Archives March 11, 2018

Outstanding Places to Visit in Essaouira

Essaouira is located on Atlantic Coast in between Casablanca and Agadir. The place is famous for fishing harbor and soaring seagull. It is also known as coastal wind in which the wind blows the most day of the year.  Most people call Essaouira as the Wind City of Africa. For most of the year, you can not sit or sunbathe on the beach because the wind blows the sand right into your face.

Essaouira is a crossroad between the Arab Chiadma in the north and the Haha Berbers in the south. There are also other cultures such as Gnawa which is from the further south in Africa and the European that enriched the culture in Essaouira. There are several places to visit in Essaouira.

Essaouira Medina

This place was added to Unesco world heritage list. The layout of Medina is very well preserved since the late 18th century. It becomes one of the main example or European military fort architecture in North Africa. It is a stunning place to stroll down the narrow winding streets, colorful shops, houses with heavy wooden doors with the mellow atmosphere. You will be accompanied by the smiling faces of the local people when you walk down the narrow street.

 Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah Museum

This is a refurbished museum in Essaouira; the small museum has a wonderful collection of jewelry, wardrobes, weapons, carpets, and musical instrument. You can also find an explanation in a different section about the signs and symbols used by the local people for their crafts. There are photographs of Essaouira from time to time.

The beach

Due to its location, Essaouira’s beach is wide and windy. The wide sandy beach is good for beach stroll but it is not suggested to sunbath or swimming in the beach since the current and the wind is strong. Meanwhile, if you are looking for something more adventurous in Essaouira beach; you can try windsurfing or kite surfing. There are also horses and camels for rents to stroll the beach sometimes the owner can be quite firm. When you are walking, you can head to the south across the Ksob River to see the ruins of the Borj el-Berod when the tide is low. This place has become Jimi Hendrix’s inspiration for his work “Castles Made of Sand”.

Ile de Mogador

From Essaouira beach, you can head to the southwest coast which is Ile de Mogador. It actually consists of two islands and several smaller islands. The famous island is Iles Purpuraires or Purple Island. Some of the uninhabited islands are the home for Eleonora Falcons. You can also easily see the falcon using binocular from Essaouira beach.

Holiday would never be completed without enjoying signature food from local people. In Essaouira, you can visit Chez Sam which offers typical seafood. It is located at the end of the harbor. There are lots of other restaurants, hotels, and homestays which provide excellent service and accommodation for your holiday in Essaouira.

Exploring the Exotic Side of Fez

Morocco, with no doubt, has turned out to be a very popular tourist destination filled with historical sites and cultural heritage. It is quite often that tourists from other countries head to Casablanca to spend most of their vacation. Some of them have more interest in exploring the capital city of this country known as Rabat. These two major cities in Morocco have so many things to offer to their visitors. However, Morocco is much larger than Rabat and Casablanca. In fact, there are still many other interesting locations in Morocco that are worth your visit. If you like to discover a historical city in Morocco that is also filled with cultural heritage, and then the best destination for you would be the city of Fes. Little that you know, this city is also known as the cultural heartbeat of this African nation.

A Quick Look at the History of Fes

The city of Fes or Fez was founded by the Idris I in the year of 789. His job building the city was not completed until his son, Idris II, took the responsibility and finishes the task. There are a number of different dynasties took part in building and shaping the city of Fes and the Idris Dynasty is known as the pioneer. History has it that this great city was home to Muslim population came from Arabian countries and the Muslim population from Spain. If you like to see the Islamic remnants in Morocco, make sure that you have Fes in your schedule.

Exploring the Exotic Side of the City

If you are seeking for the right place for you to start your day tour in Fes, it would be best if you head to the Le Palais de Fes. You might want to skip your breakfast at your hotel and enjoy the fantastic Moroccan cuisine in this area instead. In addition to the authentic Moroccan dishes, you shall be indulged with a unique atmosphere as well. Your breakfast in the terrace shall be an extraordinary experience as you can also enjoy the stunning view of the Medina at the same time. The Le Palais de Fes is nicely located in Rue Makhfia. Visiting the hammam in this area has become very common to many travelers. This Moroccan public bath is only meant for male travelers only. Should you wish to enjoy a pleasant bathing experience in the hammam, it would be best if you come with a local companion. It is more likely that the local friend is pretty knowledgeable about the stuff you need to bring. He will let you know about the proper behavior in the Moroccan public bath as well.

Once you are done with the dining and the bathing activity, you can now head to the Dar Batha Museum. Back then, this historical museum was the palace of Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I built in the 19th century. Today, you can see it as a museum filled with an array of native crafts and artworks. If you come to this place in June, consider yourself very lucky since you can enjoy a more entertaining attraction known as the Fez Festival of Sacred Music. This traditional performance is held in the afternoon.

When the sun goes down, you can either choose to go back to your hotel and enjoy a fine dinner with your loved one or spend the night out to explore the nightlife in Fez. This place is now filled with a large number of fine restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It shouldn’t very hard to keep you well entertained all night long.

Marrakech points of interest

Marrakech, not like other cities, is a pearl in North Africa, founded in the 11th century. Its Medina has a unique history, which can only be explored in this superb town. Marrakech is one of the imperial cities of Morocco and offers a variety of opportunities for its visitors to enjoy their stay and create unforgettable memories. The accommodation includes today everything one can ask for, luxury hotels, comfortable apartments, camping sites and all types of sports for young and older people.

Marrakech points of interest

Tourism in Marrakech is the most rapidly growing industry. By virtue of its geographical location, its climate and its historical ancient Medina attracts each year a large number of visitors from all corners of the world. Thanks to the serious efforts of the Moroccan government, the visitors can easily access their most favorite destinations in the area.

Rabat is the capital of Morocco, but it seems less popular than Marrakech. Marrakech has more than 1.170.000 inhabitants and gives easy access to a number of tourist attractions like the waterfalls of Ouzoud and Ourika in the Atlas Mountains. Most tour operators start their activities in the morning from this city. The most famous destination amongst tourists is the big part of the south. It is often recommended to go for the Ourika valley, if you have few days to spend, here we will focus in a situation where you have only one day to spend in the area after a private Moroccan tour. If you’re someone who likes to go out, you can visit the most popular place, Jemaa el Fna. The square is easily accessible by car or bus. It is definitely a “must see”

The most amazing activities begin in the afternoon as the musicians, storytellers, snake charmers and theater artists take over the square. Here you can also enjoy a typical Moroccan lunch for a few dirhams. You can also visit the largest minaret in Marrakech, located about 4 minutes on foot at the right side of the Jemaa el Fna square. All nearby attractions such as the Majorelle GardensBahia Palace, the Museum of MarrakechSaadien gravesMenara gardens, etc. would be ideal to do it all just in one day.