Sunday, 20 May 2018

3 DAYS TOUR FROM AGADIR TO MERZOUGA DESERT

DAY 1: AGADIR TO OUARZAZATE VIA TAROUDANT , AOULOUZ ,TALIOUINE .
Greetings in the hotel /airport or where ever your accommodation is, then start the trip at 8:00 Am. The first day’s driving is about 373 Km which means the trip will takes from 8:00 Am to 5:00 Pm including stops to discover places, breaks and lunch. On the way you will enjoy seeing orange farms and the Argan trees till you get Troudant .You will stop to see the ‘rebel stronghold ‘ that was built in the 11th century when Taroudant was a small kingdom ,the Ramparts ,the place Assarag and around the medina. And after that, you will drive to Taliouine where the best Moroccan affron comes from.
It’s is harvested at the beginning of winter, and picked before sunrise so that the flowers do not wilt. And around Taliouine there many saffron cooperatives if you want the driver can take you to see one of them then continue the trip to Tazenakht. The town was described by Charles de Foucauld in 1883 as ‘the home of the Khenif (carpet), where the entire population is occupied in weaving and embroidery. Today Tazenakht is the headquarters of a large cooperative for carpets made in the surrounding mountain villages. Then continue to the Moroccan Hollywood, Ouarzazate to discover the studios or one of the cinema studios. Overnight in Hotel/riad  .

DAY 2: OUARZAZATE TO MERZOUGA VIA SKOURA , DADES VALLEY ,TODRA GORGES ,ERFOUD ,RISSANI
This day journey’s starts at 8:00 Am after breakfast. First, you will go to discover the former Glaoui residence, the Kasabah Taourirt, where a scene from Bernardo Bertoucci’s ‘the sheltering sky’,’ l Lawrence of Arabia ‘and many movies were shot. Then continue the driving via Skoura to the valley of thousand Kasbahs. You will stop in El Kelaa Mgouna where a festival of roses held is held in May to see a rose cooperative and get some explanations on how they harvest it and the way they distillate it then continue to Todra Gorges via the town of Boumaln Dades. On the way to the Gorges you will have many stops for pictures of the beautiful landscape and the palm grove .Also, when you will have some time to walk inside the Gorges to enjoy looking to the cliffs for around 20 minutes. And after that, you will drive to the desert via many small Berber towns and villages.  Stop somewhere in the way for lunch then travel through Erfoud and Rissani to Merzouga sand dunes. You will be welcomed with a meant tea and relax for 30 minutes to be ready to ride the camel to the middle of the sand dunes to spend the night in Berber tent in the middle of nowhere .overnight in a tent.

DAY 3: MERZOUGA DESERT TO MARRAKECH OR FES OR ESSAOUIRA
It’s so beautiful to see the sunrise while you are in the desert, so it is better if you get up 15 minutes before the sunrise and walk up one of the sand dunes to wait it rising and to take some pictures. And after the sun is up, your camel guide will bring you back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower to be ready for the next destination. This day depends on where you want to end up the tour. If you want you can finish it in Fes and drive through the high, the middle atlas, the cedar forest and Ifrane then Fes. Or if you want too you can finish it in Marrakech and you will drive back to Ouarzazate then drive through the windy road of the Tizi n'Tichka pass (2260 M altitude) to Marrakech. Thank you contactingTRAVEL WITHIN Morocco as your trusted travel operator for Agadir to Sahara tour.

