17 Feb The beauties of Morocco
by Michelle Brouwer from Netherlands
Erg Chebbi Desert Merzouga by Michelle Brouwer
I look outside, we are driving on a small road and right beneath me I see the green tops of the trees. When I look up I am amazed by the nature. Big, craggy mountains with an orange glow like in the Grand Canyon. Behind it, in the distance, I see snowy peaks like the Alps and in the middle of it all the bright sun is shining. I will never forget this moment! Read along to discover more of the beauties Morocco has to offer.
Atlas Mountain by Michelle Brouwer
Wandering through The Souks of Marrakech
This is what my discovery of Marrakech started with and it is something you can’t skip during your trip. Wandering through the Souks is an experience on its own. The souks is the biggest market of Morocco. Take your time and get lost in the narrow streets full off food, herbs and spices, clothes, leather and carpets. The spicy smells that tinkle your nose, the shiny teapots at every stand, the hubbub and the salesmen that would love to sell you something, visiting The Souks is a true experience.
The Souks of Marrakech by Michelle Brouwer
Enjoying the lovely Moroccan food
Tajines and couscous that is what Moroccan food is all about. Every restaurant has it on their menu but the taste is never the same! These dishes will not bore you. Spices like cumin, cinnamon and saffron gives it the typical Moroccan taste.
Also try the sweet biscuits and pastry, piled up at the pastry stores. Really good with a nice cup of tea! Are you just also drooling when you look at the pictures below?
Café Dabachi-Harrira soup and salad riche by Michelle Brouwer
Visiting centuries old building and palaces
I don’t exaggerate when I say that Morocco has a lot of beautiful centuries old building and palaces. For example, visit the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakech, like I did. It’s nice to see how these students lived and studied.
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa by Michelle Brouwer
Seeing the sunset in the desert
You have to travel 2 days when your starting point is Marrakech, but it’s worth it when you see the dunes of the Erg Chebbi desert at the border of the village Merzouga. Driving through the mountains, visiting historical villages that are UNESCO World Heritage, seeing the sun set behind the orange dunes while sitting on a dromedary and then eating and sleeping in a Berber camp, it’s an adventure!
Are you traveling when it is winter like me? Then you will see magnificent views with snowy mountains while traveling to the desert.
UNESCO World Heritage side of Aït Benhaddou by Michelle Brouwer
Relax and refresh in Essouira
When it’s winter the temperature is higher in Essouira than Marrakech, in summer it’s the other way around and the perfect way to refresh after a visit of the busy and hot Marrakech. Essouira is a fishermen’s town with a relaxed vibe. There is a strong wind almost every day and the conditions to surf are great. Not a surfer? Don’t worry Essouira has enough souvenir shops in the city centre and near the castle, have a nice lunch or dinner with fresh seafood, relax and have some drinks at one of the beach bars.
Essouira beach by Michelle Brouwer
I never would have thought that Morocco would be such a diverse and beautiful country with a lot of culture, stunning nature and lovely people. I will come back in the future to discover even more beauties and I would advise you to do the same! Because when you’re a traveler at heart just like me this country will fill up your heart with love.