Sunshine, clear skies and natural beauty abound in Morocco and the Atlantic islands off its coast. This area offers the perfect getaway for those looking for a diverse region where you can be close to nature and the exotic and experience different cultures. Prepare to be enthralled!
From the laid back beach resort of Agadir to the maze of narrow streets in Marrakesh with its souks and snake charmers, Morocco offers travelers a wealth of exotic experiences: See the Atlas Mountains, camel trek in the desert, discover the spiritual and cultural capital of Fes and cosmopolitan Casablanca. Here ancient traditions and modern conveniences combine for a very rewarding vacation with a variety of destinations.
The Atlantic islands off the coast are unique. The Spanish Canary Islands and Portuguese Madeira welcome visitors for spa, beach, nature, golf vacations and more!
The seven Canary Islands are very individual. You’ll find a volcanic landscape and white sand beaches on Lanzarote, a lush natural park, protected areas and world heritage sites on Tenerife and sand dunes near the capital, Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria, a city said to have the best climate in the world. This variety of terrain means a variety of activities on every island.
The Portuguese island of Madeira is a botanical masterpiece, known for its magnificent gardens. One of Europe’s top spa destinations, botanical gardens, spectacular natural settings and ocean views mean hotels and resorts can offer a beautiful, relaxing environment in which to unwind.
One of the best ways to visit is by cruise ship. Throughout the year, sailings are offered either round trip from European ports or on positioning cruises that call at this area. Some feature calls at Morocco, Madeira and several of the Canary Islands. The New Year fireworks in Madeira have long been a popular draw for visitors and some cruise ships make an overnight call at Madeira on December 31 to take in the spectacle.
Spa and wellness vacations have grown in popularity in all three destinations. See this month’s Travel Style article for more on what’s on offer for those wanting to get away for a rejuvenating break.
From magnificent beaches to cultural adventures, Morocco and the Atlantic islands are destinations you won’t want to miss!
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