Morocco is summed up in a collection of medinas converted into authentic labyrinths in which to get lost in another time, of sumptuous palaces that seem to have come out of the pages of a thousand and one nights, as well as landscapes that are lost beyond the Atlas Mountains to transform into palm groves and vast deserts with perfect dunes on which to silently contemplate how the sun sets.
Discover its essentials:
Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou
Ksars or ksours are known as the cities fortified by the Berbers, most with adobe walls, many of which are found in southern Morocco (although there are also some in other Maghreb countries).
Marrakech and the square of wonders
In the walled Marrakech, all the roads of the medina lead to one place, the Jemaa el-Fna square, which is being transformed every minute to become one of the greatest spectacles in the world. The life of this place, illuminated by the lavish Koutoubia mosque (sister of the Giralda in Seville) facilitates a safe encounter with tooth pullers, card readers, snake charmers (and those who are not snakes), barbary monkeys, three to a quarter, preachers, card readers, bohemians and a wide collection of gaping tourists who do not believe what happens there.
The Gorges of Dadés and Todra
The Dadés and Todra valleys offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in Morocco, with their karst gorges and canyons. The Dadés gorge located in the High Atlas, the first you will find if you go towards the Merzouga desert, is the one that offers the greatest variety of landscapes and we could say, it is more spectacular.
From the ancient Benimerin tombs, it is possible to understand from the outside what this network of streets and alleys are like that do not end anywhere and that seem to have been stranded in a distant time.
Essaouira, the old Mogador
Port city less than three hours by road from Marrakech (180 km). The Portuguese, who inhabited it and fortified it with thick walls, called it Mogador. In fact, it is one of the strongest and most important Portuguese defensive posts on the East African coast, a necessary step on their sea route to the East Indies.