Mountains & Desert
From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor- made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this sublime slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air; views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.
The varied terrain may inform your dreams, but it shapes the very lives of Morocco’s Berbers, Arabs and Saharawis. Despite encroaching modernity, with motorways joining mosques and kasbahs as manmade features of the landscape, Moroccan people remain closely connected to the environment. The nomadic southern ‘blue men’ brave the desert’s burning expanses in robes and turbans, with mobile phones in hand. Likewise, traditional life continues – with tweaks – in the techniques of Berber carpet makers; in date cooperatives; in medina spice trading; and in the lifestyles in ports like Essaouira and mountain hamlets.
Meeting the Moroccan people involves nothing more than sitting in a cafe and waiting for your mint tea to brew. The trick is to leave enough time to watch the world go by with the locals when there’s so much else to fit in: hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking, shopping in the souqs, getting lost in the medina, and sweating in the hammam. Between the activities, you can sleep in the famous riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up tajines flavoured with saffron and argan.
Often exotic, sometimes overwhelming and always unexpected, these ancient centres are bursting with Maghrebi mystique and madness: the perfect complement to the serene countryside. When you hit town and join the crowds, you follow a fine tradition of nomads and traders stretching back centuries. Unesco has bestowed World Heritage status on medinas including Fez, the world’s largest living medieval Islamic city, and the carnivalesque Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh. The terrorist bomb on the square in April 2011 was a tragic episode in its history, but travellers should not be discouraged from visiting this welcoming, tolerant country.
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Morocco travel guide
Morocco exudes Maghrebi mystique, with medina lanes leading to souqs and riads, camels disappearing into the Sahara and Berber villages perched in the High Atlas. Grab a mint tea and enjoy the show.
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Morocco - Planning your trip (Chapter)
Your journey to Morocco starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus indepth info on trekking in. Coverage includes: Welcome to Morocco, 18 Top Experiences, Need to Know, If You Like: Medinas, Craft & Culture, Towns & Villages, Activities, Indulgence, Food Adventures, Architecture, Berber Culture, History, Beaches, Deserts or Mountains, Month by Month, Itineraries, Deserts, Mountains, Coast, Hammams, Birdwatching, Guides & Tours, Camel Treks, Organising a Camel Trek, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Ski Trekking, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Tours, Trekking, White-Water Rafting & Kayaking, Trekking: High Atlas, Jebel Sarhro, The Rif, Anti Atlas, Maps, Books, Clubs, Information & Tours, Clothing & Equipment, Guides, Mules, on the Trek, Accommodation, Food, Responsible Trekking, Cross-Cultural Considerations, Environmental Considerations, Travel with Children, Regions at a Glance.
Best of Morocco
Travel to Morocco and visit the best of the country's attractions from Casablanca to Marrakech. Travel from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the spice markets of Marrakech, the rich history and natural beauty of Morocco await.
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Africa - Morocco (Chapter)
Morocco feels like another world - complete sensory overload. From Tangier, move along the coast to cosmopolitan Casablanca and the fishing-port gem Essaouira. The imperial cities of Marrakesh and Fez attract visitors in droves, while the High Atlas Mountains are made for hiking between Berber villages.