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We are both teachers and can only travel during school holidays. We're looking for an exciting trip with an active challenge for the October half term – we can take up to ten days.

Daisy Walker, 22 May 2012
Essaouira, Morocco


Dear Daisy,

For culture, relaxation and superb activities, I would look no further than Morocco. October is a perfect time of year to visit and as the flight is only 3.5 hours from London, it's great for a ten night trip.

Marrakesh is a wonderful introduction to the country. The sights, sounds and smells of this intriguing and vibrant city are a cultural delight.

For relaxation I would recommend the picturesque town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. This small port has been attracting artists for years and has a wonderful bohemian atmosphere that is very different to the rest of the country.

There are lots of activities to keep you challenged during your trip that might appeal, including a visit to the stunning Atlas Mountains, which is a must. There are full day treks available, or if time allows, you may wish to try a three day ascension of Jebel Toubkal - the highest peak in the region.

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