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Asilah is one of the most beautiful old cities of Morocco, situated in the cliffs and facing the Atlantic Ocean. Surronded by strong Portuguese walls which date back to the 15th century, you'll find many of the houses painted in the traditional blue-and-white colours. People are attracted throughout the year by Asilah's pleasant climate and centuries-old buildings. For two months each summer it is the centre of one of Africa's most important artistic festivals, an annual gathering of eminent writers, poets and artists from all over the Arab and African world.

One of Morocco's most likeable resorts, Essaouira is an eighteenth-century town, enclosed by medieval-looking battlements, facing a cluster of rocky offshore islands, and trailed by a vast expanse of empty sands and dunes.

Founded in the 8th century, and the oldest of the imperial cities, Fez is definitely worth a visit. The old town lives in the shadow of the minarets, sprawling outwards from the mosque like a spider web of alleys, houses and shops. In the back alleys you'll find potters, charcoal burners, goldsmiths and weavers still practice their ancient trades for busy shops and stores in the crowded streets. More than a 1000 years old, the Jewish quarter, or mellah, produces some of the finest ironwork in the country.

Marrakech is a city of warm colours, noise and smells. A magical city filled with dancers, fire-eaters and acrobats, snake charmers story tellers. Its very name conjures up colorful images. Picture Palace Restaurants with bubbling water fountains, mosaic walls and rose petals scattered on table cloths; People still travel by donkey through the city and the bustling souks invite passing strangers to buy silver jewelry and hand-woven carpets.. Called the Red City on account of the original clay colour of the houses, Marrakesh'spectacular setting against the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains cannot fail to impress.

Meknes has been called the Versailles of Morocco. It's an imperial city with a lot of historical monuments and natural sites; It is also the nearest city to the Roman historical town of Volubilis.

Quarzazate is scarcely 200km from Marrakesh but you find yourself in a different world. Standing on the edge of a vast desert plateau, with snow-covered peaks visible in the distance you are on the threshold of the mighty Sahara. The splendid surroundings, which have made the town very demanded by film directors, have resulted in many historical reconstitutions have been shot in the region. The state-of-the-art infrastructures have made the town an ideal stopping place for all visitors to the magnificent Dadès and Draa valleys.
The nearby Kasbah Taourirt is one of the most impressive of its kind in Morocco. Its tightly packed houses and stately towers, made of a mixture of chalk and sand, melt almost imperceptibly into the surrounding red and ochre-coloured landscape. Like cubes of clay, the dwellings hide away from the unrelenting sun-a narrow doorway being the only connection with the outside world. Light and air come in through the central courtyard. Yet the harsh desert can also be generous; at the oases of Skoura an annual harvest of 4000 tons of roses is grown on the fringes of immeasurable expanses of sand.

The fourth of the imperial cities, Rabat is a curious mix of a long past and a highly modernised present. You can find considerable historic and architectural interest in the city - and across the estuary in Salé- which includes some of the finest and oldest Arab monuments in the country, dating from the Almohad and Merenid dynasties.

Tangier, known as the White City, is well known for its souks and traditional Moroccan cuisine. Diverse culture, it offers many sights to visit.

Todra Gorge
Imagine a beautiful green oasis, with tall palm trees standing at the mouth of this stunning mountain cleft of 300 mets of brown limestone walls which is Todra Gorge. The gorge delivers an offering of high quality single and multi pitch sports climbs of all grades. Both the Todra and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons on their final 40km through the mountains. The final 600m of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10m wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 300m high on each side.