People are definitely getting out of their comfort zone when it comes to their travel choices today. Gone are the days when everyone wanted their travel to be familiar, now many are longing for adventure, intrigue, and even a little mysticism to fill their vacations, and few places capture that feeling better than the tantalizing country of Morocco.
Morocco is easily one of the most unique countries on Earth. With bold impacts from Arab, African, and European influences, this alluring nation is a distinctive blend of cultures, history, and traditions all on full display with brilliant color and feverish excitement.
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The country is a fascinating blend of medieval and modern, with the ability to glimpse far back in history just by walking through the medina (old city) found tucked within the borders of most major towns. Here you’ll find charming squares, palaces, tombs, mosques, ruins, and of course, energetic souks.
These labyrinths of vendors exuberantly pitching their wares will intoxicate you with exotic charm and an exhilarating atmosphere filled with tremendous scents, sounds, and visual delights.
Marrakesh’s souks never fail to provide an abundance of authentic, handcrafted wares
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Marrakesh is especially famous for their square; an almost carnival-like setting packed with music, storytellers, acrobats, apothecaries, and yes, snake charmers.
Outside of Marrakesh’s medina lies luxury and modernity, great for upscale shopping and dining. But travel even further out and you’ll be taken to an almost surreal world as you explore the Western Sahara by horseback, venture into the High Atlas Mountains, or witness the nomadic tribes that still traverse the land, clinging to tradition.
For a more modern experience, Casablanca and Tangier will each offer a unique and more cosmopolitan adventure. Tangier is especially notable as a luxurious and almost decadent destination with a strong Spanish influence and a wilder, party-oriented mindset.
When to Go:
The incredible variety of landscape from the warm Mediterranean waters, to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, to the sometimes searing Sahara make the timing of a visit to Morocco more about where you want to spend your time than anything.
Late spring is best overall, and fall is tends to be warm and very temperate, but summer is still lovely in the mountains or on the more northern coastal cities like Tangier, Casablanca, or Rabat. However, the high temperatures in peak summer are simply too much for most in the southern desert areas of the country.
You may want to wait for cooler temperatures before venturing out into the Sahara
If you want to visit in winter, then the south will still be decently warm, but it will get much colder in the desert at night, so keep that in mind when choosing your hotel.
Also, consider Islamic holy days when planning, especially during the month of Ramadan (it’s from May 26th- June 25th in 2017), as that could affect your trip somewhat with some transportation or restaurants not being fully operational at times. Alcohol sales are also often restricted during this month, but the chance to partake in the lavish nightly feasts might make your sacrifices worth it.
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