Ait Ben Haddou

Just a short drive from Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara is the ancient mudbrick village of Ait Ben Haddou which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It dates from at least the 16 th century and was an important stop on the salt route between Marrakech and the deep- south. Recently it has also been used as a backdrop for various films such as “Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones”.

Ait Bougmez

Located at the foot of the M’Goun range and its ten peaks that soar over 11,482.94 feet, the long isolated valley of Ait Bougmez is enchanting and an architectural treasure. The valley has preserved its earthen architecture, Kasbahs, fortified granaries and self-sufficient agrarian community. The local community, the Berbers of the High Atlas, have preserved many of their traditions of culture and language making this a fabulous area to explore.


Casablanca conjures up romantic images of a bygone era mainly from the film of the same name but today it has been rebuilt as the business centre of the country, there is still a small medina, leading to the Great Mosque that was built by the last King – Hassan II. The minaret is the tallest building in Morocco at over 200m high, and has space for 25,000 worshippers inside. A glass floor shows the ocean below as the building has been constructed partly over the sea.

Cascades d’Ouzoud

In the foothills of the High Atlas the Cascades d’Ouzoud is a high waterfall with many rivulets of water tumbling over a cliff to the pools below- especially good to visit in hot weather, but at its most scenic with the snow melt of the mountain in April and May.


In the foothills of the Rif Mountains in Northern Morocco lies the “blue” city of Chefchaouen. This town had only been visited by 3 westerners by 1920 but then was inhabited by a number of Spanish that brought another language to the area. The streets are painted in a photogenic blue colour that is a wash on the walls of the buildings. The town is fairly small, so a wander around will bring you to the main souks and square.

Dades Gorge

The Dades Gorge, a pretty valley with scenic rock formations, is in the High Atlas Mountains at the edge of the Sahara Desert, is 30 feet wide at its narrowest point and sheer cliffs rise up to 1,600 feet high. It extends from the High Atlas to the Jebel Saghrou range in the south. Kasbahs and oases villages scatter the route with small oases of green dotted along the valley floor. Sunset over the gorge is quite simply stunning.

Erg Chebbi

Fantastic dunes, 20 km long and 5 to 8 km wide it is also reputed as the highest sand dunes in North Africa. It is a unique and diverse environment.


Although the 15 th Century town of Essaouira is quite small, there are plenty of places to visit. The medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of little shops selling the local speciality of Thuya wood carvings. The European sailors in the past used to call the place Mogador and the style of boat building in the harbour is definitely Portuguese style, but the masses of blue fishing boats make a great photograph. Alternatively you can try out some water sports from the beach or have a spot of sunbathing.


Fes is oldest, largest and best-preserved medieval city in the world with some 200,000 people living in the Medina. Fes el Bali (Old Fes) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the souks wind down the hill side, with many little alleyways and small cafes to see, and take a welcome cup of tea. Palaces and madrassa are decorated in Zellige , or small colourful tiles, in vast geometric Islamic designs. Places to visit include the Merenid Tombs dating from the 16 th Century; the Foundouk El Najjarine; Bou Inania Medersa - a madrassa or school dating from 1350 and the museums of Armes and Dar El-Batha. All this plus the amazing tanneries – there is a lot to see.

Lac Bin El Oudine

In the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, Bin El Oudine is a large lake supplying the plains below with water.


Set against the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains the Red City of Marrakech was founded almost 1000 years ago and is an exotic mix of history and culture. The Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and at its hub is the Jamna El Fnaa Square. At night time the square is lit up with food stalls, street entertainers and story tellers.

One of the most imposing sights is the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 230 foot high minaret, dating back to the 12th century. Alternatively you can take a wander in the new town of Gueliz, along the rose gardens of the Mohamed VI Boulevard or amongst the upmarket cafes in the Hivernage next to the medina; the amazing tanneries and the beautiful formal gardens.

