Just three hours from the UK but a world away in terms of its culture, variety and magic, Morocco has ancient cities such as Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech but is also famous for its glorious sandy beaches, vast Sahara Desert and the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains.
Visitors are treated to exciting cultural contrasts and when in the cities can wander around fascinating bazaars and medinas, picking up glittering trinkets and soaking up the intoxicating African and Arabian influences and atmosphere.
When in Marrakech visit its main square, Djemaa El Fna, which features traditional food, music and activities such as snake charming and storytelling. A trip to the atmospheric Atlas Film Studios can make for an interesting excursion and at the world's biggest film studios you will be treated to glimpses of cinema history. It was used for Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator.
On a similar theme, the fortified city of Ait Ben Haddou is now a World Heritage Site and visitors to this stunning area can stand where films such as The Mummy, Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven and many more were filmed.
Those in search of adventure can hike in the Rif or High Atlas Mountains and marvel at their imposing footprint and spectacular views and challenge themselves when it comes to scaling their heights. The Sahara Desert is home to the native Saharawi and Berber tribes, whose traditional existence continues despite the harsh desert conditions.
For a little relaxation, there is nothing better than lazing on the beaches of Essaouria and Agadir, where the sweeping, unspoilt coastline gives way to golden sands and warm, lapping waters. Ideal for swimming, water sports or simply lying on a sun-lounger, the beaches are truly beautiful and are hard to tear yourself away from.
By opting for car hire in Morocco, you are guaranteed a level of flexibility and the opportunity to explore at leisure. 4x4s are a great option for those hoping to explore the varied terrain and do a little off-roading, while family cars can be luxurious and comfortable. In Morocco car hire can be easily arranged and you can pick up your vehicle at Marrakech (RAK), Agadir (AGA), Casablanca (CAS), Fez (FEZ) or Tangiers (TGN), so there is certainly plenty of choice available.
With so much variety, Morocco is a fascinating holiday destination, rich in culture and boasting exceptional and dramatic landscapes. With bustling cities, a haunting desert and some fascinating excursions, visitors to this beautiful country are treated to a wealth of exciting things to see and do.
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