Morocco is the
perfect destination for those who are looking to lose themselves in a whole new culture
. Just a hop, skip and a jump over the water from Spain, it feels as though you have travelled half a world away!
Marrakech is an incredibly intriguing city, where you can explore a completely different world of exoticism
, from the Jemaa El Fna, to the Menara, to any number of mosques, each uniquely designed and decorated. Visitors of this intoxicating place can also enjoy the largest souk
(market place) in Morocco - this really is an experience that needs to be seen to be believed, with hundreds of small stalls selling all manner of objects, from the freshest foods, to beautiful boutiques offering lovely fabrics, pots, and decorations.
The obvious place to start is the Jemaa El Fna Square with its lively and exotic atmosphere
packed with stalls, street cafes and even snake charmers! At night the square is lit and the smell of spices wafting through the streets is an experience not to be missed
. A day trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains gives you the ability to leave the full-on nature of the city and escape into the blissful scenery of the picturesque mountains. With an exceptionally wide variety of activities open to you, you may find yourself deep in the desert on a camel, laying on a sun drenched sandy beach
, or bartering in Morocco's largest souk.
While in Essaouira you can take advantage of the fantastic spa and medina facilities on offer too!
The Medina of Essaouira, an UNESCO site, is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town
, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
The charm of the town is that it hasn’t been entirely taken over by tourism
. The fishing harbour is just as busy as it always was, the woodworkers are still amazing at their craft and the medina is just as important for locals as it is popular with tourists.