Morocco - A great country for tours and treks!

Why Morocco?

Morocco is a marvellous gateway to Africa, a continent that is capable of providing almost any kind of travel experience. From wildlife wonders and wildlife havens across the continent to fancy modern living, Winter skiing on the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, cruise palm-fringed beaches, bustling big cities, wonderful marketplaces, Historic picturesque architecture to savannah plans or desert Dunes, quad-bike riding, 4X4 driving, dune surfing or camel trekking, a multitude of music, culture and other international festivals.

Climate

The climate varies from area to area. The coastal regions of Larace, Casablanca, Rabat and Essouira it can be temperate from November to March, April to September hot cooled by with trade winds from the Atlantic. Inland from November to March cool nights hot during the daytime, March to April is rainy season 21 degrees ( 70F ). From May to October are the hot months that can reach in excess 29 degrees (90F) during the day the Sahara regions.

What is a Kasbah?

The term Kasbah (fortress) refers to an ancient fortified building or old part of the city. They generally look like castles, are multi-layered, and come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes entire towns are considered kasbahs and sometimes just a small area is. It was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows. Sometimes, they were built on hilltops so that they could be more easily defended. Some were placed near the entrance to harbors. Having a kasbah built was a symbol of wealth and power by some families in the city. Almost all cities had their kasbah, this building being something necessary for the city to survive.

What is a Riad?

A riad (ryad/riyad) is an urban house situated in the medina (old city). Moroccan architecture is more inward looking and given to isolation and intimacy rather than showing off. It is, above all, an enclosure, a place of contemplation and escape for its cloistered inhabitants, an engaging interior away from the outside world. A mysterious enchantment awaits the guest who is invited to cross the threshold.

The typical home is organised around a central square courtyard, often decorated with zelige, painted wood (zouak), sculptured plaster or marble and generally with a fountain and orange or lemon trees giving a profusion of scents and the rippling of running water. The central courtyard is usually surrounded by an arched colonnade giving access to the living rooms and kitchen. The sleeping areas are constructed on the upper floors, thus creating a covered arcade around the patio with balustrades running around each storey. The roof top terrace may have an awning to protect against the sun where guests will have breakfast or dinner.

Riads have thick walls thus protecting the inhabitants from the sun or the cold and most of the outside noise. Being urban dwellings, they are often situated along a narrow alleyway (derb) with no access by car. For those seeking an authentic Moroccan style of accommodation, the Riad offers its guests a haven of tranquility, an architectural treasure, an insight into tradition, culture and craftsmanship and an opportunity to melt into an anonymous location

Getting the Best Flavour

To get the best flavour of what Morocco has to offer whether you travel to any of the coastal regions of Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca Essouira or Agadir with their wonderful sandy beaches and magnificent resorts, you will discover that there is a whole vastly different side of Morocco that will never cease to amaze you.


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