Luxury Adventure Holidays to Morocco - Where Time Has Stood Still for Centuries

In much of Morocco, time has stood still since the middle ages. This is one of the country’s enormous attractions, but the reasons for visiting Morocco are legion: ancient cities, mountains, beaches, oases, fortified villages, a quite distinctive cuisine and culture, the edges of the great Sahara and plenty to do for all tastes.

There is an excellent variation in places to stay, ranging from Berber khaimas in the desert to small and highly personal riads; from maisons d’hôte, to boutique and luxury hotels.

Morocco’s history is laced with the ebb and flow of centuries of complex and subtle cultural change. Today the country’s predominantly Islamic and Arab influence, which steadily increased from the 7th century onwards, is only linked to the original – yet still very evident – Berber culture by Islam.

The great cities of Marrakech and Fes are unmissable, although Rabat is the capital and Casablanca the modern trading centre. Marrakech, close to the glorious High Atlas and yet only a couple of hours from the sea, is a magical mix of ancient and modern where the eye is always drawn to the central minaret of Koutoubia. The vibrant, seething, circus of the main square, Djemaa el Fna, is as much a focus as Marrakech’s vast medina, where one can stay in a beautiful riad (a converted urban house).

Fes el-Bali is a complete time reversal and a total overload of the senses! Entering Fes’s medina, squeezing back to make way for donkeys and scurrying boys, the 21st century immediately succumbs to the middle ages. It is an assault: the smell of mint and the overpowering stench of the tanneries compete with the sights of the multitude of goods on sale and the press of humanity. In the middle of mayhem there will be a corner of sudden peace in this unforgettable rabbit warren of commerce and daily life. The Royal Palace and the Mellah are also well worth a visit, and there is also a very interesting festival of music in Fes each June.


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The Sahara desert and the southern oases

Covering 9,400,000 square kilometres and stretching from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic in the west – all the way across North Africa, the Sahara is one of the most fascinating landscapes on earth and its very name conjures up images of nomads, sand dunes and camels.
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The High Atlas Mountains

Stretching across the north-west of Morocco, and indeed into Algeria and Tunisia, is the Atlas Mountains range. Not only do they provide an impressive backdrop of snow-capped peaks throughout the winter for the exotic city of Marrakech forming a delightful colourful contrast between sun, palm trees and snow but Mount Toubkal boasts the title of the highest peak in North Africa, an accolade which attracts many to Toubkal National Park.
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Fez and beyond

The ancient city of Fez is an enchanting, busy, wonderful North African city with more to offer than meets the eye. A stay in this ancient city will bring you to the heart of Moroccan culture.
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Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!

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