8 romantic things to do in Morocco

8 romantic things to do in Morocco

Morocco is an enchanting honeymoon destination - Penny Walker has found 8 romantic things to do to help you escape to your very own Arabian Nights adventure

1. Gaze at the heavens

The city quells the light of the stars. Head out and discover what you are missing under the romantic desert sky. You can up the anti on the romance by travelling into the desert on a horse-drawn carriage or by camping out in the mountains beneath the star-studded sky.

Boutique Souk offer luxurious camping less than one hour outside of Marrakech. Away from the hustle and bustle, you can enjoy some time out alone.

2. Bathe in beauty

Over 360 feet of water tumbles down the orange cliffs of Cascades d'Ouzoud, North Africa's largest waterfall. Interspersed with luscious green flora, the falls are stunning and offer a taste of paradise in this hot desert country. Watch Barbary apes in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees as you take the path to the bottom. Dip your toes in the cold water or head out on one of the many rafts for a ride beneath the falls. Small local mills, restaurants and olive trees surround the base, perfect to chill out at.

3. Here's looking at you, kid

Do what HumCasablanca Mosque (Flickr;Yo Tu T)phrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman didn't do - wander the streets of the remarkable city of Casablanca. The Hassan II Mosque is a spectacular piece of architecture and is one of the biggest in the world. Open to non-Muslims, the mosque overlooks the ocean. Laced with intricate carvings, the roof retracts to make the most of this beautiful setting. In honour of the movie, Rick's Cafe has been created just a short walk away. Here you can enjoy an elegant meal, accompanied by a live pianist.

4. Hitch a Ride

Discover the desert on aMoroccon Camel Train (Flickr ;Shawn Allen) camel ride through the spectacular Merzouga and marvel at the undisputed beauty of this inhospitable environment. If you want to spend more time here, and embrace the nomadic lifestyle, short desert treks can be taken over the course of a few days.

If you've got the need for speed instead, race through the hot sands, wadis, olive groves and arid expanses on a quad-bike. Although discouraged at Merzouga where ATV's can cause damage, there are plenty of locations around Morocco well suited to making your partner eat your dust.

5. Soak up the souk

Moroccon Souk (Flickr;king Nikochan)

Overwhelm your senses as you inhale the atmosphere of the Marrakech souks. Wander around the the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and enjoy getting lost in the meandering rows of traders. At night the stands of Jemaa el Fna souk offer a variety of culinary delights. Make sure that you sample everything that you are offered, and test out your haggling skills. If you need a break, escape to one of the city's many rooftop cafés where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle from a peaceful location.

6. Have a cook-off

Learn how to use all ofSalads - Boutique Souk those exciting spices and unusual produce that you purchased at the souk by taking a traditional Moroccon cooking class. Whether you are already a fan of Morocco's exciting cuisine, or have only just discovered what a tagine is, there are a diverse range of classes available throughout the country. Embrace the culture, give in to your competitive side and see who can make the best harira.

7. Explore the Atlas

The stunning AtlaAtlas Mountains (Flickr;French Self Catering .com)s mountains make for a spectacular picnic site. There is plenty to see with vast gorges carving out the dramatic contours and colours of this unusual landscape. Picturesque villages, rural souks and Berber villages interrupt the sun-scorched vistas. For a dose of luxurious escapism, base yourselves at the gorgeous Kasbah du Toubkal at the foot of Jbel Toubkal (the highest peak in North Africa). Lie back on the terrace and sip mint tea while enjoyingthe view. Take a guided hiking trip to get a feel for the landscape - elsewhere biking tours and mule treks are also available.

 

8. Flee to the coast

Oualidia (Flickr;c .hug)

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to some of Morocco's lesser known beaches. The beautiful sandy lagoon at Oualidia is the picture of tranquility, and you can enjoy your time undisturbed by the hawkers that plague other parts of Morocco. Souvenir stalls do not overwhelm this idyllic setting and there are plenty of birdwatching opportunities for wildlife lovers.

Further north is the equally beautiful El Jadida; the stone walls that enclose it stand as a reminder of Portuguese occupation. This UNESCO World Heritage site has a little more to do and you can wander the battlements before heading to the long beaches to surf or bathe.

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