Summer 2013: Make it Morocco
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If you’ve been saving that last batch of student loan for a special summer trip, TNS can vouch first-hand for Morocco as the alternative to overcrowded party coastlines. Read on for your one-stop guide to the African country. Getting there Flights from the UK can be found for under £150, and by flying to Fes you can save yourself a few quid while finding yourself in beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, if you’re looking to tag Morocco on to a longer trip around Europe, ferries are inexpensive and go regularly along the southern coastlines of Spain, France and Italy (though the latter two make for a long and frankly unenjoyable ride!). Travelling within Morocco CTM buses are considered the safest and most affordable way to get around, though trains are quicker and easier to find. If you take the train you’re advised to travel during the day, which is actually a fantastic opportunity to take in the diverse scenery of Morocco that you may not otherwise see. Some of the best views are seen from the passenger window (or open door of a moving train…) from rolling, flower-scattered hills with snowy mountains as backdrop, to stretches of field that could almost belong to the British countryside if it wasn’t for the glorious weather. Where to stay Hotels and hostels tend to be known as ‘riads’ in Morocco. For as little as £5 a night for a dorm you’ll be set up very comfortably indeed. Most will come with a free breakfast, and we’re not talking soggy cereal. You’ll most likely wake up to a full-on spread of eggs, pancakes, breads and freshly-squeezed orange juice, with as much tea and coffee as your heart desires. Mint green tea is a favourite in Morocco and is often free all day. The riad will also be your opportunity for a cool beer in the non-alcoholic country. Hostels with the TNS seal of approval: Equity Point, Marrakech; Riad Mama, Marrakech; Riad Verus, Fes; Dar Rabha, Fes. Which city to pick?
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