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Morocco Guided Tours

It’s amazing how much history is in each city of Morocco.

Fes, for example, has been around for over one thousand years. The stories and cultural meanings behind major buildings, mosques and schools, are hidden to visitors with no prior knowledge of Morocco.

That’s why we advise taking guided tours of the main cities of Morocco. Your eyes will be opened to a wealth of knowledge that you would have never grasped on your own!


Food – Morocco Cuisine

Overview:
The flavourful cooking of Morocco enjoys a tradition of cuisine rich in spices. Women in the royal cities of Morocco have made cooking an art and a centre of social and community life. Moroccans will be quick to point out that the food found in homes is much better than that available in restaurants. Hosting here also far outshines many parts of the world. A meal would often start with a vast array of delicious dipping salads, from eggplant to green pepper to tomato and onion based salads. This is accompanied by a mouth-watering tagine, a stew type dish characterized by meat, chicken or fish covered by any number of vegetables, sitting in a flavourful spicy sauce. This is eaten by dipping bread, and the visitor will find this an absolutely delightful culinary experience.

Then, just as you are feeling thoroughly stuffed, Moroccans like to display their hospitality and surprise you with another full meal, just as irresistible as the first. The meal ends with a selection of fresh fruit, to pass it down. With constant encouragements to keep eating, that are considered polite in this culture, the guest is guaranteed to leave without needing a meal for another week. In addition to tagine, some other traditional meals include couscous and basteeya. Couscous is steamed semolina grains, traditionally covered with seven vegetables (often onions, pumpkin, zucchini, turnips, chili peppers, carrots and tomatoes) and, once again, a yummy sauce. This is traditionally served on Fridays and usually eaten either with spoons or hands. Basteeya is a triple layer sweet and savoury pastry, with shredded chicken, eggs, lemony onion sauce, and sweetened almonds enclosed in tissue-thin pastry, and sprinkled with a layer of sugar and cinnamon. This type of main meal is often served at lunch (around 2 or 2:30pm ). A nice meal for dinner (anywhere from 8pm to midnight ) is the traditional soup harira. This tomato-based soup is filled with chickpeas and lentils, but it is the incredible blend of herbs and spices that make it so addictive. Harira is also the traditional soup to break the fast each day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. This is often accompanied by other Moroccan treats such as malawi, harsha, bissara, and dates to name a few. Moroccan mint tea is another sweet treat to enjoy as you sample all the great tastes offered in front of you.

Check out our blog posts about Moroccan food:pastilla
They say these are the best Moroccan foods…
5 Foods to Try in Morocco

And our recipes:
Fish Tajine
Tk’touka
Meatball Tagine
Beef with Prune Tagine


Moroccan Weddings

Overview:

Marriage is an evolving institution in Morocco. With less and less arranged marriages, but remaining family involvement and social taboos in regards to dating, Morocco is a culture trying to live on both sides of a massive generation gap. While most young people now have the right to choose their own partners, many have little opportunity to meet or get to know members of the opposite sex. This leaves courtship in an awkward state of telephone dating or asking people to marry them after having seen them on the street. While this whole process is in a state of confusion, one thing is still clear, family is first and foremost important. Families must agree and bless the marriage, and the wedding marks the joining of the two families. However, there has been some change in this, too, as the nuclear family is much more recognized as an identity, and many people choose not to live in their parents house after marriage. The extended family remains a clearly tight-nit and fundamental value in Morocco, though.

With family being so fundamental, and therefore marriage being such a central part of culture, the wedding is an elaborate affair. The actual marriage day, called the milk and dates ceremony, is a party often limited to family. The wedding is usually a few months later, and involves the whole community. Each region has unique traditions for the wedding. Usually preparations start in the week leading up to the wedding, with all the women in the family working feverishly in the kitchen preparing traditional Moroccan cookies and pastries for the guests that will come. All the community and friends are invited, and family come from all over the country. A day or two before the wedding, the bride will take a trip to the hammam (public bath house) with some female friends and family members, to get ready for her wedding. Some time after the hammam, more women will come and the bride will celebrate a henna party. During this party, she gets elaborate henna on her hands and feet to adorn herself for her wedding, while her friends talk and laugh and dance to very loud music.

The day of the wedding is a frenzied day; with all the women trying to get their hair all done up and make sure that everything is just right. Some weddings start in the afternoons; however, most only start at night. Guests start arriving anywhere from 8pm till 10pm , always at least a couple of hours after the stated invite time. Women arrive looking like princesses in beautiful kaftans, stunning hair, and traditional shoes. At some point, the guests are gathered around tables to provide them with dinner. They are usually served with two very delicious meals of chicken and meat; always served in a mouth-watering sauce, and accompanied with bread for dipping. After dinner, the tables are cleared away and people are rearranged around the dance floor and the thrones for the bride and groom. At some point, loud Arabic music will start, and some will begin dancing. Others will try screaming to talk to each other, while waiters begin bringing around Moroccan cookies and tea. No one is ever quite sure when a wedding will start as people just kind of drift in, and it starts when it starts.

