Spend the Day in a Moroccan Hammam

Ornate archways and tile work at a bathing pool
If you're craving a respite from the hustle and bustle of Medinas and souks, or if you want to rejuvenate your body and mind while partaking in a classic Moroccan ritual, spend a day in a local hammam (bathhouse). Although the Romans introduced the public bathhouse in antiquity, the Moroccans made it a regular bathing ritual after the adoption of Islam, which encourages physical and mental purification before prayers. The practice of retiring to a hammam for a weekly soak and scrub has continued over the centuries, and a visit to an ornate, relaxing bathhouse is the perfect way to unwind during your travels!

A hammam typically begins with time in a warm, dry room, where you'll relax, acclimate your body to the heat, and allow your pores to open. Next, it's off to an even warmer room, followed by a steam room. You'll then enjoy a classic scrub with Savon Beldi (a traditional black olive oil or eucalyptus soap) and a kessah loofah. Let any worries drift away and relax as your attendant sloughs off dirt and stress, then rinses your body from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. Be sure to remember the phrase “Ghi bshwiya” (which means “a bit soft”) if you'd like a less intense scrub! After your treatment, you can opt for a massage or simply rest and enjoy some mint tea.

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