Essaouira: Chillin’ Out on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast

The main thoroughfare of Essaouira

From the rooftop patio of the Palais Des Remparts hotel in Essaouira, Morocco, I stare out over the roiling Atlantic. Cirrus clouds and seagulls hover in the dazzling azure sky thanks to a brackish wind. Below me medieval-looking cannons protrude from the city’s ramparts that inspired this hotel’s name. I’m tempted to curl up with a good book in one of the comfy lounge chairs but right now ... Read Full Article

The Bewitching Sahara

Our rides await outside our hotel in the sahara

I’m at the edge of the mighty Sahara Desert in southeast Morocco , only fifty kilometers from the Algerian border. As the freshly paved asphalt road turns into sand my tour bus grinds to a halt. It looks like I’m at the end of the road, but this journey has just begun. Before you can say pass the couscous my travel mates and I are booted off our air-conditioned coach and shunted into 4WD trucks. ... Read Full Article

Six of the Sunniest European Winter Destinations

Turkish Aegean is one of the Sunniest European Winter Destinations

Let's take a look at some of the most desirable, sought after and sunniest European winter destinations. Those accustomed to stunning sunsets and balmy eves during their European getaways might balk at the thought of traveling to the Old World during the long, cold winter. But you might be surprised that, from December to March, not all of the continent is covered in wild snow and sleet. In fact, ... Read Full Article

Adventure in Marrakech, the Exotic Red-Rose City of Morocco

Teasellers Djamaa el Fna

Marrakech is known as ‘the red rose city’ because of its pink-tinged buildings and the rose hue that envelopes the city. The city nestles like a rose-quartz gemstone near the foothills of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountain. Outside the city walls, the rock-strewn fields turn into a desert with little vegetation except for patches of irrigated farmland where there are orchards and old olive ... Read Full Article

Trekking in Morocco

Crossing the Ourika River

  My Moroccan trekking adventure began from the beautiful city of Marrakech near the foothills of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. I was with a group of trekkers from England: Ramblers Holidays.  The Ourika Valley Our first trekking destination was the Ourika Valley in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. It was November, and the rainy season had begun in Morocco. The ... Read Full Article

The Decadent Charm of Essaouira, Morocco

musician

“Essa…what?” my travel companion, Mary, asked. “Where do you want to go?” Essaouira “Essa—ouuu…rja,” I repeated, savoring every sound. I admit, I had secretly practiced. Everybody can say 'Casablanca’ or ‘Marrakesh’, but to get your tongue around the name of this particular pearl in the necklace of Moroccan beauties needs some doing. Never mind, once you tell  your hotel receptionist in ... Read Full Article

Morocco Tourist Information

Souk carpet seller

Morocco is not actually a part of Europe, but is located so close, that many travelers to Europe include Morocco in their itineraries. For hundreds of years Morocco has been a bridge between the Muslim and Christian worlds of North Africa and Europe. More recently, Morocco gained fame as the last stop for refugees escaping the ravages of WWII. In the last 100 years, Morocco has become the favorite ... Read Full Article

The Color and Life of Marrakech

Rooftop terrace at Riad Diana with Koutoubia Mosque in the distance

  “To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines,” Edith Wharton wrote in 1927, and it holds true today.  That rich embroidery of life and color is most intense, if not overwhelming, in Marrakech, just north of the High Atlas Mountains. The symbol of Morocco’s third-largest city is the ... Read Full Article

Shopping the Ancient Souks of Fes, Morocco

  Fès (or Fèz, another spelling), is an endlessly fascinating, ancient city in northern Morocco, a blend of old and new. Walking through the high, arched gate into the medina of Fés el-Bali is a step into the Islamic Middle Ages. Yes, there are bicycles and satellite dishes and endless cell phones, but they don’t detract from the sense of another era, exotic at every turn. Here we learned ... Read Full Article

Casablanca and Its Amazing Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque Tiles

In 1980, King Hassan II commissioned a fabulous new mosque for Casablanca, intended to be a modern wonder and a statement of both his power and his commitment to Islam. He wanted it finished by his 60th birthday in 1989, and he wanted the design to be done by French architect Michel Pinseau, who had done a number of buildings in Morocco. The king  got everything he wanted except the completion ... Read Full Article