5 Reasons why I fell in love with Morocco!
5 Reasons why I fell in love with Morocco
Visiting Morocco is often a dream for many people. To ride a camel, to spend a night in the desert, explore the maze-like medinas and drink mint tea with the locals.As I stood overlooking the sahara, admiring the rhythmic, untouched dunes of the desert I began to realise my dreams had come true.For miles around, as far as the eye can see, the dunes surrounding you like red waves in the sea. I had ridden a camel to the spot where we partied with the locals, gazed at the million stars at night and slept in a Berber tent.For 8 days I traveled around the country of Morocco on the Citylife Moroccan adventure, I tucked in to couscous, drank my weight in mint tea, hiked and absorbed the sighs, smells and sounds of Morocco.I’ve listed some of the special moments, and favourite experiences from the trip:
The Sahara Desert
As we began to reach closer to the Sahara Desert, the red dunes start to over-power the landscape. This sand doesn’t appear like the yellow sand you may see on the beach, but there’s a really rich, reddy colour to it.After a 45 minute camel ride, which was entertaining to say the least and lots of fun getting on and off we arrived at our camp. A few of us decided to sand board down the dunes before we made our way down, the hike up the dune was definitely worth it for that short adrenaline rush.We spent the night partying around a fire, star gazing and sharing stories with locals. A truly magical experience to be able to spend a night in the sahara desert.
“A truly magical experience to be able to spend a night in the sahara desert.”
Seeing Aït Benhaddour
Visiting kasbah of Aït Benhaddou, being slightly starstruck as it’s the backdrop of many films and TV series, most notably for me – Game of Thrones. We had a friendly local guide show us around his town, he spoke several languages fluently which really impressed me. We crossed a small stream and made our way up to the top to catch the sunset – this was the most picturesque ksar I have ever seen which explains why it always finds its self in Hollywood.
Marrakech was crazy, intense and everything I thought it would be. A mix of modern, Moroccan and International culture which can cater for all budgets. I dined at luxury restaurants as well as feasted on street food. I’d highly recommend KifKif, great burgers and traditional Moroccan cuisine located in a very cute, Moroccan picturesque building. The chaotic pace exposed a city and people always on the go. The famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square is truly an organised mess, with tens of thousands of people at night eating, shopping, hustling, getting henna tattoos, listening to musicians and story tellers. I’d highly recommend to try the juices here, a little tip is to go to the same seller if you’re there for a bit of time as they sometimes give you free refills.
Hearing the call to prayer
While I’ve been to predominantly Muslim countries before, I’ve never experienced an Arab Muslim country or heard the call to prayer. There was something beautiful about the melodic nature of the call, and it was a great alarm clock at 5 a.m. Seeing people flock to the mosque in their white prayer clothes was a unique cultural experience, there’s a great spot on top of Islane hotel where you can observe. I was particular fortunate to experience the end of Ramadan while in Morocco which was unbelievable to see everyone come together
Chefchaouen – The blue city
Nested deep in the mountains this is definitely the place where you’re going to get that photo to make everyone envious for your social media. When we arrived in Chefchaouen I instantly felt calmer, a little cooler too. The markets were less hectic and not so crazy and I felt a lot more at ease while walking through the shops. One thing to note is there are a lot of cats, which is always a furry bonus. With endless mountain views, small cobble streets and endless blue walls this has to be one of the most beautiful parts of Morocco..
This was one of the best trips of my life, visiting a country so rich with culture. I met so many people on the trip and made friends for life. Citylife do several trips to Morocco each year, and I would highly recommend you to join if you can. You can find out about the upcoming trips here