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Moulay Idriss, Morocco
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Tajine, Moroccan Dish


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The small village of Moulay Idriss (also known as Moulay Idriss Zerhoun) is a worthwhile place to visit. It's relaxed, cheerful and near hassle-free. Sited atop two verdant knolls, it's both charming and picturesque. Moulay Idriss is an important place of pilgrimage for Moroccan Muslims. It's the resting place of Morocco's most revered saint, Moulay Idris I. It's a holy city. And while non-Muslims aren't allowed in the town's mosques and shrines, twin terraces - petite and grande - afford panoramic views of the mausoleum, village and contiguous green hills. The cafes and food stalls that front the main square are a great place to sip mint tea and enjoy a leisurely lunch of grilled meat and tajine after a tiring tour of nearby Volubilis.
History & Culture
The holy city of Moulay Idriss was founded by Idriss I in 788 and is the resting place of his tomb. Moulay Idriss is an important pilgrimage place for Moroccan Muslims. Five pilgrimages to Moulay Idriss are considered equivalent of a hajj for Moroccan Muslims of lesser means. The town was closed to non-Muslims until 1916 and the overnight ban was only lifted in recent years.
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Map the imperial cities - Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes and Rabat - as well as Berber villages, desert oasis and mountain ranges. Use online maps to pinpoint your family travel destination and get a lay of the land.
Books are a great way to introduce young children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. We've compiled a list of books about Morocco and books by Moroccan authors for children of various ages and with varying interests. What better why to begin a journey that a trip through literature?
Music & Sound
Moroccan music is a web of rhythm and sound. And it comes in a variety of forms. Arab-Andalusian music, a classical tradition imported from Muslim Spain, combines rhythm, vocals and instrumentals in complicated musical structure called nawbat or harmonic modes. Berber music, played at weddings, festivals and tribal gatherings, are poems and tales told through song. Moroccan popular music is rooted in Arabic style but influenced by African, Western and all forms of Moroccan music.
Read Moroccan newspapers online and, in addition to brushing up on Moroccan current events, find out what's happening from Casablanca to Tamegroute and discover what Moroccans are reading about.
Kids' Stuff
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Learn about Ibn Battuta, an explorer from Tangier, and take a virtual tour with this 14th century traveler. Map the routes followed by Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo and compare the two. View images of daily life and discover the Moroccan culture. Get fun facts about Morocco. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel journal really cool.
Associations and non-profit organizations are a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations working to preserve the Amazigh Berber culture as well as those working to conserve Morocco's national treasures.
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Travel Trivia
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