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Land Transportation to Marrakech

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The diversity in land transportation to Marrakech is as wide as the scenery and landscape is in Morocco. There are many ways to get to Marrakech from Europe when you do not want to fly. Some people prefer land transportation over flying. There are also people in the world who are afraid to fly so land transportation to Marrakech is more of a need than a desire.

  • Tour Lines

There are many tour lines that offer bus excursions in package deals to Marrakech. You pay one price and all the amenities are covered in this fee. The only thing you are going to have to pay for is any trinket or souvenirs that you want to purchase. These package deals are a great way to see a foreign country without having to learn the driving customs or the rules of the road.

You only need to pay one fee and then you are going to be taken care of totally for the duration of the trip. There are many of these types of packages that offer weekend getaways along with one week and two week stays as well. If you can not find a package to meet your needs, then you should contact a different agency who may be able to offer a package that you want.

  • Rental Car

You can rent a car in Spain and drive directly to Marrakech. There is a popular roadway that offers a ferry from Algeciras which lasts about two and a half hours. This ferry lands at Tangiers where you can travel on to Marrakech. The roads in Morocco are very well maintained and are going to offer the bonus of being able to stop where and when you want to see the many sites of Morocco. You are going to need to go to the police desk in order to get you and your family’s passports stamped.

 

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Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Morocco

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Morocco is first choice for any tourist opting for Africa. This is such popular destination that the place almost feels like part of Europe or France for that matter. The stunning sunsets, pristine beaches, with some surprisingly healthy food waits for any one wishing to be there. Here are few tourist attractions in Morocco.

Casablanca, Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Asilah, Essaouira, and The Dakar Rally can be easily considered to be top few attractions. These are just few names, but essentially you can spend days just enjoying and discovering just one place or one thing and there will still be more to find out when you leave.

The visit to vividly colorful Marrakech is quite soothing experience. Millions miles away from the skyscrapers in here you can easily feel like lost in time, listening to popular storytellers that have crowds to perform their shows. The open tea houses and steaming roasts are just a few feet away while the whole sky is filled with hugest stars. In summer you can see the most incredible sky filled with jeweled stars and galaxies shimmering and glittering like a big box of million lights.

In Fez you can even have the life of rich and famous for few days, the fun and excitement is contagious at home of famous “Sex & City 2” Morocco. You can visit the camel riding school, the markets with silver and metal crafts, the souks that has been shown are all in here 24/7 open for you to explore and enjoy. The Spa treatments, skin treatments, thermal baths, and energetic massages at most affordable rates can be enjoyed in Marrakech quite easily too.

Tangier is famous for its most delicious cosine made in earthen pots. The inclusion of dried fruits and special herbs that are only fond in this region made them quite unique thing to be savored. One fascinating thing about this slow cooking style is the feeling of being welcome. The staff or hosts in here are quite friendly and you can see and even participate in making of dishes too. Don’t forget to take back few spices, the amazing pots, and recipes to make your own Tangier at home too.

Another great place to visit is Djemma el Fna for its mint tea and quite interesting music scene. The architecture in here is interesting mix of Bur-bur and Spanish styles. The arches, minarets and tombs are found quite common in even the simple residential buildings too. One great building in here is Koutoubia Mosque with myriad colors and tranquil feel.

Article Source:   Chris J Anderson

 

Berber Stones – What They Are and How to Find Them

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Berber and Jewelry

Berber jewelry is famed throughout the world. Berbers, the original inhabitants of Morocco, are a vibrant people with a rich history in customs and crafts. Berber jewelry is a mix of North Africa, Mediterranean and European influences.

Jewelry is very important to the Berber culture. The jewelry a woman wears identifies her status in the tribe: as a member of a clan, as a sign of her wealth, and as a symbolic protection for her well-being. Men, and children also wear jewelry as they are important talismans.

Berber jewelry is always made of silver, as gold is considered evil. Berber jewelry is characteristically symmetrical and geometric. Berber jewelry is also famed for beautiful enamel work and niello technique.

Necklaces are important, featuring talismans of silver, pink coral, amazonite, amber, Czech glass and West African ebony beads. These talismans are extremely important as they provide protective, medicinal and magical properties. Berber silver charms offer protection against the evil eye, disease, and misfortune. Silver is believed to cure rheumatism; coral symbolizes fertility; and amber is worn as a symbol of wealth and love. Amazonite and carnelian stones are used in determining fortunes, and East African shells symbolize fertility. Bracelets, fibulas (elaborate triangular brooches) anklets, earrings and headdresses are also popular pieces.

Many interesting symbols and patterns are featured in Berber art. There are scrolls, reminiscent of Celtic motifs. A small repeated “v” evokes a sprig of wheat. The symbol of an “A” depicts a man with raised arms, and is the symbol of Berber language and nation, the Amazighs. Another common symbol is the triangle, representing the tent and family. Motifs of animals, sun, moon and stars have supernatural powers. The Hand of Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad, is a symbol that wards off the evil eye. Any depiction of a hand represents the human creative power and dominance. The Berbers include these symbols as part of their culture and tradition.

 

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