Hiking in Morocco, Morocco’s Best Kept Secret Treks

Ait Ashok, Ourika Valley Morocco

Ait Ashok, Ourika Valley Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of Morocco’s Best Kept Secret Valleys and Seacoast Regions for Hiking are location in the provinces of Essaouira, Azilal, Al Haouz, Ifrane, Ourika and Chefchaouen. With its diversity of geography and landscapes, Morocco offers plenty of opportunities to hike and trek. And even less experienced walkers need not miss out on the stunning coastal views, mountain panoramas and picturesque river valleys – there are many shorter or less challenging walks as well as the opportunity to trek on mule, camel or horseback. Here are five of Morocco’s best-kept scenic hiking destinations.

Cap-Sim, Essaouira (Photograph by Lynn Sheppard)

Cap-Sim, Essaouira (Photograph by Lynn Sheppard)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essaouira Province

A longer stay in Essaouira offers the chance to get out of the medina and explore the surrounding countryside. The Cap Sim promontory, south of Essaouira and between the medina and the small seaside town of Sidi Kaouki, is reachable along the broad sandy beach when the tide is out. Given the prevailing trade winds from north to south, it is advisable to start in Essaouira and either organize a ride back from Cap Sim or the nearby village of Sidi Ouassane (beyond the lighthouse and home to a large wind farm) or continue to Sidi Kaouki (around 20km/12 miles along the beach from Essaouira) and pick up transport there, rather than turn back into the wind. Cap Sim can also be reached overland from the village of Ghazoua (8km/5 miles south of Essaouira). Walkers will be rewarded with views of deserted beaches, rock pools and caves and the occasional herd of goats grazing on the vegetation which clings to the windswept dunes and cliffs. The panorama is particularly attractive at sunset.

Ait-Bougemez, Happy-Valley

Ait-Bougemez, Happy-Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azilal Province

Beyond the city of Azilal, the Provincial capital, a road – only paved since 2001 – climbs up to Morocco’s so-called “Happy Valley” at Ait Bougemez. Remote and apparently untouched by many aspects of modern life, it is like a Moroccan Shangri-La. The Ait Bougemez Valley itself is a plateau in the High Atlas Mountains offering plenty of walks alongside babbling brooks where women wash their clothes, beside verdant green fields and under ancient walnut trees on the outskirts of small villages. Two cone-shaped peaks rise from the valley floor, one of which is home to the communal granary (agadir) of Sidi Moussa. It is a short, steep hike up to the granary, where a caretaker will happily show visitors around a small museum inside and up to the roof for the stunning views. For the more energetic, Ait Bougemez benefits from its proximity to M’Goun (Morocco’s 2nd highest peak after Mount Toubkal at 4,071m/13,350 ft) and its surrounding massif.

Al Haouz Province

Accessible on a day trip from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley is a very popular destination among Moroccans and tourists alike. Typically, day trippers visit the town of Setti Fatma in the valley to eat in a riverside restaurant and hike up to the seven waterfalls, which are easily reached with sturdy shoes via a combination of steps and scrambling over rocks. However, in the peak season this small town becomes overwhelmed with visitors. For those wishing to get off the beaten track and experience a more peaceful hike, Ait Ashok is a recommended destination. Hikers in the Ait Ashok area walk among fruit tree orchards fed by bountiful water flowing off the High Atlas Mountains and between small farming villages. In Spring, when the wind scatters the fruit blossom like snow, a trek is particularly pleasant. Later in the year, hikers can see the harvests of walnuts, almonds, apples and other fruits.

Ifrane Province

The area around Ifrane, in the Middle Atlas Mountain range, is known as the Switzerland of Morocco, due to its altitude which results in snow and skiing in winter. The protected area of the Ifrane National Park covers an area of 500 km² (193 sq. mi) and although the last Atlas Lions are long gone, it is one of the last remaining habitats of the Barbary Macaque monkey. Hikers in this region walk among huge forests of Atlas Cedar, where the birdlife is unparalleled. Ornithologists can expect to see birds of prey such as the red kits and common kestrel and the lakes in the park also support several duck species.

