The beautiful Kingdom of Morocco beckons – the colorful ambience, native bazaars, rich Morocco culture, etc. – there is so much to explore about this scintillating gem in the west Mediterranean Sea. If you truly want to experience the best of Morocco, the ideal way is – when in Morocco, do as locals do!
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- Moroccan mint tea is extended as gesture of friendship and courtesy in every home, a long-standing practice. Tea is poured into glasses with fresh mint leaves in them. Perfect for breakfast due to its exotic taste, accompanied by a side of toasted bread flavored with Moroccan argan oil.
- The medina in Morocco is the older portion of the town with a distinct feature – streets and most of the buildings are painted in stunning colors! Take a stroll on the cobbled streets while enjoying shopping from local artisans.
- The souk is famous for selling herbs, spices, textiles, fresh produce – a spree at this version of a weekly farmers market is a must to learn more about this fascinating place.
- Don’t act the part of a native – sink into the character! Don’t forget the traditional siesta or nap after lunch. This custom is strongly observed as stores and local businesses shut shop during siesta.
- Music in Morocco is interesting, quirky, and just the type to let your hair down – jive to the upbeat songs in Berber and Arabic while sipping on cool and refreshing beverages – a night out on the town is mandatory.
- Absorbing the culture in a particular place is incomplete if you don’t dress like the locals. For instance, Moroccan women and men wear djellabas, featuring long sleeves and a hood, worn mostly on Fridays as a tradition. The hood usually protects the face from heat and sunlight, while the footwear is made of soft leather with no heels, called “babouches”, for moroccan slippers.
- Don’t want to miss on your favorite game? No worries, as most cafes broadcast games such as the live World Cup Soccer, on large screens and HD display.
- Moroccan couscous, a dish made with pasta-like grains of semolina and water, is served on every Friday as a ritual – don’t forget to taste this filling concoction.
- Hammams, also known as Turkish baths are the Moroccan version of a spa – steam baths, flavored soaps, exotic oils – you get a heady, comfortable feeling!
- Quaint cafes with old world charm dot the city – have some tea and snacks while browsing through Moroccan newspapers or watching Moroccan news on television.
- Major cities historic downtowns are decorated tastefully with fantastic décor elements and accents – take a walk in the afternoon and see for yourself.
- You can’t leave without sampling the delicious, mouth-wateri here – Moroccan Tagine is a specialty consisting of the conical shaped clay dish and entrée with chicken, lamb or meat stew vegetables.
Morocco tourism is growing in leaps and bounds – and why not? It offers a plethora of exciting and fun things to do, so if you are considering a holiday, a Morocco vacation is a mighty fine option!