Tag archives for Morocco

Booker’s Grand Tour of Morocco

Morocco is known for its diversity of traditions, religions, landscapes, and more—and I was determined to see it all. My conclusion at the end of a two-week, 2,000-mile binge on Moroccan culture and cuisine? Morocco is the ideal spring break destination for the curious traveler—and the perfect way for someone my age (16) to get an immersive introduction to the Arab world.

I Heart My City: Hamza’s Fez

Fez native Hamza El Fasiki is a jack of all trades. The social entrepreneur, artist (he learned the traditional art of tea-tray etching from his father), musician (he plays a mean oud), and academic (he holds a master’s degree in Moroccan culture) has been led by his interests all around the world. Though Hamza’s spent time in the U.S., Japan, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates, nothing can compare to his hometown. Here are a few of his favorite things about the “Athens of Africa.”

I Heart My City: Yasmine’s Rabat

Rabat native Yasmine El Baggari has always been a dreamer. Her desire to discover the great unknown led her to America in 2010, and from there her dreams kept getting bigger. First, she set out to visit all 50 states (she’s covered more than two thirds so far). Now she’s on a 15-country journey around the globe to continue her quest to break down cultural barriers and stereotypes through travel. But no matter where Yasmine is, her hometown pride comes with her. Here are her favorite things about Morocco’s capital city.

The World in a Cuppa (Tea)

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

Berber Fervor in the High Atlas

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Tucked into the peaks of Toubkal National Park, named for North Africa’s highest summit, a crop of modern guesthouses has transformed Imlil, Morocco–once known as a no-frills base camp–into a comfortable retreat for day hikers.

The Sweet Taste of Pigeon Pie

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Moroccans like their sweets—even when they’re supposed to be savory.

I Heart My City: Simon’s Essaouira

Globe-trotting Englishman Simon Cooke now calls Essaouira home thanks to an extended stay there in 2005. Along with meeting the woman who would become his wife, this passionate traveler began a long love affair with the Moroccan city by the sea that continues to this day. Here are a few of his favorite things about Essaouira. (Pack your bags now; he says October is the best time to visit.)

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Moroc ’n Roll: Gnawa Style

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As we weaved our way through the alleyways of the ancient medina on our way to the Roman arched entrance gate, souk keepers hurried to arrange their spices, oils, and scarves, while the narrow streets swelled with eager spectators. The kick-off parade for the Gnaoua World Music Festival was about to begin.

Tips for Picking a Guided Trip

National Geographic Traveler’s executive editor, Norie Quintos, recently took a guided tour of Morocco with the Vermont-based Country Walkers. Here are three important lessons she learned along the way.

Event-o-Rama: 12 Must-Dos in May

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.