Talassemtane National Park

Talassemtane National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chefchaouen Province

In the North of Morocco, in the foothills of the Rif Mountains and near the Mediterranean Coast, the area around the famous blue city of Chefchaouen is protected under the auspices of the Talassemtane National Park. The park covers some 145,000 hectares (358,000 acres). Hikers can either organize day hikes from Chefchaouen or undertake longer trekking excursions, staying within the park itself in a number of guest houses or in tents. The local environment is home to Rif Monkeys as well as countless native bird varieties and plant species, many of which are endangered. A popular destination for a day hike is the Akchour Falls and/or the Bridge of God. As long as the river is not in flood, various paths take walkers along the river banks and over a couple of hills. Routes can be selected according to fitness level and desired length of hike and in the peak season there are cafes on route where the weary can rest and enjoy a riverside tajine. The easiest hike is to God’s Bridge, a steep gorge at the base of which the river flows and which is spanned by a wooden bridge.

No matter your fitness level, Morocco’s diverse countryside of coasts, mountains and valleys is easily accessible and enjoyable. Hikes and walks of varying durations and challenge level can be arranged in many regions. It really is worth getting out of the cities to enjoy Morocco’s beautiful nature, stunning vistas and perhaps the hospitality of a rural Berber family along your route.

Written by Lynn Sheppard 

Lynn Sheppard has lived in Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast for more than 2 years, supporting local non-profits, writing and becoming an expert on all things Swiri (ie. Essaouiran). She blogs at Maroc-phile.com and for other travel industry clients.

For more information about Hiking in Morocco within the Essaouira Region

For more information about Hiking in Morocco within the Chefchaouen Region

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Morocco Luxury Tours to Africa

Royal Mansour, Marrakech,  Luxury Morocco Tour with Travel Exploration

Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Luxury Morocco Tour with Travel Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore Africa on a Morocco luxury tour. Morocco luxury tours are custom-designed to deliver authentic, unique travel experiences. On a Morocco luxury tour you will immerse yourself in the history, people and culture of contemporary Morocco. Hand curated by our experts the customized tours that  Travel Exploration offers are for the inquisitive traveler.

Our private cultural tours and outdoor adventure tours are one of a kind and the perfect choices for couples, families and small groups. Travel Exploration’s Morocco luxury tours have earned a reputation of excellence from travelers around the world and also from Trip Advisor.

On a luxury tour to Morocco Travelers will discover Andalusian and Moorish architecture, glorious houses of worship, magnificent marketplaces, mystical Kasbahs and Berber villages. What sets our customized private tours apart are the hand curated choies we offer we offer which are inclusive of English-Multilingual speaking drivers who work for our company full time, local expert historical guides who are the top in their field and from each city and region you will visit on a Morocco Luxury Tour along with the best choices of riads and boutique hotels that are tailored to your taste as a travelers.

Luxury Desert Camp Morocco Luxury Tour

Luxury Desert Camp Morocco Luxury Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine trekking across the Sahara Desert in a private camel caravan at sunset followed by an Arabian Nights dinner in Luxury Desert Camp in the heart of the Merzouga’s Erg Chebbi Dunes. Morocco has been at the crossroads of world cultures for centuries and makes for the perfect luxury travel destination.

Morocco’s delicate balance of ancient traditions and contemporary culture blend together to offer a 21st Century travel experience. Travel Exploration has insider access that offers unique, private encounters to those who choose to travel with us on a Morocco luxury tour.

Things Your Will Experience on a Customized Morocco Luxury Tour:

Private picnic Sip tea in the Valley of Nomads with Cave dwellers

Dine on Couscous with the Berbers in the Saghro Mountains

Participate in a private, Cooking Class with a Dada Chef

Visit exclusive, Riad and Villa gardens, all led by the best historical guides who are Moroccan and an experts in their field.

Stays at Boutique Riads and Hotels

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Storytelling in Morocco, Preserving the Art of Hikayat

Storytellers of Morocco, Photograph by Soufiane Bouhali

Storytellers of Morocco, Photograph by Soufiane Bouhali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storytelling is experiencing a revival in many Western countries right now, but the tradition of oral storytelling, or hikayat, in Morocco is almost 1,000 years old. Morocco has a strongly oral culture – everything from recipes to stories to legal agreements have been passed down from generation to generation in the absence of the means to record such information and against the backdrop of widespread illiteracy. In the past, storytellers travelled around to perform in public places and at community events and palace celebrations. They were not only a form of entertainment – they were also used by the authorities to pass information and moral messages. In today’s era of satellite TV and the internet, storytelling is a dying art. Although visitors to Marrakech may find the odd storyteller on Place Jmaa el Fna, the crowd around them is smaller than ever and because the stories are told in Arabic or a Berber dialect, the performers cannot attract the support of foreign tourists.

