Ultimate Morocco! Camel Safari, Atlas Mountains & Desert Villages

Updated August 17, 2016. Although narrowing Morocco's plethora of incredible destinations down to a top ten list is difficult, no trip to the North African nation would be complete without a visit to at least one of the four imperial cities. In particular, Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes are packed full of colorful bazaars, breathtaking palaces and bustling town squares. Morocco is also famous for its natural beauty, from the golden beaches of seaside towns like Essaouira and Asilah, to the magnificent arid landscapes of the Sahara Desert. Here, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Try a camel-back trek through the Sahara, climb North Africa's highest peak, or head to Dades Valley for a few nights in a traditional kasbah.  Article updated by Jessica Macdonald on August 17th 2016. Djemma El-Fna Square, Marrakech. Visions Of Our Land/Stone/Getty Images Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the imperial city of Marrakech is noisy, atmospheric and full of history. There's a lot to see and do in Marrakech. Highlights include the central square of Djemma El-Fna; the Saadian Tombs, the Marjorelle Gardens and the bustling souqs or bazaars. For the most authentic Marrakech experience, consider staying within the medina walls in one of the city's traditional Riads.  More » continue reading below our video Best Places to Visit in Morocco Tanneries Overview, Fes. © Sjaak Zijlma Medieval Fes was Morocco's capital for more than 400 years and is still considered the religious and cultural center of the country. The old walled part of the city, known as Fes El Bali, is quite extraordinary and best explored on foot. Other highlights include the Chaouwara Tanneries, the Merenid Tombs, the Sultanate palace of Dar el-Makhzen and the Mellah or Jewish Quarter.  More » Camels on the Beach, Essaouira. Terry Williams/ Getty Images Essaouira is a great place to get away from the heat and bustle of the bigger cities. In the 1960s, the seaside town was a popular beach hangout for icons like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Other than the beach, highlights include strolling through the town's narrow streets filled with red and blue painted houses, exploring the ramparts, and listening to traditional Gnawa music. More » Blue Streets, Chefchaouen. © Anouk Zijlma Situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is a small town in a big landscape. It's popular with independent travelers (perhaps because it is the cannabis capital of Morocco) and with those wanting to see the town's famous blue-and-white-painted houses. Highlights include hiking and wild swimming in the surrounding countryside, and enjoying a drink amidst the architecture of Outa el Hammam square. More » Camels in the Desert, Merzouga. Nasser Mar./ EyeEm/ Getty Images Merzouga is small desert town on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a mesmerising sea of wind-blown Saharan sand dunes. It is the gateway to the wilderness of the desert interior, and the perfect place to get a taste of Bedouin life. Camel treks are the easiest and most authentic way to explore the surrounding landscape, where knife-edged dunes and blazing blue skies create the classic Saharan backdrop.  More » Jebel Toubkal, High Atlas Mountains. CC Jebel Toubkal, situated in the High Atlas Mountains, is North Africa's highest peak at 13,667 feet/ 4,167 meters. It's a challenging trek to the snow-dusted summit, but the spectacular views are well worth the effort. While you can make it to the summit and back to the town of Imlil in a day, it's recommended you take at least three days in order to acclimatise to the high altitude and make the most of the scenery.  Companies that organize treks to the High Atlas Mountains include:

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