MoroccoMorocco lies barely 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Spain across the straits of Gibraltar. Many people think of Morocco as a Mediterranean country, but most of its coastline is on the Atlantic Ocean with many of its best-known cities, Tangiers, Rabat, Casablanca, Essaouira and Agadir stretching south along the coast.
MarrakechMarrakech, the former capital and perhaps the most famous Moroccan city of all, is centrally located at the base of the snow- capped Atlas Mountains. Also sometimes spelled Marrakesh, Marrakech began as an oasis where water was abundant for the caravans of old after crossing the vast Sahara and the high Atlas. At an elevation of 1500 feet it remains an oasis of wonderful weather with clear dry air infused with North African sun.
Marrakech is the second largest Moroccan city with a population of 1.4 million. The red walled city was founded almost 1000 years ago. Within the old red walls of the city and the labyrinth of busy streets, is a humming core known as the Djemaa el-Fna square. Djemaa-el-fna, dominated from a distance by the city's most prominent landmark, the Koutoubia Mosque, is a jumble of jugglers, story tellers, snake charmers, magicians, herb and potion vendors, knickknack sellers, acrobats, benign lunatics and rows and rows of mouth watering food stalls. Even more spectacular in the evening, this incredible carnival atmosphere has attracted farmers, traders, thieves, slaves and just about every possible species over the centuries. Many aspects remain as they have been for centuries and visitors can almost touch the history of Morocco and its daily life here in Marrakech.
If you can tear yourself away from all this, Marrakech offers a variety of activities and attractions. There are amazing Treks into the glorious Atlas mountains or, depending on your favorite mode of transport, you can choose between camels, horses and off road bicycles to explore the Palmeraie, a grove of over 150,000 towering palm trees, located only ten minutes from the beautiful pise walls of the city. You can visit the ancient quarter and delight in the beauty of the Palais Dar Si Said (museum of Moroccan art), the Bahia Palace and the Saadians tombs. With its fantastic sunny days and Jasmine scented evenings, its heady, exotic cuisine and its famous Souq, you are sure to fall in love with this city!
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