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Tips on Morocco's Climate and Weather

Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 12, 2021 at 11:10 AM Comments comments ()
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5 Tips Morocco Weather and Climate

Morocco is well situated on the far northwestern corner of Africa and has an expansive shoreline that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Straight of Gibraltar Morocco's Weather. is temperate year round. The Best Time to visit Morocco on a Private Tour is spring and fall. With its dramatic landscapes such as the High Atlas and Sahara Desert Morocco is ideal for couples, families and small group travel.  Morocco's weather makes the country a perfect destination for a variety of activities ranging from camel trekking to hiking, biking, horseback riding and sunbathing.

When Visiting Morocco the 5 Tips on Weather and Climate to Consider are:

#1: Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are perhaps the best overall time to take a Morocco Tour. Spring and Fall Seasons offer temperate weather that is ideal for camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, exploring kasbahs, ruins and waterfalls or taking an excursion off road hiking in the High Atlas.

#2:  Winter is an ideal time to tour Morocco for those who wish to head south. In winter, the south of Morocco is perfect by day though desert nights can get very cold. If you’re planning to hike in the mountains it’s best to keep to the months from April to October unless you have some experience in snow conditions.

#3: If you are not comfortable with very hot weather, it is advisable to avoid scheduling your Morocco Tour during July through August because these are the hottest times of the year. Also, certain cities such as Marrakech may continue to be hot until the last weeks of September. If you decide to take a Morocco Tour during July and August, it’s a wonderful time to head for the coast of Essaouira or the Oualidia Lagoon, while in the mountains there are no set rules.

#4: The poetically Rif Mountains which are surrounded by plateaus, valleys, and costal plains, parallel the Mediterranean coast and are also ideal for visiting in winter. Northern cities by such as Cueta, Tangier, Tetouan, Melilla, and Cala Iris enjoy Mediterranean conditions. The coastal cities by the Mediterranean are generally mild and pleasant all year long; even winter time is enjoyable at temperatures staying at 50 degrees.

#5: When preparing to visit Morocco, keep in mind that the country is separated into five regions: the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, and the Sahara desert. Each region has a unique weather and climate which is well paired with specific activities and geared towards a certain style of traveler.

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Morocco’s Weather and Climate also enable travelers to enjoy site seeing year round at architectural sites, monuments, gardens and mosques. Seasons and weather in Morocco take on a whole new meaning as the country is divided into two climatic zones by the High Atlas Mountains To the north of the High Atlas, the western winds from the Atlantic contribute to the cooler temperatures of the north. South of the High Atlas, the Sahara Desert influences the weather in this region.
 
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Beyond central Morocco lie the High Atlas Mountains, running diagonally across Morocco from the Agadir’s Atlantic beaches to northern Algeria. Southern Morocco is divided into three areas: the Souss Valley, the Anti-Atlas, and the Western Sahara desert. Winters are popular times to visit any of the three regions, especially the desert, as the south is semi-tropical with a hot and humid climate; temperatures rise more than 100 degrees.

Ultimately, Morocco's Weather and Climate is like few others. In one day, it is possible to have a snowstorm in the mountains, warm weather by the Mediterranean coast, and a day of unbearable heat in the Sahara followed by sub-zero night temperatures.

Moroccan Visual Artist & Jewelry Designer, Chama Mechtaly Builds Aesthetic Bridges

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 29, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()

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A new golden era and the ideology of peace in Middle  East region has the potential to blossom at last. This vision is shared by Dubai-based, Moroccan visual artist and activist Chama Mechtaly. Her focus has been to introduce the unique Jewish History of Morocco, North Africa through multimedia art and jewelry design. Originally from Casablanca, Chama Mechtaly, claims, “I am a romantic and I dwell on the romanticism of Andalusia.”  Mechtaly is the Creative Director of the company, Moors and Saints, which makes handcrafted products in Dubai and is committed to interfaith dialogue and pluralism. In the wake of the Abraham Accords and the recent peace deal between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates along with improving relations between Israel and Morocco, these actions have increased importance and continued to inspire artists like Chama Mechtaly is working with the Jerusalem Biennale on the first Jerusalem-Dubai art residency and exhibition, which will foster co-creation and artistic development through Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy. “I can’t help but think of the golden era of Ibn Ezra and Judah Halevi, Solomon Ibn Gabirol and the giants of Hebrew poetry who developed in close contact and under the influence of Arabic poetry." says Mechtaly.  This is a cultural renaissance that is being ignited in Dubai. Now the flames are being fanned and fed. Dubai and Jerusalem have many similarities, such as ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ and Dubai as a ‘City of Gold.’” Mechtaly grew up in Casablanca, Morocco and moved to Boston when she was awarded a scholarship to study at Brandeis University. Her interest to discover more about about her family's history and the origins of her last name inspired a new, artistic journey. Chama set out to dig through her identity in effort to decolonize her own Moroccan history. She discovered that her father did not share his family story being her grandfather had come from a Moroccan Jewish family and converted to marry a Muslim woman.  Morocco's extensive Jewish Heritage and historic Jewish community are notable with thousands of Israeli Jews having roots in Morocco.

Mechtaly raised the question of what her family’s identity means to them however some of her relatives were sensitive and did not wish to discuss the topic at the time. Intern, she decided to express her  feelings through art. “I had always painted since I was a kid and I took those questions [I had] to the canvas. I used to paint portraits of Amazigh [Berber] women who were Jewish. This is what is referred to intersectionality today; when you sit at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and accumulate layers of invisibility.” With her mother, Mechtaly's objective was to better understand her past by removing the layers of complexity of North African Jewry and also those that exist particularly within the history of Moroccan Jews. Although many Jews emigrated to Morocco during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the origination of their traditions and history run much deeper. Chama discovered another narrative that was shared by her mother, when researching Amazigh Jewry. Her mother shared how Jews were indigenous to Morocco for over 3,000 years, perhaps even more. She observed transformation where her work was exhibited given it  attracted North African communities from the diaspora. People noticed the women featured in her works had similarities to their grandparents yet these women were Jewish. They began to process the resemblance  of Jews and Muslims facial and bone structure within the context of North Africa. It helped to dismantle the idea of the "othering" of people that had gone on for decades.” This “othering” is present when Jews are seen as outsiders instead of part of Middle Eastern countries. That transformation is what pushed Chama to continue to use her art for social transformation.. She received messages from strangers, both Muslims and Jews, about how her work made them feel seen and repaired something within them. Mechtaly moved back to the UAE four and a half years ago. At the time the Abraham Accords were not even a dream. “I couldn’t even access Jewish websites for scholarship and research purposes at the time,” she recalls. I had studied conflict resolution and international relations at Brandeis, so I was interested in reconciliation work and activism for the inclusion of the history of minorities of the region in school curricula, especially because I don’t believe that peace can be sustainable without addressing historical grievances and narratives of trauma," she states.  

