***Marrakech offers some terrific buildings - especially traditional riads, good museums and a great covered souk [market] - the best place to find good quality crafts in Morocco - but most of all Marrakesh hosts Djemaa el Fna, the wackiest square in Morocco, where assorted weirdos put on performances and in the evening food stalls serve excellent local cuisine. Marrakesh Pictures
**Fez is the oldest imperial city in Morocco and has the largest medina [old city] and souks in the world, with great old walls and gates. You have to get lost in this medieval maze of 10,000 tiny streets to feel the city.
Another fine old city - Meknes, is a good day trip from Fès. Fès Pictures
***Sahara Dunes. Travel past Erfoud [to Merzouga] or Zagora [to M'Hamid] to get to the dunes at the edge of the Sahara desert, and stay two or three days or more to get a real feel for the place. Sahara Pictures
***Drive the lovely Ziz Valley from Errachidia to Erfoud - then on to Merzouga and the Sahara desert. Or along the Dràa Valley from Ouarzazate to Zagora and on into the desert..
Also driving between Errachidia and Ouarzazate [the Kasbah Route] with snow-capped mountains, valleys, oases, villages and kasbahs is magnificent. Visit the Todra and Dadès gorges. Road Pictures
***The Atlas Mountains. Driving Errachidia - Marrakech through/beside the mountains is highly recommended; navigation is fairly easy, the roads are uncrowded and views spectacular.
**Essaouria. For a cool beach scene try this pretty blue-and-white walled seaside town, rather than the over packaged Agadir. It has an excellent beach though it is often windy and thus favoured by windsurfers.
*Casablanca is a huge modern city with not much ethnic interest bar the biggest mosque in the world and the old quarter.
*Rabat, the capital and seat of government, is smaller than Casablanca and much more traveller-friendly though still not a must-see. It's relaxed, hassle-free, has some worthy sights, fine architecture and masses of pleasant cafés.
*Tangier, Morocco's main port and only an hour by ferry from Spain has a some interesting structures, a couple of not-very-clean beaches and a run-down old town but is useful as a transit point to the magic of the rest of Morocco.
The Sahara Desert:
This notorious desert stretching across North Africa is the size of the USA but only about 25% sand. The rest is composed of volcanic hills, rock and gravel plains and some vegetation which is home to around 300 species of bird and animals such as mongooses, snakes, jackals, hares, deer, foxes and even baboons.
Desert experiences are not to be missed, though preferably on camel back and for a couple of days, including sleeping under the stars.
Traditional Morocco food is nourishing though a little dull, with couscous [semolina] the national dish, served with stews of lamb, chicken and vegetables.
Main towns, like Fes, have lots of international restaurants at reasonable prices.
Alcohol is freely available to travellers/tourists.