Tradition of Morocco

Marocco is a colorful mix of African, Islamic, Arab, Berber and European influences. Fes, Marrakesh and Meknes are famous imperial cities. Also famous are the walled Medinas with good carpet shops. Marocco has a very young population (50% under 20 years). The smoking of Kif (cannabis) is an ancient tradition in northern Morocco. Morocco is a country with a very glorious past. It was conquered by the Arabs in 683 only after long, fierce resistence from the local Berber tribes. It became the heart of the immense Almoravid and Almohad empires, and the beauty of the great cities of Morocco are a witness to this. Three quarters of the people trace their ancestry to the original inhabitants, the Berbers who weathered invasions by the Phoenicians (12th century BC), the Carthaginians (6th BC), the Romans (2nd BC), the Vandals (5th AD), the Byzantine Empire (6th AD), the Arabs (7th AD), the Portuguese (15th), the Spanish (19th) and the French. A third of those still speak the ancient Berber AfroAsiatic language.
Food What is Moroccan food like? "Exotic and delicious " and quite addictive once you start. One of the specialities is called a 'tajine', this is like a meat and vegetable stew cooked in a round earthenware dish, cooked slowly to ensure all the flavours enrich the meat and vegetables. Expect: Chicken with Olives, Chicken au citron, Lamb and prunes. For starters you could be offered 'harira' which is a thick chickpea soup with meat or vegetables and often dates. Pastilla - pigeon and almond inside a flaky pastry case.

Fruit and vegetables are often organic and taste fantastic, sweet pastries are always a weakness and don't forget the mint Wine - the French tradition is reflected in the cultivation of a high standard of Moroccan wines which are very palatable and inexpensive. Rose is ideal as it balances the flavours of the cuisine. Beers are served in most hotels and restaurants, and you can buy your own in supermarkets around the main cities.

Is it safe to go to Morocco? Moroccan hospitality is legendary and has welcomed visitors to the kingdom for centuries. The country embrace's a liberal and tolerate way of life whilst preserving the important values of its rich culture.

In recent years the Moroccan government has invested significant resources into tourism and there has been an increase in undercover tourism police who are present around popular area's to ensure your safety. Moroccan way of life…. Please respect local customs when in Morocco, mosques and holy places are forbidden to non-muslims. Though you can visit the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat or the exquisite Tin Mahal in the southern territories.

A kaftans, is carried in general by women, open collar with motives in golden sons either silvery, often as sides below the size. Some Djellabas are carried by the two sex, their cloth often defers in addition the one of the Kaftans they have a short hood at men and often long at ladies. He/it also exists some Gandouras for the two, of the Tkschitas that we will name as Kaftan, tkchitas are especially carried in ceremony: feasts marriages etc..

Rustic potteries or urban ceramics, arts of the terra cotta are abundant in Morocco. The great center and the origin of urban ceramics is indisputably Fès city. Of hispanomauresque origin, Moroccan ceramics, rather heavy, evolved in a decorative direction which is to him particular. Floral decoration, palms, arabesques, or geometrical lines, the drawing is generally detached in blue on white zone. In these colors or others are produced out of ground : dishes more or less deep, vases of plants and flowers, tea sets, candy boxes, candleholders or candlesticks, etc..