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Mechtaly’s concept of her company Moors and Saints sprung from her experience living in Dubai. Moors and Saints became  more than a jewelry design startup. Its purpose is to connect global cultures in meaningful ways with the goal to reveal powerful examples of tolerance and coexistence throughout history. Her aim is to continue the mission she embarked on through painting in a “language of luxury goods and fine jewelry, Her concept for Moors and Saints involves blending Jewish and Islamic themes similar to how Magen David inspired by jewelry models on Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo. “I knew that people were ready to embrace the shared history between Muslims and Jews in the region even if they didn’t necessarily express it in public. This could bring dialogue and reconciliation and highlight the shared history between Jews and Muslims in the region without threatening or offending anyone.” she adds. Mechtaly is a solid example of the hope of the Abraham Accords. Her life embodies this bridge between Jewish and Muslim history, the region and the mosaic of cultures from the Atlas Mountains to Jerusalem and the exquisite nightlife of Dubai. When she was studying at Brandeis, she exhibited in the Boston area and abroad. Chamaa spoke about Amazigh Jewry and the Berber Jews of North Africa. She had friends and colleagues who were baffled when she mentioned the Amazigh Jews... so many people were taken by surprise. The responses  from Chama Mechtaly's works have been primarily positive however at times her work was considered political in North Africa and became the subject of censorship by government authorities. A work she created of the Moroccan Flag Revisited was originally censored yet five years later she was asked to exhibit in Morocco. Her work has been well-received since the news broke of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco. Now people are sharing the painting and displaying it as the profile picture of new WhatsApp groups, and talking about it on videos.

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Ibn Khaldoun, a North African scholar of Islam, social scientist, philosopher and historian who has been described as the founder of the modern disciplines of historiography, sociology, economics, and demography claims the Amazigh Jewish community in Morocco was the result of many historic factors.  The wave of Jewish migration after the destruction of the Second Temple Mount and settling elsewhere along with local conversions expanded Jewish communities. Some theories say that Jews settled in the Maghreb region even before. The Amazigh community was pagan prior to the arrival of Jews in the Maghreb therefore conversions or interactions with Judaism go back for at least 3,000 years.  Chama supports the idea that there is a deep connection between Muslims and Jews, this strongly influenced artistry and craftsmanship. “There is a museum in the south of Morocco that shows how this visual syncretism takes place, with the Star of David in jewelry or on old flags and Hebrew scripture on a wooden guillotine.” she says.]

Mechtaly met  many Jews in Dubai who came from Israel who were interested in Amazigh history. The mayor of Yeruham said her dream was to have a museum of Amazigh Jewry in Israel. When it comes to design, Mechtaly emphasizes how important it is to acknowledge  the Andalusian and Sephardi history of the region. Without the influence and pairing of multiple religions, Moorish design and Andalusian architecture would not exist nor would the Golden Era of Islam or Golden Age of Hebrew poetry in Andalusia. Both were crucial to the creation of the golden moment in history referred to as Andalusia.  

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Examples of the synthesis of Moorish design can be found in the Dohány Synagogue in Budapest and the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York . Both were influenced by Moorish design when Jews embraced their Moorish architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries in architecture. These Moorish synagogue designs were influenced by the Alhambra and the Mezquita; the grand Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba.

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Luxury Glamping in the Stony Agafay Desert

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 29, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()


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The White Camel Luxury Camp and Agafay Desert Lodge is located just 45 minutes from the Red City of Marrakech and a one-of-a-kind property in Morocco. The Agafay Stony Desert’s landscape lends itself to this luxurious campsite designed and created for travelers looking to go off the beaten path for a desert experience yet don’t have the time to head down south. The Agafay desert can be reached by those touring Marrakech. White Camel Lodge created an intimate and exclusive, white styled Bedouin village of glamorous lodges and one-of-a-kind luxury tents.

The Agafay desert is a charming destination offering unparalleled beauty at the edge of Marrakech ideal for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and sunset chasers. The Agafay Desert is an ideal place to disconnect and reconnect. Adventure seekers and nature lovers have a range of mountain biking, hiking, horseback, quad, and camel trekking activities to choose from. For those who want to indulge further, spa massage options along with astronomy evening and star mapping is also available.  The White Camel swimming pool in Agafay is the heart of the camp ideal to recharge your batteries. The stony desert is home to rugged mountain ridges, canyons, and resilient fauna and flora.

Agafay is also a location that calls to photography enthusiasts who find inspiration in the natural beauty and daily scenes from the local Berber community. For those who appreciate astrology, Agafay is an open-air planetarium. Each of White Camel's 10 lodges have the spirit of an organic five star hotel and the soul of the great Agafay desert. Spaciously designed, every lodge has an expansive glass wall with a sunset or sunrise facing view and a king size bed. High canopy style ceilings, natural fibers, minimalist furniture, and earthy colors connect the dreamy essence from inside to outside. Berber carpets, sequined pillows and flowing curtains  of the lodge abutt the Agafay dunes. Each lodge has its own private facilities featuring a hot-water shower and sink. Outside each lodge, a stony cabana fitted with cushions and an uninterrupted Atlas Mountains. White Camel offers 20 Premium Luxurious Bedouin style tents with captivating canyon views from each room.Most are secluded and create the effect of being alone in Agafay. Each luxury tent features a twin size or king size customized wood bed. A mix of traditional Berber and modern Moroccan architecture inspire the designs style of this Agafay gem.

The tents are equipped with a hot water shower along with a private wooden terrace complete with Berber cushions and chairs well placed to observe the starlit desert sky. Sought after for it’s fine cuisine, White Camel has two signatory restaurants where guests can indulge in delicious Moroccan fare. The contemporary Singita restaurant was created with nature as its muse. It is luxuriously designed high ceiling room is wrapped in natural light and offers 360-degree views of the Agafay desert from all sides.Open for  breakfast, lunch, and dinner Singita offers the option of a High Atlas Mountain, pool, or desert oasis facing views.

The 360-degree panorama Nomad Oasis restaurant is a coveted venue at the White Camel. It is boasts wide-open air views of the surrounding campsite. From your traditional low set table, you can enjoy scenes of the rolling desert hills, olive trees, ferns, and unforgettable sunset views. The Oasis interior is fitted with elegant white Berber poufs and white patterned Amazigh carpets that reflect a naturalistic value. The chef’s speciality at White Camel is marinated beef meat from the Moroccan highlands with prune and almands served on a traditional Tagine, also Chicken Tagine With Olives And Preserved Lemons. Fresh vegetables, salad and herbs also accompany dinner. Extraordinary Moroccan wines complete the culinary experience amidst the desert.

Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours Trip Advisor Winner 2020

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 26, 2021 at 1:05 AM Comments comments ()

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Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2020 Traveler's Choice Award.  The Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice is a coveted award program that celebrates travelers’ favorite travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, and airlines around the world, honoring over 4,000 unique businesses each year.  Traveler's Choice Winners are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions, and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. With over 8.7 million businesses listed on Tripadvisor, these awards are a testament to the service and quality that winners consistently provide to their guests. Travelers’ Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) recognizes businesses that earn consistently great user reviews. Travelers’ Choice winners are among the top 1% of listings on Tripadvisor.

Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours achievement is a direct result of consistently receiving positive reviews from Morocco travelers who have shared their experiences on Trip Advisor’s website. The Trip a 2020 Traveler's Choice Award Award is a testament to Travel Exploration’s High Standards and Service provided for couples, family, and small group tours who have visited Morocco with Travel Exploration.  TripAdvisor places a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers. As a winner of the 2020 Travelers Choice Award, Travel Exploration Morocco guarantees to continue offering a wide array of services ranging and private tours: Adventure Tours to Morocco, Imperial City Tours, Honeymoon Tours, Jewish Heritage Tours, and Sahara Desert Tours. Our agency is also committed to providing the best quality accommodations from Luxury Boutique Hotels to Luxury Riads including Relais & Châteaux and Boutique Hotel of the World 5 Star properties.

Best Morocco Private Tours

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 26, 2021 at 12:50 AM Comments comments ()

The world changed dramatically in 2020 as the result of Covid 19 with travel coming to a full halt. After a year of being cooped up, resigned to limited travel domestically and internationally; now is the time to hit the ground running and choose one of the 6 Best Private Tours in Morocco. Boldly situated on the far northwestern corner of Africa and one of the ancient intersections of civilization, Morocco is the ideal place to vacation given the possibilities it offers to combine city and rural adventure. Morocco boasts some of the world's foremost Moorish, Art Deco and Andalusian architecture, Roman ruins, majestic gardens, glorious houses of worship and exotic food markets. The country's expansive shoreline stretch from the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar to the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco's dramatic landscapes include lush plains, high mountains, and the Sahara Desert.

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The 6 Best Private Tours in Morocco guarantee a unique experience with Expert Guides and a Tailor-Made Tour Itinerary. Morocco Private Tours are fully escorted and customized.  Each trip achieves a fine balance of discovering Imperial Cities, visiting Medieval Medinas along with the diverse landscapes throughout the Atlas regions, and participating in a wide range of activities such as a cooking class, food tour or sidecar ride.  Insider experiences are a must. Some of the highlights Morocco offers that combine culture and adventure are,  trekking the High Atlas Mountains, sipping tea and dining on couscous with a Berber family, breaking bread with Nomads who live in caves and indulging in a traditional Moroccan spa experience; while staying at a palatial boutique riad. For those with deep pockets a trip to the Moroccan desert is a must. A private flight to the South can speed up the long drive in preparation for a Sahara Desert Safari. Whether you are looking for a One-Week Private Tours in Morocco or a Signature Tour that is long, choosing one of the 6 Best Private Tours in Morocco will enable you to begin a lifetime memorable travel journey for the years to come.

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6 Best Private Tours in Morocco 1001 Arabian Nights Tour - Become apart of a One thousand and one Arabian Nights Tale as you trek by camel across Sahara Desert’s Saffron colored sand dunes. Explore the unique flora and fauna with your Berber guide and overnight by a luxury desert camp within an Oasis, under the Moroccan stars. Visit ancient, crenulated Kasbahs and Moroccan palaces. Learn about the hidden secrets of the Bedouin tribes and the Moors. Visit the Draa Valley region’s palm groves in a 4x4 where ancient caravan’s once passed. Sip Tea and eat couscous in the Saghro Mountains with a Berber family and meet Nomads who have lived in a caves for centuries.  

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Splendors of Morocco Tour - Tour Morocco's Imperial Cities and the Great Sahara Desert region and Berber Villages. This is the perfect private tour for first time travelers to Morocco. Offered on a Mid-range or Morocco Luxury Tour basis, Splendors of Morocco offers a blend of site seeing and an in-depth Moroccan Cultural experience. Explore Moorish Architecture, Andalusian Gardens, Jewish Heritage Sites, Ancient, Kasbahs and Valleys. Discover UNESCO Heritage Sites and Lost Morocco's lost Medieval cities.

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Sahara Desert Safarai - Visit Morocco's Sahara Desert on a 5 Day Private Tour from Marrakech. This Sahara Desert Private Tour includes stays at stylish and Boutique Riads and Guest Houses, an overnight in a Luxury Desert Camp, time in the Skoura Palm Groves, Berber Villages, visits of Morocco's Historic Kasbahs, Camel Trekking in the Erg Chebbi Dunes and the option to Hike in the Dades Valley Region. Perfect for couples, families and independent travelers seeking adventure from Marrakech. 

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Morocco Discovery Tour - This 9-Day Morocco Discovery Tour is ideal for first time travelers to Morocco or for those with a limited timeframe. Our Morocco Discovery Tour offers a private, guided exploration of the Imperial Cities, Sahara Desert region, Skoura Palm Groves, Berber Villages and the High Atlas Mountains. Travelers will discover UNESCO Heritage Sites, venture to the back streets of Fes on a Food Tasting Tour, Camel Trek in the Sahara Desert, Sip Tea with a Berber Family and Trek the High Atlas. You will experience an insider's view of the country on this Moroccan Odyssey.

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Imperial Morocco Tour - Visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco, the Blue washed Rif town of Chefchaouen and the High Atlas. Travel to Morocco's Imperial Cities and the High Atlas, a fascinating and adventurous tour for first time travelers to Morocco.

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Gardens of Morocco Tour - Discover the tradition and history of Moroccan Gardens on this special guided tour written by horticultural and garden enthusiasts. Journey through the Maghreb’s most private and public green spaces and places. Great pleasure of the senses will be experienced on this exotic 10-Day tour that includes Morocco’s Imperial Cities and rural regions.  The Gardens of Morocco Tour is an ideal way to connect with fellow garden enthusiasts. Discover ancient cities led by licensed historical guides, gardens with expert Gardeners, Botanists, Nurserymen and Herbalists Morocco’s ancient culture is steeped in rich traditions not to be missed.

