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Fly away to the colourful destination of Morocco. This is a country replete with cultural riches, breathtaking landscapes and all kinds of activities. For a weekend break or an extended stay, discover the diversity of Morocco. Stroll through the cities of Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Essaouira and Casablanca. Admire their architecture, from old to new. Escape to the Sahara desert for a trekking tour through the dunes of Erg Chebbi and catch a fantasia, a splendid equestrian performance that is one of the country's well-established traditions.

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Live incredible experiences during your stay in Morocco

Cities

Morocco is full of beautiful cities, each one more delightful than the next. The stunning monuments vary from tower to tower, with Amazigh, Arabic-Moorish, Andalusian, Portuguese and contemporary architecture all on show. Come and wonder at the charming and famously blue city of Chefchaouen, Marrakech and its vibrant Jamaa El-Fna square, and Fez with its thousands of narrow streets that exude unconventional charm.

Nature

Nestled between seas, plains, mountains and deserts, Morocco boasts a wide variety of landscapes. On one side is the Atlantic Ocean and its rolling waves that make it perfect for surfing, while the fertile plains and the Atlas Mountains on the other side offer superb treks. Of course, you can't afford to miss the Dadès and Todra gorges and their dramatic cliffs, the lunar landscapes of the Sahara dunes or the oasis ecosystems to the south of the Anti-Atlas.

Culture

This country has a remarkable historical and architectural heritage. Mosques, madrasas, synagogues and churches from different eras, as well as the medinas, souks and walled gardens dotted around its various cities are all waiting to be discovered during your stay in Morocco. Discover local crafts: jewellery, rugs, textiles and multi-coloured pottery. And don't forget the local cuisine with its unmissably delicious dishes.

Traditions

Moroccan culture comprises myriad traditions. You'll recognise some of them, like the rites of Ramadan and Hammam. Others are less well-known, such as moussems and fantasias. Fantasias are equestrian performances particularly popular with Moroccans, depicting scenes from ancestral wars.

Activities

With so much diversity, there are myriad activities to do in Morocco. Make the most of your time there by visiting Ouarzazate. This is a city that has been used as a location for dozens of films, including Gladiator, Alexander and The Mummy. If you want something more authentic, try a camel trek in the Sahara Desert.

Sport

For water sport lovers, spots such as Safi, Essaouira, Agadir and Dakhla offer stunning waves and winds perfect for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. While Morocco isn't particularly renowned for its snowy slopes, skiing does have its place in Morocco. The slopes in Oukaïmeden in the High Atlas (1 hour from Marrakech) are ideal for a day away from the city. Golf is also very popular, with around 40 beautiful courses to be enjoyed across the country.

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Surfing: Morocco is a great place to surf too! There are dozens of surf spots, suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers.

If you're staying on the coast, you can find lots of surf-friendly beaches, especially around Essaouira. 30 km from the city, Safi is only for highly skilled surfers. The swell is huge, with waves towering nearly 5 metres tall! Another world-famous spot is Taghazout. It attracts surfers from all over the planet and its waves are suitable for novices and experts alike.

If you're a beginner, you'd be better staying in the city of Essaouira. The atmosphere is relaxed and the conditions are excellent for novices. It also attracts kitesurfers and windsurfers, thanks to the constant wind that reigns supreme. Nearby Sidi Kaouki is suitable for all levels, and also boasts a laid-back atmosphere.

Golf has been played since the early 20th century but took off under the reign of King Hassan II, father of the reigning King Mohammed VI. Morocco is home to dozens of golf clubs, some of which are world-renowned.

Each region has its own golf courses with their own specific characteristics. If you stay in Marrakech, for example, almost every one of the city's 12 golf courses offers breathtaking views of the entire Atlas mountain range and high-quality greens. Casablanca can be distinguished by its Moroccan-style golf courses, and has a magnificent view of the ocean and the Bouskoura forest.

Rabat is home to the best clubs in the country. The administrative capital, located on the coast, is home to the renowned Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. It was built during the reign of the late HM King Hassan II, who also lends his name to the prestigious tournament that it holds every year, with the world's best golfers coveting the famous trophy.

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Morocco is home to wonders of nature too

Forget the hustle and bustle of cities and discover an authentic world

Atlas: While Morocco conjures the image of a country with warm colours, perfect for relaxing by the pool, it's also a fantastic destination for sport lovers.

