Maze-like Marrakech, beachy Agadir and a mountain oasis – you’ll hold all the aces on holidays to Morocco.
North African gem
Morocco’s a bit of Europe and Africa in one. The huge, golden-sand stretch in Agadir wouldn’t look out of place on a beach break to Spain. But that’s mixed in with the bustling souks, mosques and palaces of Marrakech. Plus, the whole place gets the thumbs-up from Instagrammers, who rate its Saharan dunes, snow-christened mountains and ancient cities.
The Red City
You can get a big dose of culture in Marrakech, AKA The Red City. The wide-awake Jemaa el-Fna puts on a good show. It’s a huge square filled with entertainers, like henna tattooists, musicians and snake charmers. Plus, you can leave the city buzz behind by daytripping to the Atlas Mountains. It’s less than an hour’s drive to the Ourika Valley for hiking, waterfalls and burnt-orange Berber villages.
When it comes to beach resorts, Agadir’s top of the scoreboard. It does sun, sea and sand best – surfing, diving and jet-skiing are all big business. And it was made for package holidays, with a bundle of beachfront hotels. It’s not all modern, though – it’s got Moroccan must-haves, like a hilltop kasbah and a souk, too.
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Cut into Morocco’s southern coast, Agadir prides itself on its strapping stretch of sand. The city was mostly destroyed by an earthquake in the Sixties, so what you’ve got now is a modern beach resort – built with holidaymakers in mind. Cue a smart oceanfront promenade with souvenir shops, a ferris wheel and plenty of places to eat.
Souks stacked with spices. Mosques with towering minarets. And street scenes starring acrobats and snake-charmers. Marrakech – AKA the Red City – is worlds away from your average Med resort, but that’s all part of the pull. And at less than a four-hour hop from the UK, it’s closer than you think.
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