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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY & VIBRANT STREET LIFE

Characterised by ancient walled cities – or Medinas – fused with modern cities dating back to the French protectorate at the start of the 20th century, the most distinctive cities of Morocco offer history, monuments and colourful street life. Marrakech and Fez are the “headlining” medinas, the former offering cosmopolitan experiences alongside ancient history and the latter offering a fiercely traditional flavour for the connoisseur. Rabat is the country’s stately capital and Casablanca is Morocco’s most European-style commercial city. Add to these, interesting and attractive smaller towns like Taroudant, Meknes and Chefchaouen and you have a country that offers a high degree of urban variety.

Tangiers

TANGIER

In the far north of the Morocco, Tangier has long been Europe’s gateway into the country and the continent – a melting pot for Mediterranean cultures for over 2000 years. Its stunning coastline and views over the straits of Gibraltar, coupled with its intricate old medina and wealth of history are reasons enough for visit. Although rather more restrained than in days of old, Tangier retains its uniqueness and Cecil Beaton's reference to the place as an "Oriental Cheltenham" makes a certain sense as you wander the streets of this most international of towns.

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MARRAKECH

Marrakech, the Red City, offers its guests exoticism in a maze of old medina streets, markets and monuments, together with fine dining and evening entertainment. A destination to suit all – whether you’re looking for relaxation and rest, or adventure and new experiences, it can all be found here under the sunny blue skies of the south of Morocco. As the country's main flight hub, it's the most accessible of Morocco's cities, and if you are searching for the best all-round Moroccan experience then Marrakech is the place to head for, either as a weekend break destination or as a spring board to adventures further afield in Morocco.

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FEZ

Fez: quite simply the world’s greatest living museum and a must-see destination in Morocco. Once the country’s capital, this Unesco World Heritage site offers the visitor an experience like no other: a richness of culture, tradition, religion and craftsmanship all housed together in its tall medina walls. The city is set on a hillside and its medina is composed of a warren of winding alleyways, at times barely shoulder-width. Seek out a rooftop, either in your riad accommodation or in one of the city's many historical monuments, and admire over a thousand years of history laid out before your very eyes.

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TAROUDANT

A historic walled town set in the beautiful Souss valley, Taroudant is a perfect place to discover Moroccan culture and the Berber way of life. It has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, lively cafes, varied and interesting local crafts and fewer tourists than the medina cities further north. The town is likened to Marrakech, with resembling ramparts and a characteristic bustle, but remains more compact and manageable, making it a worthwhile proposition for those favouring a more tranquil experience. The town makes an excellent stopover en route from the desert to the south-west coast, or between Marrakech, the High Atlas and the coast.

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CASABLANCA

While the Hassan II mosque is without doubt Casablanca's premier tourist attraction, the city is also home to some excellent art-deco architecture, some very good restaurants, the most modern hotel accommodation in Morocco, and some lively nightlife. Many visitors experience Casablanca as a single-night destination, stopping either for their first or last night in the country, particularly given that the only flight from the United States currently arrives into Casablanca from New York. In this sense, Casablanca provides an interesting and convenient stopover, staying in either the characterful Doge Hotel or the newly-open Four Seasons in the centre of the city.

Chaouen

CHEFCHAOUEN

Without a doubt one of the prettiest towns in Morocco, Chefchaouen’s blue-painted hillside medina is both a fascinating and peaceful destination. Discover and enjoy the hassle-free souks, the historic Kasbah and the chilled atmosphere of this friendly town, and then hike to the ruined ‘Spanish Mosque’ and on into the overlooking Rif mountains. The town is a real gem and makes a good stopover en route from the north coast to Fez. The town is home to a number of fairly simple, but characteristic, places to stay and we recommend a stay of a couple of nights as part of any itinerary that focuses on the northern half of the country.