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- North Africa is separated from the sub continent by the vast Sahara Desert
- The predominant Islamic Culture has interfaced with Europe and Asia for centuries
- North Africa is the Nile of Cleopatra, the souks of Marrakech and an exotic desert oasis
- The mysterious Sahara Desert claims 90% of the land on North Africa
- LaCure has chosen Marrakech as our destination of choice in North Africa
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With the barrier of the Sahara separating it from the rest of the continent, North Africa is a unique region that historically has close cultural links to Europe and Southwestern Asia. Islamic culture is mixed with the aftermath of European colonial ambitions that date back to the invasions of the ancient Romans. Its geography is equally mixed, the High Atlas Mountains soaring high over the world’s largest hot desert, covering an area roughly the size of Europe or the United States.
Lying on the northwestern corner of Africa, Morocco is a tropical country whose heat is moderated by its rugged mountain ranges and the breezes of the Atlantic. The colorful experience it offers travelers ranges from jugglers in marketplaces to its tolerant Islamic culture, from desert oases to Roman ruins and craggy valleys.
Morocco’s coastal cities and towns include Tangier, with its vibrant nightlife; glittering Casablanca, the country’s economic and cultural capital made famous by the 1942 Humphrey Bogart movie; and whitewashed fishing ports, such as Asalih and Essaouira.
The exotic imperial city of Marrakech was founded in the 11th century, when the Almoravides came from the south and settled in a lush valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Its setting remains spectacular today, with ochre stucco buildings set against the stunning backdrop of the Atlas range.
Wandering through the maze of Marrakech’s market streets is a mind-boggling experience, with their snake charmers, rattling donkey carts, acrobats, castanet-tapping water sellers and vendors hawking Berber cures for any ailment or social or economic problem. Later, in a restaurant, you can treat yourself to a traditional meal of couscous or the spicy tagine stew of meat and vegetables, or pastilla, with sweet, spiced meat layered between thin pieces of flaky dough.
Thrill seekers can trek the Atlas Mountains. Jebel Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa, rising up more than 13,500 feet. St the end of that exhilarating and fatiguing experience, you will be comforted to know that you will return to the pampering care of one of the finest Morocco villas in Marrakech. Set on an estate with mature palm trees, your LaCURE villa boasts a private pool, tennis court and a sprawling roof terrace, perfect for alfresco dining.