Express Tribune: Morocco, Africa’s Jewel
Morocco has rightly earned the title of the “jewel of Africa” thanks to its mixed Arabian, European and Berber cultural influences and to the hospitality of Moroccan people, writes International Daily Express.
Marrakech, one of its most ancient cities and most popular destinations, is welcoming, friendly and astoundingly beautiful, says the newspaper, partner of the US New York Times.
It describes the city of Marrakech as energetic, lively and colorful and inviting for any traveler. Brimming with markets, gardens, palaces and mosques, the city is full of ancient history and culture.
Dubbed the “Red City,” it is much known for its spices, souks, hammams, snake charmers, charming hotels, quirky cafes and trendy art galleries.
According to Express Tribune, Jema El Fena, one of the main attractions of the city, is home to Islamic art, Moroccan carpets and handmade jewelry. As the sun sets, the square makes way for snake charmers, fortune tellers, magicians, Berber dancing boys and food stalls.
Those who want to escape the bustling city life can retreat to Jardin Majorelle. Donated to Marrakech by Yves Saint Laurent before his death, the garden boasts an electric-blue art deco villa surrounded by a stunning botanical garden.
For the more daring travelers, there are the Atlas Mountains wherein they can meet local Berber communities and discover their hand-made jewelry, pottery as well as weaving and rug makers.