Morocco makes a fantastic contrast to Spain. It is a different country, on a different continent, with a different language, culture and religion; so going there almost seems a holiday within a holiday! It is a great country for aspiring foodies with delicious tagines served everywhere and markets filled with exotic spices and olives. If that’s not enough, the french also taught the Moroccans how to make amazing patisseries. It’s fabulous for bargain hunters as the stall owners in the ‘souks’ (markets) expect to haggle as part of the purchase.
The souks are filled with brightly coloured carpets, pottery, fabrics, jewellery and leathergoods, all of which would make an ideal souvenir of your yachting holiday.
The nearest Moroccan port to Gibraltar is Smir which lies 8 miles south of Ceuta. It is a small port and an ideal base for visiting the inland Moroccan towns of Chefchaouen and Tetouan.
Tetouan lies at the foot of the Rif mountains. The walled medina (old town) is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO as it is the most complete and authentic Moroccan medina still to be found. The inner city is very characteristic and traditional with many low white houses. The town of Tétouan is also famous for its school of arts and crafts (Dar Sanaa) and its National Institute of Fine Arts.
Chefchaouen is in the Rif mountains and the embodiment of almost every Moroccan cliché. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents. Leatherware is a speciality of Chefchaouen, as are wool garmets and woven blankets, which are not commonly found elsewhere in Morocco.
A 36 Degrees Morocco Yacht Charter offers the perfect way to explore and discover this incredible country.