Morocco a holiday hotspot in 2013

28th May 2013

Morocco is an increasingly popular holiday destination, according to latest official figures.

Tourism revenue reached approximately $506 million (£335m) in January which is 5.9% up on the same period last year, data from the ministry of tourism revealed.

Analysts say there has been a 3.4% rise in the number of tourists in Morocco during the first quarter of the year, attracted by the unique culture of the country.

Marrakech - with its alluring mix of sensual markets, high-end boutique hotels and stunning restaurants - has emerged as one of the world's hottest tourism destinations.

History comes to life at the 11th century Koutoubia Mosque, the vibrant market at Jemaa el-Fna Square and the tiled walkways of Jardin Majorelle, which is a beautiful botanical garden once owned by fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent.

The walled city of Fez is also an extremely popular option both for those on private journeys and groups enjoying specialist tours in Morocco, with a rich history that includes the world's biggest medieval Islamic settlement and the oldest university on earth.

Lavishly adorned palaces, mosques and fountains are a feast for the eyes in this labyrinthine, almost fairytale city.

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