Title: Exploring Morocco’s Rich History and Culture: A Mother-Daughter Adventure

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With a passion for wellbeing and adventure, I’ve embarked on many journeys seeking balance, rejuvenation, and cultural enrichment. This time, my voyage was unique – I decided to travel with my mum to Morocco, a country brimming with history, vibrant traditions, and enchanting landscapes. Our 7-day journey with Riviera Travel would take us on an odyssey through some of Morocco’s most iconic destinations, offering us a glimpse into its rich history and diverse culture.

Day 1: Marrakech – A Glimpse into Morocco’s Past

Our adventure began in the bustling city of Marrakech, where we marvelled at the Menara gardens. The history of these gardens dates back to the 12th century, and they are not only a testament to the ingenuity of Moroccan irrigation but also a symbol of the city’s timeless beauty.

Day 2: Casablanca – The Magnificent Hassan II Mosque

Our journey continued to Casablanca, a city known for its blend of tradition and modernity. The Hassan II Mosque was a true marvel – its construction in the late 20th century was a feat of architectural brilliance. It was a powerful reminder of Morocco’s enduring Islamic heritage.

Rick’s Cafe – Casablanca

In the evening, we had the pleasure of dining at Rick’s Cafe, a place inspired by the classic film “Casablanca.” It transported us back in time to an era when the city was known as a haven for expatriates and adventurers.

Day 3: Rabat – Exploring the Historical Medina

Rabat, Morocco’s capital, awaited us on the third day. The 12th century Medina here was reminiscent of the charming streets of Ibiza town. We strolled through the Andalusian gardens, which had a distinct Spanish influence, reflecting the city’s history as a centre of Moorish culture. I was disappointed we didn’t have more time to explore so this is on my wish list for a revisit.

Day 4: Fez – History and Artistry

Fez beckoned us with its historical treasures, starting with a walk past the Royal Palace and through the old Jewish Quarter. A visit to a pottery on the outskirts of town revealed the incredible craftsmanship and intricate patterns in the handmade pots, plates, and mosaics.

Tannery at Fez

Our exploration took us through the bustling Souk, where we witnessed the famed tannery and weavers at work. We also found ourselves at the venerable University of Al Quaraouiyine, a beacon of scholarship since the 9th century. In the evening, we indulged in a Moroccan Tagine at the exquisite Palais Medina, complete with belly dancers, musicians, fire eaters, and a magician.

Day 5: Volubilis and Meknes – Roman Ruins and Royal Legacy

Day five took us on a journey to the Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we walked through the ancient streets and marvelled at the enduring beauty of Roman architecture.

In Meknes, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Palais Terrab. I chose Pastilla, a traditional Moroccan savoury pie which features layered sheets of thin dough, a bit like filo. I was surprised to find this dish filled with a mixture of meat, parsley, onions, spices, and egg and then finished off with a top layer of icing sugar. Although it sounded an odd combination it was surprisingly tasty. After lunch we explored the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, an architectural gem that pays homage to a significant historical figure.

Day 6: Marrakech’s Majorelle Gardens – A Botanical Oasis

Our journey back to Marrakech was accompanied by a mesmerising sandstorm, where the sky turned shades of pink and orange. We finally reached the enchanting Majorelle Gardens, a one-hectare botanical paradise created by the Oriental artist Jacques Majorelle. The cubist villa designed by French architect Paul Sinoir added to the allure.

Day 7: Exploring Marrakech’s Rich Heritage

Our final day in Morocco was dedicated to exploring the historical treasures of Marrakech. We visited the Saadian Tombs, a reminder of the city’s royal legacy, and the Bahia Palace, which showcased Moroccan architectural grandeur.

A stroll through the main market square and the Medina introduced us to the local spices and herbs at Bloty Herbalist. We ended our tour with a Moroccan Tagine cookery class and lunch at La Maison Arabe, savouring the country’s diverse flavours.

As evening descended, we braved the pouring rain to wander through the Souk, searching for Moroccan lanterns amidst narrow streets, vibrant markets, and a sensory symphony of street food and snake charmers.

Our 7-day adventure in Morocco not only deepened our bond as mother and daughter but also allowed us to immerse ourselves in the country’s captivating history and culture. Morocco’s rich tapestry of tradition and modernity left an indelible mark on our hearts, reminding us of the enduring allure of travel and exploration. Check out my Tips for travelling to Morocco.

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