At the same time, the bride is in some other house eating dinner with her closer family. Then people start getting her ready. There never seems to be any rush. At some point she will be taken outside and put on a special carrying device called a table, and carried high in the air by four men or women. She will be accompanied by her close family, loud trumpets, and huge flowers, as she is carried slowly to the place of the wedding party. Sometimes she does not arrive at the party until around midnight . When she arrives she is paraded around on her table, to the obvious delight of all the guests. Then she is sat on the throne. The groom will also arrive at a similar time, sometimes with the bride, sometimes with his own set of people. In the city, the bride usually enters the party in a Western white traditional dress. Throughout the party, the bride changes several times. In addition to the white wedding dress, her repertoire usually includes several beautiful kaftans with the beautiful colour-coded jewellery that compliments it, and the tradition wedding costume for her region. The wedding party usually lasts all night, while the bride and groom rotate between sitting on the throne, changing clothes, being paraded around on their tables, and a little dancing. The guests enjoy a night full of traditional Moroccan dancing, and the traditional treats that keep being passed around. By the morning, guests are usually quite ready for their beds, and the bride and groom are seen off with great noise and celebration, much to the delight of sleeping neighbours.


Medical Care

Overview:
Medical care is generally substandard; however, private medical care is available in most cities. While the health system has been making improvements to health standards in Morocco, there remain huge problems in the system. The challenge is to increase human and material resources and access to health care, despite socio-economic constraints. King Mohammad VI has been involved in initiatives to create health care access in rural areas of for the poor.

Health Advice:

Drink bottled water and avoid ice
Eat only cooked or peeled fruits and vegetables and avoid salads
Be careful of food purchased from street vendors
Wear seatbelts and avoid night driving
Bring mosquito and insect bite protection
Don’t handle animals
Don’t swim in fresh water lakes or streams
Recommended Vaccinations :

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Rabies (if you may be exposed to animals during your stay)
Tetanus/ Diphtheria
Measles
Polio
Typhoid


Experience Morocco in 2012

If you are looking to travel in Morocco in 2012, there are many great places you can go to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Morocco provides a huge amount of opportunities for those of you who are looking to take a relaxing and fun vacation.


Morocco Tourism Down 30%

Over the past few months, Morocco has seen a drop in their tourism of around 30%. The unrest in North Africa and the incident of Marrakech have played a major factor to drop in Morocco travel. As I sit with my friends in the Medina of Fes, many of them are asking whether or not this will effect morocco tours for a long time or just a few months. Great question?


B’stilla – The classic Morocco food

B’stilla is a classic Morocco food dish, usually made with pigeon or squab, even though many European and American cook use chicken instead. The fowl is experienced with both sugary and savory spices, and covered in layers of gust pastry dough before baking. The result is a salty pie with a little of complex syrupiness, traditionally served as part of a main meal. Enterprising cooks might choose to make personal B’stillas, but since the procedure is involved, many prefer to make one big pie. Many people from abroad take up a best 8 day morocco tours to have a great experience with B’stilla. When using vegan meat substitutes for B’stilla, the most excellent choice is perhaps seitan, since it can be shredded into a chicken-like constancy. Each cook as well has a little different recipe for B’stilla, and it might take several tries to reach recipe perfection.


Experience Shopping at Morocco Tours

You can visit numerous places if you are on the Morocco Tours. These numerous places include great shopping places where you could get amazing discounts and bargains. The Souqs of Morocco are renowned for their arts and crafts, particularly for leather goods. You could purchase yourself a pair of genuine leather sandals or slippers, which you would perhaps never get to wear, but these slippers would make a huge talking point! At out morocco tours and holidays you can shop for slippers and shoes made from local leather, a range of handicrafts and iron lamps works that are the really notable. You could also find some good-looking lamps made from stretched fabric and leather that is painted brilliantly with different types of patterns and designs. If you desire to purchase the most excellent goods at the best price, then you really require to have good bargaining skills!


Morocco Travel Plans

When planning your travel to Morocco, there are many options to consider. You will need to plan on how many days you want to stay in Morocco, the cities that you want to visit, the main attractions you want to see, and the level of accommodations that you will stay in.


Morocco tours are just perfect for Family holidays

Don’t think that you can’t go for a vacation if you have kids; in fact you can go on an amazing holidays with your kids if you choose from our Morocco tour packages. From the time you move to the plane, you could have an amazing Morocco family holiday or a magnificent exotic exploration trip.


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