Starting early May crossing over to Morocco for the start of the “Footsteps Of Moors” for a thought provoking and meandering passage across the High Atlas Mountains and beyond, then re-entering Andalusia following a route along little used and stunning Andalusia byways. This tour visits two very different and remarkable destinations ineradicably linked in history……..quite simply incredible!
Both the Footsteps of Moors and the Grand Trans-Morocco tours are FULL EVENT tours and are NOT “padded-out” with endless Free Days …….. Both tours are of course fully supported. Both the Footsteps of Moors and the Grand Trans Morocco tours already have a number of firm bookings for 2015 and will in any case be offering very limited places on the tour ……. Both tours are packed with our usual exclusive and unusual locations, including some camping in a number of “Wilderness” and “Remote” settings.
There are far too many highlights and features to list here, so for more information and details contact the office via email or phone either 0034 615276532 or 0034 658988841 without delay! And remember, these two all NEW tours are in addition to our scheduled year 2015 dates during which we will be visiting Morocco EVERY MONTH [excluding June, July and August].
Anyway I think that is enough about us for now. If you want more information you know where to find us.
Whatever your plans all at DESERT DETOURS and ANDALUSIA DETOURS sincerely wish you a healthy and safe 2015…….most of all enjoy and take care wherever you may journey.
The city’s Jewish inhabitants left the greatest mark on Chefchaouen. The city’s alleyways, houses, floors, and walls are all painted in various shades of blue – a legacy of their faith and a practice that is still in place today. Judaism recognizes the color blue as being symbolic of God and heaven, so the houses were painted as a reminder of this.
Not so long after we in the west celebrate the birth of Christ, at Christmas, Muslims have their own festival when they observe the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
The city of Salé, on the Bou Regreg estuary, holds a lantern procession on Al Mouloud called Dor Eshamaa. In Meknes, in the square of Saint Sheikh Al Kamel, the celebration on this day takes a barbaric turn. Men and women engage in wild dances using knives to strike their foreheads and eat hot embers and drink boiling water a practice that of course has nothing to do with Islam.
The dancers, who usually wear white, see themselves in an ecstatic state of joy. Visitors are required to avoid wearing red clothes, a colour that is known to provoke the wild dancers. Wearing black or red is considered an offense and those who do may have their clothes torn. Perhaps the strangest aspect of this ceremony is the custom of the infirm laying at the gate of the shrine in order for the “Aisawa,” followers of the Saint, to heal them by walking on their backs.
In Tazarine, a small village about 160 kilometers from Ouarzazate, Al Mouloud is considered an important and dignified day. In the early morning, readings of the holy Quran can be heard from a distance. Men dress in white, and exchange smiles and expressions of courtesy.