|Posted by Alecia Cohen on December 22, 2019 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
Long before Michale Curtiz’s iconic 1942 film, Casablanca became a box office smash, Casablanca, the city served as an important business and commercial center. The Portuguese used the ruins of Anfa to build a military fortress in 1515. The town that grew up around it was called Casa Branca, meaning "white house" in Portuguese. Today locals refer to the bustling and cosmopolitan port city as Casa.
When the Tangier Med port became crowned the Mediterranean’s largest, Casablanca was even recognized as North Africa’s top entrepot. Beyond its importance as the leading financial capital, Casablanca is also known for its strength in the arts. France and Morocco's artistic and intellectual circles were primarily privy to this burgeoning community. Renown artists such as Moroccan modern painter Mohamed Melehi- recognized who linked Bauhauism to Islamic art- have long made an impact on the city. Melehi, alongside his innovative “Casablanca School” peers like Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chabâa, Bert Flint and Toni Maraini influenced post-colonial art during the 1960s in both Casablanca and beyond. The city's artistic and cultural history created a foundation that continues to attract innovative designers, filmmakers, artists, photographers, and musicians.
Casablanca's trendsetting and liberating ambiance is woven into the fabric of everyday life. Gradually the city has had a ripple effect and eyes around the world are tuning into Casablanca's art and culture scene. This shift was particularly evident in 2019 when several airports in key cities like Boston, Philadelphia, Beijing, and Miami added direct routes to Casablanca. Now that traveling to Casablanca can be done with ease, the city’s top restaurants, nightlife, shopping venues, artisanal craft markets, the medina and music festivals are in high demand.
Casablanca offers a wide range of dining experiences coupled with live music. Nightlife can be found in elegant restaurants, jazz bars, clubs and upscale hotel settings located around the United Nations Square and on the Corniche. The Corniche is well-appointed near Casablanca’s business district and frequented by the fashionable Ain Diab neighborhood crowd. It is also considered one of the city’s green areas. Casablanca’s most popular French restaurants, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and bars that boast wrap-around terraces and stunning ocean views are woven into the streets on the corniche.
8 Places to Go for Casablanca Nightlife are Le Petit Rocher, Bodega, Rick's Cafe, Sky 28, Cabestan, Le Kimmyz, Les Jardin del Opera, and Le Casablanca Bar and Lounge.
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1. Le Petit Rocher- founded in 1932, the Little Rock House is a renovated waterside bistro cottage that once served as a lighthouse. Its history includes hosting performances of talented musicians during the 80s and 90s. Today the restaurant stands as a cultural institution that has endured several, stylistic makeovers. In spite of this, it has stayed true to its musical roots. Over the past decade, Le Petit Rocher has been reimagined into an elegant and contemporary space with coastal views. In keeping with the past, it is also one of Casablanca's top choices for an evening of tasty food and lively music. In 2000, Little Rock focused on recreating a menu for the senses. Today it serves fresh seafood, inclusive of seafood platters, paella, and other fresh catch of the day. Le Petit Rocher is an ideal spot where locals and travelers can enjoy cocktails, music and ocean views.
Address: Small Rock Complex, Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca
2. Bodega- located near Boulevard Mohammed V Art Deco, in the heart of Casablanca's Art Deco district, La Bodega is a hybrid tapas bar-restaurant. It is the perfect destination for those interested in listening to everything from salsa to Arabic pop. The restaurant offers a fusion of both French and Spanish cuisine. La Bodega’s innovative tapa style menu is curated by Chef Jilali and serves up Andalusian and Catalan inspired charcuterie, seafood, and mixed grill. Beyond its savory delights, La Bodega's wine list is extensive and is especially enjoyed when the restaurant transforms from a rustic and cozy space into a saucy Jazz Club. Every Tuesday night, the club hosts a jazz and blues band with musicians who play music inspired by Paris’ top Jazz venues.
Address: 129 Boulevard Ben Abdellah, Casablanca 20250
3. Rick’s Cafe- this romantic restaurant and piano bar was inspired by the 1942 film Casablanca made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Since it’s 2004 opening, the restaurant has set a high bar for dinner and jazzy evenings in Casablanca. From Tuesday to Sunday, Issam Chabaa plays classic French, Spanish and Brazilian songs on the piano and American favorites like Summertime, The Lady is a Tramp, and Blue Moon. Sundays, in particular, are programmed to host jazz sessions for local and amateur jazz musicians living in Casablanca or passing through. In addition to its superior entertainment, the two-floor romantic eatery is distinguished by its decor. Curved arches, a sculpted rooftop bar, balconies, balustrades, stenciled brass lighting, and an authentic 1930’s piano have thoughtfully been added to transport clients into the ’40s and ’50s. Among the menu items are fresh fish entrees like sole meuniere or richer selections like steak or foie gras and goat cheese salad. Rick’s Cafe was established by the former Kathy Kriger, who was an American diplomat in Morocco. Once a traditional Moroccan home in the 1930s, Rick's Cafe is located on the edge of the medina, near the port, facing the Hassan II Mosque.
Address: 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca 20250
4. Skybar 28- is well-appointed at the top of the five-star 28 stories B-Twin Center, Kenzi Tower Hotel It is considered the top destination for visitors to Casablanca who is in search of cocktails and dinner with a view. The luxurious hotel tower was designed by the internationally renowned architect Ricardo Bofill who thoughtfully opened up the restaurant to profit from the Atlantic Ocean views. The Art deco themed penthouse bar has an intimate lounge setting and subdued lighting. Skybar 28 is the perfect setting for an evening of classy tapas, wine, and live music after a day of exploring Casablanca. For travelers who want to indulge in some light pre-cocktail activities, the Kenzi Tower location is also home to Casablanca’s trendiest shopping district.
