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  • Fancy jetting off to Morocco? We’re not surprised. This place is super trendy on social media right now, thanks to its mix of Instagram-worthy souks, spices, and so-on-trend riads. And to help reduce your risk of holiday FOMO, we’re going to drop in a few more reasons why it should top your must-visit list this year…

    Explore a stylish city

    Turkey welcomes more than 35 million tourists every year, proving it’s one of the top destinations to visit. Here, you can relax on other-worldly sands, take in the smells of spice-scented bazaars, and explore ancient ruins. Take Bodrum, where days are spent visiting palaces and shopping at the stylish marinas. Or, make tracks for Antalya, which is famous for its jaw-dropping waterfalls and age-old ruins.

    Morocco’s Red City, Marrakech, is another place that’s making its mark on holidaymakers. It was voted one of the best places to visit in 2017, and we have a feeling it’s got something to do with those blush-coloured buildings, the bustling market scene and loads of quirky places to wine and dine. Plus, if you visit this autumn, you’ll be one of the first visitors to step through the doors of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. The gallery is dedicated to the late French fashion designer, and is based in Marrakech’s star attraction, Jardin Majorelle. It’s marked by cacti and sapphire-blue tinted buildings, so it covers all of your Instagram goals.

    Sink your toes into the sand

    Turkey takes the crown when it comes to knock-out beaches. And one of the most popular resorts for sun, sand, and sea is the resort of Antalya, AKA the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. This region alone boasts 400 miles’ worth of beaches, so you’ll never run out of places to stretch out and relax.

    If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, Morocco is the ideal choice. Here, you can sign up to two full days of bouncing and sliding your way through the world-famous Sahara Desert. Want to know the best part? You’ll get to travel by 4×4, where you’ll soak up impressive mountain ranges, valleys and hamlets. Plus, you’ll get to stay overnight in a bivouac tent, so it’s perfect for culture vultures.

    Haggle at the souks

    If there’s one thing you can’t miss out in Turkey, it’s haggling. We suggest heading to one of the bazaars in the town centre of bustling Bodrum. Here, you’ll find lots of market stalls selling quirky souvenirs, like handmade ceramic bowls, leather bags, and purses.

    Marrakech’s jam-packed Jemaa el-Fna is another top choice for shopaholics. The maze of markets here sell everything from beaded slippers, to rugs and carpets, and brass lanterns. Another place you have to tick off in Marrakech is the Medina. It’s renowned for its wealth of spice stalls, where the smells of cumin, paprika, turmeric, and fenugreek will leave you drooling for a taste.

    Now you know everything about Turkey and Morocco, it’s time to book. Browse our First Choice holidays.

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