For those who are yet to choose a destination for their holiday this summer and are potentially looking for something a little out of the ordinary, then maybe Morocco is the place for you.
A part of the world steeped in history, culture and tradition, it offers a perfect getaway with plenty to see and do.
Morocco is also a fantastic place to shop with plenty of souks and market places providing the opportunity to grab a bargain.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of visiting North Africa for a holiday this summer, here are some of the top reasons to consider Morocco.
Beaches in Morocco line both the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, although those at the former tend to be rockier and rougher seas.
This doesn’t stop the thriving surfing industry though, while the views are also outstanding, making the northern coast particularly appealing.
Meanwhile, the beaches near Agadir and Casablanca are more suited to those with children, providing plenty of options for seaside relaxation.
With the Sahara Desert right on the doorstep to the south of the Atlas Mountains, it’s possible to explore the wilderness on the back of a camel.
Seeing the sunset and sunrise in the desert is something not to be missed, providing stunning views set amid even more striking scenery.
The many souks in all of the cities across Morocco sell a great deal of local produce and goods, perfect for souvenirs and gifts.
Bargaining on prices in the country is widely accepted, meaning many shop owners will be prepared to offer low prices, should you perfect the art of negotiation.
Ceramics, leather goods, baskets, carpets and jewellery are the most common items to be found with the cities of Fez, Casablanca and Tangier all very popular among shoppers.
History and architecture
The country shows the influences of many different peoples, from the Berbers, the Roman Empire, and French and Spanish settlers, all who have laid claim to Morocco at some point in time.
As a result, each different region of the country offers the chance to see the various influences in practice, from modern architecture to ancient ruins.
Tiles and mosaics feature in many buildings, while it is not uncommon to see ancient and modern buildings standing side by side.
A must see is the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest and one of the largest in the world.
Morocco is famed for its food, due to the large number of traditional dishes and delicacies that can be found in the region.
At the same time, all food is relatively inexpensive which means that visitors can experience all the joys of herbs and spices while discovering all of the local dishes.
Most of the food is farmed and harvested locally, giving it a tremendous amount of flavor and freshness and meaning that visitors can gain exposure to some of the region’s finest foods.
Financing a trip
Using a prepaid card when travelling abroad is a great way of ensuring a holiday stays within budget regardless of where you are heading, as only money on the card can be spent.
Other funds can always be added to the card should people require it while they are away though, while the cards can be used to withdraw funds and to pay for goods – although using Moroccan dirhams is recommended in the souks.
There is also additional protection if the card should be misplaced, as funds can be transferred to a new card with the minimum of fuss.