Morocco is often called the land of “a thousand Kasbahs,” referring to the way-stations of ancient caravan routes traveled by tradesmen and adventurers. They brought with them customs and crafts, beliefs and skills, and they sought shelter and social interaction within secure Kasbah walls.
Throughout the centuries Morocco’s strong and enduring Kasbahs have kept silent vigil over their cultural store. “Meet me at the Kasbah,” has become an evocative invitation in today’s vernacular, but what is the modern equivalent of this ancient vault, and where is it found?
Join us in Morocco, intoxicating intersection of great civilizations, as we seek the meaning of today’s Kasbah and what it might represent for modern Morocco and the world.
Africans, Arabs, Jews, Europeans, sultans, scholars, pirates, and holy men came from the south, from the east and the north to this land in the northwest corner of Africa. They traveled over burning sand dunes, across gray, blunt mountains, and along craggy seashores. And at each stop along the way was a Kasbah—a fortress, a citadel, a refuge for traders and travelers—sturdy walls that sometimes enclosed small cities; places of protection and power.
Morocco has embraced and blended a legion of influences. It is living history—arts and traditions that have survived so long—some even longer than Islam, Christianity and Judaism—that they could be considered the very essence of human civilization.
In Morocco: Quest for the Kasbah, we begin our journey in Marrakesh. We dip down to the Atlantic Coast at Essaouria, travels over the Atlas Mountains, and head to the desert on the country’s far eastern border. Then we work our way north to Fès, Tangier, and Rabat, ending in the redoubtable city of Casablanca.
Moroccan National Tourist Office