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MOROCCO TOP FIVES

//Latifah Al-Hazza//

TOP FIVE PLACES TO VISIT

1.Explore Jardin Majorelle
These famous botanical gardens with an iconic blue building in the center, were created over the course of 40 years by French painter Jacques Majorelle, and was co-owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his business partner Pierre Bergé for many years. Bamboos, palm trees and cacti make can be found in the garden and a museum showcasing Yves Saint Laurent’s works as well as Berber clothing can be viewed here as well.

2.Observe Jemaa el-Fnaa
Performers and storytellers take over this ancient square, while snake charmers and even old-school dentists are sometimes spotted.

3.Relax at a Hammam
There are few things as quintessentially Moroccan as a trip to the hammam – the Middle East’s answer to a spa. Enjoy being scrubbed across every inch of your body. Be sure to check the timings for men and women before you go.

4.Glamping
Numerous options to “camp” luxuriously are located near Marrakesh. The glamp sights are emerged in the heart of a hilly mineral universe, just a stone’s throw away from Marrakesh. Most have chic and comfortable tents that overlook the Atlas mountain. Camels, a restaurant and a swimming pool can be found at most of the sights as well.

5.Amal Cooking School
This non-profit association empowers women through culinary skills. Take a cooking or baking class at Amal to learn how to make traditional Moroccan cuisines. In addition, the program offers instructors a platform where they can enhance their capacities and learn new skills. Amal takes care of each trainee’s living expenses during the whole period of the training.

TOP FIVE ITEMS TO PURCHASE

  1. Leather goods
  2. Rugs
  3. Spices
  4. Argan Oil
  5. Lanterns

TOP FIVE DISHES TO TRY

1.Tajine
This is probably the most common food in Morocco and one that you’ll find in almost every restaurant. It is a savory stew that is typically made with meat, poultry or fish together with vegetables or fruit. Everything is slow cooked together inside of a clay pot with a conical lid (both the food and the clay pot it is cooked in are referred to as a “Tajine”). Make sure you try all 4 of these typical Moroccan tajines: Lamb or chicken with almonds and either prunes, dates, or plums; Chicken with lemon and olives; Kefta with tomato sauce and eggs; Vegetables

2.Couscous
This tasty dish consists of very small, steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina (resembling rice), usually served with stew spooned on top with some type of meat and vegetables.

3.Harira
This thick, creamy soup is made of chickpeas and usually contains whole chickpeas, noodles, and occasionally pasta. Traditionally it is served as a starter or used during Ramadan to break the fast.

4.Pastilla
If you like sweet and salty all in one package, this is for you! Traditionally stuffed with pigeon, this flaky pie is served piping hot and dusted with powdered sugar. But, it’s more likely to be stuffed with shredded chicken than pigeon these days.

5.Stuffed Msemen
Stuffed msemen is flattened square-shaped dough kneaded together with a mixture of peppers, onion, and tomato and then grilled, rolled, and served to-go. You can find a few street food msemen vendors around the medina in Marrakesh.

TOP FIVE PLACES TO STAY

  1. Riad Yasmine
  2. Riad de Tarabel
  3. Riad BE
  4. Riad Tchaikana
  5. Riad Dar Kawa

TOP FIVE RESTAURANTS TO DINE

  1. Bacha Coffee House
  2. Les Jardins Du Lotus
  3. L’mida Marrakech
  4. Kabana
  5. Café des Epices

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