Staying in a Moroccan kasbah

If your only knowledge of a kasbah thus far in life comes from The Clash song, Rock the Casbah then don’t worry you’re not alone.

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My entire tour group couldn’t help but sing the song in anticipation of our overnight stay at Kasbah Asmaa in Midelt but we really didn’t know exactly what to expect from the accommodation we would soon be settling into.

What we found was overwhelmingly amazing and my roommate and I were overjoyed at our awesome space. The bathroom was modern and clean, the room spacious and we even had a view out into the desert!

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It turns out a kasbah is a traditional fortress or citadel (they range in size from small like ours to large ones in bigger cities) and used to be inhabited by the local leaders of an area.

Our entire kasbah was decorated in typical Moroccan decor – think a multitude of colours and tiles in so many wonderful designs your eyes don’t really know where to look first.

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I never can get over the sheer amount of detailing that goes into every piece of places like this (almost a bigger version of a riad, a traditional Moroccan home and a popular choice especially in Marrakech) from the lights to the cushioning and couches which are often impeccably stitched.

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Dinner was at the kasbah itself since there was pretty much nothing around as an alternative and the food is quite standard – I believe I had a chicken tagine here as I often did the entire time I was in the country since its usually a safe and tasty bet.

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We were here for a day in between leaving Fes and embarking upon our journey to the Sahara Desert.

If you venture to this area/the High Atlas mountains try and spent an evening in a kasbah for a really unique experience!

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If you’re coming to/from Marrakech you’ll see sites like these on the way!

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