Morocco is a real adventure destination! There’s a lot to explore in this culturally rich and geographically diverse country, if you survive it. It’s truly an exotic destination, action packed with adventure but often lacking in human kindness and genuine hospitality.
These 10 photo’s sum up the wonderful, learning experience I had during my travel in this popular North African kingdom — Morocco.
#10. Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh
Located near the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square, Koutoubia is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. The mosque has a large courtyard for worshipers to pray in community (jama’at) and an extensive garden area with lots of shade, perfect for rest on a hot summer day.
#09. Spice Market, Essouira
From pepper to natural viagra, you can find any kind of spice, herb, or medicine at most of these spice shops. This one was in Essouira, a fishing village on the Atlantic coast. The spices are actually rubbed on to a pyramidal object to produce this perfect presentation.
#08. Medina of Essouira
Know as the Wind City of Africa, Essouira is a perfect retreat, just two-hours outside of Marrakesh on the Atlantic coast. The cool ocean breeze makes mellow even the most determined salesperson in the markets. Here’s a shot of the medina from outside the old fortification once built by the Portuguese.
#07. Tanneries of Fes
Never visit the tanneries without a bunch of mint unless you have a extraordinarily strong stomach! The tanneries are a great place to see the locals engaged in traditional craft, converting animal skin in to beautiful leather products. The tanneries are located in the Medina of Fes an entire district in the city designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#06. Market Street, Marrakesh
One of the most animated places I have ever visited — the markets of Marrakech. You are literally pulled in every direction and intense bargaining is game that must be engaged in. If you ever want to really enliven all your senses, go to the Medina of Marrakesh, filled with colour, smells, sounds, and life like you’ve never experienced.
#05. Berber Music in the Sahara
It seemed that all human kindness in Morocco was concentrated here in one spot on the edge of the Sahara. These Berbers, indigenous ethnic group of North Africa, are the perfect hosts and incredible artisans, still practicing many traditional arts. Right after they fed us delicious local food, they entertained us with traditional music and dance.
#04. Al Attarine Madrasa, Fes
Walking in to the Al Attarine Madrasa was like walking in to a completely different world. A world of beauty, peace and spirituality.Finely decorated with wood, porcelain and marble with ornate art and beautiful scripture the madrasa (Arabic word for school) was build between 1323–25 and takes it’s name from the spice and perfume market, where it’s located.
#03. Sahara Sunrise
An incredible sunrise in the western Sahara. I sat on top a dune, feeling the fresh, cool air on my skin as I watched the sun emerge from the hills on the other side of the border that Morocco shares with Algeria.
#02. Worlds Oldest University, Kairaouine in Fes
Kairaouine Mosque is a gorgeous oasis to relax and meditate with it’s marble floors, flowing fountains, and worshipers praying and reciting the holy Qura’an. In this photo worshipers perform ritual ablutions before the afternoon prayers. Kairaouine is known to be the world’s oldest university founded back in 859 A.D.!
#01. Aït Benhaddou Fortress
Chances are you have seen this scene in one of the many hit Hollywood productions that have been filmed at the Ait Benhaddou Fortress. The fortress is, however, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has historically served as an important stop on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakesh. This is a must visit site for all itinerary to Morocco.
So there you have it folks! Hope you’ve enjoyed the visuals. If you’re planning a trip to Morocco and want some tips or advice, email me.
About The Author
Urooj Qureshi is pro Adventurer and storyteller. Follow his adventures on Instagram @uroojqureshi.
Originally published at http://www.living-being.com on October 19, 2012.