Best of Morocco: Top 12 things Locals Like to Do!

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!

Take a look:

  1. 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.6121206671_b1a5eba566_o
  2. 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.

    Moroccan lamps and Lanterns shop at the souk, Medina of Marrakech, Photo Credit: Mark Rowland, Flickr

    Moroccan lamps and Lanterns shop at the Medina of Marrakech, Photo Credit: Mark Rowland, Flickr

  3. 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.

    Souk in Morocco, Photo credit: Frederic Potet, flickr

    Souk in Morocco, Photo credit: Frederic Potet, flickr

  4. 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.

    Camels takes naps too! Photo Credit: Taneel Tamusk, Flickr

    Camels takes naps too! Photo Credit: Taneel Tamusk, Flickr

  5. 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.

    Moroccan women dancing, Credit: Jeremy Brooks, Flickr

    Moroccan women dancing, Credit: Jeremy Brooks, Flickr

  6. 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.

    Moroccan Djellaba and Tarbouche, Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera, Flickr

    Moroccan Djellaba and Tarbouche, Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera, Flickr

  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!14903960441_de47072ae1_z
  10. 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.
  11. Major cities historic downtowns are decorated tastefully with fantastic décor elements and accents – take a walk in the afternoon and see for yourself.4378414073_196fe7cfeb_o
  12. 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.

    Moroccan Tagines

    Moroccan Tagines

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!

 


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