This week, we interviewed a few of our amazing local tour guides in Morocco. They shared with us a little more about themselves and what they love to show guests in their special country. In this period where we aren’t traveling internationally just yet, we have taken advantage of the “down” time and asked our colleagues to share what makes this country worth a visit. If you haven’t already been to Morocco, these stories, tips and advice from experts are just the thing to convince you to add it to your travel list!
1. What do you love about being a guide/why did you decide to become a guide?
Leila (below is her photo): I decided I wanted to be a tour guide in Morocco when I was a teenager. I was studying in a high school situated just at the main gate of one of the oldest cities in Morocco (Fes). Everyday, I would watch tours pass by, following a tour guide. He was a very elegant, distinguished man, wearing nice traditional outfit and speaking different languages. I was fascinated by these images!
By the school there is an old public garden, we used to go there for lunch break. I would always find couples of foreigners enjoying the site. And I started engaging in conversation with them or helping them to find their way in the medina. This is how I found my passion. Then when I joined the higher institute of tourism in Tangier, I picked the tour guides in Morocco section. I became a guide in 1984, when there were very few women guides in my country still.
Also, the Dar El Bacha in Marrakech Confluences Museum, that has exhibition space for different collections representing America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and also a nice Coffee that contains all the coffees of the world. And finally, the Kasbah Telouet, a nice palace in the mountains that can take you back in the history of Morocco at the end of 1800 and the beginning of 1900.
Ali: November & April. That’s when it is neither extremely hot nor very cold. Landscape contrasts are much better in April, though. The first 10 days of February are outstanding in the High & Anti Atlas Mountains as that’s when the almond trees are in full bloom.
La Maison Arab restaurant and Le comptoir Darna in Marrakech.
In conclusion, Morocco is an experience in every sense of the word. It’s a country full of colors, contrasts, scents and sites that leave visitors entranced. Breathtaking beaches, mountain ranges, historic cities and even a desert. Morocco is a destination that can make some of your wildest travel dreams come true. The more that we discover about this country, the more we fall in love with it. And our clients feel the same way. It’s also a great choice for a holiday in the winter to avoid the sweltering summer heat. For our more active and adventurous guests, there are seemingly endless options for excursions and activities.