By: Tully Luxury Travel
Insider’s Look • Morocco • Travel
Lying at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, exotic Morocco is a mesmerizing country of contrasts – a land of ancient civilizations, rich culture, diverse geography, and medieval imperial cities. Here, camels roam the vast desert, the call to prayer echoes across rooftops and the scent of spices invigorates your senses. With its thronging medina towns, snow-capped mountains, crashing Atlantic surf and endless Saharan, Morocco is as surprisingly near as it can feel exotically far.
IN A NUTSHELL
Fes is referred to as the country’s cultural capital. Known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, medieval architecture, vibrant souks, and old-world atmosphere, it is also home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine – both decorated with elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work.
A NIGHT IN THE DESERT
Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, known as the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace, has views over the rugged local landscape, which features in several movies such as Lawrence of Arabia.
HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS
The High Atlas rises in the west at the Atlantic Ocean and stretches in an eastern direction to the Moroccan-Algerian border
Marrakesh, a fascinating home to mosques, palaces, and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible
for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.
– The Tully Team
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