Address: Kenzi Tower Hotel، Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni, Casablanca 20100
5. Cabestan- created in 1927, this trendy, upscale seafood restaurant offers some of the most spectacular views of the Casablanca rocky coast. A favorite of artists, designers, politicians, and businessmen Cabestan is the place to be post-sunset. Designers Sophia Sebti and Yachar Bouhaya created three elegant spaces that have become the choice destination for those who desire an evening of fine bistro cuisine accompanied by music and an exceptional ambiance. In addition to the stunning sea views, Cabestan’s menu, created by Chef Fabien Caboy, is the reason it continues to buzz. Menu favorites include Mediterranean tapa dishes, fresh oysters from Dakhla, and herb-infused linguini and clams pasta. On some nights, top names from Morocco’s electronic music scene can be spotted here.
Address: Phare d'El hank، 90 Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca 20000
Phone: : +212 05223-91190
6. Le Kimmyz - is a lively French bistro with a high-quality gastronomy menu and extraordinary wine selection. Depending on the day of the week, the restaurant’s funky decor transforms from being a Parisian style musical brasserie into an upscale sports bar. Regardless of the day you choose to dine, the food and wine always hit the mark and the atmosphere never ceases to entertain.
Address: Rue Najib Mahfoud, Casablanca 20000
Phone: +212 5222-77297
Le Jardin de Opera, Casablanca[/caption]
7. Le Jardin del Opera- is a chic brasserie situated across from the Grand Casablanca Theatre. It is defined by Casablancans and travelers to Morocco by its French heritage, culinary menu and inspired “garden opera setting”. Le Jardin’s concepts are executed by restaurant head Farid Al Achbili and director Joël Boivert. The menu has been set to meet a high standard with its offer of exotic yet simple cuisine. Dining choices are comprised of original recipes that respect fresh ingredients of the season. Le Jardin del Opera's foie gras with Moroccan white wine pairing is not to be missed. Evenings at this boutique venue are festive with music and ideal for close friends, and romantic tête-à-têtes.
Address: 37, Rue El Houcine Ben Ali, City Park Center
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8. Le Casablanca Lounge Bar - is situated inside Le Casablanca Hotel, a luxurious property in the exclusive Anfa neighborhood. This trendy lounge, Art Deco bar immerses visitors in a world of glamour. It offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere to appreciate a wide range of signature cocktails, aperitifs, wines, and champagnes.
The cocktail bar is staged in a harmonious space of high ceilings, chandeliers, luxurious red and black velvet sofas, marquetry furniture, haute couture beveled mirrors, and accented handmade stucco lace. This timeless and classy ambiance is woven into every detail and space of the hotel. Taste of refinement and elegance can be found at Le Casablanca's terrace while sipping a glass of champagne. Live music and piano performance are offered, accompanied by a professional singer.
Address: Le Casablanca Hôtel 19, Moulay Rachid
Telephone: +212 522 649 797
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on November 2, 2018 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Moroccan Jewish Odyssey Tour, Fes Cemetery Morocco’s unique history of Jewry and the co-mingling of Jews with Berbers and Arabs are a key factor in why Morocco is a safe today and continues to be a perfect choice for travelers interested in discovering Morocco's rich Jewish Heritage. The cultural diversity of contemporary Morocco reflects its historic vantage point as a gateway to Europe and the world. Moarocco’s Jewish Heritage sites and holy spaces offer visitors an encounter with ancient traditions, old world customs, architecture, monuments and sites that have permeated Moroccan society for centuries.
Lazema Synagogue, Marrakech For couples and families interested in traveling to Morocco for an educational cultural vacation we recommend our Moroccan Jewish Odyssey Tour. On a Moroccan Jewish Odyssey tour you can expect to experience dramatic contrasts they encounter Morocco's Jewish Heritage sites in the Imperial Cities and magnficient landscapes as you cross the High Atlas region. This once-in-a- lifetime comprehensive Jewish Cultural Tour will take you on a journey to unexpectd places. Explore sacred Jewish sites in Medieval ciites, hear Stories of the Mellah, Discover the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and an endless Sahara Desert. On this Moroccan Jewish Odyssey Tour you will visit colorful souks, Kasbahs and ksars and Sip Tea with a Berber family who has historic Jewish roots.
Ibn Danan Synagogue, Fes Travelers on a Moroccan Jewish Odyssey tour will disocver sacred Jewish sites in Medieval ciites, hear Stories of the Mellah, visit the Roman Ruins of Volubilis and traverse an endless Sahara Desert. On this Moroccan Jewish Odyssey Tour you will visit colorful souks, Kasbahs and ksars and Sip Tea with a Berber family who has historic Jewish roots. Travel Exploation's Guided Jewish Hertiage Tours offer an insiders experience for travelers to engage with the local Jewish community, experience the remarkable and traverse the country from the mountains to sea coast.
