Our resident Morocco specialist Fiona has returned from her trip to Morocco with some special photos and the stories behind them…
This photo was taken during my recent road trip I took with my friend Marie through central Morocco. This was our view from the terrace as we tucked into a delicious breakfast. The Kasbah was located on former caravan routes connecting the Sahara to Marrakesh. The Kasbah of Aït Benhaddou is an UNESCO world heritage site and has been restored quite extensively over the years. In fact it is often used by the Ouarzazate film studios and a location for films. Well-known films that have been shot here include Gladiator and The Mummy.
Our trip into the desert was one of the most memorable experiences, particularly as it was our first time on a camel! It’s not the most comfortable ride in the world, but definitely something you should do at least once just to say that you’ve done it. Marie and I headed out into the Sahara from our base in Ouled Driss and we were just blown away by the stark beauty of this incredible place- it was definitely a highlight of our Morocco holiday. This photo was taken on day two having camped out in Bedouin tents for the night.
At the end of our Morocco holiday we spent the last couple of nights in the colourful fishing town of Essaouira. It was one of the most relaxing places on the whole trip and it felt so easy to get around. It can be fairly mild and at particular times of year quite windy, but if you have the time to spare I would always recommend heading down here for a couple of days.
The town is quite small and so it’s easier to navigate than Marrakesh plus there are plenty of markets and shops to browse through. The fortress walls are a great vantage point over the town and the docks to get some great photos. Throughout the town there is such a huge choice of cafes and restaurants, but if you’d like some fresh seafood then I would recommend getting fresh fish cooked for you on the spot in Fish Market located just off the main town square- it was definitely the best fish I’ve had in a long time!