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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Making the Most of Morocco

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Making the Most of Morocco

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Making the Most of Morocco

Morocco is one of those destinations that is surprisingly easy to get to, but offers ample culture shock and adventure. From the beautiful Atlas Mountains to the fairy-tale like icy-blue streets of Chef-chaouen, there’s something for everyone. There a few things you can do while in Morocco to ensure you get a real cultural experience and here are our suggestions:Image Credit: Andrew Mc-Gregor Visit a Berber family in the Atlas Mountains This is a wonderful insight into what local life is like for many of the locals living in rural Morocco. Life is simple, with a strong emphasis on family. Many Berber women in Morocco now work making argan-oil, something that has risen recently in popularity due to it’s benefits on the body. When I visited Morocco I was lucky enough to go with a local who took me to see a friend of his who was a local Berber, we sat and drank tea while he translated for us. The Atlas mountains themselves are strikingly beautiful at all times of the year. It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the medians of Morocco. Get Lost in the Maze of a Medina. The squares in many of the cities, such as Fez and Marrakesh are nothing short of mesmerizing. You can find bottles of argan-oil and local spices, handmade leather bags and items, fruit and veges and of course the stunning lamps. As you get further into the centre, it can be harder and harder to find your bearings. At some point you’ll probably be invited into a rug store to look at the locally produced rugs – don’t feel obligated to buy, often the hosts are happy enough to share tea and talk to you about where you’re from.Image Credit:Bernard-G Fall in love with Chef-chaouen. This is one of those places that just needs to be seen to be believed. The pale blue walls are somewhat like an ice-cave, but also have a tint of Disney magic. It’s wonderful walking the winding streets that are painted in pastel shades of blue. This town has a laid-back vibe, is comfortable enough to visit as a tourist yet is charming enough to make you feel like you’re a million miles from home.Indulge in Peppermint Tea. This a real art in Morocco, right from the brewing to the unique way in which it’s poured. To properly pour the tea you should, while pouring, raise the spout of the teapot up very very high, in order to ensure there is a light bubbling on top of the tea. This is the proper way to pour it, and at first looks pretty eccentric but it’s all part of the fun. It’s also delicious.Have you ever been to Morocco? What were your favorite things to do? Let us know in the comments below.

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