Successful tip: Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech
This can be a just lately renovated backyard on Rue Mouassine, relationship again to the 16th century. It’s an ideal place to flee busy Marrakech, with an unique vary of crops and an ingenious water system created within the 11th century, fed by an aquifer. The Islamic backyard is break up into 4 sections, laid out to geometric guidelines established as early because the sixth century BC within the Persian gardens of Cyrus the Nice. An ideal stress-free place to spend just a few hours. The doorway charge is about £four and there’s small further charge of about £2 to climb the great outdated tower.• lejardinsecretmarrakech.comDavid Fargher
Cycle tour of Marrakech

A cycle by the medina was thrilling – a gradual hand and nerve had been wanted. The roads of the Ville Nouvelle and south Marrakech had been a peaceable distinction, nonetheless. Our three-hour expertise was organised by Pikala, which affords employment and coaching to native younger individuals. We had been guided by a younger scholar initially from the Atlas mountains. Her enthusiasm and openness had been a delight. We had varied stops, together with mosque gardens and a restaurant for mint tea and pastries. A go to to see a well-liked public bakery, with the baker surrounded by cabinets of rising bread beneath tea towels, was not one thing you’d discover by yourself.• Excursions £19.50, rent a motorbike £6, pikalabikes.com Janette

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Royal stables of Meknes

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The Heri es-Souani stables within the Unesco-listed northern metropolis of Meknes, constructed by 17th-century ruler and Alawite dynasty founder Moulay Ismail and as soon as residence to 12,000 horses, provide an sudden escape from the cacophony of the world outdoors. Famed for his excesses, the sultan created this huge, cathedral-like residence for this beloved Arabian steeds. Learn up on them first after which let your creativeness do the remaining. With the roof lengthy gone, daylight pours in, throwing the arches in to deep aid and creating ghostly shapes on the partitions: pounding hooves and shrill whinnies punctuate the sultry air. It’s about an hour’s drive from Fes.• £5.50, morocco.comJacquie Chahdan
An Atlas mountains hideaway

After noisy Marrakech, Kasbah Africa – in a scenic nook of the Atlas mountains – was a blissful distinction, with a soundtrack of birdsong and a river speeding under. Stone-built rooms are rustic but fashionable, every with its personal little terrace for absorbing the peace and the mountain views. The backyard and pool are serene and beautiful. We beloved all of the considerate touches, similar to binoculars for birdwatching, a telescope for stargazing, books and DVDs and, better of all, somewhat wood-burner that employees lit for us at sundown every night time. • Doubles from £67 B&B, kasbahafrica.comMartha Hales
Mountain climbing the Atlas mountains

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Imlil village sits amongst mountains of virtually Himalayan look and is the bottom for a lot of stunning day walks. Our favorite is to Tizi Mzik, a excessive cross with beautiful views of Imlil valley and the encircling snowy peaks. En route you stroll by historical Berber villages and terraces of emerald-green fields. On the cross, candy mint tea may be purchased from a tiny shack, and you may even prepare to have elaborate picnics ready your arrival. We stayed on the cosy Dar Adrar (household room from £35 B&B: the charming proprietor Mohamed can prepare strolling guides).Alex Marcovitch
Tenting by the seashores of Asilah

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Asilah is a beautiful little coastal city south of Tangier. Everybody is aware of Marrakech however Asilah gives you comparable sights and sounds in a extra nice atmosphere. The 15th-century Portuguese-built medina is an artwork hub, scattered with wall murals which can be painted over recent by new artists yearly. There’s a road market heaving with recent produce, and exquisite seashores. Tenting Saada is a superb little campsite on the sting of city. The proprietor was actually useful when our exhaust fell off. He organized for a storage on the town to weld it again collectively for a mere £30.• Pitch for 2 from £6, campercontact.comMax Barnes
Chefchaouen – a metropolis in blue

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The northern Rif mountains metropolis of Chefchaouen (pronounced Shef-sha-wen) is extremely picturesque, with its wealthy blue buildings. Merely wander the winding streets and alleyways of the medina and you’ll quickly depart the vacationer crowds behind. A delicate 20-minute stroll as much as the Spanish mosque supplies a incredible view over town. The tower on the kasbah (£5) supplies a one other nice lookout, particularly round sundown when the sunshine is altering and the decision to prayer rings out over the rooftops. John Rapson
Fellah lodge, Marrakech

A beautiful place a 20-minute taxi trip from the centre of Marrakech, on the flatlands between town and the Atlas mountains. Fellah feels extra like staying in a village than a lodge, with rooms and suites unfold throughout plenty of low-rise villas stuffed with ornate metalwork and polished earth partitions. It’s peaceable, pleasant and exquisite, with scrumptious meals, useful employees and varied spa therapies accessible. The lodge is a component and parcel of the area people, a complete breath of recent air in contrast with among the extra monolithic lodge compounds close by. We will’t wait to return.• Doubles from £52 B&B, fellah-hotel.comBeth
Fabulous fortifications

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The partitions of Aït Benhaddou can be acquainted to those that have seen Recreation of Thrones or Gladiator. It deserves to face out by itself fairly than being clumped in with close by Ouarzazate. Go to early and stroll alongside the river mattress to seize essentially the most spectacular pictures within the morning mild. Then wind your means up by the slim streets previous goat and donkey stalls to the highest of the hill to look out on the superb view. This can be a Unesco world heritage web site and deservedly so.Gillian
Rooftop views, Essaouira

The beautiful rooftop terrace at Kameleon Cafe in Essaouira is an outstanding spot the place you’ll be able to sit alone within the morning with the odor of sea air and robust espresso, whereas the sounds of crashing waves and road clamour fill your ears. The rooftops of Essaouira remind me of the Mary Poppins chimney sweep scene; small scenes play out on every terrace and one can think about stepping evenly throughout them, chasing the setting solar all the way in which to the fishing port on the sting of the outdated medina.Laura Russell