Although less renowned for its mountains, Morocco is home to a stretch of the impressive Atlas range extending nearly 2500 km. It is divided into three parts: the High Atlas, Middle Atlas and Anti-Atlas. A highly popular destination for experienced hikers and trekkers, its highest peak, Toubkal, stands at 4167 m. To reach the top, you'll pass through traditional villages with untouched beauty and customs. You'll also get to experience Berber culture and be enchanted by its hospitality.

You may be surprised to learn that there are also several skiing spots in the Atlas Mountains. If visiting between December and March, take the chance to hit the slopes! The Oukaïmeden resort is just 1 hour from Marrakech and there are stunning slopes at Fès-Meknès, where you'll finish your day with a delicious chicken tagine rather than fondue savoyarde.

The Sahara desert: heading to the sand dunes. Whether by 4x4 or on a camel for a more authentic experience, there are plenty of ways to discover the Sahara desert. More intrepid travellers might opt for a night-time trek to experience the Sahara by moonlight. Most trips depart from the city of Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the desert.

En route, you'll cross the Draa valley and its picturesque river flanked by lush vegetation. Further on, the stunning rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi will give you a sense of solitude. You may even see a mirage in the distance. You'll learn to live to the rhythm of the Sahrawi nomads and discover their astonishing way of cooking bread in the sand. In the evening, you'll be served a delicious meal rounded off with the famous mint tea. Afterwards, take in the astounding views of the starry sky before retiring to your tent.

  • Named for its blue walls, the city of Chefchaouen is a popular destination. This relaxed setting at the foot of the Kelaa and Meggou mountains in the Rif mountain range was a hotspot for hippy travellers in the 1960s. The houses were originally completely white in colour, but that was before the local women had the ingenuous idea of repainting Chefchaouen to boost its tourist appeal. Their actions paid off, and the city has gained renown throughout the world. Spend a few hours, or even days, discovering this hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Morocco. Take a stroll through its blue alleyways lined with stalls and artisan shops of every kind. Head up to Plaza Uta El-Hammam and visit the Kasbah. This fortress also boasts an exotic garden and offers a stunning view over Chefchaouen. The Ethnographic Museum is an ideal stop if you want learn more about the history of the region's population. And for a more authentic experience, visit the Bousafar Mosque overlooking the city, where you can sing alongside the locals. Step off the beaten track and continue your journey beyond the blue city. Take a hike up to the Akchour Waterfalls. This trail, stretching around 5 km, takes 3 to 4 hours to walk. You'll be stunned when you arrive at the magnificent waterfall and natural pool — perfect for cooling off after your long walk.

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  • You can't visit Morocco without stopping in Marrakech. While it may be touristy, it's brimming with architectural gems and has a truly unique feel. It's worth a visit if only for the sublime Majorelle garden. Owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé who fell in love with the spot, this lush garden with its offbeat colours will have you captivated in a heartbeat.

    And not to mention other renowned spots like Jemaa el-Fna. The traditional and folky feel of this public square make it a popular attraction, and you'll find all kinds of traders and snake charmers. The souk of Marrakech is another iconic feature of the city. You'll come across hundreds of traders and artisans selling bags, traditional babouche slippers and rugs, as well as fragrant spices and countless other local products. Walking through the souk is a truly sensory experience.

    If you're looking for somewhere quieter, we suggest you get away on a camel ride through the palm grove. This oasis comprises over one hundred thousand trees and has a golf course and several hotels where you can relax. Make sure you visit the luxurious Bahia Palace. Sprawling over more than 8 hectares, it boasts gardens, hand-carved wooden ceilings and a marble patio.

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  • Take advantage of your time in the country to explore these two cities, just an hour apart. Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco, is a coastal city fusing tradition with modernity. Hassan Tower is a must-see while you're here, along with the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the former King of Morocco. Among the many historical monuments to visit in Rabat are the Necropolis of Chella and the Kasbah of the Oudayas.

    Casablanca, the most populous and dynamic of Morocco's cities, represents a subtle fusion of old and new. Visit the sublime Hassan II Mosque and its impressive 200-m-high minaret right on next to the ocean. This is the westernmost city in the country and it hosts a wide range of activities, but above all it offers fantastic shopping opportunities with its plentiful artisan shops. In the evening, head to La Corniche for a drink in one of its array of trendy bars and party through the night.

    This is also the place to be for the most spectacular golf courses. Just ten minutes from the city centre, the Royal Dar Es Salam plays host to the prestigious Hassan II Trophy each year. Another of the most renowned golf courses in the country is the Royal Golf Anfa Mohammedia. There's also Casa Green Golf Club and the Palmeraie Country Club Casablanca.

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