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Morocco Dreaming – start planning your trip now

In these uncertain times of lockdowns and social distancing, we’ve had to cancel our guests’ precious holidays to Morocco up to June. And then the summer months in most parts of the country are far too hot to contemplate a visit, even if coronavirus restrictions are lifted by then. So just when are people planning

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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music 2022

The next Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is planned for May/June 2022 but we don’t have dates yet. You can expect more details from September 2021. Here’s my latest article on the Lonely Planet website: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/spotlight-on-fes-festival-of-world-sacred-music   The Fes Festival of Sufi Culture is scheduled for 9-16 October 2021. Last year it was held

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A Sunday morning wander in the Fez medina

We started in Lihoudi, in the northeastern corner of the medina. As you might guess from the name, this was once a Jewish area where jewellers and goldsmiths plied their trade. Out of respect for local residents, the mosque was built without a minaret so the call to prayer would not sound out over this

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Morocco: read all about it!

Are you one of those people who loves to beef up on the history of the places you’re going to visit on your trip? Whether it’s the History section in a Lonely Planet guidebook or a deeper delve into the literature of the country, any insight you gain into your destination will pay off. You’ll

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Shopping in the souks

Indulge your shopping habit in Morocco: it’s a feast for the senses Ceramics Fez is famous for its ceramics. Artfully painted in blue and green, plates, bowls, jugs, tagines and even bathroom basins can be found everywhere. Look out for the slightly greyer clay from Safi: the pure white is more fragile and will chip

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Roman bronze acrobats (Lessing Photo Archive)

Rabat – is it worth the trip?

A few years ago, CNN named Morocco’s capital, Rabat, as one of the top places to visit. Is the city worth a detour or more?   Visitors to Morocco usually head for Marrakech, Essaouira or Fez and don’t even consider Rabat. It’s not a premier tourist destination, but perhaps that’s where it’s charm lies. There’s

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Mediterranean coastal park near Al Hoceima

Morocco in winter

December and January are good months to visit Morocco.  It is a popular time of year, which means the souks and cities are filled with buzzing energy, but you can always seek out some quiet if you know where to look. Exploring the Sahara is perfect – while it’s cold at night, the days are

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Visiting Morocco during Ramadan

Ramadan in 2020 starts around 23 April and ends around 22 May. We can’t be more precise because it depends on sighting the moon. So should you venture into Morocco during Ramadan? There’s no reason why not, and the insights you’ll gain into the people and culture will enhance your experience. What you need to

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