Visit a Berber village, not too far from Marrakesh. You will meet friendly people who will invite you into their home for tea (delicious tea). There will be people asking you to buy their goods, but there is not as much pressure as in the city. It's a nice relaxing visit after being in the Marrakesh markets.
Formerly known as Mogador, this fishing port town is well worth a visit.
About 3 to 4 hours from Marrakesh, your journey takes you past Argan trees, (You might even spot a goat climbing the tree to reach the nuts that are used to obtain the Argan oil) and Thuya trees that are unique to this area.
The fishing port , narrow winding streets and alleyways of the souks, medina and mellah attract artists and photographers.
Each year Essaouira hosts a Gnaoua music festival, with performers ranging from local artistes to International singers and musicians appearing.
This charming town also has featured in many films, with the ramparts famously providing the opening scenes to Orson Welles' Othello, and more recently in Alexander.
Please visit my Essaouira page for more info
In Ouriki we saw except a lot of vegetables also fruits from the fertile valley.
We enjoyed a lot to walk around at this part of the local market. It was nice to look, what's happened here. And of course we bought some of the delicious local fruit.
In another part of the village we found the vegetable market. At this coulourful part of the market we saw many tomatoes, onions and other vegetables and herbs. The soil in the surrounding area of the village must be fertile.
In the animal part of the market we saw only men, as we expected, but also at the vegetable part of the market we saw hardly any woman.
The most crowded part of the market, where it was not easy to move forward, was the animal section. Here we saw many goats and sheeps. It was very interesting to have a look at the lifely bargaining and trade between the villagers.
We walked around at the market, exploring and trying to discover the different sections of the market. The market was spread out in the whole village, so it took some time before we had visited all the sections with animals, vegetables, local craft and more.
We enjoyed the special atmosphere and ambiance in the village.
We were very excited to have a look in this village at the marketday. When we walked around, it was as if we were back in another era. These pictures are not from 1975, but made in 2000.
It was very crowded in the village indeed, but it was also easy to find some more quiet places at the edges of the village with only a few donkeys and local men around.
When we entered the market village Ouriki, we saw also at the the other side of the bridge a lot of ''parked'' donkeys of the local people, visiting the market. Never before I had seen so many donkeys at one spot.
When we saw the huge amount of donkeys in the oued and all the people at the bridge, we were prepared, that the market must be very crowded.
In 2000 we visited the village Ouriki, south of Marrakesh for the weekly local market. Many villagers from the surrounding villages visit this market.
When we crossed the river, before entering the village, we saw a large parking lot, not with cars ...., but with donkeys, many many donkeys,shoulder by shoulder.
If you enlarge the picture you will see it better.
On our way to Ouriki, one hour south of Marrakesh, we saw many fruittrees and agricultural fields in the green Ourika Valley. The villages looked very nice. The kasbah village on the picture we saw just before we reached Ouriki. The red colour of the buildings fits very well against the mountainslopes in the same colour.
I am not quite sure where this was, but is took us approx one hour by bus to get there. The whole place looks like a caravan site and you eat inside the tents, sit on lovely carpets and get the most devine food to eat.
From TANGIER, DON'T FORGET to explore CAPE SPARTEL - the extreme North-Westerly point of Africa, close to the famous Caves of Hercules and Cape Malabata.
Photo Below: That's me having a blast right here in beautiful CAPE SPARTEL.
Visit the lovely city of TANGIER.
Tangier has been called the Gateway to Morocco and has been designated as the country's summer capital by the late-King Hassan II. Overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar with a view of Spain's southern coast, Tangier is set upon a spectacular bay and has been a magnet for travelers and celebrities (the likes of Liz Taylor) for centuries!
Photo Below: That's me walking along the tree-lined seaside area... here in Tangier.
And yes, NEVER leave Morocco without exploring the ancient capital city of FEZ.... That's me standing outside the Palace gates.
If you want to know more about FEZ, please check out my 'MOROCCO' travel page. Thanks!
I found the little villages that we passed in the country side most charming. They kind of blended in with the landscape, same colour etc.