Aaand here we are with the second part of our tour. If you missed the first part you can find it here 🙂
Golden dunes of Erg Chebbi
Touristic, but still remote, the Saharan dessert can get you a small taste of the Berber life. When you approach the village, the dunes rise up on the left side of the road closer and closer, and even though they do not cover a large area, you already know they are hiding a little universe. We have chosen to enjoy the experience camel riding and spending the night in the desert.
Riding the camels or walking on the hot sand in the middle of the day are not that exciting, so until the sun goes down we are relaxing under the palm trees. At the bottom of the dunes there are green, beautiful gardens, having an interesting irrigation system which pumps up underground water by rotation to the plots.
The camels are linked together and leaded by our guide. In a slow pace, we arrive at our destination in little more than one hour.
The Switzerland of Morocco
After a long drive we arrive in the alpine region. The air is fresh, temperatures had fallen and seeing the amount of vegetation around us, we understand why this is the wealthy part of Morocco. At an elevation of 1665 m, Ifrane also holds the record of the coldest temperature ever registered in Africa: −23.9 °C.
Among visitors, Ifrane is mostly known for the national park of Atlas cedars, one of the few remaining natural habitats of the macaque. The macaques are usually spotted close to the roads, and getting very close to the people to obtain food.
Our cherry blossom camping in Azrou and sunset over Middle Atlas were unexpected delights.
The Blue City
It it said that walls were painted blue by the Jewish refugees as a symbol of sky and freedom, but it might also have a more practical reason, the similarity with clear waters keeping the mosquitos away.
Fishing village and remote beaches
After all this time inland we are reaching the sea. Oued Laou is a small village in the North, animated by the fisherman’s activity and little markets.
The Spanish coast of Morocco
Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city located on the coast of Africa and separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar. A very convenient location, which has been repeatedly claimed by Morocco.
Get lost in Medina: you have no choice
But from the multitude of festivals, palaces, home of the first university in the world and an outstanding maze-medina.
However, if searching for a specific spot, sometimes is worth giving a few coins to the kids wandering around to guide you. One of those hot spots are the leather tanneries, which can be quite difficult to find if not checking precise route beforehand. Here you can see how dozens of men are processing the hides of animals into fine leather products, all manually after techniques that barely changed from the medieval times.