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Take a pair of adults eager to explore new cultures, a teenager who prefers surfing and shopping to museums, and a restless seven year old. Planning a family vacation, to please everyone, can be a trying experience. Not in Morocco. This North African country offers something for everyone. Travel camel back across rolling sand dunes. Ride mules in centuries-old Berber villages. Surf and ski at modern resorts. Visit imperial cities, complete with palaces, mosques and open-air markets. A family holiday in Morocco combines adventure, culture and just plain fun.

Generations of moviegoers have followed the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and Alexander the Great through Morocco's southern deserts and will recognize the ancient fortress of Aït ben Haddou from films such as Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven. Yet many visitors are surprised by the authenticity of these exotic film locations and that their experience, through film, is limited to only a few of the country's many attractions.

In just one week, you can bathe in the Mediterranean, visit the Roman ruins of Volubilis and spend a day in the Middle Ages, just by wandering through the winding alleys of Fès, one of the largest living medieval cities in the world. And still have time to drive some nine hours south, traversing the Atlas Mountains along the way, to the Sahara Desert.

Riding a camel to the top of the sand dunes of Merzouga, to watch the sunrise or set, is an unforgettable experience. But not the only one. Follow the "valley of one thousand kasbahs" and discover sand castles that rise up along this ancient caravan route. Marrakech, with its snake charmers, storytellers and bustling market, is another must. And if you have the time and energy, visit Essaouira with its windswept ramparts that overlook the Atlantic. It's a favorite among surfers. But you can also ride horses and camels along the beach, savor fresh fish and stroll through this historic town, which the rock star Jimmy Hendrix once wanted to buy.

Only 13 kilometers of water separate Morocco from Spain. Yet the one-hour ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar transports you into an entirely different place and time. Good roads and railways, twelve airports and friendly Moroccans make travel easy. And between one destination and another, there is a whole world for each family member to discover. That is the magic of Morocco.
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Ouarzazate 45000

Souss-Massa-Draâ - Morocco

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Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace, is the main attraction in Ouarzazate. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers - Dadès, Draâ and Zi ...
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Rissani 52450

Er-Rachidia - Morocco

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Established in 757 AD, Sijilmassa was an important trading center from the 8th to the 11th century. The northern terminus for caravan routes transporting gold across the Saha ...
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Rissani 52450

Er-Rachidia -Morocco

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Moulay Ali Sharif was the first ruler of the Moroccan Alawites (also spelled Alaouite), who, at the request of the Berbers, settled in the region in the 13th century. Unfortu ...
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Road to Marrakech

Ouarzazate 45000

Souss-Massa-Draâ - Morocco

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Atlas Film Studios, also known as Atlas Corporation Studios, may be the Hollywood of Morocco but it is hardly Universal Studios. There are no rides or special effect simulati ...
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Asilah 22000

Morocco

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Asilah is awash with tourist from June through September. And while many trek to the village for the annual arts festival, most are attracted by long swathes of sand beaches. ...
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