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Morocco has fascinated travellers for centuries. The labyrinths of the imperial cities of Meknes, Fes and Marrakesh contrast with the dramatic gorges and oases of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains and the solitude of the Saharan desert that lies beyond.
Located in the old parts of town, the souks of Morocco offer a selection of objects of unsurpassed beauty and distinction. These include fabrics, spices, authentic hand carved olive wood, Berber bracelets and necklaces, pottery and ceramics, embossed copper and brass trays, coffee pots, leatherwork and of course, carpets. A glass of hot mint tea in hand, haggle to your heart’s content!
Mouth-watering food and drink is one of the major sources of entertainment in this country. As in Europe, the major cities and resorts feature casinos, bars, discos, and nightclubs, often with belly dancing. Another popular traditional form of entertainment is folk dancing. Spend some time watching the dancers, storytellers and acrobats of the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakesh. Or, for a quieter experience, escape the bustling Moroccan cities with a visit to the laid-back Ourika Valley, where the locals still live in the style of a bygone era.
Moroccan food is one of the most famous cuisines on earth, and justifiably so - there’s nothing like the warm waft of exotic spices that seduce you when opening the lid of a tajine. Couscous is central to the cuisine and is often cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts, and raisins. It makes a meal in itself or is topped with rich stews and roasted meats. Sweets are rich and dense confections of cinnamon, almond, and fruit rolled in filo pastry, and soaked in honey.
The old Medina of Fez is not to be missed - truly an extraordinary place. If you ever want to feel completely out of touch with the western world, this is the place to go and get lost in the myriad of winding passageways! If you’re feeling nostalgic, have a drink at Rick’s Cafe, recreated from the movie Casablanca. Close your eyes and imagine Bogart at your table and Sam tickling the ivories.
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When to go: March-November for the best temperatures; December-February for a cooler climate.
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