 

Storytellers of Morocco

Storytellers of Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, Cafe Clock in the Kasbah district of Marrakech is the perhaps unlikely bastion of this oral tradition. Both the cross-cultural cafe, with modern graffiti on the walls and the best camel burger in town on the menu, and the storytelling program based there, were developed by Mike Richardson, the cafe’s British owner. Since December 2013, even before the second branch of Cafe Clock officially opened its doors in Marrakech that March (the first is in Fez), a group of young, enthusiastic Moroccans had gravitated around master storyteller, ‘Haj’ Ahmed Ezzarghani. Since then, they have been working hard to preserve the storytelling tradition and bring the old stories and fables to a wider audience. Haj collected stories during his work as a travelling salesman and performed them in the turbulent 1950s outside Bab Boujloud in Fez.

Haj meets with his young apprentices three times per week at Cafe Clock. At the first meeting, Haj recounts a story, which the apprentices translate into English and practice. The next time they meet, they perform the story in English and Arabic for the group. Haj doesn’t understand much English, so the young storytellers help each other out and he critiques the theatricality of their performance. On the third meeting, they perform the story for the Cafe Clock audience.

Storytellers of Morocco Jawad ElBied

Storytellers of Morocco Jawad ElBied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a core of four apprentice storytellers, who are all students of English in Marrakech. Jawad Elbied, 24, is just finishing his English degree with a dissertation in Moroccan Storytelling. He says: “Storytelling has a special value in Moroccan society, but young kids today don’t know the stories – they are only interested in the internet and YouTube. Haj reminds me of my grandfather and his generation. He reminds us of our origins.” It is clear that storytelling has benefitted Jawad and his fellow apprentices. He speaks confidently and eloquently in English and twice a week he does so before a large crowd at Cafe Clock. Furthermore, through the Hikayat Program, which is in the process of becoming a non-profit association in Morocco, he has had the opportunity to travel around Morocco and even to Iran to share the stories and teach them to others. The storytellers have also appeared on the UK’s Channel 4 and on Al Jazeera.

“The value of stories is that they enable the audience to create their own film; to imagine the characters and the action in their own way,” Jawad explains. “We need to reach out to new audiences by being creative and offering attractive stories.” Through the association, the storytellers hope to use modern technology to diffuse the stories and record them for future generations.

If you would like to hear the stories, they are performed on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm Cafe Clock Marrakech. As well hearing the apprentices in English, visitors also have the opportunity to see Haj in action. Even for those who don’t understand Arabic, his performance is a piece of theatre, a relic of a bygone era brought to life and definitely worth seeing! The Storytelling Program has also been extended to Cafe Clock in Fez, where a group of apprentices works with a local master storyteller. The Hikayat Morocco group is also available for performances and workshops and can be contacted via Cafe Clock or via their own website Hikayat Morocco.

Recommended Reading: The Last Storytellers, Richard Hamilton

For more information about Storytelling at Café Clock

Written by Lynn Sheppard 

Lynn Sheppard has lived in Essaouira, on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast for more than 2 years, supporting local non-profits, writing and becoming an expert on all things Swiri (ie. Essaouiran). She blogs at Maroc-phile.com and for other travel industry clients.

For more information about Storytelling in Morocco or the Art of Hikayat on a Marrakech Tour 

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The Best Boutique Hotels and Riads in Morocco

Moroccan Boutique Hotels & Riads

Moroccan Boutique Hotels & Riads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no better place to take it all during a Boutique, Private Tour to Morocco then to stay at the Best Boutique hotels and boutique riads. Morocco offers a wide range of accommodations year round including restored medina houses, world class hotels, charming guests houses, luxury desert camps, mountain kasbahs and beach resorts. The ideal choice is to spend it in a Boutique riad given Morocco is the only destination in the world that offers this style of accommodations.

