229: Top Ten Reasons to VISIT Morocco

Morocco is a great country to visit. Of all the Islamic countries, I would hazard a guess that Morocco is one the most tolerant of other views, and other people. There are many reasons to visit the place, the great people being one of them. However, lots of places have great people. Here are ten excellent ones that Morocco has listed here:

1. Unesco World Heritage sites: Meknes, Fes medina and Volubilis. All three of these sites are within an hour’s drive of each other. the entire CITY of Meknes is a heritage site, and the medina is a treat, and not as large as the one in Fes, so you might be able to navigate it without a guide. The medina in Fes is HUGE – do not wander in it without taking notes about which turns you make, or you’ll be lost for days. Get a guide. And Volubilis? The Roman ruins? A great treat, worth seeing! Gorgeous mosaic floors in the Roman villas there.

2. Fossils. Morocco is blessed with a great selection and variety of fossils in matrix. You can get fossils individually, or get them in slabs for your custom bath, get sinks made of fossils in matrix – tables…you name it. Wow.

3. Beach. Morocco has lots of beaches – often, miles and miles of beach coastline that is virtually deserted – yours and yours alone. Plus, in the winter, storms in the Atlantic make for great surfing on the west coast, and Morocco also fronts the Mediterranean in the north, so calmer surf prevails there.

4. Desert. Morocco borders the Sahara desert on its eastern border, and you can visit the great sand dunes there in comfort, because there are riads (hotels) there that cater to desert visitors in style. Get a traditional meal, and be serenaded by Berber tribesmen in traditional constume, for an unforgettable dining occasion – plus sleep in the desert dunes in an authentic Berber tent!! Ride a camel – but watch out for the camel’s ‘dates’ in the sand. Those are not really dates…..

5. Mountains, including skiing, in AFRICA. No kidding. Within an hour’s drive of destinations in number one is Ifrane, a lovely little ski resort town in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Skiing in Africa. Who’d a thunk it?

6. Rugs. Morocco’s tribal women make gorgeous hand-made rugs – and you can purchase them for very little money. Get several – they are so lovely I use them for wall hangings.

7. Souks. These wonderful, open-air flea marker, farmer’s market, yard sale events are held once a week in most villages, and if you see one – stop and shop. They have everything under the sun, and all at great prices if you can haggle. It you can’t haggle, the prices are usually not too bad, but take a friend who likes haggling, and you’ll do a lot better, especially if the friend speaks French or Arabic.

8. Marrakech and Casablanca. Just the names of those fabulous cities evoke romance. Everyone should visit both at some point during their lifetimes. No regrets – add it to your bucket list right now.

9. Essaouria’s Genoche Music festival, an annual event, is only one international arts and music festival held in Morocco – but Essaouria is on the coast, and you can have a lovely beach vacation, at the same time!

10 and last, but not least, argan oil and gorgeous, silky caftans to show off your beautiful, nourished skin in. Argan oil is made in Morocco, among other places, and it is very reasonably priced there. Once you use it so smooth and soften your skin, you can deck yourself out in one of Morocco’s elegant feminine fashions: the caftan. A caftan is an indoor garment, rather like a set of lounging pajamas, in silky, satiny, colorful fabrics that are embellished with embroidery, beads, sequins, jewels and more. They are absolutely stunning – and so will you be wearing one!!

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