MOROCCAN JEWISH ODYSSEY TOUR - TRIP HIGHLIGHTS - 11 DAYS
► Visit Temple Beth- El Synagogue & Explore Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca
► Discover the Jewish Mellah of Rabat & birthplace of an 18th Century scholar and Kabbalist in Sale
► Attend Shabbat Services a in Fes ► Dinner at a Rabbi’s Home or Kosher Restaurant
► Witness a private exterior view of the former home of Maimonidies in Fes
► Afternoon Excursion to Seffrou once referred to as the “Little Jerusalem”
► Up Close Meeting with Local Jewish Community in Morocco
► Historic Sites of Jewish Heritage in Fes, Meknes, Seffrou and Marrakech
► Overnight in the Sahara Desert under the Morocan Stars ► Discover the province of Tinerhir and it’s rare Jewish past ► Visit Tiliit the 15th Century ancient city of Jews in the Dades Valley region
► Explore Coastal Essaouira, an artist enclave and one of the first Jewish Ports in Morocco
► Visit the Tomb of Rabbi Shlomo & the Setti Fatima 7 Waterfalls in the Ourika Valley
► Stays at the Best Boutique Riads and Hotels in Morocco
For more information about Moroccan Jewish Heritage Tours Morocco’s Imperial Cities, Seaside Resorts,Sahara Desert,Berber villages, A Taste of Morocco, Magical Kasbahs, Ruins & Waterfalls, Absolute Morocco, The Best of Marrakech, Fes, and Ouarzazate
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 14, 2018 at 5:50 AM||comments (1)|
Ennafora Suite at Ryad Dyor, Marrakech[/caption] Ryad Dyor A luxury riad located in the Riad Larouss region of the medina. Owned by two designers, one Dutch and the other Spanish, this boutique hotel is a standout place to stay in the Marrakech. medina. Modern design meets Moroccan flair: a chic riad with lamplit courtyards, roof terrace and cool, understated décor. Ryad Dyor is converted from a pair of riads, whose 2 shady courts lead into each other, one with an ornately tiled fountain, the other with a rose-petalled splash pool. Copper lanterns, Balinese mirrors, egg-smooth tadelakt bathtubs surround guests. On the roof, under a loggia hung with gauzy textiles, the manager knows just when to offer cocktails or mint tea to guests lazing in the afternoon sunshine. The laid-back atmosphere - everyone is made to feel at home, nothing is too much trouble - will delight couples seeking both style and substance on a long weekend break or some post-trek pampering. Property Amenities: Plunge pool, terrace, traditional hammam/spa, gourmet restaurant, wifi, laundry services Driba Jdida, Sidi Ben Slimane, + 212-5243-75980
Riad De Tarabel Riad de Tarabel is a luxurious boutique hotel in an old colonial mansion in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. With ten rooms, including three suites this boutique property is a mixture of Colonial and French design. Riad de Tarabel was built in the 19thCentury and renovated in 2006. Each room is individually designed with true elegance that combines family heirlooms with contemporary pieces creating a French, colonial-feel. All of their Junior Suites have clawfoot baths and one has a fireplace. Some have open bath facilities. Property Amenities: Rooftop plunge pool, Hammam, Dining area with restaurant, Wifi, Laundry Derb Sraghna, Dar El Bahca, +212- 661-989782
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
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. A house full of light the intimate courtyard offers an outlet to the world of sight and sound for a magical stay. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace Wifi 105 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha, +212-5243-91776
Riad Jaaneman An elegant boutique riad in the bohemian heart of the Marrakech medina Riad Jaaneman is a refined oasis of urbane flamboyance and sophistication. Just a stone’s throw away from the timeless bustle of the souks and the vibrant rhythms of the city, Jaaneman defined is classical style meets eclectic harmony. Originating from an Indian word that literally means ‘Soul of Me’, "Jaaneman" translates into ‘My love’ or ‘darling’. With 5 originally decorated suites, each boasts cutting-edge design reminiscent of art deco and a feeling of the Orient. Luxurious bed linens and artisanal soaps are just a few of the luxury amenities travelers can anticipate. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 12 Rue Dar Sraghna, Dar el Bacha, +212-5243-82164
Dar Darma A haven of calm in the Marrakech, medina, Dar Darma has been awarded a place on the Conde Naste gold list of Hotel in 2017. This traditional riad of 6 Suites, Dar Darma offers privacy, traditional Moroccan hospitality in a relaxed, atmosphere. The terraces have sweeping views that stretch from the Medina rooftops and the Koutoubia Mosque to the Atlas Mountains. The shady lounges, the swimming pool and a little basin offer the perfect place to cool off in the hot summer months Darma’s Moroccan lounge, the hall of arches and the fireplace lounge looks out onto a shady patio and are ideal places to relax, read, listen to music and enjoy dishes made by their traditional Moroccan chef. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Dipping pool, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 11/12 Derb Tarik Sidi Bouharba, +212-5243-76657
Riad Joya Crafted with care by Italian art director and owner, Umberto Branchini, Riad Joya provides a high-octane dose of Milanese chic amid the medina’s dusty lanes. Sumptuous suites, as well as a lovely plunge pool, and a cracking rooftop bar. Riad Joya is an elegant boutique hotel of timeless beauty and seductive atmosphere well appointed in the Marrakech medina. The overall atmosphere is of an elegant private house where understated luxury fuses with eclectic style and bespoke service and attention. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, Wifi Derb El Hammam,+ 212- 5243-91624/ +212-5 24 38 50 55
Riad Dar Mo'Da A charming boutique, riad, Dar Mo'da is located in the Mouassine, historic quarter of the Marrakech medina, just minutes from Djemma El Fna square. This traditional Moroccan home has been restored impeccably. Dar Mo’Da’s wall to wall, white, clean lines and cool atmosphere coupled with traditional Moroccan, Syrian and Italian designer pieces, make it a one-of-a-kind place to stay. Guests can relax in the welcoming courtyard featuring a dipping pool or in the adjacent lounges and dining room. Dar Mo’da has four exclusive suites whose décor combine the magic of the orient and the comforts of the west. The roof terrace offers breathtaking views of the city and nearby Koutoubia mosque with the backdrop of the Atlas mountains and beyond. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Dipping pool, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 182 rue el Moussine, Moussine+212- 524 442819
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
One of the the must-do experiences during a Moroccan vacation is to spend the afternoon at leisure in a traditional Moroccan Hammam & Spa. For locals, the Hammam is a weekly must-do ritual.
Moroccan Hammam & Spas - An Insider Guide: What is a Moroccan Hammam?
