Superlatives run short when describing Morocco, an enchanting land full of mystery and wonder. One of Africa’s top tourist destinations, welcoming nearly 10 million annual visitors, travellers from all over the globe have worn well-trodden paths through the country’s bustling souqs and medieval medinas, its dusty deserts and its snow-capped Atlas Mountains; however, it continues to delight and amaze even second-time visitors, refusing to compromise its inimitable character in the face of mass tourism.
Morocco is in many ways a country which straddles different worlds: at the tip of Africa, just a stone’s throw from Europe, Morocco stands not only at the confluence of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, but also at the crossroads where East meets West, and where traditional ways of living bump up against the clamours of the modern world. This mix is fascinating and alluring, and adventurous travellers who make the effort to experience Morocco in all its confusing glory will be endlessly rewarded.
From the chaotic local market-places where the smell of spice fills the air and runaway donkeys block the thoroughfares, to the gilded mosques with their muezzins’ fervent calls to prayer; from the peach-coloured sands of the Erg Chebbi dunes to the staggering Todra Gorge, from Casablanca to Marrakech and from Fez to Tangier, Morocco offers visitors a sumptuous feast of sights and sounds.