Morocco is a country that they either fall in love with or never return again 

Morocco is a country that is not easy to guess at first sight. But having got to know her better, you can not remain indifferent . This Islamic state, located in the west of Africa, is separated from Europe only by the Strait of Gibraltar. Thanks to the mixture of European and Muslim cultures, it has developed its own unique atmosphere. But Morocco is diverse not only culturally, it is also a kaleidoscope of natural resources: there is a desert, mountains, sea ​​and ocean.                 

In this country, a lot of attractions that deserve a visit, but here are my five reasons - for what there should go.

Behind the greatness of the desert and the waves of the ocean

Arriving in Morocco in January and going to the desert in the afternoon , I realized that warm clothes should be hidden. I packed them into a suitcase and continued my acquaintance with the majestic Sahara. Seeing it is probably the dream of many travelers. The largest of the hot deserts and the second largest after the Arctic, it makes an incredible impression. It seems that an immense sandy sea is stretched in front of you, without end and edge.              

But as soon as the sun began to set, the temperature dropped sharply to -5. I had to get out my jackets and warm myself. And on the next day, no matter how in nothing had happened, the heat returned. This contrast is striking: the desert has its own unique climate, which is characterized by sharp changes in temperature.        

The Atlantic Ocean became a contrast to the Sahara itself. You can see it by going to Casablanca - probably the most European city in Morocco. Here you get the feeling that you are somewhere in Spain or Portugal, but definitely not in Africa. Women do not cover their faces and shoulders, men wear business suits.           

All conditions for beach recreation and surfing are created on the shore . Words about the beauty of the ocean are superfluous. But I was most impressed by the Hassan II Mosque, which is located on a platform overlooking the water. Waves hit its base, and their noise dissipates among the walls of the mosque. It's a stunning painting to enjoy for hours.

For delicious food 

Walking the narrow streets of Fez, which will be discussed below, I came across a restaurant where there was not a single tourist. Local residents dined there. Deciding that in a place like this it is best to get acquainted with the local cuisine - the more so , that everything was five times cheaper than in tourist establishments - I ordered a traditional Moroccan dishes: tagine and pastilla. It was incredibly delicious!             

Moroccan cuisine is considered one of the most diverse in the world. Here sweet, salty, sour foods are boldly mixed in one dish, and it turns out so good that even large portions want to be doubled. Couscous , tajin and pastilla are considered signature dishes. The latter is not a dessert, but a pie made of meat ( usually pigeon meat), puff pastry and nuts, generously sprinkled with powdered sugar. Very unusual, but very tasty.           

The Moroccans have a special attitude to tea. They drink it everywhere and always. They are brewed in teapots several times, and then poured into small cups. In the process of numerous transfusions, the drink foams and reveals its taste. You should not refuse such a treat under any circumstances - this is the most generous manifestation of hospitality that you need to accept. The tea seemed to me very sweet and strong, sometimes it had a mint flavor.

For any with nothing comparable to the atmosphere 

The city of Fez amazes with its labyrinths: there are 6 thousand narrow pedestrian streets without names and numbers on two square kilometers. Just imagine this density! Medina - city center - Fez is considered one of the largest pedestrian zones in the world and is included in the UNESCO List. It's easy to get lost for hours trying to find a way out, and in the end turn out to be in a completely different side. On the aid of the local people: although most of them speak Arabic, French, Spanish and do not speak English, they are always willing to help strangers, thereby earning a few dollars.                

Another spectacular city is Marrakech. The local market in the evenings turns into a place of celebration and fun - whoever is not here. Musicians, dancers, singers, snake charmers, traders and wide-eyed tourists , lost in delight and fuss. It is clear that this is more a tourist attraction than a real market, but it still looks very impressive and, like nothing else, plunges into the Moroccan atmosphere. Being in Morocco you constantly feel yourself in some kind of oriental fairy tale: everything is so colorful that it seems magical.  

Behind people's stories 

Middle Ages! This is exactly what you might think when visiting Chouara Tannery - the oldest factory for the production of genuine leather. It is located in Fez and is known to many. But it is one thing to know about him and to look at the pictures, and quite another to go down to the workers, to be among the freshly flayed skins and to smell the disgusting smell.              

Morocco is indeed different from the Arab countries and from other African countries . It has its own film studio, world famous films and TV series are shot here ( for example, Game of Thrones and Gladiator ), women with bare shoulders react normally, hotels provide European service. But none the less, the locals continue to pray 5 times a day, do not drink alcohol, and slowly returned to the everyday life of the Berber language. That is, they take care of their religion and culture with all their might . And Chouara Tannery has become evidence that there is a place for ancient crafts here.

For diversity 

In one of the cities near a hut with a kitchen (and this is what most Moroccan establishments look like), I saw a sign saying that a chef with a Michelin star is preparing in the restaurant today . Where is Michelin, and where is a hut, I thought, but still decided to ask. It turned out that everything is true. Close ties between Morocco and France have survived to this day, and as a cultural exchange, the French chef came to teach local chefs, treating visitors to the cafe at the same time . So I was convinced once again that contrasts are everywhere in Morocco.                  

Morocco is a country that they either fall in love with or never return. She is full of opposites, but at the same time very beautiful - you just have to look closely, and very wise - you just have to listen.