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Main City Activities: Top things to do in the Moroccan cities

There are many activities that the tourist can enjoy while there stay in the Morocco cities and old places, which make them to learn many historical and cultural main sites about Morocco, also they learn how the locals live and act. Here are the main city activities that visitors should do.

 

1- SPA

The medical definition of the term SPA is a mineral spring that offers many health treatments or balneotherapy.

The term is originally from a name’s town that located in Belgium called Spa, whose name is known from Roman times, when the location was called Aquae Spadanae, some have connected this term to the Latin word spargere meaning to scatter, sprinkle or moisten.
Nowadays Spa consist of Massage and Hammam.

Hammam stands for hot water in Arabic. Hammam plays also a cultural rule for social gatherings in which people gather and catch up.

 Hammam can be public one but separated between women and men in two separated buildings that separates the two sides consist of three basic rooms, A warmer waiting room with a plunge pool, the warm stone treatment, and the relaxation room. People move between there rooms temperature changes . Or can be also private one. Hammam includes scrubbing, soaping, and mask with clay.

 

Massage is mainly considered as the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues.

can be strong or soft pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues of the body.

The purpose of the massage is to reduce pain, stress, anxiety and other health conditions. Some evidence and studies has suggested that massage therapy might also promote relaxation and boost mood in people with cancer.

The Best SPAs in Marrakech:

Name Location Highlights
La Maison Arabe Spa Derb Assehbi, Medina Marrakech Offers a luxurious and authentic hammam experience, followed by relaxing massages and beauty treatments.
Heritage Spa Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Medina Marrakech Features traditional Moroccan architecture and offers various hammam packages tailored to couples.
Les Bains de Marrakech 2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Medina Marrakech Known for its luxurious hammam and Massage treatments and tranquil ambiance.

The Best SPAs in Fes:

Name Location Highlights
Palais Houyam Spa Bab Ziat, 37 Derb Mokri, Fes 30000 Known for its soothing atmosphere and opulent hammam and Massage treatments.
Le Spa de Palais Faraj Arsat El Hammoumi, Fes A luxurious place to enjoy a relaxing massage and a hot traditional Hammam.
Spa Les Oudayas Fes 5/6, derb el hamia Medina, Fes 30200 provides a sumptuous and genuine hammam experience, succeeded by calming massages and aesthetic services.

 

2- Cooking Class

Cooking class is one of the experiences and main city activities that the foreigners like to practice because they learn how the locals buy the grocery and make certain meals by their own hands with help of a local cook.

The process starts from your accommodation from where one of the staff will accompany you to the a traditional sook or market to buy the grocery and all the necessities you will need. Later on you come back to the accommodation the start the process of cooking.

The meal can be suggested by the staff or can be your choice. The local cook will show you all the techniques to prepare the meal. The meal will be served for you later when it will be cooked. The main purpose of this cooking classes is to learn how to buy, cook and eat like locals.

 

3- Guided Tours of Old Medinas.

 

Exploring the old Medinas and old places considered also one of the main city activities  you can do in Morocco. Going with a local guide that has knowledge and information about the location, He/she knows all the historical, cultural places so it will be easy for you to explore the place. The most common places to visit with a local guide are.
Marrakech: is the first touristic place in Morocco, you will be discovering many interesting places among them both the Majorelle and Menara gardens. Discovering the Koutoubia Mosque , the biggest mosque in Marrakech. Also you will visit Ksar El Baadi. You will explore the famous Bahia palace, and Saadian Tombs. As you will visit the Ben Youssef Madrassa an old Moroccan school, beside this you will pass by Ben youssef Mousque. In addition, you will visit the colorful Souks of the city.

Fes: Is the oldest city and the second biggest one in Morocco. You have a guided tour of the biggest old Medina with more than 10 thousands narrow streets. You will be discovering in this big Medina many historical and cultural sites. First of all, the Bab Boujloud or blue door, the main door of the Medina. Also you will visit the university of Al Qarawiyine , the oldest university in all the world. Next you will see the famous Chouara tannery, the place where they make leathers by hands. You will explore the shrine of Moulay Idriss, the one who found Fes.

Also you will visit the Najarine museum of wooden arts and crafts. You will discover an old school of Fes called Madrassa Bou Inania, and see how old schools formed and designed. As you will cross both the Attarine and Qattanine streets of spices and cotton. You will discover the biggest Ceramic market in Morocco, and later on you will have the chance to climb to Marrinidine tombs in the highest point from where you can see the whole Medina.

Also there other sites that you can explore with a local guide, for example the old empire of Romans, that is called Volubulis. Also, the guided tour of Casablanca, Asilah, Chefchaouen, Meknes, and many others.

 

FAQ

Any health or safety considerations we should take before going to spa treatment ?

Getting to spa treatment doesn’t need a lot of preparation or health considerations. Because it is done in smooth conditions. Just in case you have any  allergies, sensitivities, or medical conditions don’t forget to inform the spa staff before the treatment.

What clothes should I wear or bring to the spa?

Could a couple enter together to a Spa ?

Morocco is considered as a muslim country with conservative rules. And Moroccan do not mix between the men and women in the local Hammams. However, tourists can enter a spa regardless of their sex and regadrdless if they are married, friends, couple or not.

Can we test the dishes we prepare in the class ?

The specail thing in the Moroccan cooking classes is you will have the dishes you prepared as your meal. It can be dinner or lunch depending on the preparation time. You will test the dishes in order to evaluate the result. As you can share the dishes with the staff who helped you to prepare the dishes.

Do we get a recipe booklet or handouts to take home with us after the class ?

What distinguishes Morocco from many other countries is its tasty food. That is why doing a Moroccan cooking class is not just to prepare some dishes and taste them. But also to have a deep understanding about Moroccan cuisine. Also to know about the hidden secrets behind the tasty food of Morocco. That is why you should note and take the recipes during the class.

Are we allowed to take pictures and videos during the cooking class ?

Without any exceptions you will have the full freedom to film and take pictures during the cooking class. As the staff who will be with you don’t have any problems with pictures. However, it is nice to be polite and ask for permission first from the staff or the cooking class instructor.

Are the guided tours suitable for children or travelers with mobility issues ?

Most of the guided tours with the local guides who master and have knowledge about the main sites and attractions. And most of the tours are walking tours, and the approximate time of the tours is 2 hours up to 6 hours. However, there will be stops during the tour to relax and enjoy the attractions.

Will there be opportunities for shopping during the tour ?

The guided tours include visiting the main cultural, historical, and traditional sites in each city. Moreover, while touring you will have the opportunities for shopping stops which are optional stops. You will just need to inform your guide about your requirements. As there are people who like shopping and having stops in the shops, while others don’t like that. That is why it is very important to inform your guide about your needs and interests.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines regarding photography during the tour ?

While touring in the Medinas or the local places you will pass by many workshops where the local people work either by hands or machines. Some of them don’t like to be filmed and some don’t have problems with that. So it is better to ask for permission first in order to avoid any conflicts. Also there are some sites where you need to pay for the pictures. The solution to avoid these kinds of conflicts and misunderstandings is to ask first.

 

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