When people hear the word “holiday” they automatically think of hot sandy beaches, palm trees, cocktails, and perhaps even, busy night clubs and bars. If you find those things appealing then that’s great. If however, you wish to make a change from the usual summer holiday destinations such as Spain or Turkey, then have you perhaps considered the country of Morocco? Morocco is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday-maker destinations and is seemingly growing in popularity by the day. Morocco is a country steeped in rich history and natural beauty. It is a country which has seemingly been untouched by the decades, and is just as beautiful now, as it was many centuries ago. If you seek beaches, then morocco has then by the plenty, with the warm weather to go with them. There are ancient fishing villages and ports, oasis’ rocky and stunning mountain ranges to create some stunning photographs, and lush countryside that is sure to impress. The locals there are extremely friendly and welcoming, the scenery is beautiful, the markets and different cultures are eye opening, fascinating, and enjoyable, and there is an abundance of different activities for you to take part in. If a Moroccan holiday is sounding more and more appealing to you, then here are just a few ideas of activities you could take part in, to make your holiday one which will stay forever in your memory, until the day you leave this earth.
Visit the city of Fes and its world famous tanneries - If you enjoy a spot of luxury, and let’s face it, who doesn’t? Then the city of Fes will be especially appealing to you. Fes is widely considered to be one of the top five exotic short break destinations in the entire world. Fes is a city which is famous for its top quality leather products. These leather products are made in special tanneries which actually date way back to medieval times. Perhaps best of all, is the fact that despite technology advancing at such an alarming rate, these ancient tanneries have essential remained the same since medieval times. In order to see these tanneries firsthand, you are required to enter a store selling nothing but quality leather goods. Handbags, wallets, purses, boots, shoes, etc are all readily available, so you may want to think about having your wallet at the ready. The smell is perhaps, not the most pleasant, but if you can get past that, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to see how real quality leather items are made, the old fashioned way.
Cook up traditional Moroccan food in Essaouira –Essaouira is a relaxed and laid back beach town in the heart of Morocco. Situated here are plenty of skilled chefs, eager to share their ancient cooking knowledge and wisdom with you. One dish in particular which is simply mouth watering is a traditional Moroccan, Tagine. Many places in this town, offer specially designed workshops to help you learn how to master this delicious yet complex dish. Make sure you haven’t made plans later that day however, because these workshops can take around 4 hours to complete. In order to really get the most from your cooking, you could take a walk around the many market stalls in the town, all of which will have fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices to ensure that your dish is the best it can be. Traditional Moroccan food is some of the tastiest and complex food that you’ll ever be fortunate enough to sample. If you thought morocco was simply all about CousCous, then you’re in for a real treat.
Have a steam in a Hammam–If you’re unsure of what a Hammam is, it is basically a traditional Moroccan steam room. Ancient Hammams have been used for centuries by the Moroccan people, and they are still just as popular now, as they were all those years ago. Advances in modern plumping means that there are far fewer Hammams now than there used to be, because people can basically, now bathe in the comfort of their own homes. In a way, this makes these Hammams even more unique and enjoyable now, then they used to be. A visit to a Hammam is now seen as a treat, rather than a necessity. Many upscale and more luxurious hotels have extremely indulgent Hammams indeed, which are guaranteed to leave you more relaxed than you could have ever thought possible. Once you bathe in a traditional Moroccan Hammam, you’ll never look at conventional bathing in the same way again.
Visit the Sahara desert – If you’re asked to name a famous desert, the Sahara would almost certainly be the first thing to come out of your mouth. In morocco, you get the chance to not only visit the Sahara desert, but to actually spend a few nights out there. You can hire either regular, or luxury style tents to make your stay that little bit more comfortable. As far as transport goes, if you’re after one heck of a unique experience, then you can navigate the sandy planes via camel, or if this doesn’t sound too appealing to you, then 4x4’s can also be hired.