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From the medina of Marrakech to the surf of Essaouira, via the Sahara and the snow-dusted Atlas mountains, Morocco is infused with about as much vibrancy as its famous mint tea. Berber, Arabic and European flavours mingle: discover sand-swept kasbahs, palm-fringed pools and tagines that (meaty, fruity) dreams are made of. Surf-seekers can catch a wave on the wild Atlantic coast. Back on dry land, Ouarzazate is the place to start your trans-Saharan adventure, and total old-world immersion (and souks full of local-made souvenirs) await on the storied streets of Fez.
Destinations in Morocco
Marrakech gives a very European impression of Morocco. Head just few hours out of the city and you'll find a completely different atmosphere.
For all it has in common with other chilled-out seaside spots around the world – clean air, ocean-view restaurants – this old hippie hang-out is out there on its own as a surfer's paradise with a kasbah.
Mosques, medina, monuments and mountains – you’d be forgiven for thinking that all Fez’s charms begin with ‘m’.
Its blushing medina walls earn Marrakech the nickname of the Red City, but dive within and you’ll find a swirling rainbow of colour and culture.
South of the High Atlas Mountains, this sunkissed stretch of dusty desert is broken up by sand-coloured kasbahs and palm-fringed fortified villages.