Riads known for their elaborate courtyard gardens and intimate spaces are typically filled with lush, leafy green flora and fauna often centered around one or more courtyards open to the sky. Trickling fountains made of stone or marble filled with rose petals are the standard centerpieces in Moroccan Riads alongside seating where Morocco travelers can dine for an afternoon or evening meal.

Boutique Riad Garden-Courtyard, Travel Exploration

Boutique Riad Garden-Courtyard, Travel Exploration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Moroccan Boutique hotel or Boutique Riad experience should be part of every Morocco travelers’ vacation plan. Riads serve as the perfect escape to read a book, enjoy a typical Moroccan meal, a sunset cocktail or simply decompress and take in the sights and sounds of an exotic setting when traveling to Morocco.

The word riad or “ryad” originates from an Arabia term for garden. Boutique Riads being inward focused offer privacy from outsiders and support the ancient Islamic though of offering privacy for women. Boutique Hotels and Boutique Riads in Morocco enable travelers to step back in time and experience the ancient tradition of staying in a restored home that is prized for its traditional Moroccan or Andalusian architecture, magnificent interiors and local Moroccan cuisine. When planning a Boutique Tour to Morocco be sure to consider stays at some of Morocco’s Best Hotels and Riads.

Luxury World Class Hotel

Luxury World Class Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A List of The Best Boutique Hotels & Riads in Morocco by City & Region:

Boutique Hotels in Casablanca – Designer Villa Hotels, Art Deco Hotels, Hotels with a Coastal View & Luxury Properties.

Le Doge Hotel & Spa is a vintage stylized villa property that was built in the 1930’s by an Italian contractor. Legend tells it was a gift for his wife. Located in the heart of Casablanca an Art Deco neighborhood, this Relais & Chateaux Casablanca boutique hotel offers an elegant atmosphere filled with great charm. This jewel of a hotel has Art Deco architecture and splendid a breakfast bar.
Four Seasons Hotel, Casablanca

Four Seasons Hotel, Casablanca

The Four Seasons Casablanca is cool and avant-garde on the beachfront of Morocco’s largest city. The Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca enjoys a prestigious resort-style setting, just a short distance from the business district and the historic city center. The new hotel is part of Anfa Place community, a luxury mixed use development overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and located near the upscale Corniche District. The 183 guest rooms and suites share a range of dining and recreation amenities in a style that mixes French and Arabic traditions. The Four Seasons Hotel also has impressive westward views of the Atlantic Ocean and the exquisite sunset. The interior design developed by GA Design International is fresh, modern and layered with elements from the local culture.
Sofitel Tour Blanche is the ideal place to stay for those who are interested in location and a luxury / comfort experience. The Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche luxury hotel is located opposite the Hassan II Mosque and close to the medina. It’s upgraded rooms have spectacular views of the Mosque and Medina. The hotel was designed by Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet.
Best Boutique Riads, Rabat

Best Boutique Riads, Rabat

 

 

 

 

 

Boutique Hotels & Riads Rabat – A selection of charming, well appointed boutique riad and garden properties that offer excellent service and cuisine.

Villa Mandarine is a boutique garden hotel nestled in the heart of an orange grove on three hectares of land, Villa Mandarine perfectly marries comfort and hospitality. The property and garden filled with bouganvilla, succulents and other plantation offers a peaceful hideaway that is close proximity of Rabat’s city center. Amenities on this property include a large swimming pool, several fireplaces, a billard room, and shaded terraces to relax while surrounded by daturas and jasmine.

Riad Kalaa is a boutique riad dating from the Almoravide dynasty that was built by the Ermir Ben Tachfine on the banks for the Bouregreg river. This well appointed charming Riad in Rabat’s old medina is just steps away from the ocean. Combining Suites and Classic rooms Riad Kalaa offers a range of accommodations that are for all season. Some rooms have and open fire and others small salons. Each is specially designed with small nooks and crannies, terraces, aloves ensuring an intimate stay.

Boutique Hotels & Riad Chefchaouen –  A selection of charming accommodations nestled in this blue washed Rif city.

Ryad Lina is an upmarket and elegant riad centrally located in the blue washed city of Chefchaouen. It’s roof top terrace has magnificent views and the on site spa center features and indoor private pool, hammam and Jacuzzi hot tub. With views of the Rif Mountains and the medina Ryad Lina is a hotel of suites that are elegantly decorated with Moroccan modern touch.

