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Essaouira, Morocco

Escape the city

No matter how much you love the city, sometimes it’s great to escape – and Marrakesh is ideally placed for quick tastes of another Morocco. The snowy ridge of the High Atlas mountains are within easy reach from the medina. Put on your walking boots and head for the village of Imlil the gateway to the overnight hike up Jebel Toubkal, north Africa’s highest peak. Alternatively, make for the arty white-washed fishing port of Essaouira, with its imposing sea walls and fishermen ready to cook their catch of the day over hot coals in the fresh sea air.