Morocco

Come to Morocco for its elusive magic and exotic mystery and you will probably leave with more prosaic, yet intimate, human memories: kids playing football in a dusty square, a blind man selling bunches of fresh mint, or some good-natured banter with a babouche seller in the local souk. The romantic image is real enough, but this is also a viscerally lived in place, a seething mass of humanity and inhumanity of sounds and colour and pungent smells. 

Morocco is rewarding and remarkably good value as a destination for walking, surfing and yoga; for aimless exploring or for focused lazing. But whatever you're doing here, it's teh nature of the place itself that gets deepest into the pores of your skin. So close to Europe, yet so different, it has dark, dank alleys as well as magnificent desert sand dunes, dirty tanneries as well as soaring mountains and secret valleys.

The depth of experience in the detail is part of the extraordinary attraction of the country.

Morocco Travel Guide Highlights
Morocco Travel Guide: Asilah, Photo by rechitansorin
Asilah, Larache and Roman Lixus
Seaside towns and Roman remains with a view.
Morocco Travel Guide: Tafraoute, Photo by Kariner33
Tafraoute
Laid-back base for walking and climbing among the red rocks, goats and Argan trees of the Anti-Atlas.
Morocco Travel Guide: Imperial Meknes, Photo by: Luisapuccini
Imperial Meknès
Kilometres of crumbling pisé ramparts, and a manageable médina.
Morocco Travel Guide: Mirleft beach, Photo by Walter Rodriguez
Sidi Ifni and Mirleft
An obscure, crumbling Spanish colony and its hip upstart neighbour. Rock arches and big beaches. 
Morocco Travel Guide: Casablanca, Photo by web
Casablanca
The capital of a one-time "French California", with Art Deco buildings and the world's second largest mosque.
Morocco Travel Guide: Tangier, Photo by Kompasstudio
Tangier
City of the straits. Shades of Burrough's Interzone in the Kasbah, decaying charms of the Boulevard, and beaches.
Morocco Travel Guide: Marrakech, Photo by begreen
Marrakech
The Red City, pleasure capital, with jewel-box guesthouses, souks teeming with must-buy crafts and mountain excursions.
Morocco Travel Guide: Chefchaouen, Photo by Witr
Chefchaouen
Bright white Andalucian walls and the remote Rif Mountains.
Morocco Travel Guide: Essaouira, Photo by Zanskar
Essaouira
Crashing Atlantic waves behind thick fortified walls. Surf, fish, and film sets.
Morocco Travel Guide: Fes, Photo by Typhoonski
Fès
Morocco's holy core featuring centuries of spirituality alongside the donkeys and camel heads within the walls.
Morocco Travel Guide: Tizi-n-Tichka Route, Photo by Witr
Tizi-n-Tichka route
Switchback turns over the Atlas, gentle Ouirgane, and the remote austerity of Tin Mal mosque.
Morocco Travel Guide: Erg Chebbi, Photo by Dainis Derics
Erg Chebbi
Camels and sand at these popular but cinematic dunes near Merzouga. 

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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