A Morocccan Hammam is a traditional bath house which has been historically used for bathing. Each neighborhood in Morocco’s medinas (old cities) has a local hammam where men and women bathe separately; in separate spaces or during varied opening hours. Often centuries old, the Moroccan hammam maintains its importance within the community. Today, mid-range hammams are popular in modern Moroccan neighborhoods and, alike the community hammam in the medinas, are open for foreigners to visit. For a more upscale experience, there are private hammams that cater specifically to tourists along with luxury riads and boutique hotels that offer a combination of hammam and spa options with leading beauty brands.
What are the benefits of a Moroccan Hammam? Hydration, Relaxation, Smoother Skin and a local experience of how Moroccan men and women have pampred themselves for centuries.
What is the Moroccan Hammam Ritual?
The Moroccan hammam begins with a traditional ritual of glazing the body with – ghassoul, a natural clay extracted from the Atlas Mountains and blended with water to rid the skin of impurities. Then black soap, is applied on the body, made with olive oil and eucalyptus leaves softens the skin prior to a body scrub. The next phase is rose water, made from Atlas roses and used to calm the skin; and finally argan oil to moisturize the skin, are essential components of this important ritual. During the Hammam Ritual you will enjoy a series of rooms starting with a warm room, then a very hot room, a warm room, then end in a cold room.
Where to I find the best Hammams in Morocco?
Hammams and Luxury Spas are located throughout Moroco's Imperial Cities and Coastal Regions. We offer our Top 13 + List of the Best Hammams in Morocco that we recommend. Some are located in luxury, boutique riads while others are stand along special spots Moroccan run, where you wil find both
EXAMPLES OF A FEW OF THE TOP, RECOMMENDED HAMMAMS & SPAS IN MOROCCO
Bains du Marrakech A hammam and spa in the Kasbah district and perhaps one of the best-known privately-run hammams. Guests are treated with Les Bains du Marrakech’s own line of all-natural beauty products. Must be booked in advance. Address: 2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah Phone: +212-524-38-14-28
Heritage Spa Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, Heritage Spa offers a tailor made, luxury Hammam and Spa experience. This professional spa specializes in the art of wellness. Heritage offers a wide variety of natural ingredients in their treatments. The ingredients they use are organic and originate from plant extracts, including fragrant oils and aromatic waters and soaps. Address: Arset Aouzai Rd Phone:+212-524384333
Nausikaa Hammam & Wellness Centre An up-market hammam in the new city, each guest has a area including basin to bath and scrub. Rose water is popular in the treatments so expect to leave feeling fresh. This Hammam is also a wellness centre with special seaweed therapies offered with trained staff from France. Address: Ave Bahnini, Rte Ain Smen
Themes De Moulay Yacoub Located about 21 kilometres from Fes and known for being a spa village, Moulay Yacoub is known for its sulphur-rich hot springs. For a more up-market experience, the Thermes de Moulay Yacoub provide luxury treatments known to treat respiratory and rheumatic health issues. Phone: +212-535-69-40-64
Gauthier Bain Turc With opening hours extending until 10 p.m. this up-market spa in the business district is popular with local professionals. Entrance provides access to the steam room and Jacuzzi Address: 25 Rue Jean Jaures Phone: +212-661-14-59-26
Azur Spa A spa in seaside Essaouira offering massage, hammam and beauty with argan products and local flower essences. Moroccan owned. Address: 15 rue Khalid Ben Walid Phone: +212-524-78-57-94
Ryad Lina, Luxury Boutique Riad & Spa This boutique riad has a traditional Moroccan Hammam and a Heated Pool. Available to travelers who stay at the riad and upon specially arrangements to those who stay at other properties. The Ryad Lina Luxury Hammam offers a traditional body scrub using authentic aromatic, spa products including black soap, rose and orange oil along with local herbs from the Rif Mountain region. Address: Hassan I Phone: +212-645-06-99-03
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 16, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Morocco is an an exotic vacation destination. This North African country offers a rich variety of activities whether your interested in architecture, history, the arts, food, outdoor adventure sports or relaxation. There are a wealth of things to do for families on a vacation, couples traveling alone and also for independent visitors who tend to shy away from organized and private tours. With so many options it's hard to choose. Moroccan Guide books claim they know the Top 10 Best Things to Do in Morocco as do the variety of Morocco travel bloggers out there. Moroccan Tour Packages sometimes can equally be adept as they don't offer the off the beat activities that can make for the most memorable vacation. As natives of Morocco and the founders of Morocco Travel Blog, we offer intrepid travelers the idea Travelers Guide of Where to Eat, Shop and What to Do. As natives of Morocco and the founders of Morocco Travel Blog, we offer intrepid travelers the ideal Travelers Guide of Where to Eat, Shop and What to Do. Our list of 12 Things to do in Morocco guarantee an authentic Moroccan travel experience.
12 Things to Do - Quintessentially that have made our 2017 Bucketlist and are guaranteed to satisfy your wanderlust.
1. Souk Tasting, Fes Food Tour in the historic Fes medina. Old world delicacies at your fingertips when you embark on a food tour. Try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and more. Taste an array of delicious wild honeys, discuss their flavors and health-giving properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture.
2.Glamping in the Sahara Desert’s Erg Chebbi Dunes. Go on a Desert Adventure and Overnight in a Luxury Desert Camp in sand dunes far away from the touristic areas. Arabian Nights Dinner fireside is served as Berber drummers serinade you. Not to be missed.
