The Cultural Exploration of Morocco

Deep-rooted in a cuisine that perfectly combines European, Mediterranean and that of the local Berber culture, Morocco’s rich history is highlighted by the way in which all residents across the country connect with their society’ past in their everyday lives. More than simply just history, Moroccans are proud of their eclectic culture, as seen by the Spanish-Moorish architecture in Meknes to the French-inspired cafes in the coastal town of Tangier.

Fes
fesHistorically comprised of two fairly large medinas, Fes continues to symbolically represent the fortress medieval city which marked this nation as a popular destination to explore. One interesting visual aspect to notice about this city is the various means of transportation which range from carriages to donkeys to show how goods are transferred into the markets in the city center. Surrounded by fortifying high walls, once you enter the ancient gates of the city, be sure to dine or shop at a rooftop terrace to experience the city’s calm during sunrise or in the pastel evening sky.

Meknes
With a similar city layout, Meknes is an imperial, ancient city known for the architectural innovation of Sultan Moulay Ismail, who had ordered a new building redesign to reflect Spanish-Moorish influence. If you happen to have a little extra time, a day trip to the Roman ruins of Volubilis provides any tourist with a wider cultural vision of Morocco through a glimpse inside the natural sites, historical monuments and palaces that reflect

Ait Benhaddou
A fortified city that was once a country’s primary stronghold, as one of Ouarzazate fortresses is interestingly located between the dry Saharan desert and the bright colored markets of Marrakech. The crowded houses, along with the corner towers are accurate examples of modest, functional Southern Moroccan architecture. These ksars or earthy, mud based buildings exemplify what was historically known as a very traditional, pre-Saharan habitat shielding locals from the radiant, sometimes burning sun in the afternoon.

Chefchaouenchefchaouen
Continuing to be Morocco’s primary cultural icon, this stunning mountain enclosed city located in the Northeastern portion of the country still amazes tourists with its charming, elegant architecture. The city globally known for its white painted home with sky and powdered blue aesthetic touches represents the UNESCO site’s utter timelessness. Some local goods that are produced in this region are wool garments, woven blankets and fresh goat cheese that is often incorporated into the local cuisine. To learn about more places to visit on your next trip to Morocco, please visit this link.

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