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A trip to Morocco is the guarantee to be immediately out of touch for a reasonable budget and without going very far. The variety of landscapes is incredible and it is enough to leaf through a tourist guide of Morocco to realize it... From the mountains of the High Atlas to the dunes of the Sahara, passing by the wild Atlantic coast and the architectural richness of the imperial cities, so many contrasts and beauty... Nature lovers will discover Morocco during a trek in the mountains in the Rif or on camels in the Moroccan desert, surfers will enjoy the waves of Essaouira and the rest of the Atlantic coast, lovers of fine sandy beaches will be thrilled in Agadir, and those who prefer oriental idleness will happily relax in a riad in Marrakech, stroll in the palm grove or in the magnificent Majorelle garden and go haggling in the souk next to Jemaa el-Fna Square. As for history lovers, they will not stop getting lost in the medinas of Chefchaouen, Fez, Tangier, Meknes, Tetouan... all as different as the others. Finally, lovers of gastronomy, couscous and other tagine will not be left out, as Moroccan cuisine is succulent and varied. And it is only a sample of the thousand and one wonders of Morocco, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

What to see, what to do Morocco?

When to go Morocco ?

The high tourist season in Morocco varies from one region to another, globally from mid-October to mid-May. If you like peace and quiet, avoid French school holidays. For the South, if April and May are the best times to discover the fauna, it is better to go to Morocco in March to be more relaxed. For the northern coasts, summer is the high season, as Moroccans rush there to enjoy a little freshness. The low tourist season runs from mid-May to mid-October. For reasons of economy and tranquility, it may be advantageous to travel to Morocco in low season and it is the best season to leave while saving money and preserving your travel budget; however, it happens that during this period some services and entertainment are suppressed, especially during Ramadan

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Villes impériales, vestiges antiques, montagnes arides, oasis luxuriantes, gorges spectaculaires et longues plages de sable fin, le Maroc offre une multitude d'itinéraires et de possibilités d'excursions, qu'il faudrait au moins rester un mois voire plus pour découvrir tous ses trésors. Cependant, en une semaine ou plus, vous pourrez opter pour la visite d'une ou plusieurs régions, selon votre point d'arrivée, le temps disponible, vos centres d'intérêt et bien sûr de votre budget. D'une manière générale, il vaut mieux privilégier la qualité que la quantité, surtout si vous avez peu de temps sur place. Si vous avez prévu de parcourir de longues distances et que votre budget vous le permet, louez une voiture. Bien que se déplacer en transport en commun soit bon marché et guère compliqué, le séjour sera plus confortable, les distances plus courtes et vous pourrez surtout accéder à des endroits plus originaux et intéressants.

How to go Morocco

How to go alone

Well served by airlines, Morocco is a safe destination and the Moroccan authorities have made great efforts to secure and manage tourism throughout the country. Beware of petty crime in major Moroccan cities such as Agadir, Marrakech and especially Casablanca where unfortunately, snatching is quite common. Be careful in Fez, which has become an unsafe city in recent years with an increase in petty crime and assaults in the evening.

How to go on a tour

The tours organized in Morocco by tour operators and guides are generally 8 days long but you will need a 15-day tour to travel all over Morocco from north to south. The good news is that the price-quality ratio is generally good, but be careful with hidden supplements. There are also a large number of thematic stays: discovery of the imperial cities, escapade to the Sahara, sports stay in the Moroccan High Atlas, excursions off the beaten track, Moroccan culture... or all-inclusive stays. You will really be spoilt for choice for reasonable rates.

How to get around

In terms of means of transport, Morocco has an excellent rail network that links most of the country's major cities, as does the CTM's long-distance bus network, which is however more economical. Rental cars in Morocco remain quite expensive compared to other Maghreb countries and roads are not always good, reducing them to simple arid tracks in the south. For those who want to cover long distances in Morocco there are air tickets for domestic flights at generally fair prices

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At the crossroads of the worlds, Morocco has been a land of covetousness since prehistoric times, successively occupied by peoples from various horizons. These multiple invasions have left the country with a remarkable cultural heritage, from architectural constructions to traditional music. The Berbers, one of the first tribes to settle in Morocco, developed a varied craft industry in the mountains, whose techniques have been passed down from generation to generation. Tapestry, goldsmithing, embroidery, pottery... you can still appreciate these meticulous works in the souks. Morocco also offers a wide range of local products, including saffron, the kingdom's red gold, which is prized for its many virtues and is used in many of the country's typical dishes. Between its disparate landscapes, its heterogeneous population, its delicate gastronomy and its various beliefs, Morocco invites you to discover its thousand and one facets.