3. Marrakech Street Food, Exotic eats down Marrakech’s Tangia Alley. Evening exploration and the highlights of Marrakech Street Food Tasting. Sip Tea as the sunsets over Djemaa El Fna Square. On this exclusive guided tour you will make your way through the backstreets and sample two types of slow cooked lamb, Tangia (a Marrakech specialty, traditional Moroccan salads, a mixture of street food dishes such as a grilled sardine sandwich, merguez, or kefta, Moroccan soup and doughnuts, fresh fruit smoothies, Moroccan pastries, roasted sheep head (optional) and for the more adventurous spleen sandwiches.
4. Kicking back in Coastal Essaouira, Beach bumming it by the Sea. Stroll down the Portugese Ramparts in Old Mogador. View the picturesque seagulls as they fly across this historic old city making their way like a private chartered flight back towards the beach. Kick back and lay low with a glass of gris, visit the historic Essaouira medina or bum it by the seas. Essaouira is the first calling for those who want some R&R or a visit to Morocco and it's also the perfect ending to a country wide private tour.
5. Wine & Cheese Tasting in Ounara, Essaouira. Just eight kilometers from Essaouira sits one of Morocco's finest wineries called Val d’Argan. This winery located in Ounara is the perfect pitstop en route to Essaouira on a one day excursion. The wine tasting can include a peppering of reds, rose, whites and Moroccan Gris, all consumed with local cheeses or the option of Moroccan lunch. After you've washed your pallet with some Moroccan wine, head to La Fromagerie for lunch. Owned by Souri native, Abderrazzak, La Fromagerie is a and farm to table restaurant with some of the best “cheese, cheese and more cheese.” The menu is prefixed unless you request a la carte. It consists of local organic wine and home made cheeses threaded through every dish served.
6. Sking in Ifrane, the little Switzerland of Morocco. A lesser known region in Morocco is Ifrane. Unlike any other town this small villagge is located in the Middle Atlas and is over 5,000 meters above sea level. Ifrane has a Swiss Alpine village feel to it and is the winter playground for wealthy Moroccans who are in search for winter and skiiing. Ifrane boasts lush, green cedear forrests in spring, summer and fall. Just outside are Berber villages and a Middle Atlas region that is rich agriculturally. The town also hosts students year round with it's famed Al Akhawayn University. Ifrane is an hour from Fes, a UNESCO Heritage sites and serves as the perfect excursion in summer and for skiiing in winter.
7. Exploration of Morocco's Covered Markets. Visit Spice Souks Craft makers. With centuries-old souks, authentic craftsmanship, and tiny workshops, the shopping scene offers both old and new. Moroccan crafts are a fundamental part of Moroccan life. There are covered markets to visit everywhere in Morocco from the historical medina's to the rural country side. Local markets (souks) in the countryside take place on every day of the week. Each region of the country has a local souk that helps supply the population with good. Some are covered markets while others are completely open air. Covered Markets offer the best insiders experience for intrepid travelers who want to see first hand how Moroccans shop. The covered markets in the medina also house charming cooperatives, some of which are run by women that produce, wood, metal, copper, wool, linen, stone, embroidery and clay into distinctly Moroccan products that have been made for centuries. The covered markets offer a perfect opportunity to Shop the Souks of Morocco in style.
8. The Ultimate Hammam experience. Discover a Moroccan bath house. A scrub with Moroccan salts and Rose water Massage is an essential part of any Morocco travel experience. Hammams have played an important role in Morocco serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and with special customs attached to them. The majority of Moroccans visit a hammam at least once a week. Book a two hour appointment and request for both a Hammam and Massage combination option. Be prepared to be well scrubbed (in a hot room) on both sides of your body with a rough flat glove called a kiis. This is a culturally enriching experience.
9. Bread baking with a Berber Family. Meet a local Berber family in the village of Ait Ouzzine nestled between the Sahro and Tamlalt Moutnains. Sip tea with the Berbers and bread bake on volcanic rock. Make a rare speciality bread of the region called Bourafin which is a century-old tradition of gathering brush and rocks, then baking the bread in open mountain, fresh air on age old historic volcanic rock. Walk in the green fields and see how the traditional Berbers live with their gardens of herbs, livestock, and henna plants.
10. A romantic Horse and Carriage ride through the ramparts of Marrakech. A fun way to visit the ramparts of Marrakech is through a Horse-drawn carriage. Through the red hamra city, visitors will see colored horse-drawn carriges in shades of chartruse, hot pink, lemon and orange. These carriges are referred to as calche's. There's nothing quite like taking a caleche ride in historic Marrakech medina as your driver summons the horse to turn down small alley's, navigate the souks, weave between old world palaces and gardens, and then sprints along beside motorcycles and new card into the ville nouvelle (new city). At sunset or even on a rare, rainy evening a calche ride will bring back memories of another century and how travelers once navigated Marrakech.
11. Take a road trip and Wander the Blue Washed City of Chefchaouen. Located in Morocco’s Rif, this small city is often referred to as the hidden jewel of the North. Chefchaouen was founded in 1947 by Moorish exilesfrom Spain. Its blue-glazed houses and buildings are a tradition that comes from the town's former Jewish population. Wandering around this blue washed city is one of the top things to do on a visit to Morocco. It offers an imaginary experience that makes you feel as if you are inside a magifcal story book from the 17th Century. Travelers can venture into the old Kasbah that faces the exterior of the city's walls, shop for handcrafts, taste fresh goat cheese and observe locals doing daily chores.
12. Indulge in ancient history by visting the Berber Museum in Marrakech. The intense blue house and studio of French artist Jacques Majorelle is now the Majorelle Gardens and the Berber Musuem. While visiting the Majorelle Gardens, a stunning botanical garden that became the Moroccan retreat and sanctuary for French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, is on everyone's bucketlist we recommend highly not to miss the Berber Musuem. Formerly known as he Islamic Museum of Art, this new museum was renamed and launched with propert histoical provenance to honor the Berber people and their traditions. As the Berbers are the original inhabitants of Morocco and were driven in the mountains in te 7th Century by Arabs from Yemen, having as much of their history and costume on display pays a long standing homage essential to those discovering Moroccan history. With over 60o objects in the Berber Museum ranging from the Rif to the Sahara this offers vistors a compelling panorama on Berber culture. The renovation of the Berber Museum was carried out by Christophe Martin with museocologiest, Bjorn Dahlstrom. This is a must see piece of Marrakech for all travelers.
