23 Feb Experience the exotic smells, tastes and sights of Morocco
Here at Coverontrip travel insurance, there is nothing we hate more than a tired old cliché, so it’s with a deep inhalation of breath that we describe this blog post topic as east meets west: in Morocco.
Life can be tasted out on the street in Morocco; with the sweet heady smell of spices and aromas everywhere you go, mixed with the sand and dust from the deserts. And to add to this sensory overload, you’ll lose yourself within the myriad of labyrinthine streets.
But just beyond the towns and cities are the wide open expanses of the desert. Sound tempting?
Beyond these highlights Morocco has many secrets and mysteries which we’ve touched upon below. And to try and completely convince you to visit this exotic wonderland, we’ve provided some other titbits as well.
Of course, if you’re planning on travelling to Morocco, don’t forget your travel insurance, such as those provided through Coverontrip travel insurance.
The medinas are the old cities and are usually surrounded by walls and towers. What surprises tourists the most is that the medinas are so perfectly preserved from a bygone era. This is not to mention their narrow and labyrinthine streets.
If Morocco’s medinas have captured your imagination, then don’t hesitate in visiting the Fez medina. Not only is it believed to be the largest in the Muslim world but it’s also one of the most authentic, beautiful and original.
The mosques, the fountains, the gardens, the souks and the madrasas all speak of the beauty of the medinas.
The souks (markets)
The souks are laid out along narrow streets and unfold over roofs covered with fabrics. The murmur of life is constant here. And breaking through this noise is the call to prayer from the nearby mosques, which sounds several times a day.
But if there is one thing that’s vital when talking about souks or bazaars, then it’s haggling. This is almost considered an art form here and is part of the Moroccan national culture. During any stay here, you will have to negotiate the final price of virtually every purchase; so good news for anyone with the gift of the gab.
Carpets, fabrics, trinkets, spices, jewellery, and much more!
If there’s one thing that perfectly represents Morocco, then a strong contender would be its food. It’s a very diverse and rich cuisine, which has been influenced by the many cultural exchanges throughout the long history of this land.
Its disparate ingredients have been taken from Berber, Arab and Mediterranean cultures that have crossed paths through Moroccan lands over millennia. This has produced a unique, simple yet refined cuisine, where sweet and savoury flavours are delicately balanced, as well as the use of many spices and condiments.
Two of its most famous dishes are couscous and tagine. Moroccan Couscous is made with wheat semolina and usually accompanied with vegetables, chicken or lamb. And a tagine is the name given to the stews that are cooked and served in an earthenware pot of the same name. This is definitely a cuisine that will leave you more than satisfied (as well as more than full).
The architecture of Morocco is certainly exotic when viewed from a Westerner’s perspective and it’s without doubt one of the main attractions. The built environment combines African and Islamic styles, although it’s the latter that is dominant.
Morocco is a country faithful to its ancient traditions and cultures, where even modern buildings retain the country’s architectural roots, which helps its cities modernise without losing touch with the past.
This ethos runs through every building facade, courtyard and garden, where the architectural splendour merges into a celebration of contrasts and colours. And speaking of colours, the city of Chefchaouen is definitely worth a visit. Wherever you look, everything is blue!
Most of the south eastern part of Morocco is in the Sahara Desert, which forms the largest arid zone in the world. The whole of the Sahara Desert takes up a land mass roughly the size of China. This is a rough, wild and punishing landscape, but is an unforgettable experience and can be accessed as part of a guided tour from Morocco.