4 Morocco Side Car Tour Experiences in Marrakech

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 26, 2021 at 12:20 AM Comments comments ()

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Discover a Secret Marrakech on a Vintage Sidecar excursion. Explore an insiders view of Marrakech and the surrounding region. A private side car excursion options include going off the beaten path to the High Atlas, the Agafay Desert's Stone Camp along or city adventure through the back alleys of the Marrakech medina.

Morocco's sidecar ride experience is tailor-made and designed according to each travelers level of interests, respectful of the local culture and all inclusive to offer a memorable experience. A Sidecar excursion is one of the many things to do in Morocco that is perfect for couples, honeymooners or the entire family.

4 Vintage Sidecar Adventures are: #1: Essential Ride: On this one hour and a half open-air Moroccan sidecar adventure, you can either choose to immerse yourself in the quaint Marrakech of the 1920s, discover the most authentic neighborhoods of the Medina or enjoy a shot of greenery in the mythical palm grove. With its ancient Art Deco buildings, its former open-air cinema, the very first hotel built in 1918, its dusty clock shop and its former Mines Counter, the 1920s Gueliz district testifies of the daily life during the former French Protectorate. A ride in History. Another page of history opens up in front of your eyes if you decide to discover the stunning Medina of Marrakech. Ride through the most remote and authentic neighborhoods to witness the local life in the Kasbah district, a former fortress reserved for the employees of the Royal Palace, the Mellah, the former Jewish neighborhood or the flea market in Bab El Khemiss taking place every Thursday and Sunday. Further away, you can choose to discover the palm grove, once a very fertile oasis, this piece of land only known nowadays for its luxurious villas, gave birth to the entire Tensift region almost a thousand years ago thanks to its ingenious underground irrigation systems. After this last stop, your insider will take you back to your hotel or any other place in downtown Marrakech.

#2: The Secret Ride  On this one hour and a half open-air Moroccan sidecar adventure, you can either choose to immerse yourself in the quaint Marrakech of the 1920s, discover the most authentic neighborhoods of the Medina or enjoy a shot of greenery in the mythical palm grove. In the Medina’s beautiful maze, through the ancient French neighborhood or in the mythical palm grove, Marrakech is full of surprises. A vivid flea market, secret gardens behind closed doors, old art deco buildings or khettaras in the palm grove are just a few of the many hidden treasures we will introduce you to on this unusual open-air ride.

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3: The Atlas Ride   Head out for a full day of Insider Moroccan sidecar expedition in the high altitude regions of the Atlas mountains. Have lunch in a preserved berber village and learn about its traditional daily life, hunt for ancestral rock paintings on a brisk cliff and explore an impressive canyon or a berber traditional market before coming back via the scenic roads of the Agafay stone desert.

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#4: The Agafay Desert Ride  This special Moroccan sidecar excursion is like no other pairing the dry tolerant scenery of the desert with unique landscapes with a magnificent Altas backdrop. Cruise through the unreal landscape of the Agafay stone desert outside Marrakech with its berber villages and gorgeous oases. Discover the 16th century koranic school still inhabited by the descendants of its holly founder and wrap things up with a delicious lunch in a luxurious camp in the middle of the stone desert facing the Atlas mountains.

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Best 10 Marrakech Riads and Boutique Hotels

Posted by Alecia Cohen on September 13, 2020 at 5:20 AM Comments comments ()

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The city of Marrakech ranks as one of the World's Top 10 Travel destinations. It has been coveted for decades by family's and independent travelers who seek exotic adventure along with modern-day jet setters who come for luxury and limelight. Ideal for R&R, Marrakech's Riads, and chic boutique hotels have become a key highlight for those who visit. Travelers can revel in Marrakech's Riad interiors, lush Moorish gardens blooming with cacti and bougainvillea, and sunbathe on rooftop terraces accompanied by views of the High Atlas. Surrounded by courtyard gardens with trickling fountains, Riads also offers the perfect atmosphere to sip on a signature cocktail poolside. Marrakech's Riads and Boutique Hotels serve as the perfect escape while taking in the sites and sounds of the "red city."  Travelers can indulge in a lavish Moroccan meal, discover the bustling souks, and majestic mosques or simply decompress, with a traditional hammam and infused argan oil massage treatment. “This is a wonderful place and it is the most lovely spot in the whole world.”  So said Winston S. Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt about Marrakech in 1943. Marrakech's  Top 10 Riads are charming, well-appointed properties located in the heart of the historic medina. They are sought after by travelers alike yet still remain hidden jewels of the city. Marrakech’s Top 10 Boutique Riads & Hotels 

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La Villa des Oranges is an exceptional Riad and Relais Chateaux property. Best appointed at the foot of the Koutoubia mosque, La Villa des Orangers is considered one of the most luxurious and elegant boutique hotels in the region of Marrakech. Built-in the 1930’s, this boutique hotel has 27 luxurious rooms and suites and is located just a 5-minute walk from Djemaa El Fna Square. It is an oasis of calm and coolness set around a large garden, three flowered patios with fountains and magnificent archways. The traditional décor is made of the finest Moroccan cedar and combined with iridescent colors which create a harmonious setting. The roof terraces have a swimming pool, gardens, solariums, and an unobstructed view of the Koutoubia mosque.
Property Amenities: Private terrace, panoramic garden, swimming pool, hammam, restaurant, balconies, lounges with fireplaces, wifi, laundry services 6 Rue Sidi Mimoun، Place Ben Tachfine، Marrakesh Phone: +212-524384638
 
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Riad Due This stylish boutique riad sings urban luxury and is tucked away in the heart of the Marrakech souks. Set around a courtyard with rooms facing inward, it has been elegantly restored and decorated. You can hear the call to prayer from its rooftop terrace while soaking in the sun cocktail in hand. The colorful, chic guest rooms and suites are decorated with Moroccan contemporary furniture and textiles. There is a courtyard with a plunge pool perfect for summer. Property Amenities: Terrace, panoramic garden, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services Riad Laarousse، 2 Derb Chentouf, Marrakesh Phone: +212-524378864

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Riad 72 Wrapped around a central courtyard brimming with banana trees, Riad 72 is a chic, well-appointed riad in the Marrakech medina. The elegantly decorated salon has an intricately carved ceiling, and gently lit by beautiful copper lanterns. The courtyard is flanked with large banana trees. Featuring classic Moroccan furnishings with contemporary flair, this boutique property also has a cuisine menu with Ottlolenghi inspired recipes. Property Amenities: Terraces, panoramic garden, traditional hammam/spa, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services 72 Arset Azwel, Bab Doukkala, +05243-87629