Casa Perleta is a traditional Chaouen guesthouse tucked in a small corner not far from the Bab Souk entrance of the Medina. While the rooms are small they are comfortable and decorated with local textiles, paintings and furniture. There is a small roof top terrace that makes for a great place for reading a book.

Boutique Riad Fes

Boutique Riad Fes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boutique Hotels & Riads in Fes – A selection of boutique riads with charm and elegance located in the heart of Fes. All offer magnificent architecture, standout cuisin and service.

Riad Fes is a Relais & Chateaux Property and the premiere luxury boutique hotel with class and authenticity in Fes. This charming, now sprawling Riad has been restored with impeccability and combines traditional Spanish Moorish architecture with Modern touches. The decor has been designed with inspiration of a serene atmosphere reminiscent of Arabian Nights. A stay at Riad Fes will allow you to travel back in time and enjoy the splendor of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. The garden offers moments of freshness under the shade of orange, lemon and bay trees.

Framed by lush olive groves and the ancient ruins of the medina walls, Dar Roumana invites you to experience the richness and comfort of a traditional Fassi guesthouse. Relax with a book and a glass of Moroccan mint tea on the spacious sun-drenched roof terrace with a spectacular view of the entire medina and Atlas Mountains.  After dinner prepared by their Cordon Bleu chef, retire to the library for a fire-side game of chess or choose a movie from our video and DVD collection.  Each of Dar Roumana’s suites contains the work of local artisans: original mosaic tile floors, intricate carved plaster, rich cedar ceilings and doors, and hand-crafted furnishings. Dar Roumana is a home away from home with its cozy atmosphere, sumptuous decor, and splendid zellij tile work.

 

Riad Myra was built at the beginning of the last century and has been restored to its original greatness. Owned by the Chabb family, this boutique, luxury riad is located in the vibrant heart of the Fes medina in the Batha Region. Riad Myra’s rooms have been designed to reflect historic elegance, with discreet modern features and amenities. A central courtyard with ornate archways, intricate stucco work, colorful mosaics and towering cedar wood doors is surrounded by the guest rooms, all sumptuously decorated with colorful drapes and brocades with a combination of Moroccan and English antique furniture. Each of their the suites contains the work of local artisans: original mosaic tile floors, intricate carved plaster, rich cedar ceilings and doors, and hand-crafted furnishings.

Karawan Riad is a luxury, boutique hotel of seven, chic suites that are set within a glorious 17th century home. Harmony is key at this magnificent courtyard property where the combination of texture, motif and artifacts create unique hand curated interiors. All seven suites have king sized beds, exquisite bed linens and writing desks. Trickling fountains are surrounded by flora and fauna for cozy dinners that of local Fes cuisine offered up by Chef Outhmane’s and Chef Mahmoud.

Boutique Riad, Marrakech

Boutique Riad, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boutique Hotels & Riads in Marrakech – A selection of Charming Riad, Hip Hideaways and Lavish, Luxury properties.

Riad Kniza is one of Marrakech’s most prized Riads in Marrakech, Riad Kniza offers a captivating experience for travelers. Owned by a family of Moroccans for over 2 centuries this restored Riad boasts traditional décor with elegant Moroccan fabrics, Moorish architecture, open courtyards, a library, drawing room, a dipping pool and magnificently arranged rooftop terrace. From a warm welcome of mint tea and Moroccan pastries to rose petals and fresh flowers poignantly placed, Riad Kniza makes a traveler feel at home. Well attended by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Garry Kasparov, this u pretentious luxury Riad is the place to stay.

 

La Maison Arabe is one of Marrakech’s first, original Riads. La Maison Arabe has endured the test of time. This traditional boutique riad is ideally situated in the Marrakech medina. It offers a combination of stylish and intimate luxury with hotel amenities. La Maison Arabe has old world architecture and a romantic interior making it one of Morocco’s most sought out places to stay. Each room is uniquely decorated with antiques and ancient artwork, Moroccan carpets and a combination of local and imported fabrics. There is an elegant Piano Bar on site that sets the tone for a late afternoon or early evening aperitif.

