Destination Spotlight: Morocco

This week we have put the spotlight on Morocco; exploring the gateway to Africa and its wonderfully diverse cities, natural landscapes and people.

Morocco is home to an amazingly unique range of breath-taking scenery and fascinating culture. From stunning the vast Saharan dunes to the epic peaks of the High Atlas Mountains, to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh and the Berber population following the call to prayers from the majestic mosques.

You will find mountains, ruins, rolling green hills, warm seas and even goats climbing trees to eat the argan fruit; natural diversity like no other country in the world.

“Traveling — it gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” – Ibn Battuta (Berber Muslim Moroccan scholar).

 

The High Atlas

North Africa’s highest mountain range, stretching almost 1000km across Morocco’s core. The Atlas Mountains are divided into three distinct regions: The Anti-Atlas, Middle-Atlas, and High-Atlas. These mountainous regions will leave you breath taken by their stunning natural beauty.

 

Berber People

 

The original inhabitants of Morocco are known as the Berber people, or Amazighs. Although Morocco is now a huge multicultural hub of people coming from a range of backgrounds, the Berber people still live in Morocco today with the Berber languages being widely spoken. When visiting Morocco be sure to catch an insight into the fascinating culture of the Moroccan origins; the Gnaoua music festival showcases Berber music.

 

Casablanca

Morocco’s largest and most commercial city: Casablanca. Located on the Atlantic Coast, this portal city has a bustling population of over 3.5 million people. Bought fame by the 1945 Hollywood film “Casablanca” this romantic, picturesque city boasts a beautiful mixture of French colonial and traditional Moroccan architecture.

 

Fez

Greatly referred to as Morocco’s cultural capital; explore traditional Moroccan charms, culture, architecture and more!  With a UNESCO-protected walled medina (with 90,000 people still living inside), medieval architecture and bustling souks. Fez truly is a traditional Moroccan paradise to explore.

 

DJemaa el Fna, Marrakech

Marrakech’s main square, visited and loved by both tourists and locals alike. With delicious fresh food and fruit by day, unfolding into an energetic hub by night. The sprawling square is filled with food vendors, musicians, storytellers and other performers.

 

Sahara

The Moroccan Sahara Desert, is indeed breath-taking and should be one everyone’s “must-see” list when visiting Morocco. Vast seas of sand stretching as far as the eye can see, giant sand dunes and by night, a spectacular sky filled with millions of sparkling stars and the enormous arc of the Milky Way.

Have we convinced you yet that a holiday to Morocco is just what you need? Then place an enquiry on our website and let us design your ideal trip!

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