Moroccan Tourism: A Belgian Magazine Devoted an Article to Morocco’s Diversity and its Natural Landscapes

In its latest issue, the Belgian Magazine “Le Vif” takes the reader on a magical journey to discover the Kingdom in a five-page article, illustrated with photos highlighting the beauty of the landscapes with “its endless coastline, its pink mountains, its vast valleys and its vibrant cities”.

The author of the article, Marieke De Ruijter, immediately sets off for Marrakech, sneaking through the old medina where tanners, coppersmiths, goldsmiths and carpenters are active, before exploring Moroccan gastronomy through a visit to the Museum of Culinary Art, where the public can taste and learn how to prepare traditional dishes.

Describing ” marvels ” such as the Yves Saint Laurent Museum or the Majorelle Garden, the journalist also highlights the beauty of the Ryads of the ochre city, which leave visitors “literally speechless in front of the rooms dressed in marble and the columns decorated with mosaics”.

Continuing her trip to the heart of Marrakech, she finally reached the inevitable Jama’a el-Fna square, the beating heart of the city.

“Haunting notes of snake charmers’ flutes, fragrances of mint and spices, clouds of smoke, sizzling meat in the stalls, tamed monkeys… The atmosphere is both captivating and exhilarating,” she describes.

“Le Vif” then introduces readers to Taliouine, in the heart of the saffron region, as well as the Ameln valley.

“In the morning, even before the first rays of sunshine creep in between the mountains, ladies in colorful dresses and armed with baskets set off to pick crocuses (…) whose fragile petals conceal the precious red gold,” the author of the article points out.

Continuing her journey, she writes that the road trip allows one to immerse oneself in local life, from Ouirgane to Taroudant, noting that after four hours of a spectacular journey through the Ameln valley, whose rocks “seem to have been thrown there at random, we arrive in Tafraout, at the foot of the Anti-Atlas”.

“The valley offers varied landscapes, magnificent panoramas and good roads,” she notes, stressing that another trip through Tiznit is necessary, especially for jewelry lovers.

Located a quarter of an hour from the coast, the “silver city” is home to around 130 goldsmiths specializing in working with precious metals. Its indoor market is full of “very elegant” jewelry, she adds.

The journalist ends her road-trip with a walk off the coast from Agadir to Legzira. Agadir is an ideal base from which to explore the charming surrounding villages, she says, but surfing enthusiasts and those nostalgic for “Flower Power” will find it in Taghazout, 20 kilometers further north.

Essaouira, a fishing town about a three hours drive from Agadir, also attracts many visitors for its “striking beauty”, while along the scenic road along the coast south of Agadir, a host of activities are offered on the beaches, from diving and horse riding to fishing, para-surfing, quad biking and camel riding, she writes.

“In Mirleft, we enjoy a dish of fresh fish, with our toes touching the water,” the journalist adds, as she finally set off to discover the vast beach of Legzira with its high rocky walls and its famous arch formed by erosion.

The journalist concludes her article with a pleasant meeting with a fisherman who “makes great signs to offer us a cup of tea. (…) A moment suspended, eternal proof of the legendary Moroccan hospitality”.

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