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|Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 15, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (1)|
Imagine your journey on a Morocco Private Tour. Imagine that you will be whisked away in a moment’s notice to drink wine with views of the Moroccan Coast, stay inland at a converted Palace with trickling fountains surrounded by the scent of rosewater and venture by 4x4 to a remote Desert Stone camp. Morocco’s Heritage and people lie at a crossroads where Moroccan Arabs, Berbers, Jews and Christians have lived together peacefully for centuries. The result is a country that is home to a rich Muslim and Jewish history where a unique blend of Arab, Andalusian, Berber Jewish and European traditions are alive and well. Morocco is known for it stunning cuisine and its people who are hospitable and kind.
A Morocco Private Tour offers travelers a fine balance of rural, and old world traditions combined with contemporary elegance. The sites we offer on our Top 10 Morocco Private Tour itineraries are the highlights of Moroccan cities and regions, but each region of Morocco can be developed into a special experience and our service is to curate a Private Tour to Morocco that resonates with you. Monuments and museums are a great starting place, but we encourage travelers to let us know what is relevant to them and then use our knowledge of Morocco to create an itinerary that will suit budget, time-frame, tastes, and interests. We will customize an inspirational private trip, show you Morocco’s best-kept secrets and arrange your stays at charming boutique riads and hotels.
Our tailor made private tours to Morocco include luxury transportation in a 4x4, accommodations at the Best Boutique Riads and Hotels, an English/ Multilingual Speaking Driver along with Licensed, expert Historical Guides. Whether you prefer Old cities, Roman ruins and the souks or the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains and natural wonders, we can tailor-make a tour based upon your personal interests.
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on October 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Marrakech is the Paris of Morocco. Its lively dining scene makes it a stand out place for foodies. From local fare to the gastronomic table, I will take you on a culinary journey to charming cafes, local Moroccan eats to elegant restaurants. My list of suggested places to dine are bound to excite your palette and make you want to visit Morocco more than once. Chic and savory Moroccan cuisine is now at your fingertips with this 8 Best Restaurants short guide for foodies.
SALT Marrakech New on the scene is SALT, perfect for those who want to dive deep into Gastro-Moroccan cuisine. The nine-course menu offers exotic flavors and is a new way of cuisine expression for die-hard foodies. Many think Moroccan is all tajines and couscous. Not here! SALT goes the beat with its visiting chef in residency program. The menu serves up dishes such as pickled watermelon with toasted almonds and argan oil, prawn ceviche with Barbara fig dressing, cumin infused carrot bissara with crispy ouarqa, slow cooked lamb’s should with ras el hanout, prunes, apricots and coriander. A journey of exotic flavors will surround you when you dine being served by traditional Moroccan chefs. Located in one of Marrakech’s most beautiful boutique riads, Dar Les Cigognes, this nouvelle chic dining experience is not to be missed. Start with cocktails on the roof terrace or try some local Moroccan wines, Volubilis Cabernet and Medallion white are two that will wet your taste buds and that can be carried over and paired with dinner. Then finish off with one of SALT’S delectable deserts. Address: Berima Ground Floor، 108 Rue de Berima Phone: +212-524382740
Nomad The chic place to dine and be seen in Marrakech is NOMAD Cafe. This trendy restaurant has some of the most creative and distinct Moroccan modern dishes on the food scene. Tucked away in the medina, NOMAD café has views of the Rahba Kedima (Spice Market & Local Square). The restaurant has a nice mix of indoor and outdoor dining space with cozy indoor salons, rooftop terraces and a sun terrace as well. NOMAD’s menu items are a creative mix of Moroccan and Western dishes. The shaved cauliflower and fennel salad with fresh herbs and toasted almond is a must for vegetarians. The contemporary take on Moroccan bastilla, filled with spiced vegetables, local goat cheese and caramelized tomato comfit is second to none. Mains range from calamari served in a cumin infused sauce to marinated lamb served with olive and red pepper relish. For desert don’t miss the flourless saffron cake with caramelized orange zest and whipped cream, definitely a must! Address: Rahba Kadema Phone: +212-524381609
Café Clock Camel burger anyone? Owned by British foodie, Mike Richardson, this eclectic, local café is frequented by Moroccans and expats alike. With delicious fare that has a contemporary touch, the trend setting Café Clock offers Moroccan mint tea and homemade cakes, tasty falafel and hummus salad, almond milkshakes, crunchy salads and it’s star feature, camel burgers and fries. The Clock, as locals call it, also boasts a wonderful cooking school and weekly Hikayat performances, the traditional art of storytelling. There are rotating showcases of local Moroccan painters, calligraphers and graffiti artists. This café does a fabulous job in making sure your stomach is full while sharing the artisanal heritage of Marrakech. Address: Derb Chtouka Phone: +212- 524378367
Amal Women’s Training Center & Restaurant A non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women has made its way to the Marrakech food scene. Amal “hope” in Arabic lives up to its name fully. Established by Nora Fitzgerald, Amal was conceived to train and serve underprivileged Moroccan women. The restaurant menu changes daily and offers a mix of traditional Moroccan and fusion dishes. Moroccan salads, briouattes, tagines, liver with pureed potatoes and fish dishes are just some of the dishes on their menu. Amal offers traditional couscous on Fridays, the day of prayer. Diners are seated in the outdoor garden or interior salon. Amal has made name for itself for being socially conscious and supporting women. Eating here is an ideal way to support women and include socially responsible travel in your journey. Address: Rue Allal Ben Ahmed Phone: +212-524446896
