As you unwind in your hammam (steam shower), tuck into your tagine (stew), deal in the souks or slide into your comfortable caftan you may be astounded how effortlessly you slip into an alternate society and another century. In these little signature snippets of delight, Morocco twists all feeling of time and spot. To get your orientation, simply look to the skyline. You will perceive refined minarets and tough mud-block fortresses, a shimmering coastline with luxurious sand and striped gulches cut out of the High Atlas Mountains.
Morocco has been staunchly independent throughout its history yet remained open to ideas, creating a heady mix of cultures, religions and languages with ancient roots and a strikingly modern outlook. The influence of Romans, Arabs and Europeans is spotted in monuments throughout the country. Though you will hear French spoken in city boulevards - a vestige of the 50-year French Protectorate - a half-dozen Berber languages and Moroccan Arabic are still widely spoken. Morocco is a unique blend of the African Berber, Arab and Mediterranean.
For centuries travellers have crossed shifting sands and braved mountain passes in search of mythic Morocco. They arrive dazzled by its royal palaces, extraordinary oases and spectacular feats of hospitality.
Modern Morocco doesn't disappoint.
THINGS TO DO IN MOROCCO;
Deal your best for handicrafts at the souk (market) in the memorable medina of Fes, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Don't expect a brisk business exchange: in Morocco, successful negotiationsunfoldsin a comfortable, agreeable manner, along with bottomless glasses of mint tea.
Experience a climatic minute on Morocco's pleasant High Atlas Mountains. A standout amongst the most mainstream treks is the rising of Jebel Toubkal (4,167m/13,671ft), North Africa's most noteworthy peak, beginning from the untainted Berber town of Imlil, constructed directly into the base of the mountain.
Head strongly into the Sahara Desert as a major aspect of a camel carvan. Camel treks (méharrées) can be organized all through the Sahara locale in southwestern Morocco. Camp under the stars and appreciate a traditional Moroccan lifestyle
Follow desert oases and tough territory trails in the Anti-Atlas and Drâa Valley. Appreciate nature without the ecological harm to the delicate nearby environment caused bydune buggies and 4-wheel drives.
Get into the late spring furrow at May's Tanjazz in Tangier, or June's Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira. July sees the Marrakech Festival of Popular Arts and the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fes.
Spot centuries old Berber petroglyphs as you cork climb and spelunk some way or another over the Middle and High Atlas Mountains and get a decent foothold on the rock countenances of the Dades and Todra Gorges.
Swim, surf, windsurf and splash around in the Atlantic. Look over the sheltered, sandy bays of Agadir and Oualidia and the one-time Portuguese pirate ports of El Jadida and Essaouira.
Storm the battlements of the tremendous desert kasbahs incorporated right intocliff walls lining the Drâa Valley. You won't get much ressitence nowadays. A few fortresses like Aït Benhaddou have been utilized as Hollywood film sets