Tea has a special place in Morocco

Tea has a special place in Morocco

Tea-drinking is a big deal in most corners of the globe, from the Far East, Russia, India, to the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and North and East Africa, to say the least. Each nation has its own tea customs and rituals, and not everyone drinks the same blend of tea. Morocco is a nation of tea-drinkers (apparently it was the English who introduced tea here in the 19th Century!) and the preparation and serving of tea is not to be taken lightly. You can’t just “put the kettle on”, you need to savour the process and take time over it.
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The Spirit and Community in Morocco

The Spirit and Community in Morocco

Morocco’s culture and community spirit

The question, “is it safe to visit Morocco?”, is becoming timeworn and has already been debated.

You would be better-served to ask, “what can I expect in Morocco?”, if you’ve already concluded that you’re visiting.

If you are still having doubts (it is North Africa after all!) I would urge you to read something of my insight into Morocco culture before passing judgement.

We’ve previously touched on some of the cultural aspects in other blogs, such as the tea ceremony, social etiquette with greetings, or dining the Moroccan way.

The guide-books will also help you steer clear of any basic faux-pas.

What follows is what you glean when living in a small community in Morocco, not from the books or the media.

Use this as a benchmark to guide your expectations of the country (and, perhaps, of its safety!).

Morocco culture and its community spirit

  1. Gratitude and happiness are derived and enjoyed from what you have in life, not from that for which you yearn. In other words, you are content with your lot in life. Take pleasure from the simple things (such as the beauty of nature) and be thankful to God at all times.
  2. Treating a guest generously and selflessly. A proverb says ‘The guest is always a guest, even if he stays for winter and summer’. Moroccans regard travellers and foreign residents as guests in their country and Moroccans take the safety of visitors as a point of honour.
  3. Charity begins at home and is then very much continued outside of the home. One of the pillars of Islam.
  4. The ability to share freely, e.g. a small meal will always go a long way and a stranger is never allowed to go hungry. Often those who have the least to share, are the most giving.
  5. An open-door policy and acceptance, the knowledge that you are welcome in a stranger’s home, at face value.
  6. The family unit is key and many generations still share the same home; this promotes selflessness. There may only be one bread-winner supporting a large family. Respect for elders, especially your parents.
  7. Knowing your neighbours and treating them as an extension of the family. You may have to call upon them in times of need. This also leads on to the fact that everyone knows each other’s business (good or bad!).
  8. Above all, bear in mind that underpinning all of this is the Muslim faith and the piety of Moroccans.

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Our Top 5 Things to Do in Morocco

Our Top 5 Things to Do in Morocco

You can’t possibly do and see everything that Morocco has to offer in one trip. If you can experience our top 5 things to do in Morocco that will be eye-opening enough (and, hopefully, inspire you to visit us again!).
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Taghazout Bay: the time to visit this upcoming region

Taghazout Bay: the time to visit this upcoming region

Reconnect to yourself and a harmonious way of life in Morocco’s surfing capital

A guest post by Sally Kirby, resident artist and yoga teacher 

It is time to reveal that this beach, fishing and surf-centric region has had a makeover!

As part of the Taghazout Bay development project, Tamraght, Taghazout and nearby Aourir (‘Banana Village’) are now home to new beachfront cafes, open-air restaurants, luxury hotels, beach clubs, and, a 5km beachfront promenade.
 
After a quiet couple of years – the closure of Morocco’s borders at the outset of Covid-19 brought tourism to a stark halt – life in Tamraght and Taghazout is picking up again.
 
Read on for a little insight as to what to expect in Morocco’s south-coast surf region these days below.
 
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Morocco’s surfing coastline on the Atlantic
 
 

Development at Taghazout Bay

Throughout 2020-2021, construction continued, with new hotels and community facilities popping up all over. Creativity boomed, the result: babies and stunning artisan works in abundance.  Those who could honed their trade with online learning and digital working.
 
On a personal level, I was grateful for the option to teach yoga online and to have started a series of online videos, check out You Tube via the link here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIF6vNiDnZcsDACql6dQ2wQ/videos
 
It was a wonderful time for the local community to connect. With no tourists to host, our attention was turned to each other, our homes, and getting to know the region better.
 
Now, international flights are landing daily in Agadir again…
 
Taghazout Bay
Restaurant overlooking Taghazout Bay
 
 

New hotels sit alongside the existing artisan & surf community

Several new hotels have opened, including a Radisson, Fairmont, Riu, Hyatt Regency, and a Hilton, Puro Beach coming soon.
 
It has been incredible to see the changes. The initial concerns, how will this affect local tourism, the smaller businesses and hotels?
 
Yes, the village feels different, more diverse in its offerings for travellers and locals alike.
 
The positives are starting to become clear. The beaches are cleaner, the ocean sparkles, the waves are consistent – there are brand new toilet blocks, and even an ATM!
 
And, at its heart, the essence of this grounded community and relaxed lifestyle has been retained.
 
You can choose to dip bread in amlou, a locally produced nut butter, at Babakoul, or dine out in style at a brand new five star sushi restaurant, Morimoto!
 
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Surf hotels and luxury retreats co-exist in Taghazout Bay
 
 

Work:life balance oceanside

Co-working spaces with fibre optic WIFI have popped up to cater for an influx of digital nomads.
 
Pampering pool days have become the norm, hammam & massage, hiking trails, skateboarding sessions, stand up paddle, are all great options for those rare days when there are no waves for surfing.
 
There are new Air B&Bs and apartment options offer a longer stay option for those coming to work remotely, is it time for you to practice finding that perfect work:life balance?
 
I am grateful for the time to be integrated into the local community. To have found a simpler way of life, in tune with the ocean and nature’s rhythm. If you’d like to come and sample this, please get in touch (details below), the Winter surf season has started, and it would be a pleasure to welcome you to/ back to this slice of beach and surfing heaven!
 
Morocco’s-surfing-coastline
Morocco’s surfing coastline
 
 

More about the author, Sally Kirby

Sally is based full-time near Taghazout Bay, drawn to a life spent at the ocean and by a passion for Africa. Her website showcases her artwork, writing and yoga teachings. Sally’s website is here and her Instagram feed here. Thanks to Sally for providing all of the images featured in this post.

Contact us for a quote for one of our ‘Desert to Coast’ holidays. Please also enquire for a customised yoga retreat with Sally and Wild Morocco.

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Author, Sally Kirby
Self-Drive Adventure – through the heart of the High Atlas & Sahara Desert

Self-Drive Adventure – through the heart of the High Atlas & Sahara Desert

For those who want to get off the beaten path and experience a desert safari

We’ve tailored a 4×4 self-drive itinerary down to the Erg Chigaga region, with the highlight of the tour being a private encampment at the remote Erg Sedrar dunes (to the east of Erg Chigaga great dunes).
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