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ChefChaouen, the blue city in Morocco

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Fes, Morocco

The most mystical of Morocco's imperial cities, Fez. Capital and spiritual center of Morocco, this city is situated in a narrow valley against the backdrop of the Middle Atlas

miércoles, 20 de noviembre de 2013

Travel the halal way and discover... a tradicional moroccan hamman!

A visit to Morocco would just not be complete without a visit to a Hammam or a ‘Bathhouse’.

A traditional hammam or – steam bath if you like – is the perfect remedy for those seeking a truly envigorating Moroccan experience. The hammam is traditionally a place for men or women to meet and chat whilst being scrubbed clean and massaged. Hammams are a hive of activity and noise, and many exhibit fine examples of Moroccan architecture, with vaulted ceilings, tadelakt walls and elaborately tiled floors.

Leave your things in the changing room and take toiletries into the first ‘warm’ room. This is where you acclimatise to the heat and can collect buckets to fill with water – one cold and one hot. Once accustomed to the heat, move into the second ‘hot’ room to let your pores open and breathe. Move back to the warm room for your cleanse. This is where you coat yourself in oily black savon noir (traditional, 100 percent natural soap made from olive oil) and then use your hammam glove to scrape it – and several layers of your skin – off.

In the Middle Ages, when the Christian Spain was in a period where hygiene was not largely considered (let alone personal hygiene), the Muslim Cordoba boasted more than 600 public bathhouses. Heirs of Roman and Turkish baths, some were humble and economical, others were a luxury. Their walls were tiled and their rooms were separated by arches and columns ; their ceilings were vaulted and contained skylights. They were not only a resting place but also a social and political forum.

Some treaties from that period show the refinement the Andalusians, describing in detail their hygiene habits and the style of their personal likes, such as the use of toothpaste, hair-removing cream, oils and aromatic lathers with musk, jasmine or violet essences. The tradition of the hammam continues in Morocco to this day with very little variation.

sábado, 9 de noviembre de 2013

Travel the halal way.... and discover the ALCÁNTARA القنطرة BRIDGE (Toledo)

The word Alcántara comes from Arabic القنطرة (al-qanţarah), which means "bridge". 

The Alcantara Bridge was part of the defensive enclosure of the city of Toledo. Of Roman origin, around the year 788, is constructed as confluence of roads seeking passage to the city from the east, across the Tajo River. 

It was rebuilt under the leadership of Almanzor and, according to its inscription, was completed in 997 by Alef, his son, governor/alcaide of Toledo

From that time only retains the spur opposite side of the city, made of masonry. It still has decorative marbles Visigoths.

Later it was restored several times, one of them, the most important by Alfonso X, who built the Moorish tower of the western end and was later modified by the Catholic Monarchs in 1484. In the west side, the bridge has a fortified gate with battlements at its base and crown, consisting of a semicircular arch which included another horseshoe arch, and decorated with the statue of San Ildefonso and the shield of the Kings Catholics.

On the east side retains the Alcantara door (Bab al Yayl, means Horse's Gate), of Arab origin, built in the tenth century with significant christians interventions.

The bridge rests on two arches, the largest center, under which flows the River Tajo.

If you want to travel here send a request trip to +Alhamra Tour