Welcome to our Magnificent Morocco blog. We aim to provide you with useful, informative – and sometimes quirky – observations from our travels around Morocco. We welcome your comments and contributions. Enjoy!
It’s well documented that at 77 metres in height (including the spire) the Koutoubia Minaret in Marrakech is not only a landmark structure for the city but is also recognized as the model on which the Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Giralda in Seville were built.But, with 800 years of history
With no mechanized transportation allowed inside the 9,000 narrow alleyways of the Fès el-Bali walled medina, you may wonder how the all the fresh produce and the raw materials to manufacture the millions of souvenirs are delivered to the artisans and traders everyday. Enter – to the cries
With glass floors to view the ocean beneath, a sliding roof so that prayers can be offered in sunlight or under the stars and doors crafted from titanium, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca combines ancient tradition with modern technology. Not only is it the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa,
Apart from the amazing scenery to be found as you travel around Morocco, there is no shortage of unusual sights as well. One of our clients captured this rather precariously loaded vehicle while travelling from Fès to Merzouga. We had no hesitation in awarding First Prize to her in our April
There’s an old saying in Morocco that you cannot tell a house by its door. It’s a characteristic with deep-rooted religious origins based on the principle of not outwardly displaying one’s wealth. As you wander round an old Berber village, you’ll see many a simple
Essaouria’s amiable convergence of Arabian, African and European cultures has long been a popular platform for this Atlantic town’s annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival – a showcase for the traditional music of Morocco and a source of musical inspiration for a global audience.
Temperatures hit a new low in 1935. On February 11 that year – less than 60kms south of the Imperial City of Fès – the resort town of Ifrane in the Middle Atlas Mountains recorded -24ºC (-11ºF), the lowest temperature ever recorded in Africa.
When you are walking through the Old Medina in Fès, make sure you ask your guide to explain how the medieval water clock works. He loves a challenge! Constructed in 1357, the Dar al-Magana served to regulate prayer times. But the complex – and quite ingenious –
Many of the facts relating to Jimi Hendrix’s visit to Essaouira in July 1969 have become amusingly distorted through the passage of time. One such “legend” is that the half-submerged ruined watchtower of Bourj El Baroud – half buried by sand and half submerged by the tides
High up in the mountains, electricity is scarce – as are refrigerators. So how do our tour guests get a cold drink?
No problem. Our Moroccan friends make use of the natural resources of cool spring water and a touch of "Heath