There is something about Morocco that appeals to the storyteller in all of us,
for not only does Morocco have a rich tradition that spans the centuries, it has kept much of the flavor that has made it a favorite with travelers from the ancient past until today. Located in North Africa the Kingdom of Morocco is only 7, 10,850 square km, but there is so much personality and history packed into this tiny country that you could swear it is much larger.
From the capital of Rabat to the bustle of Casablanca and the energy of Marrakesh, Morocco carries in its very bricks the essence of a world that was lost to the sands of time while simultaneously giving you a glimpse of a future that is still just over the horizon.
While Morocco is just a brief trip away from many European cultures, it is so incredibly different in culture that it is almost as if you have walked into some sort of fantasy world where color reigns supreme, spices scent the air with tantalizing promises and the fluid sounds of Arabic or Berber fall on the ears like a soft summer rain.
Whether you are wandering the winding streets of the ancient medina’s, haggling in market places that could have been transported out of a scene from Arabian Nights or simply soaking in the scenery of the whitewashed fishing villages, Morocco completely overloads the senses. You can take hikes into the High Atlas Mountains, ride a camel into the Sahara or simply sit still sipping cappuccinos in one of the street cafes. There is always something to do here even if it is relaxing completely at the Fès Palais D’hôtes Spa Andalous, the absolutely luxurious spa where you will find yourself being treated like loyalty and wondering how the Moroccans have turned pampering into such a fine art.
If you get the chance, look into a tour of the city, preferably with a native guide, or sign up for one of the four-hour cultural shows (complete with sit-down dinner) that will blow you away with traditional dances, stories and an abbreviated history of a world that could have been transported entirely from a children’s story book. The tour will have you reaching for your camera ever few minutes thanks to the juxtaposition of cultures and centuries as you see camel’s nose to nose with brand new Mercedes and modern fashions window shopping with traditional Berber dress.
And if you do nothing else, make sure that you treat yourself to a full multi-course Moroccan dinner complete with mint tea. The explosion of flavors; of honey and jasmine and mint compete with the scents to be as overwhelming for the taste buds as the brilliant colors are to the visual senses.
Truly, Morocco is one destination that will completely overwhelm you, though in a good way, and will have you dreaming of your return once you’ve actually deigned to leave.