La Sultana Marrakech is an authentic Signature boutique hotel a real timeless palace and a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Designed for lovers of hotels where every piece of architecture is unique, La Sultana is the crown jewel of Marrakech. The restaurant of La Sultana offers a traditional Moroccan cuisine to reflect the flavors of the season. Dinner is served either in the cosy atmosphere of the patio in the winter or on the rooftop overlooking the snow capped mountains of the Atlas in the summer.

Riad Nashira & Spa brings a new dimension to hospitality in Marrakech, a concept that goes beyond other experiences. Riad Nashira & Spa inaugurates a new blend of style and values creating new sensations of a traditional riad with Modern, Morocco touch by Italian architects and designers.

Boutique Riad, High Atlas

Boutique Riad, High Atlas

Boutique Hotels & Riads High Atlas – Unique Guest houses, a Tree House Hideaway and stylized luxury properties with views of the Atlas Mountains.

Douar Samra is a one of a kind guesthouse in the heart of the High Atlas Berber Village Tamatert. The Swiss owner, Jacqueline, is an artist and designer who has hand curated and decorated this charming boutique hideaway. Built of low-slung mud small houses made of earth and wood beamed ceilings this is a one-of-a-kind place to stay in the High Atlas. The fabulous cuisine at Douar Samra from the kitchen of Berber Chef Rachida all comes from their local organic garden. Douar Samra is a place not to be missed.

Kasbah Bab Ourika stands on an exceptionally beautiful with 360-degree panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. Just 35 minutes from Marrakech it offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets and individually decorated rooms and terraces with traditional Berber décor. The restaurant at Bab Ourika serves up organic food using Berber recipes and fresh produce from its onsite organic gardens. On its hilltop, at the apex of the Ourika valley, Bab Ourika looks down to a river of green fields and olive groves, orange and lemon trees. The Kasbah is one of the leading eco-friendly properties in Morocco and was constructed by pise (red earth) and traditional Berber building techniques. Away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech this serves as the perfect place to stay for travelers looking for a calm end to their Morocco Tour.

Boutique Hotels & Desert Camps Merzouga – Luxury Desert Camp with Arabian Nights Decor in the heart of the Erg Chebbi Dunes.

Travel Exploration’s Private, Luxury Sahara Desert Camp is situated southeast of the village of Merzouga. Located just one-hour drive from the city of Erfoud, Travel Exploration’s Luxury Desert camp is in the heart of the impressive Saharan sand dunes, away from the areas visited by tourists. The luxury tented camp consists of large bedroom tents and a big restaurant tent. The bedroom tents offer hotel room comfort and can comfortably accommodate a king size bed, a spacious double bed, or three wide single beds. En suite facilities include hot shower, WC, and sink. The restaurant tent has five tables, and offers traditional meals prepared by our chef, and served by candlelight.

Boutique Hotels & Riads Essaouira – Colonial Riads, Hotels and Coastal Hideaways in this Portguese seaside town.

L’Heure Bleue Palais is built into the medina walls of the coastal town of Essaouira, L’Heure Bleue Palais is a luxury boutique hotel and an oasis of calm in laid-back Essaouira. It is the old hang-out of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Dripping with heavy carvings, fabrics, lamps and wooden-shuttered windows, rooms are cavernous, and luxurious.

Dar Caravane is owned byDidier Spindler, a local Essaouira artist. Spindler recently reopened Les Mimosas, now called Dar Caravane and named after his restaurant in the Essaouira medina. Dar Caravane is a boutique garden property located just 10 minutes drive from Essaouira on the road to Agadir. Restored with its original colors, refurbished souiri furniture and his own colorful paintings, Spindler offers guests a charmed stay at this garden hotel with terraces. Dar Caravane has a view of the sea, and serves up poolside lunches, art exhibitions and evening entertainment.Dar Caravane has a total of 5 luxury suites and is divided into three Villas. Villa Bleue, Villa Rouge and a cottage, together make up the well-decorated suites called Bagatelle, Majorelle, Les Saintes, Marie Galante and Désirade. For family stays, Dar Caravane can also be rented out in its entirety.

