This article was written by Alexandra, an enthusiastic traveller and blogger for Sky Park Secure who provide affordable Manchester Airport Parking.
The beauty and culturally rich history of Morocco has been known to inspire many an artist and writer. Despite being a relatively small country on the northwest corner of Africa, the promise of new experiences and the opportunity to gain memories that will last a lifetime are certainly guaranteed. Boasting an amazing array of landscape, Morocco provides the avid explorer with a perfect location to divulge into all aspects of travel.
A blend of cultures creates an interesting as well as educational experience. Despite many places being seemingly conservative when it comes to clothing, Morocco is a lot more laid back than people initially believe and is home to a selection of bars and nightclubs in the less rural areas.
The Mediterranean climate provides scorching temperatures which become more extreme the more inland you travel. The strict clothing restrictions that many Moroccans abide by will prove beneficial for this, as covering up is certainly a requirement in such direct sunlight and heat.
Hot air ballooning in Marrakech was one of my personal highlights, flying over villages and into the mountains allows you to witness some of the most magnificent views. A camel ride through the Sahara desert is also an experience unlike no other and is sure to be enjoyed by any. If your trip allows you to venture further around the country, then a tour to Casablanca, Fes, coastal Essaouira, Ouarzazate or the Atlas mountains is a great way to discover more about the Moroccan culture.
Outside hotels and restaurants, the art of bargaining is considered a sport over in Morocco. Streets are laden with stalls selling a variety of goods that you can purchase as cheaply as your haggling skills allow you. Prices are almost irrelevant so be confident, but bear in mind that market stall owners are aware of wealthy countries and so may try to take advantage of foreigners.
Into the evening hours, Moroccan cuisine is undoubtedly well known around the world, but the atmosphere of a traditional eatery can certainly heighten any dining experience. Heavily influenced by the Mediterranean, dishes are mainly made up of fresh, healthy ingredients infused with plenty of spices and intense flavours.
Morocco presented me with one of my most culturally fulfilling adventures and a variety of new experiences that I would recommend any traveller should share with me!