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Les ruelles de la médina d'Asilah. Camille RENEVOT
Dans les ruelles de la médina, Chefchaouen. Vladimir Melnik - Fotolia
Casablanca Twin Center. Philippe GUERSAN - Author's Image
Fantasia et tentes caïdales. Atamu RAHI - Iconotec

The 12 keywords Morocco

1. Baraka

It is the divine grace, and generally the luck in the Arab world. It is obtained by invoking the memory of a holy man or, better still, by making a pilgrimage to the site of his shrine (kubba or zaouia). To ensure the baraka, it is necessary to collect earth near the mausoleum and keep it preciously like a relic!

2. Kasbah

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A veritable fortified village belonging to the lord, the kasbah served as a refuge for peasants in case of attack. It is built of pisé, a mixture of clay soil and pebbles, surprisingly resistant to time. Southern Morocco conceals the most beautiful kasbahs, some of which date from the 17th century. That of Aït Benhaddou is a beautiful example.

3. Fondouk

Also known as caravanserai, fondouks are old inns where merchants and their camels used to come to rest. Today they have become places where goods are stored. There are 155 fondouks in the medina of Fez, some of which have been restored. The most beautiful is undoubtedly the fondouk Nejjarine.

4. Hammam

The opportunity to relax in the hammam will not be missed in Morocco! In addition to their function of purifying the body, these wet steam baths also have an important social role. Everyone goes there not only to wash, but also to meet others and chat. Generally, there are two public hammams: one for women, the other for men

5. Medersa

It is the Koranic schools that were formerly responsible for the education of students in theology, history or science. Under the Merinid sultans, they multiplied everywhere in Morocco. The prayer room is a pure architectural jewel, decorated with chiselled zelliges. The only religious monument open to non-Muslims, enjoy it!

6. Medina

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It is the old town inside the ramparts, very popular and bustling with activity. The medinas of Marrakesh and Fez bewitch by their maze of narrow streets, their intense scents and their myriad craft shops. By getting lost in their winding alleyways, it's like plunging into a medieval atmosphere out of time!

7. Muezzin

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A member of the mosque, the muezzin calls for prayer from the top of his minaret by modulating suras from the Koran. In the past, he was chosen for his thunderous voice, which would echo throughout the city. Today, loudspeakers have replaced his long breath, which does not alter the disorientation generated by the five calls per day.

8. Date Palm

The Berbers had the brilliant idea of introducing this tree from Mesopotamia and planting it where there were springs in the middle of the desert: the oasis had just been invented! Not very demanding in water, the date palm has adapted well, as can be seen from the green flows along the oases. Delicious dates are harvested here and are very much appreciated by the locals.

9. Riad

This is often referred to as a house, but it is an abuse of language. The riad is actually the inner courtyard of a house. With its central fountain and lush vegetation, this space is a delicious haven of peace and freshness, inspired by the Andalusian patio. You can spend pleasant moments with your family, isolated from the bustle of the medina.

10. Tadelakt

A mixture of lime, white cement and pigments, tadelakt is a decorative coating, the preparation of which requires a certain know-how. It is traditionally used to dress bathrooms and hammams, as it has the advantage of being waterproof. To the touch, it offers a feeling of softness, which is polished with pebbles.

11. Mint tea

Simply unavoidable! And if one drinks it all over Morocco, it is in the South that its consumption is the most important. Mint tea is a whole ritual that obeys precise rules, from its preparation to its tasting. Difficult to decline the invitation, wait for at least the third glass so as not to offend your guests.

12. Zaouïa

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This is the building that houses the tomb of a marabout. The faithful come here to pray, and to enjoy the baraka of the late holy man. From the 18th century, the zaouias gave birth to a real cult of marabouts, which this term ended up designating religious brotherhoods in general. They are forbidden to non-Muslims.

You are from here, if...

You greet in Arabic all the people you meet. Because finally after a few days you know everyone!

You negotiate firmly with the merchant. Even if in the end you know he's won.

You eat the tagine with your right hand... because it is difficult to break the local custom of sitting among your Moroccan friends.

You take a mint tea at any time of the day, and this until the evening... Because you don't refuse a glass of tea, for fear of offending your so warm host... even if it interrupts your sleep, we grant you that!

You wait impatiently for Friday to eat a copious couscous. Even if you find it on the menu of restaurants on other days, this typical dish, synonymous with joy, is always better to share in good company on Fridays!

You say choukran every time we see you. Because it's one of the only words in Arabic that you can pronounce!

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