Morocco has long been a crossroad of culture from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, creating a vibrant blend of cultures best shown through the country’s many festivals. Here are five favorites to plan your trip around.
Rabat’s annual music festival is gargantuan in size with a lineup of 90 acts performing on seven stages across the city. Its draw of 2.5 million people makes Mawazine the second-largest festival in the world.
International Film Festival of Marrakech
Everyone enjoys Casablanca, though it was almost entirely filmed in Burbank, Calif. Founded in 2001, the International Film Festival of Marrakech aims to reposition the country as a center of cinema in North Africa and the Middle East, showcasing local talent alongside Hollywood stars.
Marathon des Sables
Called “the toughest foot race on Earth,” Marathon des Sables is 156-mile trek across the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco. More than several hundred competitors journey across the sand for six days, many of whom are running/walking for a charity.
Gnaoua World Music Festival
If Mawazine is intimidating, the Gnaoua World Music Festival might be more your style. Located in the picturesque coastal town of Essaouira, this four-day music festival features a variety of music, but has its origins in the Gnaoua people, a brotherhood of mystics that are descendants of slaves and mercenaries from the old Mali Empire.
Located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, El Kelaâ M’Gouna is the center of rose production in Morocco. Thousands of pounds of flowers are cultivated from April to May, used to make potpourri, essential oil and rosewater.
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Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.