakech, known as the beautiful “Red Pearl” and as one of the most distinctive former royal capitals, will leave you with long treasured memories. You can pass hours wandering through the sparkling souks, complimenting the old gates and colossal walls, praising the magnificent Saadian Tombs, the unique remnants of the El Badi Palace and enjoying the 12th-century minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque.

However, in the evening, make sure to come by at Jemaa el Fna (Square of the Beheaded), the biggest plaza in Africa, as it fills up with mouth-watering food stalls. Treat yourself to the mysterious music of the snake charmer’s flute, listen to Arabic storytellers, and be amazed by magicians and Chleuh dancers.

Fez, The Spirit of Morocco

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and the country’s main port
Casablanca, Morocco

Fez, once Morocco’s capital, is another dazzling grand city situated in a valley in the middle Atlas Mountains. Founded in the 9th century and home to the oldest university in the world, this city is considered as the cultural and spiritual center of Morocco and is awash with bustling markets.

Wend your way during your Morocco custom tours in its lovely maze of narrow medieval lanes, enjoy its huge Medina, and see the gorgeous city gates, the prehistoric University of Al-Karaouine as well as the Bou Inania Madrasa. Do not miss to stop over at the traditional leather tanning factory.

The Golden Sahara

Measuring around 9 million square kilometers and located in the north of Africa, the world’s biggest dry desert on earth, the Sahara is as large as the entire United States of America. The realm of the Sahara features great plateaus of golden sandstone, volcanic sediment, and 5 mountain ranges that rise to 3,000 meters above sea level. A dynamic and lucrative trans-Sahara business expanded across the desert regardless of the harsh environment.   

So, hop on a camel back for a trip through the Sahara sandbank at Erg Chebbi, near the gorgeous Merzouga. Spend the night in the desert, under the incredibly starred sky. Get lost in the curves and the glitters of belly dancers. Although the Sahara is reachable through the town of Zagora, it’s easier to get to from Marrakech. However, it does not offer the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi.

The less easy, therefore less crowded routes are the ridge of Erg Chigaga near M’hamid. Do stop by to witness the astonishing Todra gorge near Tinghir on your way to the desert. Another must-see sight is the primeval equipped city of Aït-Benhaddou. Although rainstorms vandalized the mud-brick Kasbahs, this mostly deserted village remnant makes an impressive sight and has been used as a location for movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

So prepare yourself to live the Arabian Nights, and welcome to Morocco! Happy Traveling!

Riads are designed with a central courtyard surrounded by rooms with windows facing inwards. When visiting Morocco, a stay in one of its famous Riads is not to be missed. Most of the riads will have a terrace, a beautiful place to watch the sunset, and enjoy Moroccan tea and desserts.
Moroccan House, Riad