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L'Hotel Owned by renowned fashion designer Jasper John, L’Hôtel Marrakech is a historic 19th-century Riad set in the heart of the ‘red city’s’ Medina. This luxury property is located close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souks, and is nearby the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This historic property was originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprised of five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. A charming retreat, L'Hotel offers delicious food, great comfort, and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels reminiscent of the 1930s. This boutique property combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting, and art from his collection, making it feel more like a home than a hotel. Property Amenities: Swimming pool surrounded by a traditional garden, rooftop terrace, hammam, restaurant, wifi, laundry services 41 Derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali, Bab Doukkala, Phone: +212-524387880

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La Sultana
La Sultana Marrakech is an authentic Signature boutique hotel, a real timeless palace, and a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Designed for lovers of hotels where every piece of architecture is unique, La Sultana is the crown jewel of Marrakech. The restaurant offers traditional Moroccan cuisine to reflect the flavors of the season. Dinner is served either in the cozy atmosphere of the patio in the winter or on the rooftop overlooking the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas in the summer.
Property Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool with jet stream, panoramic terraces, misted solarium, bar, gazebo, open-air massage rooms, library, lounge bar, spa, gym, wifi, and laundry services.  The Sultana Spa offers two superb hammams, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a beauty center, balneotherapy baths, and massage.
403 Rue de La Kasbah, 63-67 rue Boutouille, Phone: +212-524388008
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Les Jardin de la Medina Set in a grove of bitter orange trees, the charming Les Jardins is located in the heart of the Marrakech's Kasbah, an artistic and thriving region of the medina. The property defines itself as having the soul of an Andalusian riad and the spirit of a high-end hotel; it has retained its original 19th-century architecture.  In addition to having a Green Key Label, the property is distinguished with a 2018 award of excellence by the Hotels de charm & character. Visitors rave about the rooftop views, food, room decor, and garden settings with century-old olive trees and exotic plants. Property Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, tented outdoor fitness area, stylish rooftop terrace with city views, hammam, three solariums, and a barbershop, Moroccan cooking classes, wifi and laundry services. 21 Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524381851

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Riad Tzarra
Footsteps from the Museum of Marrakech, this intimate riad is part of the Pure Riad Group. Peaceful, beautiful, refined best describe it.  This small, elegant house is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Marrakech. Lovingly restored by the renowned architect, Christophe Siméon, Riad Tzarra offers guests a comfortable and serene home in the center of the Medina, close to the Musée de Marrakech, the Medersa Ben Youssef, and only minutes from the entrance to the Souks and the Place Jemaa el Fna. Property Amenities: Spa/traditional hammam, rooftop terrace, wifi, and laundry services. 22 Derb Lalla Azzouna، Kaat Benahid, Marrakesh, Phone: +2120524377737

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Riad Idra Riad Idra is an elegant, contemporary, Moroccan, riad located in the Dar El Bacha region of the Marrakech medina. Riad Idra is a luxurious cocoon shielded from the commotion of the ochre city and a well-hidden jewel. This historic house is full of light and the intimate courtyard offers an outlet to the world of sight for a magical stay. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, restaurant, wifi, and laundry services. 105 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha, +212-5243-91776

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Riad Kniza
Riad Kniza is one of Marrakech’s most prized Riads, The property offers a captivating experience for travelers. Owned by a family of Moroccans for over two-centuries this restored Riad boasts traditional décor with elegant Moroccan fabrics, Moorish architecture, open courtyards, a library, a drawing-room, a dipping pool, and a magnificently arranged rooftop terrace. From a warm welcome of mint tea and Moroccan pastries to rose petals and fresh flowers poignantly placed, Riad Kniza makes a traveler feel at home. Well attended by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Garry Kasparov, this unpretentious luxury Riad is the place to stay.
Property Amenities: Hammam, massage, restaurant, dipping pool,  wifi, and laundry service. We suggest dining on their rooftop terrace at least once.
34 Derb l'Hotel Bab Doukala، Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524376942

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La Maison Arabe
La Maison Arabe is one of Marrakech’s first, original Riads that has endured the test of time. This traditional boutique riad is ideally situated in the Marrakech medina. It offers a combination of stylish and intimate luxury with hotel amenities. La Maison Arabe has old world architecture and a romantic interior making it one of Morocco’s most sought out places to stay. Each room is uniquely decorated with antiques and ancient artwork, Moroccan carpets, and a combination of local and imported fabrics. There is an elegant Piano Bar on site that sets the tone for a late afternoon or early evening aperitif.
Property Amenities: Spa, Gym, swimming pool, restaurant, wifi, and laundry services. Try their luxurious massage or cooking class with a Dada Chef.
Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524387010

Where to Travel in Morocco Post COVID-19

Posted by Alecia Cohen on July 3, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments ()

Morocco stepped up during the COVID19 pandemic making it a success story and a top destination for travelers seeking a long-needed escape. The country offers fascinating Imperial cities with historic architecture, magnificent gardens, glorious houses of worship, scenic valleys and gorges along with a  vast coastline that stretches across both the Atlantic and Mediterranean sea. Shopping in the souks and bustling markets of Marrakech, trekking across the Erg Chebbi Dunes in the Sahara Desert and windsurfing on the coast of Essaouira are some of the activities you can indulge in on vacation in Morocco post COVID19.

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Where to Vacation in Morocco Post COVID19. Imperial Cities - Tour Morocco's Imperial Capitols led by a Moroccan guide. Explore majestic mosques, heritage sites, glorious markets, Andalusian gardens, and Romain ruins. Discover the backstreets of Fes on a Souk Tasting Tour. Stroll through ancient medinas. Experience the famous Djemaa el Fna Square at sunset. Take a Kalech ride on the cobblestoned paths of Marrakech. An Imperial City tour is ideal for couples and families who want to delve into Morocco's history, architecture and hear the ancient stories of the Jewish mellah

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Valley’s & Gorges - Morocco's valleys and vast gorges make up the country's sprawling landscapes in the south.  The Dades Valley is one of Morocco's natural wonders and covers 125 km between the Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate. The Dades Valley boasts limestone cliffs with uniquely shaped erosions and superb scenery along the valley’s piste. Touring the Dades Valley you will pass flower-filled fields, fertile agricultural fields, riverbanks, and several fortified ksours. At the bottom of the Gorge of Boulmane Dades, there are ruined hilltop kasbahs and valley floor gardens. One of the valleys most sought after views is it's rock formations often referred to as "monkey's fingers." This region is perfect for an arduous hike if you are an adventure traveler whereby you will witness stunning views and trek through Berber villages. All hikes are guided by a licensed and trained Morocco guide and include picnic lunch.

