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Explore the Spectacular Ameln Valley

Travelers who enjoy off-the-beaten-track destinations will find the Ameln Valley in Morocco an absolute pleasure to explore. Located north of Tafraoute in the Tiznit Province of the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, the Ameln Valley has the majestic Jebel el Kest as a backdrop, with gold and copper colored terrain punctuated with patches of green cultivated land watered by springs and irrigation canals. The valley has twenty-six villages hugging the lower slopes of Jebel el Kest, each with their unique characteristics and worth spending some time in.

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Visiting the 'Gateway to the Sahara'

Located in Guelmim-Es Semara region of southern Morocco, Guelmim is both the region's largest city and its capital. Alternatively spelled Guelmine, Goulimine, Guelmime and Glaimim, the city considers itself to be the 'Gateway to the Sahara' and is the point at which the N1 and N12 highways cross, linking it to the neighboring region of Souss-Massa-Drâa. The majority of the citizens of Guelmim speak the Hassaniya dialect of Arabic, originally spoken by the Beni Hassan nomadic tribes that dominated the region from the 15th to 17th century.

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Explore the Sous Valley City of Taroudannt

Surrounded by six kilometers of ancient protective walls, the city of Taroudannt is a prime destination for travelers exploring Morocco’s spectacular Sous Valley. Located to the east of Agadir en route to Ouarzazate and the Sahara, Taroudannt is known for its handmade carpets, jewelry, pottery, brass, copper, leather and other traditional crafts, offering the perfect opportunity for visitors to purchase some souvenirs to take home. Market stalls feature herbs, spices, dried fruits, dates and other tasty treats, while sidewalk cafés serve up a variety of Moroccan dishes and endless cups of mint tea amid a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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Surfing on Morocco's Southwestern Coast

An increasing number of surfers from around the world are discovering the delights of Morocco's more than 1,800 kilometers of beautiful beaches, warm weather and spectacular surf, and an increasing number of tour operators are offering various packages aimed at helping visiting surfers to make the most of their time in this exotic North African destination. It's worth noting that, although Morocco is known for its temperate climate, some months of the year are better than others for enjoying this popular watersport. Generally, in the months of March and April, the Atlantic coastline experiences almost constant shore wind, while November is the rainy month. Nonetheless, with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, Morocco is the perfect destination for sun and surf loving travelers.

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Explore Iriqui National Park

Covering an area of 123,000 hectares between the southern foothills of the Anti-Atlas and the Draa River, the Iriqui National Park lies in Morocco's provinces of Tata and Zagora. Recognized as a National Park in 1994, the area consists primarily of typical Moroccan desert landscape, with wooded steppes and acacia studded savanna. Some of the sand dunes of the park are covered by vegetation of the Tamarix genus, which thrive in arid and saline soil conditions. These evergreen or deciduous flowering shrubs and trees grow in dense thickets and are characterized by their slender branches which start off smooth and reddish brown when the plant is young, taking on a bluish hue as they age. Also known as tamarisk or salt cedar, the plant's grey-green leaves overlap each other like fish scales along the stem and encrusted salt can often be seen on the leaves.

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Bird Watching in Morocco

With a variety of different habitats supporting a diverse range of bird species, Morocco is steadily gaining recognition as a worthwhile birding destination. The country lies in the northwest region of Africa, with the Sahara to the south and the Mediterranean to the north. Its summers are hot and dry, with rains generally falling between October and April, and drought conditions commonly occurring in the Saharan region. Up to 454 species of birds have been recorded in Morocco, some of which are considered to be endangered or rare, such as the Tawny Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, African Marsh Owl, Desert Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, Moussier's Redstart and Dupont's Lark, as well as the Bald Ibis, which is reportedly now only found in the wild in Morocco.

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Discover the Resort Town of Larache

The harbor town of Larache, located in northern Morocco's Tanger-Tétoun region, is a popular summer resort, both with Moroccans and visitors to this exotic North African country. One of the biggest attractions to the town is its spectacular long, tree-edged beach, along with a carefree holiday atmosphere that has visitors lingering in the late afternoon and into the evening to enjoy one another's company. Larache's Spanish and Andalusian architecture and numerous historic and cultural landmarks get their fair share of attention from visitors too.

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Discover a City of Outstanding Universal Value

Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the port city of El Jadida is located on Morocco's Atlantic coastline. With the region being a protectorate of Portugal since 1486, the Portuguese took control of the site in 1502 to use as stopover point on the trade route between Portugal and India. They eventually abandoned the city, then known as Mazagan, in 1769, leaving their indelible mark on the fortified city's history, infrastructure and architecture. In recommending El Jadida for World Heritage status, UNESCO noted that it bears witness to the exchange of influences between Moroccan and European cultures for the period of the 16th to the 18th centuries, making the city of "outstanding universal value".

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