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01st Mar 2015

TRAVEL: Soak Up Some African Culture And Sun In Morocco

"The country that travels within you."


If you’re looking for a holiday destination with a difference, then Morocco is a great choice.

This is one of the most interesting countries in Africa and offers everything from jawdropping landscapes to diverse markets to the curious traveller. Morocco describes itself as “the country that travels within you” and it is definitely a trip that will leave you with memories for years to come.

If you want to see the true culture of the country, head for remote areas like the Atlas Mountains, which is home to ten summits over 4,000 metres, where you may have the opportunity to meet some local farmers and engage in some bartering.

The High Atlas of Azilal also offers great opportunities to those who crave adventure, which  hiking, riding, mountain-biking and white-water sports all on hand in the area.

The go-to location for anyone looking for a beach break is Agadir, which was completely rebuilt following an earthquake in 1960.

The city itself isn’t the most picturesque but the beachfront promenade is a firm favourite with those looking for some off-season sun. If you want to check in to a nice resort and enjoy a chilled out break or an escape with the kids, this is a great choice.

Those looking for a tranquil yet culturally rewarding holiday should consider Essouaria, where you can take a camel ride along the beach before enjoying the buzz in Moulay El Hassan square in the evening. This town is home to many artists and has a bohemian vibe, which is perfect if you just want to kick back and take a break!

Essaouira, the Moroccan Atlantic Gem

Marrakesh is one of the biggest cities in Morocco and the old city or Medina is now a Unesco World Heritage site, home to the souks (markets) that tourists association with the country.

This is also a great spot to indulge in some relaxing spa treatments, as the locals enjoy a trip to the hammam or Turkish bath every week. For the ultimate treat, enjoy an argan oil massage at one of the city’s high-end spa hammam to wind away the exhaustion after a day in this hectic destination.

If you’re looking for a budget break, then package deals can be the way to go and Sunway is offering a seven-day break at the Agadir Beach Club Hotel (leaving on March 14th) for €494. This includes return flights from Dublin and bed and breakfast at the four-star resort for seven nights, including airport transfers and checked baggage.

To get off the beaten track a little bit, you can fly into Marrakesh from Dublin (via Madrid) for about €470 return in April but if you want to avoid a long stopover, you’re looking at a pricer flight.

Skyscanner has return flights with Iberia for €614 on April 6th and have a great offer on a six night stay at the five-star Es Saadi Gardens & Resort – Hôtel for €538 so you could have a trip for two to this magical spot for less than €600 a head.