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.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
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Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
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