Want to get to the true heart of Morocco? The best way is through the food and culture of the country. You could sit down to a classic Moroccan meal with a family in Fes, or share a pot of mint tea at a traditional Berber village. You could even enjoy dinner while witnessing Berber tribal dances or Arabian belly dancing, or visit a Moroccan pharmacy to discover the remedial herbs and spices of the region. When you travel to Morocco with Trafalgar, you can experience all these moving Moroccan food adventures and more, so read on to get inspired for your Morocco trip!
1. Dinner with a local family in their traditional riad in Fes
Dive into the fascinating culture and traditional Moroccan food with this special ‘Be My Guest’ dinner experience in Fes. You’ll get to meet a real Fes family and hear their stories over a home-cooked dinner of Moroccan specialities and wine in a traditional riad.
You’ll immediately feel like you’re part of the family as you’re led to the riad, an open-air courtyard within the house, that acts as the heart and soul of the home. As you sit down in the lush courtyard, you’ll be surrounded by glowing candles and peaceful music, while the aroma of spices fills the air.
As you feast on classic Moroccan dishes, you’ll listen to the family sharing the incredible history of the riad. With their talent for storytelling, you’ll be taken on a journey into the Morocco of another era, learning all about the family’s deep connection to the home, and how they live and work in Fes today.
With a stomach full of delicious Moroccan food and a heart full of amazing local stories, you’ll leave this experience with a true insight into the life of a wonderful Moroccan family.
2. Scenic drive to Ourika Valley to experience the famous Berber hospitality
The scenery in Morocco doesn’t get much more spectacular than this. We’ll take you on a drive into the High Atlas Mountains to the Ourika Valley, where soaring mountains, lush green valleys, churning rivers, and stunning Berber villages are all part of the picture.
We’ll go beyond the lovely scenery, arriving at a traditional adobe village with its rusty red houses. Here you’ll visit a local family home to enjoy their legendary Berber hospitality and the beautiful views.
Your welcoming hosts will be sure to offer you the beloved sweet mint tea of the region, traditionally poured into little clear glasses from a height to show respect to guests. You might even get to taste the classic ring-shaped cookies, kaak malih, that are sometimes served with the hot tea. It’s the perfect way to relax and get to know the locals from this incredible part of the world.
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3. Classic Moroccan dinner or the best of Berber cuisine in Marrakesh
You’ll be spoiled for choice for Moroccan food experiences in the ‘Red City’ of Marrakesh. It’s home to the largest traditional souk (market) in Morocco and you can spend some time there discovering all the unique regional flavours.
Next, head to the magical Jemaa el Fna Square in the Old Quarter. Here you’ll be mesmerised by palm readers, acrobats and snake-charmers, and you’ll love soaking up the enchanting sights and sounds of Marrakesh by night. We’ll then whisk you away to a dinner in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, complete with an authentic Moroccan show of music and entertainment.
You could also choose to spend your evening enjoying the best of Berber cuisine and culture. You’ll indulge in a mouthwatering array of Berber dishes, all while watching an extraordinary performance of Berber tribal dances and horsemen showing off their incredible skills. Whatever you choose, this is sure to be one night in Marrakesh you’ll never forget.
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4. Arabian dinner and traditional entertainment in Fes
The wonderful city of Fes is the oldest imperial city in the country, home to royal palaces, the famous colourful dye-pits of Morocco’s ancient leathercraft, and the Medina, one of the world’s largest thriving medieval centres. It’s also home to some of the best traditional Moroccan food, as you’ll soon discover on a night out in this vibrant city.
We’ll take you to a traditional riad for a real Arabian feast of local delicacies. You’ll get to enjoy your dinner while being entertained by live bands and traditional performances including captivating belly dancers. Fine food, magical music, and amazing Arabian entertainment? This is sure to be a night you’ll treasure forever.
5. Moroccan pharmacy experience
If you really want to get to the heart of Moroccan culture, you’ve got to visit a Moroccan Berber pharmacy. We’ll take you there to meet the local specialists, and discover how they mix and meld regional ingredients to create special tinctures, cosmetics, oils and more.
You’ll marvel at all the brightly coloured mounds of herbs and spices displayed around the pharmacy, with all kinds of fragrances filling the air as you gaze at the jugs and jars stuffed with curious concoctions.
Morocco is a land of many unique herbs, spices, flowers and plants, with many said to hold amazing health benefits. There are ancient ingredients that have been used in Moroccan remedies for centuries. You’ll find bottles and pots filled with everything from precious spices like saffron (worth its weight in gold) to dreamy incenses and essential oils like jasmine, chamomile, argan and myrrh.
As you get caught up in all the enchanting smells, colours and flavours, you might even like to choose something to take home as a wonderful memento of your trip to Morocco.
What is your favourite Moroccan food? Let us know in the comments below!