Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains
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Selected departures available up to November 2014, prices from £699pp rising to £789pp flying from London Gatwick
Selected departures up to November 2014
Visiting Morocco really is like stepping back in time. It has had many influences, from Phoenician times, the sway of Carthage, the Romans, from the 7th century the Ottomans and finally the French.
Morocco possesses a wonderful scenic beauty with varied landscape: sweeping beaches with rocky headlands, the eerie emptiness of the desert, undulating hills and clusters of palm trees, dried-up riverbeds and the stunning backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
Marrakesh, Morocco’s most vibrant city was once an oasis on the ancient caravan routes to the south, thus becoming a natural centre of commerce. Vast wealth poured in from nearby Moorish Spain and skilled artisans built the city you see today. Surrounded by almost intact medieval ramparts, it has some amazing buildings. Dominating the traditional low-rise skyline is the amazing Koutoubia Minoret, over 200 feet high, visible for miles around and a classic example of Moorish architecture. At the centre is the Djemaa el Fna, a huge square especially atmospheric at dusk.
One of the great delights when visiting Morocco is its cuisine. You may swap dinner for lunch in the hotel to take advantage of the myriad of atmospheric restaurants and try some of the local delicacies.