Category: Morocco

Marrakech by Balloon and Camel

As starts to the day go, watching the sun rise over Africa from a few hundred feet up in the air is as good as early morning experiences get. Slowly drifting over Moroccan plains, suspended from a huge orange balloon, warmed by the heat of the gas burners, and enjoying the view of the magnificent Atlas Mountains. I enjoy a good city break and my recent trip to Marrakech was a fabulous, if very different, long weekend. However, I always want to add an element of exploration to my trips, so in pursuit of adventure we decided that a...

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Marvellous Marrakech

It was only halfway through my second day that I’d managed to adjust my senses to the sounds, sights, and sheer chaos of old town Marrakech. The labyrinth-like walkways of the souks feel claustrophobic as stall owners clamour for your attention. Motorbikes weave in and out of paths that should be the sole preserve of pedestrians. When you eventually find your way out of the maze you pop out into the wide expanse of the Jemaa el-Fna square where the oddities of the souks are replaced by more mayhem; a sensory overload of street hawkers, snake charmers, drummers, dancers,...

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Trekking To The Top Of North Africa – Mt Toubkal

Mt Toubkal, the highest summit in Morocco, the Atlas mountain range and North Africa. Standing at 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) this makes for a memorable experience trekking to and up. This truly wasn’t a case of turning up and walking up the mountain. The goal was to trek through valleys, over passes, up the side of other mountains and culminating in the Mt Toubkal summit itself after enjoying the journey. Every step was a joy in a wonderful country over spectacular terrain. The contrast… Leaving the cold wet hills of Northumberland in the morning and landing in the hot temperatures over...

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