Morocco: dynasties and cultures
Each country has its own history. The history of a country is based on events considered worthy of remembrance, which applies perfectly to Morocco. Several dynasties have succeeded one another in Morocco: the Idrisside dynasty, the Almoravid dynasty, the Almohad dynasty, the Merinid dynasty, the Saadian dynasty and the Alaouite dynasty.
Morocco has gained international recognition as a multicultural country. Recognized as an important World Heritage site by UNESCO, Morocco is a go-to destination for discovery lovers. Visitors become fascinated by nature, history, the art of living and Moroccan hospitality. The experiences visors enjoy during their journeys in Morocco leave them more than satisfied.
Recognized as an important World Heritage site by UNESCO, Morocco is a go-to destination for discovery lovers. Visitors become fascinated by nature, history, the art of living and Moroccan hospitality.
Seasons and climate
Morocco is a land of differences. Bathed to the north by the waters of the Mediterranean and those of the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The kingdom is crisscrossed by the Rif and Atlas mountains and is subject to various climatic influences.
Coastal regions are popular with sun-seekers and throughout the year the sun shines down. Agadir, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the country’s main seaside resort offers 300 days of annual sunshine, mild temperatures and light winds. Further north, Taghazout, Mogador and Magazan are also worth visiting.
Further inland, the climate forsakes Mediterranean mildness and becomes continental. Landscapes are more drawn and present extravagant panoramas. This is the land of wide-open spaces, adventurers, trekking and hiking.
In the south, Morocco opens towards the immensity of the Sahara. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit. In the sands, the sun shines and reflects on the dunes and the desert expanses radiate a sense of unreality – one of the most beautiful paintings by nature.
‘Eco-Friendly’ stays are founded on nature, relaxation, meditation and a break with the routine. Inner peace and moments of zen go hand-in-hand with nature preservation – nature that does us good, protects us.
Morocco promotes responsible tourism that reduces impact on the land and improves the lives of the local population. Recognizing the importance of preserving the planet, Morocco created a responsible tourism charter and hosted COP22. This new tourist concept includes ecological farms found across the kingdom and peaceful areas for ‘naturophiles’. With respect for natural resources and the environment, tourism and nature can fit together well.
Morocco has not lost sight of its deep-rooted traditions despite modern transformation. Traditional Moroccan culture is embedded in people’s daily life and the magical Medinas bring the people together.
Typically walled, the traditional Medina invites visitors to explore its treasures while walking narrow streets to discover fountains, artisan shops and mosques. People live and work here, passing knowledges to future generations.
In Fez, Essaouira, Tetouan and Marrakech these car-free and well-conserved historical towns have become World Heritage sites. Located in imperial cities, a coastal town or in the mountains, Medinas take us back in time.
The Moroccan desert: pure beauty
South Morocco leads to the Sahara desert. In these stretches of sand, visitors can experience the lifestyle of the nomadic tribes of the Sahara and discover a world of dunes, sunlight and tranquillity.
Marrakech, Fez and Agadir lead to the Sahara., and so is Fez. Through the Talghemt pass on the way to the desert, the land is covered with oases. The Tafilalet is a transitional region where the green vegetation melts with the sands. Following the trail of the old caravans’ visitors reach Rissani, the cradle of the ancient Alaouite dynasty and see dunes shaped by the Saharan wind: the ‘Chergui’.
At the majestic dunes of Merzouga, visitors can soak up in the magical atmosphere with a sand bath in the middle of a spectacular setting. In the morning, the sun rises over the dunes forming an enchanted scene. Also worth exploring is the dune of Tinfou, the oasis of Erfoud and the mysterious Errachidia.