Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

By Viator, September 2015

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From the bejeweled snake charmers and henna-painted fortune tellers that patrol the central square of Djeena El Fna, to the traditional dancing and rhythmic drumming of the Atlas mountains’ Berber tribes, Moroccan culture is as varied and vibrant as it is captivating. Wandering through the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina of Marrakech unveils a melting pot of  Arabic, French, African and tribal cultures, with the labyrinth of souks (markets) displaying everything from traditional handicrafts to herbal medicines.

Take a guided tour through the souks and you’ll get to see the craftsmen at work – weaving intricate carpets and tapestries, carving delicate wooden souvenirs and fine-tuning traditional Moroccan musical instruments. Delve deeper into the backstreets and you’ll find the leather workers dipping cow hides in huge buckets of natural dye and forgers shaping candlesticks beneath plumes of dark smoke.

Many of Morocco’s most unique cultural traditions have been preserved for tourists and culture shows offer a colorful glimpse into the country’s age-old folklore. Attend a Fantasia night and you’ll be treated to a dazzling spectacular of belly dancing, galloping horse parades, traditional music, and dancing, while tucking into a spread of delicious tagine, cous cous and other local delicacies.

Marrakech also benefits from its strategic location, perched on the brink of both mountains and desert, and traveling out into the High Atlas Mountains or Sahara desert offers an introduction to the mountain tribes and nomads that have long inhabited the region. Take a tour into the foothills of the mountains, where you can visit the villages, tea plantations and herb gardens of the Ourika Valley and get a taste of life in a Berber household, or take a camel trek into the desert and bed down in a traditional Bedouin tent.

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Souks and Medinas of Marrakech Tour

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