Morocco has been long being dubbed the gateway to Africa. A place where all your senses will be enticed by its beauty, it offers more than just its famed desert tours. Travellers find colourful sights in the cities and amazing aromas from its gastronomic delights. The late Yves Saint Laurent once said that he learned most about colour while living in this magical place of wonders.

While in Morocco, the allure of sights at Djema El Fna in Marrakesh shouldn’t be ignored. Known as the liveliest market in Morocco, many of the food vendors start to get into action after the sun sets, preparing for a feast. If it’s a desert adventure that you’re after, Erg Chigaga is the perfect place to spend a week on the golden sands while camel trekking.

Dining in Morocco is also a thing of beauty. Moroccan dishes are known for being very fragrant and there is something to satisfy every taste bud. In Casablanca, Brasserie La Bavaroise has been a local institution since the 60s, while for something truly authentic, Ruined Garden in Medina Fez invites diners to eat in a garden where most of the herbs and vegetables are grown.

After spending the whole day exploring outside, you will need somewhere to sleep soundly. In Marrakesh, Riad Azoulay is found in a 300-year old mansion that was once home to the wealthy Azoulay family, who served as advisors to the royal family. Looking for the perfect desert oasis? Riad Dar Sofian is surrounded by palm trees and set in the heart of the Zagora palm grove. 

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020