Morocco, a country of contrasts #1

The diversity and contrast, make Morocco a single country. There is no doubt, Morocco has it all. The rich culture (a mixture of Arab, Berber and other African and European influences), ancient history (inhabited since the Paleolithic), and a varied geography (beaches, agricultural plains, mountains), and especially people and their ways of life. The best way to show you all this, is through images.

In the Atlas Mountains, there are several Berber villages. Snow-covered in winter, with some vegetation in the summer, the villages have simple houses built very close together, in community life itself. The Berber people leads a simple life in stone houses in the mountains, living from agriculture, bread baking in traditional ovens, the raising cattle and the manufacture and sale of honey, olive oil and ceramics.

Berber village in the Atlas Mountains
Berber village in the Atlas Mountains

Let yourself be charmed by the smiles and laughter of the locals, Berbers who still live an ancient lifestyle in a hierarchy that part of the male figure, responsible for their households, and descends to the woman, whose job is to take care of home and children.

Berber women doing the laundry in the river
Berber women doing the laundry in the river

But when we speak of Morocco, our imagination is filled with the Sahara desert, the nomadic people going through the immensity of the dunes on their camels caravans, living in search of water to quench their flocks.

Camel caravan in the Sahara desert
Camel caravan in the Sahara desert

Proving the geographic and cultural diversity of Morocco, we have the coastal city of Essaouira, with its unique Medina, UNESCO World Heritage, a fishing town on the Atlantic coast, famous for its windy beaches that receives windsurfing and kite lovers, coming from all over the world.

View of the Medina of Essaouira, within the walls of the old Portuguese fort.
View of the Medina of Essaouira, within the walls of the old Portuguese fort.