Travel Best Buys: Cultural Destinations - #3 Morocco
When travelers are looking for an immersive cultural experience at a great rate, we have a few suggestions at the top of our list. Join us this week as we count down our Top Five.
Located in Northern Africa on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco has a long history of settlers and invaders, including Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, French, Spanish and Arabs, all of which left their mark on the country and blended with the indigenous Berber culture. The largest cities of Morocco are Marrakech, Fez and Casablanca. The cities are home to historic and maze-like medinas (alleyways filled with merchants and souks) that are perfect for shopping and dining at cafes. Morocco is noted for its handcrafted art, including carpets, jewelry, ceramics, paintings and carvings, making it an ideal destination for shoppers.
The most popular food dishes are concentrated on eclectic Mediterranean flavors with bold spices, and include staples such as roasted meats (lamb or chicken), vegetables, nuts, lemon and olives, served with a side of couscous.
Visit Chellah, formerly a Roman settlement called Sala, to experience the native Berber culture in a small town and get a sense of the rich history of the country. Throughout the countryside towns and desert, there are numerous mosques and historic sites for sightseeing, especially along the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs on the edge of the Atlas Mountains, with its scenic canyons and gorges. For luxury in the desert, visit Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot, a walled retreat situated on a hill overlooking the landscape.
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