Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, the North African country of Morocco is famed for its epic landscapes, rich culture and fantastic weather that attracts visitors from all over the world. Its wonderful beaches, mountains and deserts provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for discovery, adventure and relaxation while its historical sites and cultural traditions make it a fascinating destination for travellers who like to delve a little deeper into a country's heritage and way of life. Prepare to be dazzled by all that Morocco has to offer.
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Located in northwest Morocco and built on a mountainside, Chefchaouen is noted for its buildings in shades of blue, which is why it's known as the 'Blue City'.
Located 90km south of Casablanca, the Portuguese City of El Jadida-Mazagan was one of the first settlements created in Africa by Portuguese explorers en route to India. The UNESCO site of Mazagan was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast and dominates a natural bay of incredible beauty and features a mysterious cistern and majestic vaults.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is rich with historical, cultural and architectural influences and these contrast perfectly with nature and the nature reserve at Purpuraires Islands off the bay with its abundance of falcons, gulls and seagulls.
Al Hoceima is a Riffian city in the north of Morocco, on the northern edge of the Rif Mountains, located the Mediterranean coast. Known as the Mediterranean Pearl, it's home to a beautiful bay, pristine beaches and is close to a number of attractions.
One of the most popular seaside resorts of Morrocco with its white-washed buildings and navy blue Atlantic views, Agadir offers all-year round sunshine and happiness. The bay of Agadir is considered one of the most spectacular places to visit. In addition to the bustling cafes and restaurants, there is a lively array of markets and stalls to browse. A 30-miute drive away is Taghazout, another charming coastal idyll with a laidback vibe and a key attraction to surfers as it serves up the best waves. Paradise Valley is another stunning spot, a deep gorge dotted with waterfalls and inviting pools of clear blue water.
Al Hoceima is a city in the north of Morocco on the edge of the Rif Mountains, located on the Mediterranean coast. Known as the Mediterranean Pearl, it's home to a beautiful bay, pristine beaches and is close to a number of attractions: the fishing village of Torres de Alcala where there are the historical ruins of five watchtowers built by the Portuguese, Al Hoceima National Park famed for its hiking trails and the Moro Viejo cornice with its breathtaking views.
Cradled in the centre of the Atlas Mountains, Azilal is an energetic city with mesmerising culture, crafts and architecture and a host of attractions. Visit the spectacular Ouzoud waterfall and the nature bridge of Imi N'Ifri, near Demnate, take in the views over the lake of Bin El Widane or tour the gorges of the Ahansal wadi or the natural reserve of Tamga. Nearby the stunning Aït Bouguemez Valley, known as Happy Valley, is a truly unforgettable experience.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, located in the central-western part of the country bordering the Atlantic Ocean. With the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the most spectacular in the world, it's a city that draws in a swathe of visitors. The historical architecture is another attraction with its blend of Arab-Muslim heritage and legacies of the colonial period. With bustling eateries and medinas, it's a feast for the senses in every way. The coastline, fringed by beaches at Ain Diab and Dar Bouazza offer sunny shores and host of watersports for ocean enthusiasts.
Located in northwest Morocco and built on a mountainside, Chefchaouen is noted for its buildings in shades of blue, which is why it's known as 'Blue City'. Rich in cultural delights including the quaint narrow winding alleys, the Kasbah in the old quarter with its lush grounds, the history-rich museum, there's much to explore and enjoy in this romantic city. Its unique geographical position within the Rif mountain range also makes Chefchaouen a hiker's paradise with a series of fantastic trails.
South of Marrakesh, situated on a 50km long narrow peninsula of the Atlantic, Dakhla sits in a very interesting location with a flat water lagoon to its one side and world-class waves on the other. PK25 beach is a perfect place for calmer pursuits in the gentle, crystalline waters of the lagoon, while Foum El Bouir offers livelier attractions including surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Pointe de Dragon is famous for its tubes and attracts global surfing attention.
Located 90km south of Casablanca, the Portuguese City of El Jadida-Mazagan was one of the first settlements created in Africa by Portuguese explorers en route to India. The UNESCO site of Mazagan was built as a fortified colony on the Atlantic coast and dominates a natural bay of incredible beauty and features a mysterious cistern and majestic vaults. Other attractions include beautiful beaches, falcon training shows, Fantasia, Kasbah Boulaouane, Park Park Hassan II and the Lagoon of Sidi Moussa. For a spot of history and culture in a stunning seaside setting, El Jadida-Mazagan is the place.
Merzgouza is a small town in the Sahara Desert, close to the Algerian border. It's the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge stretch of sand dunes that feature a myriad of tracks, hikes and desert adventure attractions. Merzgouza houses the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco which makes it the perfect location for desert camps and safaris. Activities include camel rides, dune climbing, overnight camps in a Berber tent and the most incredible star gazing.
Essaouira, known as Mogador until the 1960s, is a port city in the west of Morocco on the Atlantic coast. With a medium listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is rich with historical, cultural and architectural influences and these contrast perfectly with nature and the nature reserve at Purpuraires Islands off the bay with its abundance of falcons, gulls and seagulls. The city is also renowned for windsurfing and kitesurfing on the blue-flag beaches that hug the bay.
Located in the North of Morocco between the Rif and Middle Atlas mountain, lies the 13th century city of Fez, the country's spiritual and cultural centre. Brimming with palaces, museums, mosques, fountains and a series of charming alleyways along with the UNESCO Heritage Listed Medina, Fez is an explorer's dream. Attractions include: Quaraouiyin Mosque, the leather tanneries, Tombs of the Merinids, Nejjarine Museum and Moulay Yacoub Thermal Baths. So much to see and do!