Morocco is a country of dizzying diversity thanks to its Berber, Arabian and European influences brought to life through its architecture, food and traditions. The Kingdom is blessed with a dramatic contrast of coastline, rugged mountain peaks, fertile valleys, ancient cities and of course the Sahara Desert. Experience an epic and unforgettable journey through this alluring country.
Marrakech, founded nearly one thousand years ago, has become a top travel destination; renowned for its vibrant souks and narrow alleyways brimming with activity, stalls of colourful jewellery, pierced metal and jewelled lanterns, pungent spices and perfumes – a shopper’s heaven; to the endless selection of exotic restaurants and abundance of sites to visit. Top of the list would be Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech’s main square with its live music and street theatre, followed by the Jardin Majorelle where cacti meets Cubism, or perhaps take in the cool opulence of the Saadien Tombs, the newly opened Yves Saint Laurent museum or admire Moroccan architecture at the Bahia Palace.
Expand your horizons beyond Marrakech – nature enthusiasts looking for a quiet change should head to the laid back and enchanting coastal town of Essaouira or the sleepy fishing village of Oualidia, or perhaps a hike or mule ride in the Atlas Mountains for the more intrepid travellers. Rabat, the capital, reflects its French and Islamic heritage, while Fes with its ancient walled medina, Meknes and Volubilis are all steeped in spirituality and medieval architecture with intricate stone and marble work and old world charm. Further north is Chefchaouen ‘the blue pearl of Morocco’ with its striking blue-washed buildings and cobbled lanes – and Tangier, once the bohemian pilgrimage of artists. Embark on a journey through the incredible landscape of the Sahara Desert, drive through giant sand dunes to a luxury Berber camp with colourful rugs and cushions around a campfire, listen to the sound of drum and oboe music, then ride a camel into the sunset and dine on local tagines under the stars.
Have a camera at the ready and let our English-speaking personal driver take you on this unique journey. Discover the spirit of Morocco – soak up the calming atmosphere of a riad, experience a local hammam, take in the scent of orange blossom and argan oil – and let yourself be shrouded in the warm hospitality of Morocco’s people.
Although enjoyed all year round, Morocco’s summer months (June – August) can be searingly hot with temperatures close to 40 degrees each day. If you plan to do mountain hiking, March to May is perfect, when the landscape is lush and green.
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The colourful and vibrant Festival of the Roses which takes place in early May each year in the southern-most gorges of the Dades Valley, runs for three days and celebrates the harvest of roses. The streets are covered in rose petals, local musicians perform traditional Berber music and on the last day the Rose Queen is crowned.