Experience the exotic beauty of Morocco, as you ride camels from a lush oasis to a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert, take a Moroccan cooking arts class, stay at luxury riads and ancient kasbahs. Tour Majorelle Gardens, hike the High Atlas Mountains, indulge in Moroccan spa treatments, stroll the oceanside promenade of Casablanca, through medieval souks and medinas of Fez and the palm groves of Marrakech.
Deserts and Caravans
Morocco's Saharan sand dunes are the stuff of legend, and sitting on a camel as the sun sets over the golden sands is one of life's most sublime experiences. Moroccan dunes or ergs, meaning "islands of sand" in Arabic, radiate beauty and a rare sense of tranquility.
Kasbahs and Riads
Riad, meaning "a garden" in Arabic, is a traditional home inside a city's medina. According to the tradition, riads have no windows to the street outside, but all windows open inward to the central courtyard, usually with a fountain and a garden. Most riads feature original Moroccan antiques, and with only a few bedrooms, but several salons, they are an oasis of exotic luxury and peace. Kasbahs, on the other hand are lovingly restored old citadels. Due to the nature of fortified buildings, the rooms in Kasbahs are small and wonderfully cool.
Desert caravans passed through this outpost long before Berber leader Youssef and his savvy wife Zeinab recognized Marrakech's strategic potential and built ramparts around it in 1062. The city's irrigation system and its signature pink mudbrick architecture were introduced by the Almoravids.
The architecture of Marrakech is dominated by riads. Riad, meaning "a garden" in Arabic, is a traditional home inside a city's medina. According to the tradition, riads have no windows to the street outside, but all windows open inward to the central courtyard which usually has a fountain or a pool and a garden with orange, tangerine or lemon trees.
Morocco is foodies' heaven and the country's history is reflected in its culinary arts. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, it has been influenced by the native Berber cuisine, the Arabic Andalusian cuisine brought by the Moriscos when they left Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, the Turkish cuisine and the Middle Eastern cuisines of Arabs and Jews.
Nobody leaves Marrakech without buying something. Almost every form of Moroccan arts and crafts can be found among Marrakech's labyrinth of shops. The souks sell leatherwork, brassware, copperware, fabrics and elaborate tassels, ceramics from Fez and silver jewelry from Tiznit.