Morocco Off The Beaten Path

  • Camel Market
    Camel Market
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    Aguelmane Sidi Al, Morocco
    by EviP
  • Aguelmane Sidi Al, Morocco
    Aguelmane Sidi Al, Morocco
    by EviP

Morocco Off The Beaten Path

  • Towns /Cities / Sights around Marrakesh

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    A really happy time was had by all our family when we travelled to the desert. We were dealing with Adil, a friendly agent who provided us with plenty of information. The Sahara was great ! The camels were really friendly too.

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  • Other Sites

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Bain Ziani Just back from Casablanca, the visit was one of those stupid single day cruise ship types, but we crammed plenty in. We went to a traditional Hamman (bath house) and had "the works" we were scrubbed and sea weeded and massaged and soaped. It took about 90 minutes, the women are obviously separate from the men, and the space is great,...

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  • Landscape Around Marrakesh

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The roads that head out towards Asni, Imlil, Ouirgane, Taroudant etc have great views during the winter months of the snowtopped Atlas mountains - much like the views from the roofs around Marrakech looking in that direction, and certain vantage points in the Menara gardens that look in that direction - lovely!

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  • Palais Royal

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    I think that every even smaller city in Morocco had at least one its own Royal Palace. They are usually located in the cleanest area of each city or rather opposite: the areas around every Royal Palace are well-kept and always clean. The same in Casablanca where the Royal Palace is located behind tall wall in La Nouvelle Medina (Quartier des...

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  • Medina

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    A walkabout in Marrakesh is best enjoyed in the relative sanctuary of the Medina streets, avoiding the traffic chaos of the Gueliz boulevards. The main attraction is the Djemma el Fna square coming alive after sunset with its famous al fresco food stalls, during the day the entertainment continues with performances by acrobats, monkey handlers and...

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  • Official Buildings

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Prefecture Mechouar de Casablanca was located near Mosque Mohammed V. Well, "mechouar" means a fortified palace with a parade ground. The building with a very large Arabic gate looks impressive and is guarded by an armed soldier. You can make him a photo if he allows you - simply ask him preferrably in Arab or French language haha. He allowed me...

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  • Local Traditions

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    Here are some more pictures of people at work. The woodworker; the van, which by the way I believe is made in Harbin, China where my son lives; and the restauranteur. The last picture was taken just across the street from the entrance to our riad. There was a few chairs and a counter behind her, but I think she mainly did carry out. Very different...

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  • Modern City Life

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    We visited the Medina in Casablanca. After being disappointed by watches and tshirts and moroccan crafts made in china, we continued further off and found the Real Medina and it was wonderful!! Standing in front of a tower which must be the "main entrance" turn and face the Hyatt Hotel (it's just outside the Medina) and then start walking to your...

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  • Menara Gardens

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The best way to see the marrakech for it's beautiful landscapes is by getting out of the hustle and noise of the city. 20 mins outside you can view the scenic views and atlas mountain landscapes of the famous palm grove of marrakech. There you can do tours of 2-4 hrs on either horsebacks or high-speed quads. Which ever you fancy - this is the best...

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  • Parcs & Gardens

    Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

    Parc de la Ligue Arabe is the biggest park in Casablanca. It looked fantastic especially that I always loved palm trees :-). Generally park is in French style but surely with African plants. Made in 1918, this magnificent garden contained a children's amusement park, cafes and small restaurants. It was very nice place for walking, relaxing, coffee...

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  • Agadir

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    The trip to Marrakesh from Agadir takes over 4 hours, and the scenes of mountains and small villages top of them are interesting. If you are driving to Marrakesh, you'd better take a 15 minute break, and you can stop at some gas station on the road where there is usualy a restaurant attached to it. The first pic is of the car we rent and road, and...

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  • City Walls

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    Hate the souks; the noise, the bartering and the hostile environment? Well, the answer is to head for the Jewish Quarter. The prices are at least half what they are in the souks and the souk merchants buy their goods from the Jews in the Jewish Quarter. Voila, cut out the middle man. Some treasures to be found in this area are: black hammam soups...

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  • Mosques / Religious Institutions

    Marrakesh Off The Beaten Path

    friends. I have an issue which maybe you can help with? My 17 year old step- daughter, Rosie flew out to Marrakesh, Morrocco yesterday on a month teaching mission. Long story short she is is stuck without any means to cash her travellers cheques, we have sent money via a moneygram which she can't get to the money gram shop and now her credit has...

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  • A paradise of clear fresh water near...

    30 km from Chefchaouen, the fantastic blue town nestled in the North of Morocco in the Atlas mountains there are Ankchur falls. You must take a guide and wear trekking equipment because you have to walk on the rocks and the water. You begin the walk at the dam that creates a wonderful lake where boys like to dive and to swim, then you climb (not so...

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  • Struggle for Water

    Olive tree are generalized in Mediterranean area, and Morocco is no exception. Being a resistant tree, it needs not too much water to survive, but... it needs some. That's why we may see in Morocco the trees lined along trenches, trying to retain the few water from raining. Without the exuberance shown by the vineyards of Porto, they compose an...

