Separated from Europe by the Straits of Gibraltar, Morocco feels like another world. This scintillating country bombards the first time visitor with an overwhelming array of sights, sounds and smells, from the fragrant aromas of a slow-cooked tagine to the whirlwind of the Jemaa el Fna, the famous square at the heart of Marrakech. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets of ancient medinas, chat with locals over a pot of deliciously sweet mint tea, or retreat to the serenity of your riad and unwind with a traditional hammam.
Morocco is famous for its atmospheric old cities such as Fez and Rabat, but it’s also a land of dramatic landscapes and striking natural beauty. Scale the rugged High Atlas mountains for dizzying views and invigorating trekking, or hop on a camel and set sail across the rolling dunes of the Sahara Desert. Morocco’s blend of Arab and Berber culture, combined with the lingering influence of the French colonial era, imbues Morocco with a unique identity, discernible in everything from the wonderful food to the colourful crafts on display in the souk at the heart of every town.