Home to narrow, winding streets and passageways that open out into vibrant piazzas and colorful Medina marketplaces, Morocco is an Arabian Nights storybook come to life. With beautiful Islamic architecture, pristine beaches and a fascinating history, Morocco has a little something for everyone.
Each city and town in Morocco has its own distinct personality and flair. No Moroccan adventure is complete without a trip to Marrakech -- the aptly name 'Red City' earned its title from its red stone buildings and architecture. Navigate the maze-like passages that lead deep into the souks through spice shops, stores selling sweet and candied dates, and marketstalls selling wonderfully colorful Morrocan fabrics and leather products in every color of the rainbow. When the sun goes down, head to the Djemma El Fna -- Marrakech's main square. At night, the square comes alive with musical performers, belly dancers, story tellers and snake charmers. Those with more time to spare in Morocco will enjoy exploring Fes -- a place often considered as Morocco's second city and with over 10,000 little streets and passages, home to the largest souk in the country.
For a more laid back beach atmosphere away from all the haggling and vivacious vendors of the city's souks, venture to Essouria and sip mint tea in a traditional Moroccan tea room by the sea.
When travelling in Morocco, one of the most authentic experiences to be had is by staying in a Riad -- a traditional Morrocan gueshouse complete with a central courtyard and an indoor garden. This is the Moroccan answer to a bed and breakfast, and meals are often served as part of your stay. If venturing into the desert, consider staying at a Bedouin campsite. Some are authentic, others are crafted for tourists, however all such desert camps offer a fabulous insight into life as a nomad.
Morocco has a warm, Meditterranean climate and can be visited all year round, though consider the temperatures and the activities you wish to participate in before planning your trip. The summers in Morocco can be sweltering hot and visiting the desert during this time is almost unbearable.
Temperatures drop in Morocco in the winter, though it is warm enough to walk around in a thick sweater rather than a heavy coat.