From the epic desert shots of Laurence of Arabia, to the dusty dust-ups in Gladiator, Morocco will look strangely familiar to most visitors. It’s plain to see why it’s been used in so many films: It’s a country whose beauty is only matched by its history and variety.
Morocco is a country that embraces the modern world, but that’s steeped in fascinating history; its story goes back to just after the Ice Age; it’s been a Roman colony; a part of the North African empire of Carthage; a French and Spanish colony; the kingdom of Hassan II and a long-term home for Islam. The good news is that all of this history is all clear to see in different parts of Morocco, with ruins, mosques, old towns and fascinating architecture around every city corner.
Majestic Morocco: 4 reasons to see it for yourself
There are lots of ways to see Morocco. One of our favourite ways is by doing a guided trip through this perfect destination – our recommended trip being one called Highlights of Morocco.
The country’s natural beauty is undeniably varied, and it is something you can enjoy during this equally varied 15-day trip. You’ll be trekking over sand on camelback; camping at a scenic oasis and taking in the famous sand sea (where the sunset over the dunes coats them in gorgeous pink light). The Godra River and lush local mountains provide a startling, but equally beautiful contrast, just before you reach the fishing ports on one of the only coastlines that touches the Mediterranean and Atlantic.
2. The Pink City
You will also have the opportunity to visit colourful Marrakech (known as the “Pink City”). As part of the tour, you will enjoy a guided tour of Marrakech, as well as a free day where you can enjoy its busy souks (and nab a bargain while you’re at it!), its gardens and its vibrant Djeemaa el Fna, the great outdoor market.
3. The Food
Since Morocco has hosted settlers and invaders from North, South, East and West, its culture and cuisine is abundant and celebrated; their food is informed and influenced by its rich history, and its couscous, tagine and haria sing with flavour.
4. Close Proximity
It’s easy to see why this bustling, remarkable and enthralling country has captured the imagination of filmmakers over the past century in films as diverse as Casablanca and Inception. But many forget how accessible it is from Europe; this exotic, majestic country is sitting just a short flight away on the very northern tip of Africa.
Highlights of Morocco: A two-week treat
Do you fancy experiencing the best of Morocco for yourself?
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