La Famille A hidden jewel located down a windy alley, just around the corner from the Dar Si Said Museum is the restaurant, La Famille. This unassuming eatery is the perfect place for a lazy Sunday brunch. Spread out on one of their wood tables and lean in to read your favorite magazine while you dine on their meat-free meals. On the menu, grilled vegetables plates, Moroccan couscous with cranberries and apricots, salads, flat breads and frothy cappuccinos. Surrounded by a rustic and charming Mediterranean garden diners can eat at tables or on low lounge chairs. La Famille also has a tiny boutique with local designers featured. Address: 42 Riad Zitoun Jdid Phone: +212-669041137
Chez Lamine, Mustapha This hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the Marrakech souks is the place to go for meat eaters. Owner Mustapha is a legend in the Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna Food stalls. Wander down Djemma El Fna to Mechoui alley and you will find a stall lined with sheep’s heads and Tangia pots. Mustapha’s recommendation, the top specialty, is called a Tangia Marrakchia, which is slow cooked lamb in an earthen jar. The Tangia is cooked over night (24 hours) inside a local hammam (bathhouse). The process allows the succulent juices to culminate at the bottom of the earthen pot. Also known for the best mechoui (whole roasted lamb) in town, this local eatery is filled with Moroccan families, regulars and travelers alike. Mustapha has a sister branch located in the popular, new town of Gueliz where visitors can sit street side and mingle with the locals. Address: Souk Ablouh, 18-26 | Guéliz Rue Ibn Aicha N°26 Phone: +212-212661833805
La Crêperie de Marrakech If galettes and pancakes are what you fancy then don’t miss the Le Crêperie in Marrakech’s garden district, Gueliz. This is Breton gastronomy at its best. Offering a delicious selection of crepes, buckwheat and wheat pancakes topped with your favorite sweet, savory or tangy ingredient. Prepared daily by the chef and owner, Laurent from Breton and Touria, this tiny café is a true gem. The crepes have fresh, local farm to table ingredients. Tastefully made with richness diners can enjoy a dark chocolate crepe, Roquefort or Chorizo, honey, goat cheese and spinach or butter-sugar and Nutella to the subtle variation of Suzette with oranges. There are even options for a full menu that includes a side salad for those who want some greens along with their savory meal. The décor is also as lively as the cuisine with the resident Parrot who is there to greet those arriving and the collectors’ wall of Breton sardine boxes. Perfect for those with a sweet and spicy tooth on a sunny or even a cold winter day. Address: Rue du Capitaine Arrigui Phone: +212 661433272
Le Jardin If your inner compass calls for a day of R&R and International dining then make your way to Le Jardin for a late afternoon lunch. The Muezzin’s call is a far cry away from the oasis of calm at Le Jardin. This trendy restaurant is located in a garden setting offers fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers, tajines, couscous and a short wine list. A must try is their spiced Moroccan coffee or Avocado shake. What awaits you is a magnificent courtyard where you can lounge that is covered with emerald green Moroccan zellij tile, dry tolerant plants, hanging banana trees, birds and botanic flowers. It is the equivalent of dining at an arboretum. Outside dining is available on the terrace or ground floor where turtles scurry their way. Organic produce is sold downstairs in a small nook while the upstairs hosts the main boutique of French-Algerian fashion designer and tastemaker, Norya Ayon. Address: 32 Route Sidi Abdelaziz Phone: +212 5243-78295
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on September 26, 2016 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
If you are looking for the ideal Honeymoon destination that offers a combination of romannce, discovery, nighlife and authenticity Morocco should be on your bucketlist. With only one week in to celebrate your honeymoon, Morocco offers a myiad of options and many places to go for a lifetime memorable travel experience. Honeymooners can stay at stylish Luxury Moroccan riads and boutique hotels, enjoy a Moroccan Hammam with rose petals, essential oils, argan oils and orange water, take a private cooking class with a Daada Chef or check into a mountain hideaway just for two. Travel to Morocco for a Honeymoon and revel in Candlelight Dinners, a Secret Spot to Picnic in the Ourika Valley or Lunch on a Private Beach. The bustling Souks of Marrakech and the serene rural spaces of Morocco await you. 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Honeymoon in Morocco - What to Do and Where to Go:
Escape to the Moroccan Sahara Desert for a Safari Visit Morocco's South and desert region. Explore Ait Ben haddou Ksar and Kasbah Telouet. Go back in time and travel through the Draa Valley region. Venture by pise through the old road of the caravans. Discover a region that once had Moroccan pirates raid caravans for dates and other valuable old world goods. Visit Skoura and the Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs. Bask in the Valley of Roses and if traveling in April see first hand the crowning of the Rose Queen. Travel to the Dades Valley and sip tea with Nomads in Caves. Take a Sahara Desert Safari in the Erg Chebbi Dunes. Trek in the Sahara desert to an Oasis and experience an 1001 Arabian Nights dinner and music experience in the heart of the dunes under the Moroccan stars. Have lunch and bake bread with a Berber family on volcanic rock. Partake in your own private henna party. All of these activities can be done with one week in Morocco or more!
Go Coastal to the Artist Colony of Essaouira Explore this Portuguese fishing village that is full of charm with its old ramparts, art galleries and glorious sunsets. Explore the Jewish Mellah, the blue washed doors, Orson Welles square and the numerous outdoor grills where you can have fresh fish with seaviews. Old Mogador is the ideal place for relaxation on a Honeymoon in Morocco. It's laid back atmosphere, gentle local population and Moorish architecture make for the charmed experience. For honeymooners who want to venture outside of the Essaouira medina walls there is the beach of Sidi Kaouki, Ranch of Diabat and Moulay Bouzerktoun all less then an hour by car. Essaouira also offers day trips for honeymooners to a local Frommagerie and a winery for an afternoon filled with lunch and wine tasting.
