Why you should visit Morocco
Why you should visit Morocco
Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts and warm hospitality.
From the peaks of the High Atlas to the Saharan dunes, Morocco has a wonderful variety of exciting and stimulating destinations for travellers. The landscape of this slice of North Africa is as diverse and enticing as the famous patterned and richly coloured rugs and carpets on offer in the local cooperatives. Not only the High Atlas Mountains, but the Rif and sun swept ranges leading to the Saharan oases, offer simple but unique pleasures: star-studded night skies which seem almost touchable in the fine night air, and views over magnificent fluffy cloudbanks from the Tizi n’Test pass. On the lower levels are the rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills. Then, of course, there is the mighty desert.
Some of the most exciting and colourful cities on the continent are in Morocco. You may wander the hundreds-of-years-old trails of nomads and traders, to their ancient beginnings, from the winding medina maze of Fez, to the carnival-like street theatre of the Djemaa El Fna in Marrakesh. In the rocky deserts, medinas (North African ancient cities) are protected by kasbahs (fortresses). On the coast they are protected by thick sea walls. However, Morocco does not only pay homage to its roots and heritage, but also offers the glamour and glitz of new urban design in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier.
One of the national pastimes in Morocco is the simple pleasure of people-watching from a street café, while sipping mint tea or coffee. It’s also a good time to plan your next adventure; hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous or camel trekking in the desert. Between these activities you can shop in the souqs or markets, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, or tempt your taste buds while savouring delicately flavoured tajines. Finally you may sweat it all out in a restorative hammam (steam bath).
Morocco is a country with a tapestry of stories, which has, over the centuries woven its ties to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East, into a whole cloth. Its mixed Arab and Berber population has a strong national identity, but an increasingly youthful one, taking the best of its traditions and weaving patterns anew, from the countryside to the city and the call to prayer from the mosque, to the beat of local hip hop. In a nutshell, Morocco has a hundred different faces, all ready to welcome the traveller looking for spice and adventure.
Asante is waiting to tailor your Moroccan trip exactly according to your specifications. As with all the itineraries on our website, we are able to offer a comprehensive selection of the possibilities available to you. After liasing with you, we are more than delighted to plan your obligation-free itinerary according to your individual needs and budget. Asante – in the business of making your dreams come true!
When is the best time to visit
From June to August, the summer months in Morocco, the heat is particularly fierce in the Sahara Desert. Mid-level altitudes and cities along the Atlantic Coast – like Casablanca and Essaouira –are pleasantly hot. The north coast and Rif Mountains enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate with long, hot and sunny days. Loose cotton or linen clothing will keep you cool and also protect you from sunburn.
November to February are the winter months but daytime temperatures in the south are still mild, although the evenings can be very cold, so it is wise to pack a warm jacket. The north of Morocco has wet and cloudy winters and the High Atlas Mountains can be particularly cold, sometimes retaining their snow-capped peaks until as late as July.
During the Spring, Mid-March to May is when the country is at its most beautiful, with lush green landscapes offering spectacular mountain hiking. Morocco is also very lovely in the Autumn, from September to October, when the temperatures are pleasant and enjoyable.
Contact our Asante Team for any further information you may require. We will happily help with your planning process to tailor your travels exactly according to your specifications.
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What to pack for your trip to Morocco?
Ninety nine percent of the Moroccan population is Muslim and conservative. It is obligatory to respect Islam’s emphasis on modesty and to dress conservatively. Clothes and accessories should not attract attention or reveal the body excessively. Women should ensure that clothing does not expose the décolletage, shoulders or thighs. The same principle applies to menswear.
Women travelling in Morocco should wear long skirts and dresses, jeans or pants over the knees, long tunics, polo shirts and camisoles which can be worn under sweaters or cardigans. Heels are not often worn. Loafers or sandals are more suitable.
Generally, men should wear long pants with preferably a collared shirt, sandals, loafers or sneakers, whichever is more appropriate to the context of the visit.