Reasons to Visit
The Berbers are the indigenous people of Morocco. During the Arab conquest they retreated into their mountain strongholds and took refuge in the inhospitable deserts of the south. This is where their culture persists, based around fortified dwellings; a strong sense of community and an ability to cope with almost any hardship.
The Sahara washes into Morocco at its western extremities, and the Erg Chebbi sand sea is the best place to see this. Passing first through dramatic ridges of blackened rock, the going becomes sandier and sandier, until you're eventually confronted with towering dunes and the best sunsets in Morocco.
A kasbah is a fortified village, made from traditional pisé, or mud brick. Their distinctive towers, with ornate windows, are a dominant feature of the Moroccan landscape, none more so than along the Dades and Draa Valleys in the south: some have been converted into hotels, so you can even spend the night in your very own kasbah.
At the heart of any old Moroccan city will be the medina, the vital core encircled by walls punctuated by ornamental gates. It's in the medina that you'll nearly always find the souqs, and there will probably be a number of old palaces too: some of these are now hotels, some are museums, while others are abandoned and decaying gracefully.
The High Atlas are home to Jebel Toubkal, at over 4,100m the highest mountain in north Africa and a challenging climb. But the Atlas mountains also offer gentler hikes, perfect just to appreciate the scenery, the cool, clean air, and to enjoy Berber hospitality in remote villages.
The souqs of Marrakesh are the most famous in the country, but almost every town has its souq. Those of Fez seem endless and labyrinthine, whilst those in Taroudant are much more compact and sell the simple goods that the local, rural population need. It's unlikely you'll escape from Morocco without doing a bit of shopping at some point!
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Essaouira is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco.
Honeymoons in Morocco offer couples a truly unique experience which feels a world away from the UK but is, in reality, only a short flight away. From a night or two in a Bedouin tent in the Erg Chebbi, to trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, there are plenty of ways in which you can tailor-make your Morocco honeymoon with Audley.
Our Morocco specialists are experts at planning perfect itineraries that encompass the key areas and sights that should not be missed, especially on your first visit to Morocco.
A stay in a riad or kasbah, traditional Moroccan accommodation, offers intimacy, style, character and charm, and is undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to Morocco.
Home to North Africa's highest mountain and the stunning Ourika Valley, Morocco is the perfect choice for those looking for a walking or trekking holiday within easy reach of the UK.
Moroccan cuisine is famous the world over for its hearty dishes and exotic flavours. So it goes without saying that the food on offer here is sure to be one of the highlights of any tailor-made trip to Morocco.
Close to Europe but a world away in lifestyle and atmosphere, Morocco has long enticed travellers with its bustling souqs and glorious landscapes. Our specialists have invaluable expertise in finding the real Morocco for a perfect tailor-made tour of the country.
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Seven days in which you split your time between Marrakesh and the High Atlas Mountains.
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Discover the city of Marrakesh, the High Atlas Mountains and the quaint coastal fishing port of Essaouira.
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A six night itinerary, mixing trekking in the High Atlas Mountains with some time to discover the culture and history of Marrakesh.
3 1/2 hours to Marrakesh
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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