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The Todra Gorge is Morocco's grand canyon located in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in southern Morocco near the town of Tinghir. Both the Todra River and Dades River have carved out the cliff-sided canyons. Touring the Todra Gorge region guarantees a scenic drive along newly built roads. You will pass the mouth of the gorge and with extended time reach the villages of Ait Hani and Tamtattouchte. The Todra Gorge extends from the village of Tamtattouchte to Tinghir. With cliffs rising dramatically up to 300m on each side of a narrow corridor, the Todra Gorge a spectacle with its gigantic rock walls changing color to create magical effects with the sunlight. A day at the Todra Gorge offers the option of extreme climbing, hiking, and sightseeing. A fun and strenuous hike involve a three-hour loop used by donkeys and mules heading north of the main gorge to Tizgui, home of palmeries and ancient kasbahs. For a lighter hike, try the Petit Gorge entering at the mouth of the gorge. The mouth is an enclosed section with overhanging cliffs and is the most dramatic scenery in the gorge. Climbing in the Todra Gorge is an unforgettable experience.

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Morocco's Great Desert Regions - Morocco's great desert regions of Zagora, M'hamid, and Merzouga are vast and wonderous. The desert's fresh air and open spaces allow for a wide variety of adventure activities ideal for a vacation post COVID19. Zagora Desert, known for its sunsets and breathtaking valleys, is a commonplace to begin a camel trek. Zagora is also famous for being a base to travel to Timbuktu; on one of Zagora’s streets, is a famous sign stating “52 days to Timbuktu”. In the 9th century, traders went back and forth on this Saharan Caravan Route, which went from Zagora to Timbuktu in fifty-two days. Traders carried salt, gold, slaves, and spices. Its main destination point was Sijiilmassa, present-day Rissani (Merzouga).

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M’hamid Desert was once an important market place for nomadic and trans-Saharan trade. M’hamid has one of the two sand seas in Morocco where you can camel trek. The most easily accessible dunes are those at Erg Lehoudi (Dunes of the Jews) which can be reached by camel or piste with a 4x4. There are also the Erg Chegaga sand dunes which are remote and more difficult to reach than the Erg Chebbi dunes of Merzouga. While the journey to the dunes takes about two days, it is a true reward to arrive and see this protected area inhabited by the traditional semi-nomadic Aït Atta Berbers. For an authentic Sahara experience, Erg Chegaga’s dunes are worth the visit. The Erg Chebbi Dunes at Merzouga are indisputably one of the greatest sights of Morocco. These giant hills of smooth sand line the Algerian border and are a must-see for everyone. Camel trekking at sunrise or an overnight adventure to an oasis in Merzouga is one of the most enchanting and memorable experiences one can have in the Sahara. An overnight trip to sleep in a bivouac (Berber tent) by an oasis will give you the true feeling as to how the Berbers have lived and still live today nomadically.

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Beaches & Coastal Towns - Morocco is sandwiched between the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, you won’t have trouble finding a beautiful beach for your Morocco vacation while taking in the local seafood fare. If you choose to relax by the tranquil Mediterranean shores, you are in store for unspoiled Moroccan beaches with dramatic scenery of rocky inlets and headlands. In comparison, the beaches by the 2000 mile turquoise lit Moroccan Atlantic shore are more popular as they are lined with pristine stretches of sand. You will surely be astounded by the sand dunes, mythical cliffs, and bluffs when traveling to the seaside of Morocco. The most popular Atlantic beach resorts for a Moroccan vacation are Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki, Mirleft & Legzira Baech, and Agadir. All have stunning sandy beaches with a plethora of exciting things to see and do.

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Essaouira affectionately referred to as “swera” by locals, is a windy city on Morocco’s Northern Atlantic Coast. Essaouira is a top-rated destination for families for its multitude of things to do with kids. Ideal for families honeymooners and Morocco travelers Essaouira’s white and blue washed medina is revered for its charming ramparts, vibrant art galleries, shopping, and seafood gastronomy. Just three hours from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech this coastal town is the perfect weekend getaway with an abundance of unique accommodation options ranging from quaint, countryside villas, to luxury riads and hotels with sea views. Families who have an interest in vacationing at an artistic seaside community and with a penchant for adventure should add Essaouira to their bucket list.

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Sidi Kaouki is a Berber coastal town 30 minutes south of Essaouira. The beach in this remote region is unspoiled and strikes a perfect balance with offering an ideal place for kite and windsurfers while staying true to its African roots. Sidi Kaouki is known for its great waves, reefs, and breakpoints. Camels saunter across the sand dunes while locals sell hand made items with local guides offering camel treks and horseback riding to those who are in search for a coastal adventure. The town is quiet and desolate therefore being the perfect destination for relaxation, contemplation, and enjoying the scenery.

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Legzira Beach is well-appointed 20 minutes north of Sidi Ifni and lauded as one of the best beaches in the world for sunbathing and surfing. Legzira has been also described by travelers as a real-life painting. The geological rocky beach artfully connects the Anti Atlas Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Legzira’s organic cave formations are fascinating and well appreciated by nature enthusiasts. Sunset in Legzira offers stunning views of rock formations surrounded by cliffs in multiple hues of burnt orange.  Legzira during high tide when the ocean veil is pulled back and revealed is an ideal time to capture a photograph.


5 Reasons to Hire a Morocco Tour Guide

Posted by Alecia Cohen on June 30, 2020 at 9:45 AM Comments comments ()

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Rabat[/caption] When visiting Morocco some travelers would like to explore the destination independently while others may prefer a private, guided tour. There are significant benefits of hiring a private Morocco tour guide such as being able to personalize your itinerary, gaining cultural insight, having clear communication, flexibility, and being led by an expert who is deeply knowledgeable. A local Morocco tour guide can suggest locally-owned or top-end restaurants, museums, art galleries, and important monuments that are often not included in the best guide books. Morocco tour guides must be licensed by the Moroccan National Tourism Board (ONMT) and have been properly trained and vetted. They are multilingual, fluent English, Moroccan Arabic, Berber, and French. A Moroccan tour guide can add an extended dimension to your trip.

A Moroccan tour guide is ideal for couples, families, and small groups who visit the country on a private tour since it enables them to complement their visit being made by a licensed tourism driver. For larger tours, National Licensed Guides are highly recommended. Then for smaller tours, Local, Licensed Moroccan Guides are the ideal choice.

5 Reasons to Hire a Morocco Tour Guide

#1 Personalized Itinerary – Groups tours to Morocco have their advantages as they encompass visiting a broader range of sites and are often paired with scheduled meals at hotels and shopping time; with the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers. These tours are often led by national guides yet the depth of what is experienced is limited. A private Morocco tour, on the other hand, is led by local city guides and offers more in-depth coverage of historical, architectural, and cultural sites.  