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  • Asilah

    Close to Tangier this old city with a wide beach, keeps well visible the signs of Portuguese occupation. With its white houses, Asilah is a good stop.

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  • Ksar es Sghir

    A small village, once occupied by the Portuguese, lost all its importance since then. At least that's what it seems, since for many years I couldn't find it in VT. Now it already is, but, as I saw it in my visit to Tangier, and have not much to say about the place, I will leave the tip in Tangier's page as originally.

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  • Csar el Quibir

    Following the coast between Tanger and Rabat you will pass a town that, according to Portuguese will, would never exist - Alcacer Quibir. That was the place of our most shaming military defeat, with the king's death forcing the loss of independence to Spain for 80 years. Fortunately the event is only commemorated with a small and discreet monument....

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  • Kenitra

    I only stopped in Kenitra to see the tropical garden. I don't know if this small city has any other interesting point but the garden is a refreshing brake in any trip.

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  • Aguelmane Sidi Al

    On the road from Midelt, after the Oued Ziz Valley, about 52 before Azrou the scenery seems to be littered with dark pumice rock. A turnoff to the right directs toi , the largest of the region's many mountain lakes, which is pooled in extinct craters and it is said to have plenty of perch, pike and trout.

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  • Take winter warmers for the kids when...

    Each visit to Morocco Ive always taken things with me that I can give to the local families - especially the children - and especially when I was regularly visiting Telouet - many berber families are still living and working off the land and doing whatever they can do to earn enough to live on or working in labour jobs and earning only 40-60 dirham...

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  • highlights in Morocco

    September is beautiful in Morocco. Only the interior stays warm longer. Essaouria is my favorite place in Morocco for it's layback atmosphere and beach. Rabat has a beautiful historic old city in shades of white and blue. Fes was a culture shock of winding, crowded narrow paths in the old medina. I didn`t like Marrakech where the locals can be very...

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  • Telouet Kasbah - Morocco

    After traversing the Atlas Mountains on the first day of our Desert trip from Marrakech, we were headed towards Ouarzazate. This was our first tourist stop along the way.Kasbah Telouet is somewhere between Marrakech and Ouarzazate. This Castle is going through the ravages of time and crumbling. In 2010 work started to restore the Castle to it's...

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  • Ad-Dakhla

    Ad-Dakhla is the end of the road. As far south from Europe as you can go overland without needing a visa, apparently. And on arriving in Ad-Dakhla's half-finished town centre after an eight hour bus jorney through monotonous desert scenery and half a dozen checkpoints, one question you might ask yourself is "why did I bother?". Ad-Dakhla really...

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  • Western Sahara: Laayoune

    The largest city in Western Sahara, Laayoune is an odd sort of place. Traces of the original Spanish settlement are still there, a cathedral and a plaza in a run down corner of town overlooking the desert, a few Spanish street names and whitewashed domed houses, a Parador hotel. A spanish priest still gives mass occasionally to a handful of Spanish...

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  • Smara

    Smara didn't use to exist in guidebooks, and while Moroccan tourist literature used to admit to its existence, it was only with a vague description, "historical town of Smara" in small print at the bottom. As a garrison town close to the front line in the war with Polisario, until recently tourists weren't allowed in, but things have relaxed and if...

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  • Western Sahara

    It may be listed on VT as a separate country, but as far as Morocco is concerned, Western Sahara is just southern Morocco...I won't argue here whether it is or it isn't, but I will offer a few tips for the few travellers who make it this far south (fewer and fewer, now that the border with Mauritania is so difficult to cross). - Be prepared for...

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  • visit an old mosque

    In the Tizi n'Test pass there is one of the only two mosques that non-believers may visit: the Tin Mal mosque in the village of Tin Mal.It is still in use on Fridays ---as a non-believer you cannot enter that day. The entrance fee is about 10 dh.The 12th Century building, some of it restored, is in the Almohad style. A lot of the fine detail can be...

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  • Great Place in Sahara Desert Merzouga...

    We planned to stay one night here and 6 days later wept on having to leave. The garden is in pole position for the dunes. End of the piste - the expanse of small dawn-watching dunes opens right behind of the tents and the most majestic of the high sunset-watch dunes are just a stroll (or dromedary plod) away. And it truly is a garden - palm trees,...

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  • Ziz Valley

    This is a barren but spectacular landscape in south eastern Morocco down by Erfoud and Merzouga.The valley actually starts around a small town of Rich, part the Garrison town or Er-Rachidia and onto the desert towns of Erfoud, Merzouga and Taouz which is by the Erg-Chebbi desert.The town of Rissani which is in the valley has many architectural...

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  • Driving Draa-Foum Zguid-Tata-Akka-Id...

    A few choices to make - other than the section of road between Erfoud and Merzouga which is incorrect the Michelin map is pretty much correct for Morocco's roads with all its signifying which is piste and which is bitumen.going via Agdz or via Tazenahkt is really personal choice for scenery - the Michelin map shows the road between Agdz and up to...

