Morocco Journals

Lesser known sights in Morocco

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A travel journal to Morocco by dangaroo

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Jimi Liked It and So Did I!

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During my 3 week trip in Morocco this January, I spent 5 days in Essaouira. I've read the other review of Essaouira and it's a very good one but I have a slightly different perspective of it. It's probably worth reading both reviews.Having spent a couple of days in Marrakech, my fiance and I took the bus to Essaouira, the bus journey was fun - a standard bus rather than the more expensive coach, it took one hour longer and the bus stops whenever and where ever to make sure the bus is never not completely full! The ticket boy, jumps on and off whilst smoking a cigarette and opening the luggage compartment for people to put all kinds of things in (including live chickens). The bus driver oft...Read More

Film Set City!

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I stayed in Ait Benhaddou this January, so understand that my review will be from a winter aspect.Ait Benhaddou is a fortified city, a Unesco Heritage site and has been used in the following films:Lawrence of Arabia (1962)The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)Jesus of Nazareth (1977)The Jewel of the Nile (1985)The Living Daylights (1987)The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)The Sheltering Sky (1990)Kundun (1997)The Mummy (1999)Gladiator (2000)Alexander (2004)Having taken a bus across the plains of Morocco from Inezghane to Ouarzazate we were left with the question of whether to stay in Ouarzazate or Ai...Read More

Napoleon's Hat - What's that?

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Tafraoute is located in the south east of Morocco, just above the territory of Western Sahara. About 200km south of Agadir, Tafraoute is a small town nesteld in the pink valleys of the Atlas mountains and is well known for it's amazing rock features and great hiking and cycling opportunities.History======550 Million years ago, a few large continental plates hit each other to form Africa and due to the heat, rocks began to melt. These granite rocks can now be found in the valleys around Tafraoute, after years of being sculptured by the weather they have taken rather amazing shapes leaving behind a pink lunar landscape!Getting there===========We took...Read More

Mirhleft is Alright!

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Mirhleft is another Moroccan coastal town that claims to have captured the heart of Jimi Hendrix! He must have been very stoned at the time because the town itself is just two unpaved streets with very little on either side and an overpowering smell of animals and urine. My guess is that he spent little time in the town itself but most probably at the near by beaches which have superb sand, amazing coves, caves, are very quiet and have ideal sea for surfing.Getting There==========Mirhleft is located between Tiznit (30km) and Sidi Ifni (18km), grand taxis travel from both places and it's extremely easy to hitch between either places, you may be expected to pay though. Tizn...Read More

Close to Todra, No Jews but some Beers!

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I visited Tinerhir in January 2008, it's a town situated in the East of Morocco just south of the High Atlas. It's fairly small and is a Berber region famous for it's superb carpets which are made only by women in the female area of the city (there are two main bazaar streets, one sells everything for women and the other sells everything for men.On arriving in Tinerhir from any direction, you will arrive at Place Principale, from there it's a right and a 2nd left and you will get to the main market square, two paths lead down from it (the ones previously mentioned). You can get just about anything in this area and a large market is held on Monday's in the square.There's not a g...Read More