Are you searching for a real sense of achievement but don’t have much time? Well, just 48 hours is all you need to summit the peak of Mount Toubkal, from which you can see the deep south of Morocco undulating into the distance.
Sleeping in riads and an authentic mountain refuge en route, this mini mountain adventure hits the ‘achievement’ nail on the head.
Cycling is another intrepid way to see Morocco – from its mountainous north, to the bustling souks with Arabian touches, to the desert and beaches in the south.
Soak up the sun and scenery while earning your meltingly tender tagine at night.
And finally, stop off on Morocco’s windy western coastline for spot of kite surfing: the steady winds and constant sunshine here make it a great place to master your skills surrounded by Northern African charm and atmosphere. If the 30 knot winds of the Atlantic Ocean intimidate you, there’s always Daklha lagoon nearby, where the breeze is calmer and temperatures never drop below 20 Celsius. Just perfect.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Dubbed Moroccan, or Berber, “whiskey,” tea has become the national drink of Morocco. Introduced to Morocco in 1854 by British merchants Thé à la Menthe (Green Mint Tea) is Chinese green tea brewed with a handful of mint leaves and liberally loaded with sugar.
- White is the colour of mourning in Morocco. A Moroccan widow wears white for 40 days after the death of her husband.
- Casablanca, the film named after the Moroccan city, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 1942 and is considered one of the best films of all time.
- Morocco is one of the world’s largest producers of hashish and the major source of income for families in Morocco’s Northern Rif region. The word “reefer” derives from the word rif.
- The name of Jemaa el Fna, the vast market square in Marrakech, literally means “assembly of the dead”. It refers to the traditional display of the heads of criminals executed there until the 19th century.
- Traditionally the liver, not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love in Morocco.