If you’re a fan of majestic mountains, sweeping desert landscapes, and exotic cultures, then this north African country might be for you. WHAT TO EXPECT Think Disney’s Aladdin and you’ll get a feel for what Morocco is like. Expect everything from hypnotic snake-charmers to exploring old, imperial cities; haggling with rug vendors, to learning about Berber culture WHAT TO DO Summit the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, or ride a camel and explore all that the desert has to offer.
Moroccan Cities: Casablanca Fes Rabat & Marrakech Photo Gallery
Visit a Berber village to experience Moroccan culture – or spend time in Ifrane, an unusual village that, strangely, has an alpine-resort feel to it: built by the French in the ’30s, it boasts red-roofed houses and quaint cafes. Get to know the spiritual heart of Fez, take in historical sites in the old city of Rabat, and enjoy famed Casablanca, as well as ‘the pearl of the south’, Marrakech.
A major feature of Morocco is its cuisine, of course, and any traditional Moroccan meal is bound to come with couscous (or ‘seksu’ as the locals call it), paired with either beef, chicken or veg. It comes in a tagine: a clay cooking pot with a conical lid that lets food deliciously bubble away.
Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! Morocco is also known for chermoula, a fish dish that uses herbs and spices in a marinade and dipping sauce. And don’t forget to sample the aromatic delights from the street-food vendors.
Legend Tours has a seven-night Morocco package (the Royal Cities Tour), from R7 900pps. You’ll visit some of Morocco’s major attractions, starting in Casablanca, then onto Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech, before finishing back in Casablanca. The package includes half board and hotel accommodation, but it doesn’t include fights. Offer valid until 10 December 2016**; legendtours.co.za
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