Visiting Andalusia not only allows you to explore a great destination with gorgeous places to see. It also sets you a step away from visiting a whole another continent. Yes, we’re talking about Africa and one of the most picturesque countries out there: Morocco!
Perfect for a weekend trip out of Malaga, Morocco is a dream destination for the young-spirited and curious travellers. If you haven’t put it on your list yet, check out the next 9 reasons to visit Morocco:
1. The delicious couscous & traditional harira
We’re not going to lie. We love Spanish food and would not trade it for anything else. But Moroccan food, well, that’s a whole different topic.
Moroccan food is rich in spices and very fresh. It is a mix of Arabic, Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine and took the best out of all three of them. You can find tasty home made food with seasonal ingredients in almost every corner of Morocco. The traditional couscous and the Moroccan harira should be on your list.
See more food photos on Instagram: #moroccanfood
2. Chefchaouen: the world famous Blue City
One of the highlights of every visit in Morocco is definitely Chefchaouen. It may take you long time to learn how to pronounce the name of the city right, but you’ll need only a few seconds to fall in love with this blue heaven in Morocco.
Narrow streets, tranquil atmosphere and mountainous surroundings, Chaouen (as it is sometimes called) is an idyllic city escape.
See more photos of the Blue City on Instagram: #chefchaouen
3. Feel as Moroccan, dress in a traditional djellaba
African culture is famous for the rich colours. Carpets, pottery, houses and clothes… everything in Morocco screams colours. You will not be able to set your eyes off of the shining red, yellow, blue and many others combined in a fascinating way.
Moroccan culture is represented also in the way people dress. If you want to feel like a real Moroccan, you should try to wear a traditional djellaba – long loose outer robe. Women can dress in the traditional long dress kaftan, no usually worn for weddings and special celebrations.
See more photos on Instagram: #moroccostyle
4. Meet the Moroccan hospitality
Travelling can be both fun and educational. Getting to know the Moroccan people will open your eyes for a culture that makes you feel welcomed everywhere you go. It is a family-oriented nation which means that once you get close to locals, they will treat you as part of their home. No doubt, Moroccans are polite and hospitable so you will be in a good place.
See more photos of locals on Morocco on Instagram: #peopleofMorocco
5. Set your foot in a different continent
You may be spending a few months in Spain for study, work or just pleasure. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit another continent. Just 3 hours away, one of the most curious African countries – Morocco, is waiting for you. Wait until you tell all your friends and family about it.
6. Try camel ride on the beach
If you ever saw some beautiful photos of people riding camels on the beach with a big smile on their faces, Morocco is your chance to be on their place. Head over to the bach in Tanger and hop on one of those fascinating animals with a spectacular view to the Atlantic ocean.
See more photos from our last trip to Morocco: Morocco in March
7. The sweet Moroccan tea, not only a drink
Morocco is famous for its hot green tea served with mint leaves, also known as Maghrebi tea. If you go to a local’s house, it is almost certain that you will find this heavenly drink. The tea in Morocco is not only a drink, it is part of the culture and the hospitality of Moroccans. It is very common to offer tea to all guests.
See more photos of the tea culture in Morocco: #moroccantea
8. Learn the local language
One of the ways to get closer to the culture is by learning the local language. In Morocco, the official languages are Arabic and Berber but the first one is spoken by most of the people. Moroccan Arabic is known as Darija.
There is no doubt that if you make the effort to learn a few of their words, locals will answer you with a smile. Start with the greeting Salaam Alaikum, then learn the basics: Shukran (Thank you), Wakha (Okay), La bas (How are you), la (no), naam (yes), Beslama (Bye).
Check more: Important Phrases in Morocco
9. Visit the Medina quarters of Morocco
Medina is the historical part of the city usually surrounded by walls and packed with lots of picturesque narrow streets. Medinas can be found in most of the cities in Morocco. Walking there will feel like going back in time.
All the traditional open markets in the medina are preserved and local sellers are trying to charm you with their products… You will stumble upon many traditional leather tanneries in Fez, Marakesh, Tangir and more. A sight to be seen!
Now that you are ready to experience Morocco, pack your bags and your smile, take a few friends with you and start planning your trip.
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