Friday, 18 May 2018

5 DAYS TOUR FROM CASABLANCA TO DESERT AND MARRAKECH

DAY 1 :CASABLANCA AIRPORT TO FES
You will be welcomed by our English speaking driver in the airport of Mohamed 5 in Casablanca and head to Fes. If you will arrive in the morning you will go  to visit the most highlighted landmark in Casablanca, the Hassan 2 mosque. The work to build this mosque began in 1980 .its built right next to the Atlantic Ocean .the entire structure, which covers a total area of 24,000 square, is designed on a gigantic scale. the prayer hall accommodates 25,000 worshippers ,with space for a further 80,00 pilgrims to pray on the esplanade .a cultural centre ,with a library ,museum and Koranic school ,adjoins the main building .and after the visit of this vast construction you will drive to the Corniche which is bordered by uninterrupted sweep of beaches ,swimming pools, cafes ,hotels and restaurant .and after that you will drive straight to Fes. During the night in Fes you will have time to see the famous gate of Bab Boujloud to enjoy the ancient architecture of Fes. and to wonder around for a while. Over night in a riad in the medina.

DAY 2 :  FES  TO MERZOUGA VIA MIDELT ,ERRACHDIA,RISSANI THEN MERZOUGA
Early in the morning you will start the tour from Fes to Merzouga,the desert.you will have a stop in Ifrane ,the Moroccan Swiss style town,and via the cedar forest where you will have a stop to see the babery apes climbing the trees.and around 12 pm you will arrive Midelt ,the capital of apples, .lunch in a local restaurant.than, you continue the jouney to the Tizi-n-Tlghamt pass and through the Ziz valley with its fantastic gorges ,through the gorges you will stop for breaks and pictures.this valley too is well-known with its palm grove and the agriculture of different crops like Alfalfa,barely,etc.than you will get Erfoud with innumerable ‘ksars’,  small villages of individual houses. Also ,Erfoud is the place where the festival of dates is held on October every year and the one of fossils as well.and in the afternoon,you will arrive the unique sand dunes of merzouga.over night in a Berber tent in the middle of the Erg Chebbi sand dunes.

DAY 3: MERZOUGA TO DADES GORGES VIA TODRA GORGES THEN DADES VALLEY
Early in the morning,it would be nice to get up around 6 :00am for the sunrise.and after you watch you will come back to your hotel for breakfast and shower.than after that you will travel to the Dades valley through Rissani ,Erfoud ,also through many Berber towns and villages.but on the way you will go the Todra Gorges.its one of the most breathtaking place in Morocco. Todra Gorges is also a good place for hiking for few hours and see the nomads coming down the mountain to pick water from the Gorges.than you will have lunch in a local restaurant in or outside the Gorges so as to leave to the Dades valley.over night in a hotel in the Dades Gorges or in the rose valley.

DAY  4: DADES GORGES TO MARRAKECH VIA AIT BENHHADOU AND THE HIGH ALTAS
This day is dedicated to  begin your  journey towards Ouarzazate via the High Atlas Mountains. You will start with the rose valley .if its spring time you will enjoy the flowers and visit one of the places where they distilate it than Continue your trip  to  Skoura palm oasis. In Skoura you will see a 17 century kasbah,the ameridel kasbah,than continue to the Moroccan Hollywood,Ouarzazate . Here, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. In typical Moroccan fashion, the true treasures must be searched out and discovered… usually off the beaten path. In actuality, this setting has been used for more films than any other location in Morocco, gladiator , kingdom of heaven , and recently The games of thrown. In the afternoon, you will be dropped off at your riad/hotel.

DAY 5 : TRANSFER TO MARRAKECH AIRPORT OR CASABLANCA AIRPORT
Today we transfer you to the airport. Thank you contacting TRAVEL WITHIN Morocco as your trusted travel operator for Casablanca Morocco tour.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