Ryad de Vignes & Les Domaines du Val d’Argan. is one a lush boutique garden hotel in the region of Essaouira set amidst a vineyard. Guests are privy to its enormous estate given Ryad de Vignes is well appointed in the heart of the Les Domaines du Val d’Argan vineyard. Les Domaines du Val d’Argan is the only winery in the region and was founded by a Frenchman over 17 years ago. Val d’Argan serves the region of Essaouira and Marrakech along with other Moroccan cities with their varied white and red wines made from its 35 hectare vineyard which produces over 100,000 bottles a year. With stunning views of the countryside, the Ryad de Vignes, boutique hotel has a flowered garden and 5 spacious rooms set around a large swimming pool.

Best Riads, Skoura

Best Riads, Skoura

Boutique Hotels & Riads Skoura – A selection of French  Guest Houses with magfnicient gardens, cuisine and decor in the heart of the Skoura palmeraie.

Les Jardins Des Skoura is unassuming converted farmhouse nestled in the Skoura palmeraie, not far from the High Atlas Mountains. Blissfully off the beaten track, Les Jardins Des Skoura is an oasis of stylish accommodation. It is set in huge gardens crammed with sunflowers, vines, and apricot, olive, and pomegranate trees – a taste of the real Morocco!

 

L’Ma Lodge is a boutique, chic boutique hotel in the heart of the Skoura palmeraie owned by Vanessa and Xavier. It is named after from the Arabic word for water. It is a true Oasis in this verdant, green region and a L’Ma Lodge is a hidden jewel perfect for honeymooners and those searching for an intimate stay in Skoura. Created from a traditionally built adobe house, complete with kasbahs, the main lodge is surrounded by an outdoor garden and glorious palms along with fruit trees and flowering plants. Meals combine Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.

Kasbah Ait Ben Diamette is an idyllic, Moroccan guest traditional house situated in the Skoura palmeraie at the foot of the High Atlas. Just 25 minutes from Ouarzazate, Skoura is perfect for travelers who want to be centrally located while visiting Southern Morocco yet not in the midst of a city. Built in 1950 and fully restored in 2010 by a French couple and local artisans Ait Ben Damiette makes for the perfect place to stay regardless of season. Decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, all rooms feature a view of the patio, pool or garden and a mosquito net, while some boast lounging areas. The owner and chef, Colette, offers up some of the best cuisine in the region that is not to be missed.

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Morocco Weather, Best Time for a Private Tour

 

Morocco Weather, Best Time to Visit

Morocco Weather, Best Time to Visit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morocco is well situated on the far northwestern corner of Africa and has an expansive shoreline that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Straight of Gibraltar. Morocco’s weather is temperate year round. The Best Time to visit Morocco on a Private Tour is spring and fall. With its dramatic landscapes such as the High Atlas and Sahara Desert Morocco is ideal for couples, families and small group travel. Morocco’s weather makes the country a perfect destination for a variety of activities ranging from camel trekking to hiking, biking, horseback riding and sunbathing. “Morocco’s weather” also enables travelers to enjoy site seeing year round at architectural sites, monuments, gardens and mosques.

Seasons and weather in Morocco take on a whole new meaning as the country is divided into two climatic zones by the High Atlas Mountains. To the north of the High Atlas, the western winds from the Atlantic contribute to the cooler temperatures of the north. South of the High Atlas, the weather is influenced in this region by the Sahara Desert.

For those not comfortable traveling in very hot weather, it is advisable to avoid visiting Morocco during July through August because these are the hottest times of the year. Also, certain cities such as Marrakech may continue to be hot until the last weeks of September. When considering a Private Morocco Tour during July and August, it’s a wonderful time to head for the coast, while in the mountains there are no set rules.

When preparing to visit Morocco, keep in mind that the country is separated into five regions: the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, and the Sahara desert.

The poetically red Rif Mountains, which are surrounded by plateaus, valleys, and costal plains, parallel the Mediterranean coast. Northern cities by such as Cueta, Tangier, Tetouan, Melilla, and Cala Iris enjoy Mediterranean conditions. The coastal cities by the Mediterranean are generally mild and pleasant all year long; even wintertime is enjoyable at temperatures staying at 50 degrees. Autumn and spring time in Morocco’s weather can be a little frustrating with rain spells falling for days at a time. Summer weather in Morocco is usually picture perfect with temperatures averaging 77 degrees.

If your Morocco Private Tour itinerary moves you down the coast of the Atlantic, passing cities such as Moulay Bousselham, Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira, expect to enjoy cool wet winters, and dry and moderately hot summers.

