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Digital Subscriptions > DNA Magazine > DNA #217 | The Travel Issue > A JOURNEY OF THE SENSES


From aromatic candles and Saharan sunrises to cool water running over hot feet during a meal beside a stream, Morocco’s unique flavours reward the curious traveller. Lewis Payton revels in the sensory overload.



What is the enduring appeal of Morocco as a travel destination? For such a small country, there’s incredible geographic diversity; the beaches of the north, the rugged High Atlas mountains near Marrakech, and the spectacular Sahara Desert in the south. The main cultural cities of Fez and Marrakech maintain their historic beauty but buzz with contemporary energy. And Moroccan cuisine is deservedly world renowned.


For a Muslim nation, especially compared to those in the Middle East, Morocco is a fairly liberal country. The politically powerful ruling monarchy is seen as a friend to the West and there is palpable coexistence of Eastern and Western values and ideals within the country. My experience of Moroccans is that they are warm and friendly. One of my guides explained that in Moroccan culture, friends, neighbours and strangers should be welcomed into your home with equal hospitality.

Until a few decades ago, Morocco was known as a haven for gay Westerners, who could escape the (then) repressive laws and attitudes of the West to enjoy the relative freedom of Morocco’s more relaxed social attitudes towards homosexuality.

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