some geological history of Morocco



"Morocco is like a tree nourished by roots deep in the soil of Africa ,which breathes through floiage rustling to the winds of Europe" King Hassan 2 of Morocco.
In terms of the climate , it is a cold country with a hot sun . This is how Moroccan people describe their land .Because of its coastline ,which borders both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean ,and the high barriers formed by its mountain ranges ,Morocco has the widest range of climates of all the North African countries .Percipitation falls mainly in spring and autumn and the summers are hot and dry .
Although this subtropical climate is similar to that of the maritime regions of California and Southern Europe ,it varies considerably according to latitude and altitude ( sea level ,desert and high mountain ranges )and to the effects of winds and currents .
The geological history of Morocco can be summarized in three stages . More than two billion years ago the Anti Atlas and part of the southern morocco were formed .During the primary period the sea engulfed the land ,bringing about the apperarance of marine life .At the end of this period , the collision of the Aferican ,European and American plates resulted in the formation of the central plates and granite such as the Zaers . During the tertiary period the western and eastern Meseta , the High and Middel Atlas and the Rif Mountains werer formed .The legacy of this geological acitvity is a land rich in fossils and a wide variety of minerals .
The High Atlas ,which forms a frontier between the palearctic and tropical regions of Morocco ,is the highest mountain range in North Africa .These arid mountains consist of vast plateaux deep valleys ,almost bottomless canyons ,craggy peaks and mountaintops eroded by wind and rain . The northern slopes are mainly forsted with holm oaks ,thujas ,cedars and Aleppo pines growing at mid-altitude .

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Marrakech ,the City of Splendor

Nina Epton marveled at the colors of Marrakech and the many characters found wandering the city .

"As we approached Marrakech ,the earth turned salmon pink , deepening as it reached the walls of the town ,with its belt of majestic palm trees and the haughty Koutoubia Tower facing the snow -capped mountains .A city of splendour .The city of the oasis ,capital of the desert, spread out like a coral necklace offering at the feet of the Atlas , the door of the Sahara ,the domain of the Glaoui Pasha , known as the " King of the Sahara ", the richest ,most powerful and most mistrusted of the Pashas of Morocco ... . Wandering around the ruins of the domed sanctuaries of the local Holy men (or marabouts ), avoiding the swarms of grasshoppers at your feet ,you follow the peasant who is brining monkeys and camels to town ,or stand idly by women drawing water at the fountains .From the fresh ,green plantain trees ,ellipses of shadow fall like petals on the white cloaks of the travellers ,and you wander :" Have i been here before ? " Marrakech is different from Fez and from any other town in North Africa .It is more African . It possesses the magic of heathen incanatations in the beating of the nakkos ,the drumbeat which seems to echo the rhythm of life ,of pulse ,of creation itself .Marrakech has the savagery and the voluptuousness of a black mistress ,indifferent to the workings of the mind ,with littel use for the soul .Have i been here before ?The Chleuh girl dance ,the song of the flutes and the tambourines and the snake-charmers overcome you with an unaccountable intuition that you have reached the birthplace of the entire human race - a warm ,caressing birthplace ,far removed from the cold flints and caves and prehistoric sites of our northern skies"

NINA EPTON ,A JOURNEY UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON ,LONDON ,1949.
Picture 1 ( La koutobia mosque ).

Picture 2 (The famous square of Jamaa Lfna
picture 3 ( Musicians in the sqaure )

Monday, 12 June 2017

Morocco 's highlights ( places to visit )


Morocco has many places to visit and see . Among them there is the Hassan 2 Mosque in Casablanca , the Jamaa Lfna square in Marrakech , the High Atlas mountains , the Sahara desert to watch the shooting stars at night , Fes with its tanneirs , the bleu city of Chefchouen to enjoy the stinning bleu streets , Assilah which has the most bautiful wall drawings .


This are some pictures of the highlights we mentined above with some discription .