#2 Cultural Insight – Each country has its own cultural norms, unique traditions, and expectations. For example, in Morocco, it is considered rude to not shake the hand of the person you are greeting, ask about their family, and engage in small conversation. Understanding the details of this nature cannot be learned from a Morocco Guide Book. Hiring a private Morocco tour guide who is knowledgeable will enable you to avoid making embarrassing mistakes and also offer a sounding board to discuss what is acceptable within the culture. A Morocco tour guide will offer insight into the country’s history, architecture, arts, crafts, cuisine, and on may be willing to engage in a conversation about local politics, social services, and deeper aspects of the country's norms.

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#3 Communication – When traveling to Morocco it is helpful to be able to communicate. The main three languages spoken are Moroccan Arabic, Berber dialects (Tashelhit, Tamazight & Tarifit), and French. English is also widely spoken in Morocco. A Morocco tour guide who is a fluent speaker of all three languages makes it easier for you to connect with locals. Your Morocco tour guide can translate for you in restaurants, museums, in the souks, and also when shopping.

#4  Flexibility - Larger Morocco tours with a national guide tend to have each day fully scheduled, with not enough time to stop and take in the more interesting sites you may come across. Meals are often included at hotels and larger, touristic restaurants, with less opportunity to experience to dine with locals or choose the restaurants. A private Morocco tour led by Moroccan local guide guarantees a flexible schedule that combined site seeing with leisure and even time to wander on your own.

#5 Knowledge & Experience – Knowing the best things to see in Morocco and not waiting in line can be difficult, particularly with limited time. On larger tours, time is often wasted waiting in lines, visiting sites that may not be of interest, and serving the varied needs of the group. With a private Morocco tour guide, the experience of visiting Moroccan cities will be tailor-made around your interest. He or she is bound to have their finger on the pulse of new things to see and experience. Whether it is a private visit exclusively arranged for you at a garden or museum, exploring a hidden mosque or newly renovated Jewish synagogue, attending an art opening, or taking a private cooking class with a Dada Chef, having the knowledge and experience of a Moroccan tour guide cannot be overstated.  Not only are private guides knowledgeable locals who are able to make recommendations, they ask questions and design tours with you in mind.

How to Make a Moroccan Kaftan

Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 25, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments ()

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Since the 16th century after the Muslims and Jews emigrated to Morocco from Andalusia, the kaftan has been mentioned in Moroccan culture and fashion. Originally, the lavishly adorned garment was used as a coat or overdress and had the practical job of ventilating the body for both men and women. Starting from the middle 20th century, however, the kaftan became an exotic and desired fashion look. Today it is worn at special events like ceremonies, birthdays, and weddings. Furthermore, many celebrities, political figures, and models worldwide have adopted the kaftan into their wardrobe. In 2019 alone, there have been several occasions where the Moroccan kaftan made a powerful fashion statement. In Spring, Christian Dior launched his 2020 Cruise Collection Fashion Show in Marrakech and featured several kaftan inspired looks. Ivanka Trump was also spotted glittering in a gold Moroccan gown when she met with Princess Lalla Meryem during her November 2019 Women’s Empowerment trip to Morocco. Kaftans were also the focus of Morocco in Abu Dhabi Fashion Festival 2019. Reflecting on the show, designer Sofia Ben Ibrahim expressed “The Kaftan has been passed down through many generations.” Over the years kaftans have been spotted on everyone from the Beatles on their tours, to many influential and powerful figures like Gisele Bundchen, Hillary Clinton, and Saudi Princess Ameera al-Taweel. Even Meryl Streep wore a silky ivory-gold caftan in her 2018 film The Post. England’s British duchess Camilla Parker Bowles also adores the kaftan. After attending the Rabat kaftan fashion show in 2011, she began to be referred to as the “the queen of caftans.” 

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There are several different styles of kaftans. They range from the most basic cotton pieces for lounging or visits with friends to extravagant gowns with unique embroidery. Furthermore, different regions and districts of Morocco have their own kaftan styles. In Rabat, a key feature of kaftans is their colorful threads, floral designs, leaves, and elaborate stitching. Kaftans in Meknes and Fes are patterned with geometric shapes like squares, triangles, and straight lines. These different modes are the result of Morocco’s melting pot history. The kingdom is indigenously Berber but has been invaded and resided in by the Phoenicians, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and even the Ottomans who captured Fes in 1554. Before the Kaftan ever came to Andalusia it was worn by the Ottoman sultans. The dominating Ottomans' presence was felt worldwide for centuries. As a result, kaftans have been a long source of inspiration for designers everywhere. Notably, Lebanese Haute Couture designer Elie Saab and the iconic Yves Saint Laurent have created many collections inspired by the Middle Eastern-North African look. Marrakech’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum even has a dedicated collection of Laurent's kaftan dresses. Travelers to Morocco are often impressed with the beautiful robes they see in the YSL museum and in the souks, and they wish to take a dress home with them. Luckily, due to the popular evolution of the Kaftan it is a fun piece to shop. You can buy them in Marrakech concept stores like 33 Rue Majorelle, Max & Jan, Kaftan Queen, or at Norya Ayron. If you have time, it is also possible to go fabric shopping and commission a local Moroccan tailor to hand-make your kaftan. 

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Our FAQ Kaftan Guide Make Your Own Kaftan (Caftan)

In determining what kind of kaftan is right for you, it is important to consider where you will wear your kaftan. Some kaftan materials are made from easy and light fabrics. These include cotton or chiffon silk and best for casual situations like relaxing at your home or meeting a friend in the medina. Morocco has a hot desert climate so women enjoy dressing in casual kaftans to feel at ease and cool down their bodies. For evening events and parties, a silky and more textured kaftan fabric is recommended. How To Make a Kaftan:

1. How many yards to make a kaftan? Naturally, this will be determined by your body type and height, however, the recommended quantity of fabric is 3 yards. In making your purchasing decision, you must determine your desired length, width (cinched waist or belted), and what kind of neckline is most flattering for your body type.

2. Where to purchase fabric for a kaftan? All four of Morocco’s imperial cities Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier have medinas with shopping districts with kaftan shops that sell kaftan fabrics. It is fun to explore the fabric souk, touch the materials, and discover which ones you like best. Shopping in person also ensures that you can choose the color, style, and print pattern. The most common fabrics for a kaftan are cotton, chiffon, silk, and satin.

