Destination Morocco Podcast

Destination Morocco Podcast

Join host Azdean Elmoustaquim as he takes you on an exploration of his country's distinct culture, vibrant history and stunning attractions. Azdean prepares you for the real Morocco, showing how to travel there, how to get around, what to expect and how to make the most of your time. We meet locals and guides, learn about costs and prices, safety, especially for female travellers, the kinds of scams to look out for in the bazaars, what languages to expect, and so much more. Destination Morocco plans customized travel itineraries to Morocco, including "FIT" and private tours, escorted tours and group tours. The goal is to help you enjoy Morocco like a native.Our podcast unpacks the mystery, opening up discovery of an amazing land. We invite you along for the journey.

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May 15, 2022 23 min

There are few activities more evocative and memorable than a hot air balloon ride, no matter where in the world. Drifting up from the earth in the calm of early morning, the sound of birds and breeze interspersed with puffs from the burner.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to float over the medina towards the High Atlas mountains is an undoubted highlight of anyone's trip to Morocco. 

Sherif is the owner of Adventure B...

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Siham Nkonda joins us today to share her insight as a wedding and events planner, based out of Marrakech with her company, La Perle Bespoke Events.


Morocco is consistently named one of the world's top wedding destinations (Harper's Bazaar, Brides.com, Pinterest Magazine and more), being a country with so many options for vibrant locations, cultural activities and stunning photographs.


As an overseas excursion for most, it is ...

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Fès: The original. Where everything started.

The first imperial capital, the roots of Moroccan culture, famous for its mixing of religious and cultural heritage.

The capital city of Moroccan crafts, from carvings and jewellery to tanneries, and a former political capital as one of the four Imperial cities of Moroccan royalty.

Our episode today features a modern trailblazer, one of the first women to become a certified tour guide in ...

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Welcome to the stunning oceanside city of Essaouira, located southwest of Casablanca, due west of Marrakesh, and midway down the Atlantic coast of Morocco.

In this episode, Azdean welcomes Xavier Panadés, owner of the riad "Riad Zahra," which sits but one block from Essaouira's stunning beach and oceanfront promenade. Xavier has Moroccan roots, but grew up in Barcelona, before returning to Morocco, settling in Essaouira...

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Come with us on a history and cultural journey, and learn the story and meaning of Ramadan, which in 2022 begins on April 3.

If you find yourself travelling in Morocco during Ramadan, what might you expect to see and experience? As Azdean explains, different Muslim countries often have their own variances on certain dates and traditions, and Morocco is no exception.

Many travellers may have the perception that during Ramadan, destina...

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March 1, 2022 35 min

It may be your first time to Morocco, or you simply may want to cover as much as you can on your trip, in an organized, hassle-free way. Many travellers to Morocco choose a guided tour as the best way to see the country and come away with a real, vivid understanding for what they've experienced.

There are of course all kinds of options available, from focusing on specific areas of Morocco, to pursuing certain themes like perhaps...

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Travellers love Morocco for its exotic appeal, culture, stunning landscapes, distinct cuisine, and for its charms.

Yes, these charms can include scams, a regular feature of life as a tourist in Morocco, as elsewhere. And as Azdean will tell you, natives like him are far from exempt! Most of what you'll hear in this episode has happened to him at some point.

With touches of humor, detail and vivid descriptions that carry you away ...

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February 1, 2022 23 min

Marrakesh is one of the most famous destinations in Morocco, one of the "imperial cities" (one-time capital cities), and a place immortalized in popular culture and romantic images.

When you think of a Moroccan city, and ancient markets, spices, mosques, vibrant colours and winding, narrow alleyways come to mind, it is likely Marrakesh that you're thinking of.

Azdean welcomes his friend and local tour guide Youssef Kharr...

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February 1, 2022 28 min

Episode 2 - An Introduction to Morocco

As we begin our exploration of Morocco, Azdean invites his producer, Ted Cragg, onto the podcast, to chat about what listeners can expect from the show over the coming episodes.

Imagine us sitting in a nice café, or maybe drinking some fresh Moroccan mint tea, as Azdean gives us an overview of Morocco for those just beginning to learn about the country. We talk about some of the fundamentals: po...

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February 1, 2022 9 min

Episode 1 - A Welcome from Azdean!

Destination Morocco launches its podcast, with an introduction to the show and a greeting from our host, Azdean.

Azdean and his family hail from the small village of Telouet, Morocco, about 40 miles (in a straight line, much longer by road!) southeast of Marrakesh. After finishing school in Marrakesh, he moved to the United States in 1995, settling in Houston. Azdean and his wife Khadija Elomari the...

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Morocco: Beautiful, wild, colorful, romantic, exotic. It is an enticing destination: a place that impels you to visit, a place that triggers your curiosity. A mix of the modern and traditional, the Gateway to Africa.


Join host Azdean Elmoustaquim, native Moroccan and head of inspiration at Destination Morocco tour company, as he takes you on an exploration of his country's distinct culture, vibrant history and stunning attractio...

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