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  • sahara Desert - Camping under the Stars

    This was the hilight of our Moroccan outback adventure with Sahara Dreams Maroc.Camping under the stars in the Sahara Desert was an amazing experience!! Our guide Habib really looked after us and made sure we were comfortable and well looked after.If you plan to visit the Sahara Desert then I urge you to ask Sahara Dreams Maroc to take you! We had...

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  • Camel Ride Sahara Desert - Morocco

    If you are visiting the Sahara Desert then you must go on a camel ride!It was the first time hubby and I had been on a camel and it won't be the last. Admittedly my legs were a little wabbly and my butt was sore after being on the camel for over an hour but I would do it all again :o) In fact I would do our whole desert trip again! This was day 4...

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  • Tamgroute Pottery - Morocco

    We had one last place to visit on day 3 of our Moroccan outback safari adventure before we headed off to the Sahara Desert and our camp for the night. Tamgroute is a popular place to visit for a number of reasons. The original Koran Library is situated here and there are interesting underground streets......but I really enjoyed visiting the...

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  • Atlas Mountains - Morocco

    My tips are in the order of the places that we visited on our outback Morocco adventure with Sahara Dreams Maroc. After leaving Marrakech we headed towards the Atlas Mountains. The scenery along the way changed from city to villages to flat countryside with the mountains looming in the distance. When we arrived at the Atlas Mountains the road...

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  • Boumalne Dades - Morocco

    After visiting the Dades Gorges we stopped off a a Hotel at Boumalne Dades for a snack and view over the valley.Opposite the Hotel is this lovely painting. Beautiful hey :o)This is a popular place to stay if you are visiting the area but I think the town of Tinghir is a better place to base yourself.

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  • Todra Gorges - Morocco

    We rose early on the 3rd day of our Moroccan Desert Trip as we had quite a bit of mileage to cover today. We were heading off from Tinghir and across the Saghro Massif mountain crossing to the Draa Valley, Tazzarine, Zagora, Tamgroute and to our camp in the Sahara Desert for the night.First stop was the lovely Todra Gorges. These sheer rock walls...

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  • Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah - Morocco

    We were headed from Marrakech to Ouarzazate on the 1st day of our Moroccan outback adventure and we had already visited Kasbah Telouet which was amazing. Our next stop was the famous Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah. This place is famous as a number of movies have been staged here including Star Wars, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator and The Jewl of the Nile.It...

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  • Dades Gorges - Morocco

    We had one last thing to see as we neared the 2nd night of our desert trip with Sahara Dreams Maroc - The Dades Gorges. And this sight was magnificant!!After navigating the steep narrow road and sharp corners up the hill, Habib our guide stopped at the top and we took a hard earned break, drink and relaxed to enjoy the view. Check it out!! :o)The...

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  • Valley of Roses - Morocco

    After our 1st night in Ouarzazte on our fantastic desert trip with Sahara Dreams Maroc we headed out on day 2 towards Tinghir. First stop was Lake Ouarzazate and then we drove off road and met some Berber Nomads and had tea with them in their cave home. I a sure you have read all about that in my Day 2 travelogue. We also drove through the Valley...

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  • Book your Desert Trip with Sahara Dreams...

    You must be convinced by now after reading my travelogues that a Sahara desert trip from Marrakech is a 'must do'!! :o) Well if you miss booking with Sahara Dreams Maroc.....then I may as well buy a crash helmet and find the nearest brick wall!! haha. .....So what are you waiting for?... link to the site is pasted below.We had the pleasure of...

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  • Sahara Desert Map showing places we...

    Most of my tips will be in the Off The Beaten Path catagory since our road trip was into the Moroccan outback and Sahara Desert.Here is a map showing the places we visited. Basically our trip went from Marrakech through Ait Ben Haddou, Ouarzazate, Valley du Dades, Tinghir, Back to Boumalne, then cross country to Tazzarine, Valley De Draa, Zagoura,...

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  • For locals only (almost)

    Tafadna -- by the seaAlong the Atlantic Coast of Morocco, south of Essaouira, you can find som great places -- not (yet) visited very often by tourists. One is Tadfadna, where yu often meet only local fisher-men -- they are present here in the summertime. Tafadna can be reached by bus and grand taxi - but it can be recommendeed to rent a car for...

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  • Khenifra

    The village of Khenifra is situated at an altitude of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in the western foothills of the Middle Atlas mountains, a range characterized by arid, desert-like regions with red-rock cliffs and mesas. Many of the town's buildings are made from red adobe that blend in with the land.Kenifra was established on the banks of the Oum...

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  • Azrou

    Located about 55 miles (89 kilometers) south of Fez, Azrou is a small village whose inhabitants are mostly Berbers, and is accordingly one of the most important and famous Berber towns in Morocco. Although small, Azrou is the largest town in the region and attracts people from the surrounding villages to sell their wares in its weekly market, held...

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