Wanting to do something a bit different with my long Easter weekend this year, I decided to head to Morocco to immerse myself in shopping, seafood and souks and it certainly did not disappoint! I was transported from drizzly England to steaming tagines, patisseries and souks selling everything from genie lamps to snails. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from my Morocco holiday…
Our first stop was Marrakesh, we found lots to try at the local markets and then headed to a terrace overlooking Djemaa el Fna; it was the perfect spot for a mint tea away from the crowds of the souks.
During our time in Marrakesh we took a day trip up into the High Atlas Mountains, driving up the winding roads into the clean air was a refreshing break, and although it was a pretty hot the climb up to the top, the sweeping views and tasty kefta tagine we were treated to at lunch certainly made it worthwhile.
We then headed to the coastal town of Essaouira which is famous for its seafood and blustery weather. Here we dined on fresh lobster, shrimps and calamari straight from the food stalls surrounding the fishing port.
Whilst on the coast we took a camel ride through the dunes and empty beaches. The golden sands go on for miles and, although I wasn’t too keen on riding the camel, this was a lovely place to wander and hear all the guides’ stories of the local area.
In short, lots of the sights, smells and sounds of Morocco are similar to those I have experienced in Asia but only being 4 hours away from the UK makes it so much more accessible for a short break. A definite must for any foodie and shopaholic alike!