An ambitious project (Hassan 2 mosque in Casablanca )

King Hassan 2 wanted to build a mosque at the most westerly point in the Muslim world .He was assured that this great building would be the North African equivalent of the Statue of Liberty .In 1980 work began on the mosque , which was built right on the sea .A laser beam visible up to 22 miles away shines from the top of the 650-foot minaret ,indicating the direction of Mecca. The prayer hall accomodates 25000worshipers ,with space for a further 80,000 pilgrims to pray on the esplanade 
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Place Djemaa El Fna in Marrakech .
The place Djemaa El Fna , the tradional meeting place for peasants and merchants from the Sous region , the High Atlas and the South , has become the heart of Marrakech , In the words of Jerome and jean Tharaud ,'' the soul of the south is here ,in the groups of onlookers who ,from morning to night ,gather and disperse around the street performers with the fluidity of smoke .''In the morning this vast square ,located on the edge of the souk district and bordered by shops and workshops ,is crowded with fruit and spice sellers .
A Berber village in the High Atlas mounatins.
This is an Atlas village .the pise buildings of the fortified villages are of different shapes and sizes . while you travel through the High Atlas Mountains , you will see a lot of this kind of villages along the way .The people who live in this villages still live very tradionally , all they do is farming and sheoherding .
Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah 
The fortified village of Ait Benhaddou has been classified by UNESCO as one of the world's cultural treasures .It is studded with crenelated towers and its buildings decorated with lozenged motifs and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of its kind in Morocco . Many movies were shot in this Kasbah among them , Kingdom of heaven ,Gladitor ,...
The Sahara desert of Merzouga .
The best time to be standing on the summit of Erg Chebbi sand dunes is at dawn ; the sun emerges from behind a sea of dunes ,then seems to climb very radidly .pink turns to ocher ,passing through every shade of orange .And the best thing do also is to ride a camel and spend the night in a Berber tent in the middel .so fantastic this experiance !!!
Tanning in Fes 
Tanning is the process by which animal skins are rendered supple and rot-proof. First the skins ar washed and soaked to make them ready for tanning .Currying is the process by which the tanned leather ,known as ''crust-tanned''leather ,is impreganed with grease to turn it into the finished product .
Assilah drawings 
Assilah drawings 

Hassan tower in Rabat ( The capital of Morocco ).

A minaret known as the Hassan Tower is all that remains of the mosque .Begun in 1196 . The name Hassan (goodness)was bestowed on the tower in the 14th century but the reason this was done remains a mystery .The sultan Yacoub El Mansour had ambitions to built the second-biggest mosque in the Muslim world .but after hid death in 1199 the project was never completed .



Friday, 27 May 2016

the beauty of Morocco

we going to post some pictures of some most touristy destinations in Morocco. In fact , when you travel in Morocco you see a kind of contrast in terms of culture, architecture also the landscape .So when you have chance to come to Morocco ,we will welcome you warmly and be happy to take you around.
This photo was taken in Chefchoune which is called the Moroccan bleu city.It is a small city in the Rif mounatin , far from from Tanger about 120 Km to the south east. It has an old city which goes back to 1471 and it was founded by the Cherif Moulay Ali Ben Rachid. The old city or the medina , as it is called, has a kind of narrow streets which run up and down the steep sides of Jbel Magou.
Many tourists all year around go to visit this peacful place. It has many things to see like the Tlasmtan National park with its wafterfalls ,Kasabah ,...Etc.

This city is called Essaouira. It is located on the Atlantic ocean coast .This one looks a bite like the bleu city but it is still defferent from it . The old city called Mogador , seems to defy the ocean. In this city the shipyyards trawlers are built by tradtional methods ,using teak and eucalyptus.It has aslo a kind of fascinating souks like on the second picture. you can find leather, wooden crafts, Murex ,the mollusk that scretes a purple dye, carpts and many other things.It is also a good place for shoting movies.

