Morocco is a fantastic starting point for a journey through Africa. Just a short hop from Europe, its friendly and bustling nature charms travellers from all corners of the globe.
Just the names of Morocco’s cities – Tangier, Casablanca and Marrakech – conjure up an exotic and romantic image. The old notions of Morocco are changing and the country has become more liberal in its attitude, which is reflected in how many women now dress.
Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca is an exciting hub of activity. As a port it has been influenced by each of the many cultures that have visited its shores in the last 2000 years. It boasts a number of impressive and imposing landmarks. From the Casablanca Cathedral to the Twin Center, there is something to interest everyone. The sights, sounds and tastes are totally unique and have to be seen first hand to be believed.
Marrakech is one of the country’s four imperial cities and a cultural melting pot, where the foods, wares, museums and gardens are unlike anything found anywhere else in the world. Sitting at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the city, surrounded by olive groves and Palmeraies rises from the desert in a profusion of palms and citrus trees.
Marrakech has long been an important trading centre for the Arabic, Berber and European civilizations. Vibrant and colourful, the local souks are a delight. Everything from jewellery to herbs and potions, carpets to candles and spices to metalwork can be bargained for. Visit the Medina, a huge square in the old city where rows of trestle tables and open-air food stalls sell barbecued kebabs, and mouth-watering tajines fill the air with their fragrant aromas. Jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, magicians and acrobats will entertain you with shows that look little changed since mediaeval times.
Morocco’s weather adds to its charms, attracting visitors year-round. The winters are bright and crisp, autumn sees the best produce hitting the markets, spring sees the Atlas Mountains covered with flowers and the red-hot summers can be offset with visits to the breezy, sandy coast.