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Feast your senses in intoxicating Morocco and take in the contrasting cultures of this North African gem. From bustling markets and ancient medinas, to fiery-red Saharan dunes and the mountainous High Atlas, Morocco offers a remarkable holiday experience.
Located in North Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Morocco takes cultural influences from Europeans, Berbers and Arabians. The country is often blessed with warm sunshine, and the warmth of the coast is cooled by breezes off the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.
Explore the bustling labyrinth of half-roofed souks of the medina, lined with numerous different stalls in incomparable Marrakesh. Take in the atmosphere and haggle over traditionally crafted goods, from copperware, leather goods and woven fabrics, to even rugs and carpets (if you can fit the latter into your luggage). Head into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, with their streams and waterfalls, dotted with Berber villages and hamlets. Spend time in the villages, where the local farmers and herdsmen welcome visitors, and learn about their culture, which has remained unchanged for centuries in this beautiful, but harsh environment.
Stay in a traditional Moroccan Riad in Marrakesh or perhaps head to the Atlantic coast and unwind on the sandy beaches of Essaouira. Wander around this port city, shop for woodcarvings and Moroccan art in the colourful souks of the town’s own Medina, or perhaps enjoy views from the imposing ramparts that sit above the pretty town of white-washed and blue-shuttered houses, craftsmen’s workshops and sandy beach.
Take in the intoxicating sights and sounds of modern Casablanca. Spend time in the lively Mâarif district, with its shops, restaurants and galleries. Or perhaps head to the capital to Rabat and marvel at the majestic 17th-century palace and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
From the Sahara and the Atlas Mountains, to the exquisite Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace, Morocco has plenty of iconic landmarks that will wow its visitors. And with its influences from various cultures, the country offers plenty to see and do. Here are our top three things to do in Morocco.
Due to Morocco’s interactions with different cultures, Moroccan cuisine takes influences from of Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines.
Morocco’s most famous dish is undoubtedly the tajine – a slow-cooked stew cooked in a conical pot that could be plain and wholesome, meaty, spicy or even studded with nuts and dried fruit, but it’s far from all the county has to offer. Snacks and quick meals might include a warming bowl of harira (lentil soup), spicy merguez sausages, fresh fried fish or savoury chunks of slow roasted lamb or goat. Bite-sized pastries and biscuits, and sticky toffee-like dates, tempt those with a sweet tooth alongside the national drink – mint tea served hot and usually incredibly sweet.
Bread and couscous are staple carbs, but if you get the chance to try a tangia in Marrakesh, don’t hesitate. This intensely savoury slow-cooked beef dish is traditionally baked in a clay pot and is served with sfa – sweet vermicelli seasoned with icing sugar – an odd but surprisingly moreish combination.
Mint tea is a national staple drink but be sure not to miss the squeezed orange juices from the food stalls. Wine lovers in Morocco can enjoy a visit to the wine-producing vineyards not far from Essouaira.