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Morocco : Michelin's recommendations

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Morocco is blessed with a huge variety of dazzlingly beautiful landscapes, from the Rif and High Atlas mountains to the Haouz Plain, and from sandy Atlantic beaches to arid lands in the south, not to mention the Valley of Roses east of Ouarzazate!

The wealth of flora and fauna here are given special protection, particularly in the nature reserves at Toubkal (south of Marrakech), in the eastern High Atlas and at Ifrane. As for the desert, it is far more lively than you might think with its scores of animals including dromedaries, golden jackals, striped hyenas, hedgehogs, gazelles and all kinds of lizards, snakes and pleasant insects like scorpions.

To reach the more remote areas, where the most magnificent sites are located (like the Chigaga sand dunes and the Erg Chebbi desert), you will need a suitable vehicle such as a 4x4. But you can take a "different" kind of tour of the area - on a camel or horseback trek, or even hiking (in the Mgoun massif for instance).
Surfing buffs will enjoy the breakers on the Atlantic Coast year round. And the coast at Essaouira is famous for its waves and very windy beaches.

Morocco is a special place where the light, colours, scents and the people's noble character was so fascinating to Delacroix. It is also worth visiting for its palaces surrounded by gardens, souks, and medinas with tightly packed houses.

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Morocco : Must-see towns and regions

  • Rabat

    Rabat has preserved traces of its rich past. Visit the Chellah, vestiges of the Roman Sala Colonia and the royal necropolis, shared by storks; admire Hassan Tower, an unfinished minaret attesting to a...

  • Fez

    Fes is a sublime imperial city, but nothing can sum up the wonders that await you here. The medina contains so many remarkable buildings that the only way to see them all is to get lost. Perhaps while...

  • Marrakech

    Marrakech, capital of the south inhabited by about 900,000 Marrakchis, is a fascinating place. Dominated by the minaret of the emblematic Koutoubia, it is teeming with activities unlike anywhere else ...

  • Meknes

    Moulay Ismaïl turned Meknes into an imperial city in the 17C and it owes its most beautiful buildings to him - on the same scale as the sultan’s overweening ambitions. The imperial city, with its supe...

  • Essaouira

    A white and blue city lashed by the Atlantic Ocean’s waves and cooled off by its winds, Essaouira has always inspired artists, and they continue to thrive here. Travellers will enjoy exploring the med...

  • Chefchaouen

    With the mountain peaks of the Rif as a backdrop, Chefchaouèn, in the northwest part of the country, spreads its white medina over the hillside, while the Laou River below completes the picture by add...

  • Tangier

    On the seaside lies beautiful Tangier Bay and the Strait of Gibraltar heralding Europe. On the land side is a colourful city looking longingly toward the future from behind the medina’s white walls. T...

  • Casablanca

    While most Moroccan cities bear the weight of a heavy past, this one embodies modern Morocco and foreshadows its future. It’s impossible to feel indifferent to this flashy city, an essential part of g...

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