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4 Reasons why Marrakech should be on your bucket list

Marrakech is one of the most exciting cities to explore in the world. While all of the modern day amenities are widely available, there is just something about the old-world charm, the ancient architecture that's been so carefully preserved and a laid back vibe that will transport you back to historical times.

Shopping the Souks: The medina is a magical place to explore treasures such as colorful rugs and tapestries, hand-woven goods like baskets and hand bags, beautiful Moroccoan lamps and not to mention the vibrant spice souks -it is indeed a sensory wonder.

Unparalleled Hospitality: Morocco is known for its incredibly warm and genuine hospitality. It's common to be invited to have tea or share a tagine by locals this is one of the most immediate and visible signs of hospitality. They share everything and want you to feel at home during your visit, this outward show of warm is an essential part of the Moroccan people's values. It's no wonder that Morocco is the most visited country in Africa. The best way to experience authentic Moroccan hospitality is be staying in a riad. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house converted into a maison d'hôte (guest house) that features a beautiful courtyard with luscious greenery and a handful of rooms giving "bed and breakfast" vibes. Typically, the service provided for you during your stay is very hands-on and you are treated very special. It's a "must do" if you are planning to come to Morocco.

The Ancient Architecture: The Marrakech Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, oh is it an ancient wonder! Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre. Marrakech is without a doubt a photographers dream destination!

Moroccan Cuisine: Food is a big part of Moroccan culture. There are so many amazing dishes native to Morocco but the most common is the tagine. Traditionally locals prepare this tasty dish using chicken, beef, lamb or fish marinated in spices like cumin, saffron, paprika and fresh herbs such as coriander and parsley. The tagine in slow cooked in a pottery dish with a cone-shaped cover along with fresh local veggies. Once served, it is commonly shared communally and eaten with fresh bread. Such a delight! Couscous is also very popular dish, and traditionally made on Friday's (the day of prayer). The couscous is made fresh and cooked with veggies and meat and topped with a blend of raisins and caramelized onions, known as tfaya. There are many other lovely traditional Moroccan dishes to experience such as pastillas, flakey savory pastry stuffed with either chicken or fish, tasty salads such as Za'alook which is made with roasted eggplant, spices and herbs, and olive oil and Tk'touka salad made with pureed red bell pepper, tomato, herbs and spices, and olive oil.

You'll definitely want to add a cooking class to your itinerary, you'll be sure to enjoy every bite and moment of this activity.

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