When preparing for your trip to Morocco, start with the big choices: north or south? Do you want to visit the cities, walk in the High Atlas, explore the landscapes of the Rif region, see the sunrise over the sand dunes in the desert, enjoy the sea, or get pampered in a spa? Do you want to go to one specific place, or follow an itinerary? Rather than a Morocco travel guide, here are some must-see essentials or unusual spots: Cafe Hafa in Tangier, a haunt of the famous such as Paul Bowles, with cliff top views overlooking the sea. The blue village of Chefchaouen. The Medina of Asilah. The old town of Fez. Dades Gorge and Dra Valley. The must-see La Mamounia in Marrakech (or bypass it by opting for the privacy of a Riad) where you can explore the traditional city and centres of fashion.
Drive south, from the Atlantic coast to the Skoura oasis, in the 'House of Dreams', exquisite villas just for you, for one night. Goulimine souq. The almond blossom valley. The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. For adventurers, head to the Western Sahara as far as Dakhla, on the fringes of the border with Mauritania.