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Mesmerising, majestic, magical Morocco

The pull of this North African country is simply overwhelming. With it’s winding souks, friendly locals, awe-inspiring views, delicious tagines and refreshing mint tea, it is truly a unique destination.

For those who may not be well-travelled, or simply like the comfort of being guided along the must-see sights, a tour is the way to go. Tours will guide you around the major attractions, as well as delighting you with places a little off the beaten track. The UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou is breathtaking, Aroumd sits snuggly in the snowy High Atlas Mountains, and the desert camps of the Western Sahara may just be some of these sights.

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Tours might be the easiest way to see some of these more obscure villages, however, the major cities can definitely been done without a guide.

Casablanca is probably Morocco’s most famous city thanks to the 1942 film by the same name with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It is an economic city, worth a visit if you are a fan of vintage film or would like to marvel at the Sultan Hassan II Mosque, with the world’s largest minaret, but otherwise underwhelming.

The real charm is found in bustling cities like Fez, Marrakesh or Essouira.

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Fes is home to the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859. It is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. Fes’ souk is a place to lose yourself among the stalls selling lamps, carpets, spices and groceries, and then find yourself again at the traditional pungent dye pits.

Essouira is a fishing village, instantly recognisable by the iconic blue fishing boats. Stalls line the wharf with the fresh fish caught in the early hours of the morning. Here, you can choose your fish and have it grilled and served to you immediately.

Finally, if you only have a few days to visit this diverse country, take a short trip to Marrakesh. French architecture and wide boulevards contrast beautifully with traditional mosques and souks. The Djemma el-Fna is the wide market in the centre of the city. During the day buskers charming snakes, painting henna or playing music crowd the piazza. In the evening, the square is magically transformed into an alfresco dining area. Food stalls line up and shout their produce to diners. You can get everything from simple spiced egg in traditional flat bread, to grilled meats, tagines and delicate almond biscuits.

Whether to immerse yourself in Morocco’s diverse history and culture, or just spend a couple of days in cities inspired by both European and Arabic ways of life, this friendly country is set to delight.

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