Berber villages in Morocco
Berber Villages in Morocco – An Enchanting Blend of Beach Party Culture and Age-Old Traditions
Berber villages in Morocco enthrall visitors with their captivating blend of beach party culture and age-old traditions, from golden couscous rolling like sun-bleached sand grains to flavorful tagines, the cuisine in Berber villages tantalizes all five senses with authentic flavors that fill each bite of food engulfing one another in rich tapestries of authentic flavors. Be welcomed into their homes, kitchens and lives to experience first-hand their heritage and culture!
Berber culture is defined by strong traditions, yet adaptable and flexible enough for urban life and modern occupations such as business owners, chefs, doctors and even politicians to occupy. Their hospitality makes them excellent hosts for tourists looking to experience Morocco‘s stunning natural and cultural landscapes.
Most Berber villages practice a semi-nomadic lifestyle with the ability to move between villages within their tribal region at certain times of year. They cultivate various crops and raise livestock such as sheep, goats and camels for meat production. Furthermore, most Berber villages practice an ancient form of Islam without interference from other cultures and religious communities.
Berber village economies depend heavily on crafts and traditional arts for economic survival, including weaving, pottery making and jewelry design. Berbers are well known for their intricate silver work as well as producing exquisite rugs, carpets and tapestries that travelers often take home as souvenirs.
No matter the popularity of Berber handcrafts, travellers should support local production by purchasing only authentic pieces. Doing this not only supports local economies but also reduces waste and promotes sustainability within Berber villages.
Berber villages might not feature many shops, but they still offer plenty of activities worth seeing such as women’s cooperatives where you can watch women brushing and prepping wool for rug making, or crafting small woven pieces such as bracelets and earrings that make great souvenirs at very reasonable prices.
Another activity not to miss when visiting Morocco is trying the local cuisine and dining with the villagers. Amazigh people don’t use cutlery but prefer eating from clay pots called tajines containing their meals, using bread as scoopers when scooping up couscous or other dishes from these pots.
Berber villages provide the ideal atmosphere for relaxing with a cup of mint tea while conversing with their friendly residents. Their knowledge of landscape, local culture, and history will surely make for an interesting conversation! Especially if you show an active interest in learning more.