Beyond central Morocco lie the High Atlas Mountains, running diagonally across Morocco from the Agadir’s Atlantic beaches to northern Algeria. Southern Morocco is divided into three areas: the Souss Valley, the Anti-Atlas, and the Western Sahara desert. Winters are popular times to visit any of the three regions, especially the desert, as the south is semi-tropical with a hot and humid climate; temperatures rise more than 100 degrees.

Ultimately, Morocco’s weather is like few others. In one day, it is possible to have a snowstorm in the mountains, warm weather by the Mediterranean coast, and a day of unbearable heat in the Sahara followed by sub-zero night temperatures.

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Tasting Marrakech, An Urban Food Tour

Tasting Marrakech Djema-Fna Square

Tasting Marrakech Djema-Fna Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the famous Djemaa el Fna at sunset on this authentic Food Tour, Tasting Marrakech. Get ready for an evening of Tasting Marrakech in the Djemaa El Fna Square lead by a licensed guide and special host who will take you on an authentic culinary journey of local Moroccan cuisine. Experience a five-course dinner tasting local street food.

Your tour will start with an evening welcome drink as the sunsets over the Koutoubia Mosque. As smoke rises from the grills below and the call to prayer sounds out throughout the medina the fun has just begun. Tasting Marrakech offers you the opportunity to sample dishes you may not have the opportunity to try before such as a local Marrakchi specialty meat dish, a soup accompanied by a sweet treat, and more! Between courses and after dinner you will take in this world-famous square and its lively entertainment that crosses your path from Gnaoua musicians, to snake charmers, fortune tellers, acrobats, Hadous drummers and the like.

Guests will have the option to shop the Souks of Morocco for spices, olives and harisa while wandering through the olive market, and perhaps even sampling a few varieties. End the night at a popular brasserie overlooking the Djemaa El Fna Square.

Tasting Marrakech Food Tour

Tasting Marrakech Food Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasting Marrakech – An Urban Food Adventure

You might try head of sheep or snail soup, along with boiled eggs and stuffed breads, simmering hot mint tea or a local sweet. Rest assured Tasting Marrakech will be a memorable dinner in the Djemaa and leave you speaking about your experience for years to come. This Food Tour is for “foodies” and can be tailored to vegetarians and also those with celiac.

Marrakech Food Tour Highlights:

Taste a tanjia, a slow-cooked beef/lamb dish

Dine with the locals at the most popular food stall in the market

Try a bowl of harira soup with a sweet chebakya

Five-course tasting menu, and welcome tea

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Royal Air Maroc Launches 787 Dreamliner Flights to Morocco

Royal air Maroc Dreamliner

Royal air Maroc Dreamliner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In December 2014, Boeing and Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s national carrier, announced the 787 Dreamliner, a new addition to the airlines’ fleet of travel offerings for flights to Morocco.  Royal Air Maroc is the first airline to operate the 787 Dreamliner in the Mediterranean region making Morocco as a destination more attractive to travelers. The 787 Dreamliner will enable Royal Air Maroc to expand it’s network of long flights while reducing costs. Royal Air Maroc’s new 787 will also enable passengers to have a luxury Morocco travel and flight experience in comparison to those offered by its prior fleet of 737 planes.

The Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787 Dreamliner has 274 seats in a two-class cabin. There are 18 Business Class and 256 Economy Class seats. Royal Air Maroc operates a domestic network throughout Morocco and serves more than 50 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Royal Air Maroc referred to as RAM is Morocco’s national, private carrier and the country’s largest airline. RAM operates from Casablanca Mohammed V Airport and offers connecting flights to a host of regional hubs. For those traveling to Morocco on a Private tour, a round trip flight to Casablanca via the 787 Dreamliner is the ideal travel choice. Domestic flights are available within Morocco to compliment a Moroccan Travel journey. Some of those flights offered by Royal Air Maroc that are roundtrip or one-way which can be easily incorporated into a private tour are: Casablanca to Marrakech, Casablanca to Fes and Fez to Zagora.

The launch of the 787 Dreamliner offers travelers from the USA comfortable air travel. RAM now serves the American cities of New York, Austin, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Orlando, Florida, Los Angeles, Florida, San Francisco, Floriday and Tampa, Florida.

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