Medina Cats of Morocco – Fes, Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Essaouira

Meet the cats and kittens from the winding streets and alleys of Morocco’s medinas. These cats come from all over the North African country, including the famous Fes and Marrakech, the Blue City of Chefchaouen, the fishing town of Essaouira and Rabat, the capital of Morocco.

Cats thrive in the walled city environment of the medinas in Morocco. There’s plenty of food, loads of people to pet them, if that’s what they want, safe places to hide, and plenty of shelter if it gets too hot, or too cold.

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Yes, it gets cold in Morocco. We were there in November and it was well beyond chilly. Brrr.

A lot of the cats and kittens know that tourists are an easy touch, so they hang around where tourists eat in the medina. You’ve got to be a little careful because once you feed one cat, you might get mobbed. If you want to enjoy your lunch, wait until the end to feed any of the cats, and if you can, be subtle about it. It’ll make for a more peaceful meal.

As always, though, cats are a delightful addition to the day and just seeing them dart around the medinas makes a fun exploration day even better. Oh, and don’t be afraid of wandering the back streets of a medina, you’ll never stay lost for long, and you might discover something wonderful, like a great place to eat, or a cat to pet.

Have you ever had the chance to wander around a medina? How many cats did you see?

We also have 2 short videos of very different styles of musicians in Morocco’s medina’s you’ll want to check out.

This one is a very traditional solo street singer, musician and dancer.

This one is a traditional group of musicians, and the old guy is a riot.

Trina Phillips

I've been traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations for more than 20 years. Now I'm sharing my continuing adventures in Africa.

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