Morocco is the perfect short escape. A balmy climate, breath taking landscapes from the Atlas Mountains to the rugged Atlantic coastline, a rich history of culture and culinary treats all await the casual traveller. In recent years, Morocco has become increasingly popular with its multitude of holidaying options, however it still remains relatively under the radar, making is ideal for a short break recharge.
For a mesmerising cultural trip, head to Chefchaouen located in the Rif Mountains, in northwest Morocco. The city is famed for its blue washed walls of all of its buildings and offers brilliant photo opportunities. Alongside the picturesque architecture, the city has excellent eateries serving authentic Moroccan cuisine, including Restaurant Morisco, and there are plenty of places to indulge in cultural pursuits including exploring the historic Kasbah, the 15th century fortress.
If dramatic scenery and exhilarating pursuits is more appealing, then the Ouzoud Waterfalls will not disappoint. Just 93 miles from Marrakech, the falls are an ideal distance for a day trip and are a natural marvel. The triple tiered waterfalls reach 110 meters high, and a boat will bring you close the phenomenon. Afterwards, make sure to take a dip in the Al Abid River and discover the local Berber villages.
Morocco also plays host to dramatic coastline and is a secret spot for surfers. La Source, is a stunning beach that offers waves that serve for both complete beginners to experts. Located in Taghazout, the beach has golden sands and clear water, with the swell being slow, although quicker sections can be found when the swell hits a small reef section. La Source is an unflawed coastal retreat for lovers of surfing.
Morocco has been the location of some of Hollywood’s most famous flicks and the city of Ouarzazate featured in the films ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Gladiator’ as well as hit TV programme ‘Game of Thrones’. The city is a labyrinth of red brick buildings with attractive side streets and just an hour out of the city the curious traveller can find the pretty Fint Oasis, a true desert attraction.
The cuisine in Morocco is heavily influenced with spices and there is a multitude of restaurants in the famed city of Marrakech offering mouth-watering dishes. Al Fassia is Marrakech’s hot spot for traditional cuisine with a refined approach. The eatery is run entirely by women and the food is superb, with the ‘Pigeon b’stilla’. Some dishes, like the ‘Lamb Shoulder’ have to be ordered 24 hours in advance in order to ensure the slow cooking is perfect!