Grand imperial cities, calm desert oases, Mediterranean beaches, and ancient history: experience an incredible crossroads of culture with Moon Morocco. Inside you'll find: Flexible itineraries including one week in Marrakesh, retreats to Fez, Casablanca, and the Sahara, mountain excursions, and the four-week best of Morocco Strategic advice for history and culture buffs, beachgoers, adventure junkies, and more Top sights and unique experiences: Cook your own traditional tajines in a restored riad, or treat yourself to world-class French cuisine. Trek the soaring peaks and jaw-dropping valleys of Morocco's four mountain ranges (by foot, or by mule!), or relax on miles of idyllic beaches. Sip refreshing mint tea and destress with a customary hammam, challenge your bartering skills at a busy souk, or explore one of Morocco's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites How to experience Morocco like an insider, support local and sustainable businesses, avoid crowds, and respectfully engage with the culture Insight from Morocco expert Lucas Peters on where to eat, how to get around, and where to stay Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout Reliable background on the landscape, climate, history, government, and cultural customs and etiquette, plus useful tips on public transportation, car and bike rentals, and air travel Handy tools including Darija and French phrasebooks, visa information, and accommodations, and travel tips for families, seniors, travelers with disabilities, and LGBTQ travelers With Moon Morocco's practical advice and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way. Sticking mostly to Marrakesh? Try Moon Marrakesh & Beyond.
Day Trips, Local Spots, Strategies to Avoid Crowds
Author: Lucas Peters
Publisher: Hachette UK
From embracing the frenzied souks of Marrakesh to camping in the otherworldly Sahara, experience Morocco at your own speed with Moon Marrakesh & Beyond. Explore In and Around the City: Wander Marrakesh's most interesting areas like the medina and Ville Nouvelle or head to Toubkal National Park or Casablanca Go at Your Own Pace: Choose from multiple itinerary options with ideas for foodies, souk shoppers, hikers, and more See the Sights: Haggle at a souk marketplace, stroll through the colorful Majorelle Gardens, wander down a trendy street in the Ville Nouvelle, or admire the intricate woodcarvings at Bahia Palace Get Outside the City: Stay in an overnight desert camp like Erg Chigaga, hit the slopes in Toubkal National Park, and take a Moroccan cooking class in Casablanca Savor the Flavors: Try traditional Moroccan cuisine like couscous and tagine, sip mint tea in a courtyard café, and stop at a street cart for hoomus or bissara soup Experience Morocco After-Hours: Relax in a hammam, take in the magic of the Jemaa el-Fnaa plaza at night, or stay in a unique riad guesthouse Get to Know the Real Marrakesh: Author Lucas Peters shares his love of his former home, with tips for supporting local businesses and respectfully engaging with culture Full-Color Photos and Detailed Maps Handy Tools: Background information on Marrakesh's history and culture, plus tips on ethical travel, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around Day trip itineraries, favorite local spots, and strategies to skip the crowds: Take your time with Moon Marrakesh & Beyond. Extending your adventure? Check out Moon Morocco.
Set in the High Atlas in pre-modern Morocco, Moon and Henna Tree chronicles the rise and fall of a local potentate, Hmmu. Not content with the territory left to him upon his father’s death, Hmmu, under the influence of his scheming advisor, Ibn al-Zara, begins a campaign to acquire those lands that adjoin his, either through marriage or physical force. Ahmed Toufiq’s subtle investigation of the abuse of power and its effects on those who suffer under its tyranny also provides a unique look at Amazigh (Berber) culture. While most of Toufiq’s contemporaries focus on modern urban Morocco, he provides a fascinating, and accurate, account of the customs and traditions of a large, yet often ignored, segment of the population. Moon and Henna Tree (in the original Arabic) won the Moroccan Book Prize in 1989.
Since independence in 1956, large numbers of Moroccans have been forcibly disappeared, tortured, and imprisoned. Morocco's uncovering and acknowledging of these past human rights abuses are complicated and revealing processes. A community of human rights activists, many of them survivors of human rights violations, are attempting to reconstruct the past and explain what truly happened. What are the difficulties in presenting any event whose central content is individual pain when any corroborating police or governmental documentation is denied or absent? Susan Slyomovics argues that funerals, eulogies, mock trials, vigils and sit-ins, public testimony and witnessing, storytelling and poetry recitals are performances of human rights and strategies for opening public space in Morocco. The Performance of Human Rights in Morocco is a unique distillation of politics, anthropology, and performance studies, offering both a clear picture of the present state of human rights and a vision of a possible future for public protest and dissidence in Morocco.