3. How long does it take for a kaftan to be made? Kaftans with embroidery can require a lot of work and therefore patience is needed. These detailed looks can take up to a few weeks to be made. You must also be properly fitted. Some tailors will offer international shipping upon completion.

4. Where can I get inspiration for my Kaftan look? As kaftans have become haute couture items, there are many fashion designers whose creativity will be a great source of inspiration. Among them are Dahab ben Aboud and Mohamed Lakhdar, both of who have taken the traditional kaftan and turned it into a more accessible and contemporary look. Their kaftans can be seen regularly in runway shows in both Morocco and Europe. Similarly, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Beyonce, and Uma Thurman have appeared in red carpet events wearing a kaftan style g

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5. Where can I find Sfifa (embroidery) inspiration for my kaftan?Sfifa is a traditional Moroccan craft that can be seen on certain textiles and fabrics. Unfortunately, it is dying out in Morocco. but certain designers are working to keep it alive. Morocco’s Fadila el Gadi opened up the Ecole Broderie in Sale-Rabat to teach underprivileged children the lost art of stitchery. Recently Ivanka Trump asked El Gadi to design her an embroidered jacket for her November 2019 visit to Morocco.

6. What is the best way to accessorize a kaftan look? Moroccan women pair their kaftans with gold or silver heels, sparkly earrings, and a glamorous makeup look.

7. Can I rent a kaftan? If you are in Morocco and want to experience wearing a kaftan without purchasing one, there are kaftan rental shops that offer a wide selection of choices. Depending on the look and detailing of the kaftan, they cost between $5-40 USD to rent for one or two days.

Is a Kaftan the same as a djellaba? Sometimes people confuse these two words because both garments are long and can be used as a cover-up. However, they are worn in different contexts and have different histories and styles. Furthermore, a djellaba has a hood whereas a kaftan does not. Djellabas are traditionally worn by Berber or Amazigh men living in the Atlas Mountains and they are made from wool. Today it is possible to see lightweight cotton djellabas in different colors worn by Moroccan men and women in the medina.

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There are several different styles of kaftans. They range from the most basic cotton pieces for lounging or visits with friends to extravagant gowns with unique embroidery. Furthermore, different regions and districts of Morocco have their own kaftan styles. In Rabat, a key feature of kaftans is their colorful threads, floral designs, leaves, and elaborate stitching. Kaftans in Meknes and Fes are patterned with geometric shapes like squares, triangles, and straight lines. These different modes are the result of Morocco’s melting pot history. The kingdom is indigenously Berber but has been invaded and resided in by the Phoenicians, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and even the Ottomans who captured Fes in 1554. Before the Kaftan ever came to Andalusia it was worn by the Ottoman sultans. The dominating Ottomans' presence was felt worldwide for centuries. As a result, kaftans have been a long source of inspiration for designers everywhere. Notably, Lebanese Haute Couture designer Elie Saab and the iconic Yves Saint Laurent have created many collections inspired by the Middle Eastern-North African look. Marrakech’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum even has a dedicated collection of Laurent's kaftan dresses. Travelers to Morocco are often impressed with the beautiful robes they see in the YSL museum and in the souks, and they wish to take a dress home with them. Luckily, due to the popular evolution of the Kaftan it is a fun piece to shop. You can buy them in Marrakech concept stores like 33 Rue Majorelle, Max & Jan, Kaftan Queen, or at Norya Ayron. If you have time, it is also possible to go fabric shopping and commission a local Moroccan tailor to hand-make your kaftan.

Moroccan-Kaftan-Hand-made-Sfifa-Morocco-Travel-Blog

Our FAQ Kaftan Guide Make Your Own Kaftan (Caftan) In determining what kind of kaftan is right for you, it is important to consider where you will wear your kaftan. Some kaftan materials are made from easy and light fabrics. These include cotton or chiffon silk and best for casual situations like relaxing at your home or meeting a friend in the medina. Morocco has a hot desert climate so women enjoy dressing in casual kaftans to feel at ease and cool down their bodies. For evening events and parties, a silky and more textured kaftan fabric is recommended.

How To Make a Kaftan:

1. How many yards to make a kaftan? Naturally, this will be determined by your body type and height, however, the recommended quantity of fabric is 3 yards. In making your purchasing decision, you must determine your desired length, width (cinched waist or belted), and what kind of neckline is most flattering for your body type.

2. Where to purchase fabric for a kaftan? All four of Morocco’s imperial cities Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier have medinas with shopping districts with kaftan shops that sell kaftan fabrics. It is fun to explore the fabric souk, touch the materials, and discover which ones you like best. Shopping in person also ensures that you can choose the color, style, and print pattern. The most common fabrics for a kaftan are cotton, chiffon, silk, and satin.

3. How long does it take for a kaftan to be made? Kaftans with embroidery can require a lot of work and therefore patience is needed. These detailed looks can take up to a few weeks to be made. You must also be properly fitted. Some tailors will offer international shipping upon completion.

4. Where can I get inspiration for my Kaftan look? As kaftans have become haute couture items, there are many fashion designers whose creativity will be a great source of inspiration. Among them are Dahab ben Aboud and Mohamed Lakhdar, both of who have taken the traditional kaftan and turned it into a more accessible and contemporary look. Their kaftans can be seen regularly in runway shows in both Morocco and Europe. Similarly, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Beyonce, and Uma Thurman have appeared in red carpet events wearing a kaftan style gown

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5. Where can I find Sfifa (embroidery) inspiration for my kaftan? Sfifa is a traditional Moroccan craft that can be seen on certain textiles and fabrics. Unfortunately, it is dying out in Morocco. but certain designers are working to keep it alive. Morocco’s Fadila el Gadi opened up the Ecole Broderie in Sale-Rabat to teach underprivileged children the lost art of stitchery. Recently Ivanka Trump asked El Gadi to design her an embroidered jacket for her November 2019 visit to Morocco.

6. What is the best way to accessorize a kaftan look? Moroccan women pair their kaftans with gold or silver heels, sparkly earrings, and a glamorous makeup look.

7. Can I rent a kaftan? If you are in Morocco and want to experience wearing a kaftan without purchasing one, there are kaftan rental shops that offer a wide selection of choices. Depending on the look and detailing of the kaftan, they cost between $5-40 USD to rent for one or two days.

Is a Kaftan the same as a djellaba? Sometimes people confuse these two words because both garments are long and can be used as a cover-up. However, they are worn in different contexts and have different histories and styles. Furthermore, a djellaba has a hood whereas a kaftan does not. Djellabas are traditionally worn by Berber or Amazigh men living in the Atlas Mountains and they are made from wool. Today it is possible to see lightweight cotton djellabas in different colors worn by Moroccan men and women in the medina.


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