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Morocco Travel Adventures - Deserts, Imperial Cities and Kasbahs

May 12th 2013 at 3:47 AM

What comes to your mind when you think, "Morocco travel?" Well, imagine sitting on the roof terrace of a village home, a cup of mint tea in your hand, the setting sun on your face. You have just come back from a day of hiking in the spectacular mountains that surround the kasbah where you are staying. In the street below children chase a ball and a donkey stands sleeping in a doorway. A man in Berber clothes walks by and all around you are the million shades of green that come with spring in the High Atlas. This is Morocco at its most beautiful.

The many mountain ranges of Morocco form the setting for some great treks and rambles, ranging from easy to hard. Todra Gorge is lined by ochre-coloured cliffs while the Jebel Sahro is a contorted jumble of volcanic monoliths, gouged and chiselled to form stark canyons, mesas and plateaux. The High Atlas is home to Jebel Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak and in the valleys mud-brick kasbah villages nestle in clusters between orchards of peach trees, apricots and roses.

But there is of course more to Morocco than hikes and walks. The country is famous for its Imperial Cities, dating back to the age of the Moors. Rabat, Meknes, Fes and Marrakesh all have their own atmosphere and are havens of beautiful architecture, winding alleys and bustling markets.

In the east of the country lies the great shifting Sand Sea of Merzouga, part of the Sahara Desert, where you can camp out under the stars and try your hand on camel riding. Closeby the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs is just waiting to be explored and further south one of the many traditional villages make for a great base to experience original Berber culture.

Finally, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean the lovely town of Essaouira is a great place to relax, shop for crafts or try some of the great sea food.

Morocco is a country full of scents and colours and it is waiting for you to explore it. Come and join us on one of our many fascinating trips!

Tom Gehrels is a consultant with Trek Escapes, the Adventure Travel Specialists. Visit us to gather all the information you need before heading out on your dream holiday.

By Tom Gehrels
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