Opening Times
Mon-Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

Heritage & Environment

Morocco has a tremendously varied landscape as well as a rich cultural heritage, thanks to the mix of Berber, Arabic and Jewish influences.

Anthropology

The manageress at the Guest House in Taroudant has worked with a number of anthropology postgraduates studying the local Berber communities for whom she has transcribed tapes of conversations between researchers and local people. Like all our staff, she was born in a rural area but subsequently moved to Taroudant, so she has an understanding of both town and country ways.

Architecture

A Berber HouseYou will see and can stay in simple earth Berber houses which almost grow out of the hillside, splendid former palaces of the wealthy with their beautiful tiling, fabrics, rugs, lanterns and wonderful courtyard gardens, kasbahs (fortified houses) or stylish restored riads (family houses arranged around a courtyard). In addition, there are spectacular ruins of Berber castles (agadirs), Roman ruins, town walls, mosques and various public buildings dating back over many centuries - Morocco has a very rich history.

Art

For artists, the colourful scenes, the intense light and the wonderful climate are great attractions. Essaouira is the town best known for its artists although Morocco has attracted many artists past and present, including Henri Matisse and Eugene Delacroix and Winston Churchill.

There are several sites for Neolithic rock engravings and a wonderful variety of pottery is available, from the simple to the ornate, amongst which Fez and Safi are well known centres for production.

Geography & Geology

Dades Gorge Southern High atlasIt is the striking contrasts between the geology, landscape, economic & cultural geography within the area that often attracts visitors to Morocco

Whether you are on holiday or studying these subjects, you can't help but be struck by what you see around you and your friends or family.

We have years of experience of taking students to Morocco to study Geography and Geology. Within 80 kms of the guest house in Taroudant all the Geological Eras are represented - ranging from volcanic to fossil-rich sediments to metamorphic rocks to fossil sand dunes and all so beautifully exposed. The fossils & minerals offered for sale locally are of excellent quality.

Large quantities of materials as well as a range of books, displays, including specimens, and maps are available at our Taroudant guest house. For further information visit groups.

Language

A few words go a long way! In Morocco the dominant language is Arabic, although Berber is spoken in some areas and French and Spanish (in the north) are also understood in many tourist places.

If you'd like to learn a little Arabic or even a little Berber - there is an option as part of our "Real Morocco" holidays to have a basic introduction to Arabic and/or Berber.

Music

Musicians in Place Jemaa el Fna MarrakechTraditional music and rhythm are very much part of everyday life and all celebrations and even at any weekly market. There is a wide variety of musical traditions (much more so than in the rest of North Africa): Berber, Arab, Andalucian, Gnaoua, Sephardic & Rai, all of which remain strong today and have been fused and blended with Western styles in contemporary music.

The best known Music Festivals are the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira in June, the Festival of Sacred Music in Fez in May and the Marrakech Festival in June. There are many unusual musical instruments too. We can arrange for a Moroccan Berber band to perform for groups in Taroudant.

Theatre and Dance

Moroccans are amongst the most theatrical in the world. The best place to see street theatre (storytellers, mimes, acrobats, musicians and dancers) is in Marrakech at Djemaa el Fna. In August in particular you will see (and may be invited to join in with) a great deal of dancing at Moroccan weddings.