15 Photos Capturing the Unique Beauty of Morocco
It’s easy to understand why Morocco has been growing in popularity as a tourist destination, as the country has a little something for everyone - from long and peaceful caravans through the Sahara desert, to high mountains, golden beaches, historical landmarks, and bustling cities. Aurel Paduraru, a travel photographer from Romania visited the beautiful country in 2018 and was greatly impressed by its wild, untamed beauty. Here are 15 of the best photos he took while visiting different parts of the country, starting with the Sahara desert and Fez to Marrakech and beyond.
1. The Sahara desert is one of the hottest destinations in Morocco, both literally and metaphorically
2. Both individual tours and camel caravans are available for visitors
3. The Sahara desert takes up some 30% of the continent of Africa. In Morocco, the lands in the extreme south-east are taken by the desert
4. During the day, temperatures in the desert can climb to an extreme 57°C (135°F)
5. Moroccan cities are known for their narrow alleyways and walls painted in bright colors
6. The historical city of Fez is most famous for its leather tanneries, with multi-colored leather dyeing vats seen below
7. Local craftsmen have been producing hand-crafted leather using the same techniques since Medieval times
8. Morocco is the country of contrasts, with bustling cities juxtaposed to vast natural terrain
9. Who said you could just ride through the Sahara on the back of a camel?
10. The Marrakech Night Market is just like a carnival, combining street performances, souvenir stalls, delicious local cuisine all in one place
11. The traditional ceramic pot called the tajine (seen below) has been used by locals for generations to prepare signature slow-cooked stews
12. Spice vendors like this man often sell the famous Moroccan spice mixture called 'ras el hanout' which consists of a secret mixture of 27 different spices
13. Donkeys and mules like this guy are a frequent sight in the country, as they are often used to carry equipment, supplies, and people
14. What better way to celebrate the end of a journey than meet the sunset in the Sahara?
15. A night spent in the Sahara offers some of the brightest and most magnificent night skies you'll ever see