The magnificent Kingdom of Morocco lies across the Mediterranean from the Straits of Gibraltar. It also looks out to the Atlantic from northwest Africa. The impressive Atlas Mountains run north-eastward from the south to the Algerian border, reaching 11,000 feet.
Most of the population lives in the north, where the land is fertile and beautiful. The sandy wastes of the Sahara Desert lie to the south. The majority of Moroccans are of mixed Arab-Berber descent. The state religion is Islam and the official language is Arabic, although French is widely spoken.
One of Morocco’s famous cities, Marrakech, is modern and spacious with tree-lined boulevards, while the bustling old city was built behind 8 miles of red ochre walls.
The overall atmosphere is extraordinary, with beautiful gardens, Mosques, fountains, palaces and, most of all, the variety of souks each with its individual speciality. Shopping is an adventure and time should be left to barter for goods, which many shopkeepers make into a social event by offering mint tea – accept it if you want to get a good price!
This city of contrasts has drawn many actors, musicians and writers to experience its beauty and charm. Many of the former merchant’s homes have been converted into Riads, each with its own personality. These are normally found within the walls of other ancient cities in Morocco, as well as in Marrakech.
Agadir and Taroudant
Agadir, which is situated on the Atlantic coast, is Morocco’s famous beach resort, with a good selection of hotels and all the facilities visitors would expect from a modern resort. A definite plus is the fact there are over 300 sunny days per year. There are three golf courses from which to choose.
The ancient walled city of Taroudant is 45 minutes from Agadir. At one time it was an important link between the Sahara and Agadir for travellers. It is a popular city with painters and photographers because of its rich warm colours of ochre and indigo.
Twin Centre Holidays – Atlas Mountains
The central location of Marrakech makes it ideal for exploring the high and middle Atlas Mountain ranges, and visitors can ‘twin’ their stay in Marrakech with Essaouira, an attractive coastal town and resort.
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