This is an ancient Kasabah called the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah . It is located in Ourzazar which is called the Moroccan hollywood thanks to its lanscape which very diverse and which is good for making movies. This fortified village has been classified by UNSCO as one of the word's cultural treasures. none knows exactly when this village was built but we are all sure that is is very old and it was already there during the times of camel caravans which goes back to the 11 century . Today it is also a Kasbah which everyone who to see Morocco put on the list.
This is a natutal canyon in the lower Atlas Mountain. This mouatin got a lot of rock formations as if they were handmade . It is a very dry mountains due the lack of rain , because it is close to the desert. 
This is the high Atlas Mouantain in winter time. It snows like 3 times in winter and the snow stay like 5 months covered the pics of the mounatin .This one consist as well of deep valleys , almost bottomedless canyons, craggy peaks and mounatontops eroded by wind and rain unlike the lower atlas mounatin.
Also do not forget the desert to spend an over night in this golden sand dunes. As you can see in the picture there a camp and that one has everything !!!showers, toilets ...whatever you need. And the main transprtaion here is camel , a ride of one hour and a half to get the middel of the dunes where you will see a kind of lanscape that makes you think that the whole of the world around you is just sand.

Monday, 15 February 2016

3 DAYS CULTURAL TOUR FROM MARRAKECH TO MERZOUGA DESERT




DAY 1: MARRAKECH TO THE DADES VALLEY
In the morning at 8:00 am you will start the tour with an English speaking driver .the first day tour take around 8 hours driving including stops and lunch time and visit time for the interests. You will drive through the High Atlas Mountains to grasp what is a typical berber village and the traditional way of living in morocco. You will see as well spring shepherds and herdsmen, who are sedentary farmers, leave their villages, the highest of which are situated at 6,500 fee t, and begin their transhumance towards the high pastures. After you cross the highest pass in morocco which is called ‘Col du Ticka’, it’s about 7,415 feet, you will arrive the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou .after or before lunch you will go for a walk in the village which consist of a maze of luxury apartments, simple pisé houses and crenelated towers which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs. And many movies were shot in the village like games of throne, gladiator…after that you will drive to the Moroccan Hollywood .this city is the crossroads of the main routes leading to the Drra valley,Sous valley and the Dades valley .this city was built by the French as the garrison in the late 1920.you can visit one of the cinema studios and a famous Kasbah called Taorirt .later on drive to the Dades valley through the capital of roses Kella Mgouna .over night in  a hotel in the Dades groge.
DAY 2: DADES VALLEY TO MERZOUGA
After breakfast in your hotel, you will drive to the sahara .you will enjoy seeing the kasabh of Ait arbi ,built at the foot of volcanic rocks, and Tamnalt ,known as the ‘valley of human bodies’ ,where rocks on one of the cliff faces have been eroded into what looks like the soles of human feet.and the locals call it the ‘monkey feet’.and after that you will go back till the administrative center of Boumalne –du –Dades.then drive to the Todgha gorge  via the Oasis of todgha valley to see the dense and extensive palm grove and go up to the gorge .you will enjoy looking to the most spectacular section of the gorges ,where for a distance of 110 yards the narrow corridor between the sheer,towering walls of rock (985 feet high) is only 65 feet wide .it’s as well the best place for rock climbers.and after that you will drive back the valley and later on Tinjdad, stop for lunch . Then continue the trip to  the desert via Erfoud and Rissani. Just after you get the desert, you will relax for a while then ride the camels to the middle of the desert for the night. Sleep in an equipped Berber camp.
DAY 3: MERZOUGA BACK TO MARRAKECH OR DRIVE TO FES
In the morning after you see the sunrise in the camp ,you will camel back to the hotel for breakfast and shower.and then travel either back to Marrakech through the same way,or to Fes.if it is Fes.you will drive through the Ziz valley.and stop for a nice veiw to the vast oais of Ziz .you will drive as well through the Ziz gorges ,which are sliced through the imposing rock faces that presage the rise of the high atlas in the west,are an indication of the former power of the Ziz.then through Hammat moulay ali cherif ,Rich,then Midelt.this town is bulit at the foot of the Jebel Ayachi,whose summit (12,260feet) is covered in snow for a large part of the year.lunch in resturant.after lunch you will drive through the middel atlas mountain and stop in cedar forest to see the a kind of monkies called ‘the Barbery apes’ then to the swiss style moroccan city of Ifrane.from here Fes is just 60 KM and around 6:00pm your driver will drop you off in Fes.