Morocco: Eat, See, Do

 

Morocco is a beautiful country with so much to do, see and of course eat. Here is a list based on the places I went.

EAT

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HARIRA

A spicy tomato and lentil based soup. Good for a cold day.Yum!

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PASTILLA

A chicken meat pie layered with flaky dough and dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

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BROCHETTE

Can you feel the steam?! Basically  this is meat kebab. It could be Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Camel etc.

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TAJINE

A rich fragrant stew with some combination of lamb, chicken or fish with onions, olives, almonds, tomato, herbs or dried fruit.

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COUSCOUS

Of course, I save the best for the last! This is a savory semolina dish cooked with local vegetable and/or meat. The picture above was made very specially, in addition to the ingredients mentioned above, ours had sweet syrup added.

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MINT TEA

Although not a food, this drink is very popular in Morocco. It is usually taken after a main dish, For breakfast and when you spend time with friends or family. Because mint is very strong, it tastes almost bitter alone. A lot of sugar is usually added to this drink. 

Now that I have intentionally made you salivate, let’s check out places to visit in Morocco.

SEE

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HASSAN II MOSQUE, Casabalanca

A beautiful mosque by the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1993, it is one of the largest mosques in the world.  A must see!!!

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SAADIAN TOMBS, Marrakesh

This gorgeous tomb was restored during Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahb’s rule. A lot of expensive materials were used in its restoration.Materials such as Carrara Marble, Honey comb muqarnas imported from Italy and Pure gold to name a few.

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BAHIA PALACE, Marrakesh

The word “Bahia” means Brilliance. A lot of expensive materials from around Morocco were used in the construction of this magnificent Palace. The designs of some of the rooms we looked into were awe inspiring. It was built for Ba Ahmed. This palace has 160 rooms.

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KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE, Marrakesh

This is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. It’s minaret is also the tallest in the whole pf Marrakesh. It is said that the height of most buildings should maintain a certain level so that the gorgeous view of the Atlas mountain could be seen. The word “Koutoubia” comes from the Arabic word “Koutoub” which means book. It was said that the Koutoubia mosque was a center of excellence and knowledge in the past, whereby educated people came together to share their knowledge and also acquire new ones.

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ARGAN OIL PRODUCTION, Atlas Mountain

Argan oil is such a big deal in Morocco. It said to have many health benefits for the body. It is really interesting to see how this oil is produced from just a seed. Most of the people that make Argan oil are women.

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KASBAH, Ait bin Haddou

This is a breath taking view of the Kasbah located in a little city named Ait bin haddou. This gorgeous city has been used for major Hollywood movies like the Gladiator, Jewel of the night with Penelope Cruz; to name a few. There are people that live in the city. 

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Go to the SAHARA DESERT

I mean who wouldn’t want to visit the largest desert in the entire world!

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CEDAR FOREST, Azrou

Although I didn’t get the opportunity to go here, I heard it’s really worth the visit.  In the cedar forest of Azrou close to Fez, there are monkeys!

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MADRASAH AL QURAWIYYIN, Fez

Al Qurawiyyin is the oldest university in the world. It was founded by a woman named Fatima bint Muhammed Al Fahri. Built in 859. It was a center of  excellence during that time period.

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 CHEFCHAOUEN

The entire city of Chefchaouen is worth seeing. Its often referred to as the blue city. It is not a very large city, so its very easy to get around. This was by far my most favorite city. The people were extremely friendly (In other parts of Morocco as well, but this one was special). The best part of Chefchaouen for me was going to Aladin restaurant and sitting on the terrace. One could see the entire city plus the mountains surrounding it. Even the interior of the restaurant was like that of  the Disney cartoon. During my experience I felt like I was dreaming. And of course the food was delicious.

DO

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Drive through Anfa, Casablanca

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Walk through Courniche Boulevard, Casablanca

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Walk around Jemaa el fnaa, Marrakesh

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Head towards Ouarzarzate and see the scenic mountain view, Atlas Mountain

Hang out and have mint tea with Amazigh people in the Sahara desert

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Sand Board/ drive a four wheel/Ride a camel in the desert

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Visit a Tannery

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Visit a Ceramic store

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Get a massage at a Hamamm

They usually cost less than 20 euros!

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Shop till you drop in any of the Souks (Markets)

**NOTE**

  • Make sure your exchange rate is 1 euro = 10 dirhams  or $1 = 9.88dirhams.
  • Don’t use tap water for consumption. Use bottled water for any consumption.
  • Know some Arabic or French.
  • Know how to haggle or bargain.
  • Smile, Relax and Have a great time!!!!

These tips are just a tip on the iceberg of exciting things to experience in Morocco. I only went to 9 places but there many more wonderful cities in Morocco that I didn’t have the opportunity to visit. Check out these blogs on more things Moroccan: 

http://marocmama.com/

 http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/africa/morocco/food-drink/

I hope you enjoyed this list. 

2017-03-26T21:24:31+00:00 January 10th, 2016|AFRICA|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. mukul chand January 10, 2016 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Great Post

  2. indianonthestreet January 10, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Beautiful pics ! Morocco has been on my list for a long time now. This post was helpful.

    • Kareemah January 10, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

      I am glad, it helped :). Morocco is worth a visit.

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