Sporting and cultural events, small festivals or major international trade shows… The numerous activities on offer will be able to entertain you throughout your vacation or may even be the very reason you visit Morocco. Because visiting a country also means getting into the swing of its events.
By taking part in cultural events, you can discover the Kingdom of Morocco’s creative energy and proliferation of events in all artistic fields throughout the year.
A land which has offered a warm welcome and encounters since Ancient times, Morocco certainly has its share of world festivals. Music, film, popular culture: the main cities offer original events, often addressing the theme of dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures. Tangier, for instance, now celebrates jazz in all its forms with the Tanjazz festival. Take advantage of a trip to Morocco to discover the unique ambiance of these events. Many concerts and film showings take place in historic settings, often outdoors. And the warmth of Moroccan evenings gives these events a very special atmosphere. A friendly atmosphere is guaranteed, like the one at the Timitar music festival in Agadir, and the Mawazine festival in Rabat, which has celebrated world music since 2001.
The international film festival in Marrakech creates a bridge between the film industries of the North and of the South, with works which combine cultures, nationalities and languages. The festival has welcomed the greatest names in cinema, including Alan Parker, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jeanne Moreau, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch and Constantin Costa-Gavras. For many years now, Essaouira has been synonymous with world music with its Gnaoua and World Music Festival. The festival is rich in emotion and musical encounters. Fez, a very spiritual city, also hosts a fabulous festival of sacred music which is very open to other religions.
The snowy slopes of the Atlas are perfect for sliding sports enthusiasts. A range of resorts like Michlifen provides kilometres of pistes edged with fine forests. The Toubkal and Mgoun massifs welcome cross-country skiers, with itineraries traced through a wild landscape criss-crossing the most beautiful mountainsides
The Moroccan valleys have countless rivers full of fish, lakes and torrents where great quantities of different species can be found. Trout, perch and carp twist and turn in the transparent water, only waiting for the right hook. The 3,500 km of coastline and the dozens of ports that lie along it are ideal departure points for coarse fishing, and the gateway to the open sea for catching barracuda, tuna, marlin and so on.
On the Atlantic coast, near Essaouira, the wind lifts the lips of the waves high enough for surfing enthusiasts to come and kiss them. The ocean also offers other activities: windsurfing, jetskiing, boat trips, diving, dolce far niente.
Foto: Taghazout between Essaouira and Agadir
Morocco is home to several remarkable sites: Aremd, the Djebel Aroudane, the Taghia gorges, the Sirwa Massif and Mount Tidighin in the Rif. Climbing Mount M’Goun (4068m) is still a must, and the ascent of Mount Toubkal, the second highest summit in Africa after Kilimanjaro, takes two days for experienced climbers.
A country of horsemen, Morocco has successfully continued the equestrian tradition. Horse rides are organized in the western High Atlas, the Middle Atlas and the Saghro and Sirwa massifs.
The pleasures of mountain-biking are celebrated at all the tracks of the western and central High Atlas, the Saghro and Sirwa massifs, as well as Mount Tidighin in the Rif and in the desert.
Canyoning at the Aqua-n-Tazart and the Aqua N’Taghia, rafting in the spring in the Ahansal wadi and the Assif Melloul, kayaking in Ourika and Assif Nfiss, the TalemboteWadi and Mount Tidighin in the Rif: a wide variety of pleasures!
Morocco has an impressive number of caves and underground networks. Among the most famous are the Friouato cave, near Taza – which was opened for visitors at the start of the last century – Toghobeit, to the south of Chefchaouen (713m deep) and the Goran cave, between Oualidia and Safi, which was already explored at the time of the Phoenicians and houses cave paintings.
Bird’s eye view
Fly high paragliding in the High Atlas or parachuting in Beni Mellal. Also take advantage of several aerial routes on board a Cessna 207 available leaving from Marrakech. Does a ULM flight tempt you? You can fly over the Marrakech region and/or the Atlas valleys.
Take your clubs, play on lush green fairways, walk through exotic landscapes, concentrate in the midst of luxuriant nature, send your little white ball in between palm trees stroked by the wind, trigger the flight of pink flamingos, lose your ball under carpets of multi-coloured flowers, avoid the bunkers of sand taken from the Sahara, hit shots over lakes filled by the ocean, spend sunny days, store up memories for a whole lifetime, that is the promise made by a kingdom with hundreds of fantastic courses.
Among the most prestigious sites, players can choose to follow in the footsteps of the greatest champions at the Dar – es-Salam Royal Golf Club in Rabat, the Royal Golf in Marrakech, Tangier Golf Club, the clubs in Mohammedia, Casablanca, Agadir,Meknes,Cabo-Negro,Fez,Ben Slimane, Ouarzazate of El Jadida.
Whether on the back of a camel, on horseback, in a 4×4 or on foot, trips across the rather uneven terrain of Morocco are an excellent way to get away and to discover picturesque landscapes.
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