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Budget Travel in Morocco - Overland Style!by Tania Wheeler

If exotic deserts, fascinating culture and ancients ruins is your idea of the perfect travel experience, Morocco overland adventures may be just what you are looking for. Morocco is one of Africa's most mysterious and interesting destinations, bringing to mind all the old world glamour and mystical charm of Casablanca and Rick's American Cafe.

For travellers on a budget, overland tours offer the best way to experience this country's wide range of attractions at affordable prices. Situated in North Africa, Morocco is just a boat trip away from both the Middle East and Spain. Famous for its romantic and rather mysterious city of Casablanca, the country offers a heady mixture of exotic markets, fascinating Arabic culture, delicious cuisine and ancient Roman ruins - not to mention beautiful desert and mountain landscapes.

Morocco budget travel is unlike anything you have experienced and a visit to this country gives you the chance to learn more about some of the top attractions and landmarks that can be found here.

Morocco Budget Travel

Top destinations that you can visit on a Morocco overland tour include the following:

- Tangier Tangier is a beautiful and fascinating city that is a vivid mix of Africa, Spain, and France. As the northern most city of Morocco this is a popular port for travel between Africa and Spain and has a distinct Mediterranean vibe, alongside the mysterious allure of exotic Morocco. Vibrant markets, ancient cultures, heady aromas and mystery, unspoiled beaches and friendly people go hand in hand with a fascinating history, making this a highly rewarding stop on any overland tour. Key highlights in Tangier include the Kasbah, the tomb of Ibn Battouta, Teatro Cervantes, the Tangier American Legation Museum, Musée d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Tanger and the Ave Mohamed VI beach.

- Fez Fez (also called Fès in the native French) is an ancient walled city, one of the only medieval cities in Africa. This is a highly important stop on any Morocco budget travel adventure, offering a riveting glimpse into an ancient culture, with incredible artefacts and strong sense of history. Highlights include the Bou Inania madersa, which is a breathtaking 14th-century religious college; the Borj Nord fortress for its amazing armaments; Merenid Tombs for the panoramic views over the medina and city; the Moulay Idriss II shrine, the tomb of Fez's founder; the Qaraouyine library and mosque and the al-Tijani mosque to name but a few.

- Todra Gorge Morocco's version of the Grand Canyon is a must-see on any Morocco overland tour. The canyon is situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains and is a popular hiking spot with a well-maintained dirt road to walk along. The views and scenery here are incredible with excellent photographic opportunities as you take in the towering mountains which change colour as the sun moves across the gorge.

- Marrakech One of the better-known towns of Morocco, Marrakech is divided into two parts: the Medina (the historical city) and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina has a blend of ancient markets and culture, with old architecture to be found, while the new district has modern shops and fast-food chains, with a more European feel.

There are plenty of markets (souks) and attractions to explore, especially in the Medina - with historical sites and plenty more on offer during your Morocco overland tour in this city

For Morocco Overland Trips and information contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com

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