Exotic Eats in Mararkech and Fes with Savory Food Tours Honeymooners in Morocco are guaranteed an exotic foodie experience of savory delights. A Food Tour in Marrakech and a Food Tour in Fes are two options for afternoon or evening exploration of what the locals eat. Eat your way through Morocco on a Marrakech Food Tour. Discover the world of spices and their uses and the secrets of the tea den under the guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller. Or learn to bake bread in the 400 year old community oven with the baker overseeing your hands-on efforts. Take your hot bread to the honey souk to try it with 8 artisanal wild honeys, aged butter or khlia, spicy dried beef. You might try cooking ‘on-street’. Shop and fill up a terracotta urn ‘tanjia’ to have embedded in the hot ashes of the furnachi for a rich and spicy Moroccan casserole. Try Moroccan harira soup, sardine meatballs, two varieties of lamb, smoothies, a Moroccan doughnut, simmering hot mint tea or a local sweet and more!
A Mountain Hideaway in the Middle of the High Atlas Honeymoon in Morocco at a mountain hideaway in the Atlas. It's something that you will not regret. Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot is idea for honeymooners that want a secluded experience with top end luxury. For more down to earth honeymooners the option to stay at Kasbah Toubkal or Dar Imlil, two other secluded properties nestled in a region of Berber villages can provide for an authentic stay. Morocco's High Atlas offers trekking experiences. Honeymooners can summit Kasbah Toubkal, the second highest mountain to Kilamanjaro or simply hike in and around the mountains. On a mountain hide away adventure your private day trip will allow you to venture into Berber Village by foot and lunch by candle light with a Berber family in their mountain home. You can visit a village of weavers and learn how lcoal carpets are made.
Get the Royal Treatment in a Moroccan Hammam The perfect Honeymoon in Morocco is not complete without the Royal treatment at a Moroccan hammam.Moroccans from all walks of life use hamams as a method of self-cleansing or as a social event. During your visit make sure to carve out time to spend an afternoon taking in this traditional Moroccan experience. At a Moroccan hammam you can have a royal massage with argan oil and orange or rose water. Almond oil rubs and other essential oils will be used. Your scrub down at a Moroccan hammam will remove all of the dead skin and wipe away the past. Both sides of your body with a rough flat glove called a kiis. If you find this a little invasive, then you can bring your own kiis. Royal Moroccan Hammams can be enjoyed at La Mamounia, Heritage Spa, La Maison Arabe, Le Bains Des Marrakech or even your Moroccan Riad.
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on September 5, 2016 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
We've culled together 4 Private Morocco Tour, Travel Tips from Travel Exploration. Must read ideas, Before You Go. With Travel Exploration you are guaranteed a safe, friendly and authentic holiday experience. For many travelers who do not like packaged tours with strangers, Travel Exploration Morocco offers a wide range of personalized travel options. We cater to independent travelers, couples, families and small groups who want a Tailor Made experience. We will work with you to customize something that is at your own pace. About Travel Exploration: Trip Advisor Award Winner for 2013, 2014, 2015
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3. Our Private Tours guarantee travelers the opportunity to truly experience the soul of Morocco. We provide a wide range of activities that suit our guests personal tastes, desires, and preferences. Make sure to ask about our recommendations and consider some off the beat Moroccan holiday activties that will make your vacation memorable. 4. Morocco Private Tours also offers travelers a chance to experience Morocco fully by touring the Imperial cities UNESCO Heritage Sites along with the remote rural regions. Ask about our off road 4x4 and trekking experiences as we can create customized options for you as an intrepid traveler.
4. Morocco Private Tours also offers travelers a chance to experience Morocco fully by touring the Imperial cities UNESCO Heritage Sites along with the remote rural regions. Ask about our off road 4x4 and trekking experiences as we can create customized options for you as an intrepid traveler.
|Posted by Alecia Cohen on September 5, 2016 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Morocco Map - A Detailed Map of the Country of Morocco Morocco, officially referred to as the Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 34 million. Morocco has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibralter into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a country in North Africa with a population of over 34 million. The Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts sharing international borders with Algeria, Mauritania, and Spain via the Strait of Gibraltar and the Spanish autonomous cities of Ceuta and Meilliain. Morocco is a country full of exotic locales and wondrous treasures for travelers who desire to see North Africa and explore a moderate Muslim country with a welcoming culture, a wide array of natural beauty, and a vast wealth of history. Few countries match the Destination of Morocco. With its iconic monuments, UNESCO Heritage Sites, Majestic Gardens High Atlas Mountains, Coastal regions and a grand Sahara Desert.
For more information and to view a Morocco Map Morocco Geography & Morocco Topopgrahy: 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. The majority of the Moroccan coastline borders the Altantic Ocean with the tip of the country in the Tangier - Tetouan region (near Spain) down to the Eastern border of Algeria, bordering the Mediterranean Ocean. The topography of Morocco is varied. Morocco has one of the most extensive systems of rivers in North Africa.
Travelers to Morocco can expect to discover a wide variety of scenery as the country has mountainous interiors in the North (Chefchoueun, Tangier, Tetouan) extrmely fertile agricultural regions (Coasta area of Agadir, Souss Valley and Fes) to an arid and dry climate inland towards the Sahara Desert region (Draa Valley Region, Zagora, Merzouga and Erg Chegaga) and green Valleys (Dades & Todra).
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