The souks tend to be divided into areas selling the same things, so making it easier to haggle! There are the gold and silver souks, magic souks, spice souks and iron-monger souks, in fact you can just about buy anything somewhere. Outside the souks the medina has beautiful Islamic and Berber architecture in the Bahia palace and the madrassas.



Meknes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is often referred to as the Versailles of Morocco thanks to its impressive buildings and elaborates monuments and a vast system of fortified walls and gates such as Bab Mansour (Bab is Arabic for gates). It’s an enchanting place to visit, with winding narrow streets, a classic medina and grand buildings that hail back to its time as the capital of Morocco.


A desert town in the south-east with square, terracotta coloured buildings so common in this part of the world which borders one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Merzouga lies on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a monumental series of sand dunes that reach heights of 160 metres. It’s an amazing sight, especially as the dunes change colour in the setting sun from shades of gold to orange, pink and purple. This is Saharan Morocco.


Midelt is a small market town in the high plains between the Middle and High Atlas and the scenery looks like a lunar landscape with the Ayachi Mountain rising in the distance. The region surrounding Midelt is rich in agricultural rewards, including walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn and garden vegetables. Souk Jdid, Midelt’s market, is a great place to stock up on good quality Middle Atlas kilim rugs and carpets.


Ouarzazate - Amazigh for ‘quiet place’ is a city of palm trees, sandy streets and fort-like buildings edging the Sahara desert. The town of Ouarzazate is a base of many Hollywood films and several huge film sets are around the area. Places to visit in Ouarzazate include the Kasbah Taorirt , palace of the Glaoui and the Atlas film studios.


Ouirgane, is only 90 minutes from Marrakech and is in the centre of the High Atlas and has several Ksars or garden riads with swimming pools to relax by, or can be used as a centre for trekking or short walks around the nearby salt pans and Berber villages.


Over the centuries Rabat has been owned by the Phoenicians, Romans, Almohads and Merenids and today it is the capital of Morocco and has the main government buildings and palaces, but includes ancient areas such as the Chellah, Oudaiyas and the port of Sale (the origin of the “Sallee Rovers” Moroccan pirates in the past that got as far as the UK and Ireland on their raids). Its mixture of ancient and modern has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.


Tangier, a Moroccan port city on the Strait of Gibraltar, has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. Tangier is divided into an old walled city, or medina, a nest of medieval alleyways, and a new, modern city, the ville nouvelle. The medina contains a Kasbah - the walled fortress of the sultan, the Petit Socco - an historic plaza in the centre and many souks, or markets.


Taroudannt is in the Souss Valley and is the Berber capital of the south. Taroudannt sights include the ramparts and the souks (Arabe and Marche Berbere souks). There are even tanneries outside the city walls- (too smelly a process to be in the town!).


In the High Atlas the Telouet palace, a Glaoui stronghold in the past, is quickly falling into ruin, but the reception rooms still show the ornate and amazing decoration that was through the palace and harem rooms.

Tiz N Test Pass

Near Ouirgane is the Tiz N Test Pass. At a height of 2 100 meters it is the highest mountain pass in Morocco and has spectacular views of the Souss Plain and the cultivated land below. From here you can hike through the Toubkal National Park and Mount Jbel Toubkal, which at 4 165 meters is the highest summit in North Africa.


The Roman ruins of Volubilis became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Believed to have been constructed around 40 AD it was known as Mauretania, with the last garrison withdrawing in AD 285.. Visitors will be able to view the Thermae, the Orpheus Mosaic, the Temple of Jupiter, oil presses, the Capitol, the third century Triumphal Arch and the Basilica. Most of the structures are still in impressive condition and the mosaics are as beautiful as the day they were created.


Zagora, in the south-east of Morocco, is named after a nearby mountain. On the edge of the Sahara, outside the town is the amazing Draa Valley where thick groves of palm trees line the twists and turns of the river and the Jebel Sarhro mountain range rises in the background. At the edge of town there is a sign saying "Tombouctou 52 days", the supposed time it takes to get to Timbuktu, Mali on foot or camel.