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To escape to a land of rich history, dramatic earth and sea formations and timeless marketplaces you could open any number of fantastic books , or simply decide to head to the fascinating country of Morocco to let the fantasy become a reality.
Morocco has this amazing ability to make the outside visitor feel like it is one of the most exotic places on earth while at the same time it feels welcoming and homey. Here are some of the best reasons to visit and highlights at which to marvel.
Ease of Access:
Morocco is accessible from North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East all via direct flights. Coming from other destinations would require two flights. Royal Air Maroc is one way to arrive and there are all sorts of carriers who bring passengers to its lovely shores. Ferries from Spain are a popular way to get to Tangiers, however this is the most touristed city and not as lovely and discerning as the other main attractions like Fez, Casablanca and Marrakech.
As we mentioned Fez is a lovely city in the smaller hills of the country and it has the charm of an oasis, its ancient walls contain a myriad of spices, leather goods, mosques and museums. The bustling streets of Marrakech can be a little overwhelming, but the quiet gardens like Majorelle, the trendy cafe’s serving piping hot mint tea and the palatial walls (El Bahia) are spellbinding.
Some of the most thrilling market places on earth:
The concept of the Medina is found in every city in Morocco. It is a central marketplace where stalls and streets are packed so tightly its just a flurry of activity. It is a treasure hunt and a sensory experience all at once. Hundreds of handmade items are found in these: babush slippers, spices, jewelry, leather goods, lanterns and all sorts of delicious food, however we recommend the more established eateries to dine at, for safety when traveling.
Morocco is one of the few countries who have their own word and style of hotel that’s not found elsewhere. Similar to the Portuguese concept of Pousada, a Riad is an ornate lodging which is run not usually by a chain but by an individual owner. Traditional foods are served and hospitality is centered around the guests discerning taste and desire for privacy.
Luxurious and Lavish Hotels:
Hospitality and Luxury are strong values in all of the cultural groups that make up the social strata of Morocco. Needless to say the Riads are oases of clam and rest and range from light to very comprehensive service. Other chain hotels that are here have really gotten on board with the opulence prized in the culture, especially properties like The Fairmont Royal Palm, The Mandarin Oriental, La Mamounia and one with a world renowned fame: The Royal Mansour, all in Marrakech.
Morocco is wonderful in its cities but that is just half the fun. Its dramatic land from canyons, to the Atlas Mountains and historic Roman and Phoenician ruins are alluring to trekkers of all sorts. The sea has an appeal with gorgeous cliffs, caves and very surf-worthy Atlantic waves. There is something for everyone, and it is enchanting to say the least.