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Marrakesh, Morocco

Getaway from the crowds

It might seem impossible to get away from the crowds that throng the Marrakesh medina, but there’s always a way to beat the crush. Tourist sites like the Saadian tombs and Marjorelle Gardens are best visited in the early morning, when the light is best for photos and before the coach visitors pile in. You can walk swathes of the medina largely to yourself on a Friday morning when everything is shut up before midday prayers. Evening strolls in the parks of the Ville Nouvelle tend to leave the tourists far behind – and if the place still feels as if it presses in on you, retreat to the comfort of your riad and dream that you really own a Moroccan palace of your own.