Morocco, due to its large surface area and its position between the Rif, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Sahara, offers an incredible diversity of natural landscapes. The northern region of the Rif is spectacular for its canyons, numerous waterfalls and green valleys. From the famous Fez and Meknes, you can easily walk through the hills with their thorny vegetation and the peaks of the Middle Atlas. Further south, the High Atlas and its highest peak, the Djebel Toubkal at an altitude of 4,167 m, is home to sensational landscapes and an incredible choice of hikes through picturesque Berber villages. On either side of the Atlas Mountains, you will find Marrakech, its souks and magnificent ramparts. But also Ouarzazate, the starting point for countless excursions to the magnificent palm groves and the famous Dades Gorge. These regions still offer many trails that are not very popular with tourists but are increasingly accessible thanks to new roads. Along the coast, a completely different world: from Cape Spartel to Cape Juby, the coastline is a succession of sandstone or limestone cliffs and sandy beaches.
A culture between East and West :
For thousands of years, Morocco has been and remains a crossroads of cultures. Gateway to Europe and the Maghreb, the country has a history of blends: Berber, Roman, Phoenician, Almoravid, Marinid, Alawite, Portuguese, Spanish, French, etc. invasions. All of them have contributed to forging today's Moroccan identity. Traditional Souks, Portuguese constructions, buildings built by great European architects of the early 20th century, the country offers a rich panel of visits that one never tires of (re)discovering.
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