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Morocco

The charm of Morocco is something that you cannot gust to resist; and how couldn't be when it encompasses scenic spots all over, from the Saharas, to historic medinas, the High Atlas Mountains, and the charming Atlantic coasts and more? No wonder it managed to inspire and produce legends like Ibn Battuta, one of the greatest travellers of pre-modern times. Morocco can be magical, exotic, sometimes chaotic, mysterious, and often rather diverse. Cities like Rabat and Tangier resemble European cities in many ways, while rural outposts like Zagora and Chefchaouen will make you feel eons away!
It might be the obvious one, but it is hard to deny the call of Sahara desert. Imagine riding atop a single-humped camel into a seemingly endless sea of rolling sand dunes, for an ultimate Lawrence of Arabia feel.
Seeing Morocco means seeing the Imperial Cities--Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakesh. Witness hundreds of years of history unfold in front of your eyes. Ancient city centres (medinas) and the Jewish quarters and its small narrow streets will be your time for indulging in all things Morocco has to offer.

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Things to do

Tour to the port cities (Casablanca-Rabat) - Nudged up on the north-western edge of Africa, gazing out over Atlantic shores, Casablanca is one amazing destination. Completed in 1993 after many years in construction, the Hassan II Mosque is among Africa's largest, with one of the world's tallest minarets to boot. It is scenic, thanks to its location on the waterfront. A visit to the economical centre, the Place Mohammed V, consists of many buildings from the 20s, most of them with Hispanic-Muslim architecture and Art Deco influences. Then, head to Rabat, the administrative capital of the country.

Exploring Fez - Fez is packed with fascinating people, intriguing shops and exciting streets that are an adventure to navigate. Delving into Fez el Bali is like stepping back into the Middle Ages. It is the ancient part of the city of Fez to be surrounded by walls, and an urban locale free of automobiles. The madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market. Ancient mosques and medersas are dotted through this labyrinthine city.

Tour to the Imperial city (Marrakech) - The first of Morocco's four imperial cities, Marrakesh lies in the centre of the Haouz Plain, south of the Tennsift River. A mixture of traditional and contemporary, Marrakech holds the promise of incomparable sensations. Snake charmers, acrobats and fortune-tellers enrich an already exotic destination.

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Best time to visit Throughout the year

With the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean, working out the best time to visit Morocco isn't that easy. The country is divided into two climatic zones by the High Atlas Mountains. To the north of the High Atlas, the western winds from the Atlantic contribute to the cooler temperatures of the north. Contrastingly, south of the High Atlas, the weather is influenced by the Sahara desert.

Summer: June to August- the heat is particularly fierce in the Sahara Desert whilst mid-level altitudes and cities along the Atlantic coast - like urban Casablanca and laid back Essaouira are pleasantly hot. Lots of people folk Morocco during summer. Expect crowds and the streets and beaches can be jam-packed. The fasting month of Ramadan falls during the May-June time, so travelling through can a little tricky because many shops and tourist sites close early or permanently to observe the month long holiday. Make sure that you do not visit the Sahara desert during summer, when weather is at its extreme.

Spring: April and May and Fall- September and October are perhaps the best overall time to visit Moroccco. Central and southern Morocco experience lots of sunshine and the mountains will still be snow topped. Fall brings lovely balmy beach life. The landscape turns green and lush, making for spectacular mountain hiking.

Expect crisp, sunny weather during the winter (Nov-Mar), but be night can be chillingly cold. Winter brings serious snow in the High Atlas. It takes some effort to trek mountains, as there is reported flash flooding in the past. The most popular time for hiking throughout the Atlas ranges is between March and November. However, as there is no snow in the Anti-Atlas, you can still enjoy mountain life during December, January and February.

January - February is a great time to visit the cities if you prefer to travel away from crowds, allowing you to see Moroccans going about their daily life more authentically than during the hotter months.

How to reach

Air

  • Royal Air Maroc operates regulardomestic flights from its Casablanca hub to major cities like Laayoune, Agadir, Fez, Marakkech, Zagora, Errachidia and Essaouira. You will usually have to change planes at Casablanca in order to travel between any other two points, unless both are stops on a single Casa-bound flight

Rail

  • Getting around Morocco by train is a great option; they're fast, and economical, and a great way to see some of the incredible landscape between cities. Even though there are no extensive networks of trains, you'll find that the majority of tourist destinations in Morocco are well connected

Road

  • Buses are a cheaper and more comprehensive alternative to Morocco's train network, serving smaller cities and towns that aren't reached by rail. All four main companies, Compagnie de Transports Marocains (CTM), SATAS, Trans Ghazala, and Supratours, offer well-maintained, air-conditioned buses

  • When it comes to travelling to smaller towns and villages, grand taxis, usually old Mercedes sedans that can seat six are best.Morocco's collective taxis, called grand taxis, operate in every corner throughout the day and night, linking villages with towns and towns with cities

  • Driving around Morocco is the best way to travel. It allows you to get the most out of your holiday, discover off the beaten track destinations and have experiences no organised tour can provide. All the hype about driving in Morocco is misplaced. The road network linking the country is generally very good, with some European-standard motorways

  • Bike hire is available in all major towns, but cycling through the city traffic is inadvisable