Casablanca, Marrakesh...just the names of these cities stir a hint
of spice in the nostrils. Morocco has been thoroughly mythologised,
and for good reason. Travellers extol the country's unique living
history, its shimmering light and its extraordinary art.
Morocco is the
ideal starting point for the traveller to Africa. An easy hop from
Europe, it is hectic but also friendly and stimulating. Open-air
markets throughout the country are piled high with rugs, woodwork,
jewellery and leather - said to be the softest in the world.
Morocco should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Those
planning to travel through the disputed territory of Western Sahara
should note that armed clashes between the Polisano Front and
Moroccan authorities are a possibility. Many areas of the Western
Sahara are mined.