Put down the travel brochures and bin the ‘pros and cons’ list, because Morocco is the perfect destination to solve all arguments over your next getaway. That might seem like a big claim, but holidays in Morocco offer such diverse opportunities that everyone can be catered for. It’s even possible to enjoy both skiing and desert sandboarding within the North African country’s borders.
Alongside its extreme sporting activities, Morocco is also a nation which marries sweeping deserts with mountainous landscapes, and traditional, medieval charm with glitzy modern architecture, not to mention delicious, mouth-watering food with, well, more delicious mouth-watering food.
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If it’s culture and tradition you’re after, Morocco holidays have it in abundance and Fez is a great place to start. The medina, in the north of the country, is so stunning with its labyrinth-like streets, colours and architecture, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right. Famous for its leather tanneries and atmospheric souks, Fez simply oozes soul and is a great destination for couples to explore.
Equally enthralling is Marrakech, situated towards the centre of Morocco. For a blend of culture and great food, explore Djemaa el Fna after dark, when street entertainment takes the form of snake charmers, jugglers and musicians, and you can munch on mouth-watering grilled meats and wonderfully fragrant tagines.
And when the walking starts to take its toll, it’s a great excuse (as if you need one!) to treat yourself to a traditional hammam spa. With a full body scrub, hot and cold water treatments and a full body massage included, you’ll be ready to hit the mountains for some skiing or hiking!
Keen adventurers can strap on the skis in the resort of Oukaïmeden – a great place for family holidays in Morocco – or trek in the Atlas Mountains, where the highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, is popular among seasoned hikers. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the spectacular Ouzoud Waterfall – a truly breath-taking sight.
Alternatively, the eastern town of Merzouga is your passport to the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes, where you can have a go at sandboarding, or enjoy a camel safari or 4×4 tour.
For a complete contrast to the chaotic cities and adrenaline-pumping adventures, head north of Fez and the capital Rabat to Chefchaouen – an Instagrammer’s dream. The village’s iconic blue streets are truly a sight to behold, and with its quaint markets and the chance to steal a glimpse of the distant Rif Mountains, it’s the perfect spot to recharge the batteries.
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