Five reasons Morocco is the perfect holiday destination
If you’re looking for a holiday that’s somewhat off the beaten, package-tour track, but still near enough that you don’t have to travel half a world away and risk disorientating jetlag and other troubles, Morocco is always a safe bet.
It’s near enough to Europe – actually, on its doorstep – that it’s only a few hours’ flying time, yet a world away from the usual holiday hell many people unfortunately encounter on sun-drenched holidays around the continent.
In magnificent Morocco, you’ll find all the elements that make up the most perfect and memorable of holidays. It’s a colourful, exotic and vibrant land that promises a holiday of a lifetime – one that will keep you coming back for more.
Here are five reasons to consider Morocco for your next big getaway.
1. Capital cities
Morocco’s thriving cities have long been an attraction for people all over the world. Whether you choose Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, Tangier, Rabat or somewhere else for your stay – or move around between them – you’ll find world-class accommodation to suit any budget, from total luxury you can get lost in to affordable family hotels and budget stays.
You can explore the many thrilling souks, where you can find just about anything, and glorious palaces to serene gardens and so much more. And you can go on memorable trips in Morocco far beyond your city and way out into the stunning desert areas.
2. Desert daze
One of the main attractions for many people who go on trips in Morocco is the enormous Sahara Desert, which fringes many parts of the country.
It’s the largest dry desert in the world and covers almost all of the northern part of the mighty continent. You might think all you can do is just go and have a look at the towering dunes and moving, wind-swept sand ridges, called ergs, but there’s lots to do.
Embark on a trek with a desert nomad, stay a few nights and have dinner under the shimmering stars, or go sandboarding or hire a dune buggy and go totally wild out in the desert where there are no road rules at all.
3. Hump day
Obviously, as you’re surrounded by the desert when in Morocco, you have to hop aboard one of its “ships” and see the world from an entirely different perspective.
Everyone just loves to ride a camel when they go to Morocco, and it’s especially amazing when you go on camel treks out into the Sahara. Make sure you’re well prepared – not wearing shorts or skirts, for instance, which will result in sore legs from all that rough camel hair and hard saddle.
And ensure your guide is an expert at camel handling and that you’re covered up from the harsh elements with headgear and a scarf to cover your face – apart from the sun, the wind can suddenly whip up in the desert and give you an unexpected sand facial.
4. Magnificent mountains
A breath of really fresh air awaits in the striking mountainous areas of Morocco. The Atlas Mountains soar up over 4,000 metres above sea level, and you can be ferried about in a sturdy 4×4 that’s a perfect match for the challenging terrain and view the glorious gorges, rocky outcrops and the homes of the Berber people carved out of the sides of the mountain.
You can also get right up close with the Berber folk, interacting with them in their ancient dwellings, dining – even staying with them if you like – and soaking up even more of their centuries-old culture.
5. Seas the day
At the end of a spellbinding holiday in Morocco, wind down and relax in comfort at one of the country’s great beach resort areas – Agadir, Essaouira, Legzira and more. Take a refreshing dip in the warm and inviting sea and let all your cares just wash away.
As Morocco has a tropical climate, it’s a year-round destination, so you can hit the beach any time you please. It’s the perfect way to conclude the most incredible of holidays.
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