Spend afternoons wandering Marrakech’s tangled backstreets, lined with sizzling grill stands and artisan stalls. Laze away long, hot days at boutique resorts, high in the Atlas Mountains or beside the Mediterranean coast. Or explore the seemingly endless desert, dotted with oases and palm groves.
Morocco is defined by the Rif, Middle Atlas,High Atlas and Anti Atlas Mountains. They spread across the country like fingers, beckoning you to the summits of their snow-capped peaks – you’ll find lots of lovely kasbahs to call home close to the Atlas Mountains.
As well as countless cultural and historical highlights, there’s a host of outdoor activities to lure you out of the souks and off the sun lounger. For an unforgettable evening, we recommend spending a night beneath the stars in the Sahara Desert.
As you’d expect from a country that’s played host to many civilisations since ancient times, the food is a veritable feast of Arabic, Mediterranean, Berber and Sub-Saharan influences. Sip on mint tea, tuck into a hearty tagine or gulp down the freshest orange juice you’ll ever drink in Marrakech’s main square, Djeema el-Fna, the nucleus all life in the city revolves around. You can spend hours, if not days, wandering around its colourful spice-scented souks, shopping for ceramics, jewellery and lanterns.
Whether you stay in a traditional riad or further out of the city in Palmerie, one thing’s for sure – this won’t be the last time you visit.
When to go
Morocco is at its best in spring from March to May, when the country is lush and green, followed by autumn from September to November when the heat of summer has eased – although coastal regions are pleasant year-round.