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About Morocco

Your Moroccan adventure begins

Morocco brims over with contrast, color and mystery and all you can do is simply catch your breath in wonder. It has a timeless quality that no longer exists in the modern world, a sense that the past with all its glory and savagery still lives on, threading in and out of the present, informing with its every word and gesture. On arrival you are plunged into a culture, a religion and a lifestyle utterly unlike anything that you have ever experienced before; a mystery tour of a land of endless surprises, enchantment and enduring fascination.

Beaches & mountains

For some, the countries main appeal lies in the quality of its beaches. Morocco has always been a crossroads, the place where the East collides with the West and Africa shakes hands with Europe across the narrow straits of Gibraltar. It also marks the merger of the Mediterranean with the Atlantic and this gives Morocco two strikingly different coasts.

You may like to combine a few days on one of the beaches together with exploring the Kasbahs and oases of the pre-Sahara where the only waves are those shaped by the receding dunes. You could disappear into the medieval world of Morocco's ancient cities and souks or go skiing in Oukaimeden or trekking on foot or on horseback in the high Atlas or play golf on some of the finest courses in the world.

Friendly population

Moroccans are friendly, polite, competitive and intensely curious about the outside world. Islam is a thriving faith but Morocco's version is also extremely moderate, open minded and tolerant. You can go a long way into the heart of their culture just by feeling independent enough to accept their hospitality which pours forth from rich and poor alike whether in the city or the countryside. Such gestures of friendship are what transform a good holiday into a great experience, for then you are no longer just visiting but really living.

Traditions

Morocco is more relaxed than many Muslim countries and therefore it is possible to wear clothing that exposes arms and legs in coastal resorts. However to minimize hassle, women are advised to cover themselves at social occasions and visits in traditional rural areas.

Moroccans are inordinately friendly and hospitable, so try saying salamu 'aleykum (hello) and insh'allah.

Moroccans love to talk. For the men, particularly, conversation forms a major part of life and hours are spent everyday arguing about current issues over a coffee in the towns' abundant cafés.

Cuisine


The finest of Moroccan arts is undoubtly its cuisine.

All over Morocco, the main drink apart from water is mint tea (Attay). An inexpensive and refreshing drink which is made with green tea, fresh mint and a lot of white sugar.
If you want a reduced sugar tea, ask for (Attay msous) or (B'la sukar).

Coffee is commonly drunk black and strong (Kahwa Kahla). For a weak milky coffee, ask for a (Café au lait or kahwa hlib). A stronger milky coffee is a (Café cassé or kahwa mhersa).

A few Arabic greetings 

A standard greeting will go something like this:

 

Salamu 'aleykum (Hello.)

Wa 'aleykum as-salam (thanks,Hello.)

Labas? (How are you? or literally 'No harm?'.)

Labas, barak llahu fîk (Fine, God bless you.)

Kulshi bekhir? (Is everything OK?)

Bekhir, llhamdu llah (Fine, praise God.)

 

More facts about Morocco

 

 Moroccan landmark  the Mediterranean sea meats the Atlantic ocean Market in Rabat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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