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Overview to Morocco: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Berber Camel Train at Sunrise

Lying tantalizingly close to Europe across the Straits of Gibraltar, Morocco is nevertheless worlds away as a beguilingly romantic travel destination. Undeniably raw and occasionally just a little frustrating, a trip to Morocco is the consummate backpacking experience.

Sitting squarely in the middle of the country is Marrakech. Sprawling dustily in the shadow of the mighty Atlas Mountains, it’s hard to imagine a more atmospheric place. Labyrinthine souks riddle the medina, while at its heart lies the staggering Djemaa el Fna Square.

Few cities in the world can compare with the ancient city of Fes, the largest well-preserved medieval city in the Islamic world. Tucked away in the vast, dilapidated and warren-like Fes el Bali are countless examples of stunning religious architecture and more fascinating markets.

Essaouira and Chefchaouen offer slightly more relaxed charms. Essaouira is a gorgeous seaside town and, kissed by Atlantic winds, a mecca for windsurfing. Chefchaouen, meanwhile – just a stone’s throw away from hectic Tangiers – is an idyllic mountain village.

Elsewhere, the cities of Casablanca and the capital, Rabat, are less visited but only marginally less inviting. Both reflect the country’s French imperial heritage,and provide an alternative dimension to the country's irresistible charm.

Away from the cities, a spectacular landscape unfolds: from soaring mountains and jagged gullies to the magnificent isolation of the Sahara - broken up by the occasional oasis - and remote trading posts and dramatic Kasbahs, all in all, it’s the very model of an exotic travel destination.

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