Morocco, From Coast to Desert | The New York Times

The New York Times visits some of the lesser-known gems of Morocco, including Agadir, Taroudant, Ouarzazate, and Merzouga:

The_New_York_Times_logo[…]Last March the moment arrived. Having explored Marrakesh, Fez and Casablanca on previous visits, I headed to the expansive rural south, a region of less human density and vaster perspectives.

Aboard CTM and Supratours bus lines, I journeyed across the sparse mountain and canyon landscapes of the Berbers, the fair-skinned inhabitants of North Africa who predate the seventh-century Arab invaders and still compose most of southern Morocco’s population.

From Atlantic shores to Saharan dunes, the seven-day journey turned up towns both fascinating and forlorn, a kaleidoscope of centuries-old souks, dusty colonial-era outposts, livestock markets and luxury restaurants where I tried everything from French foie gras to Moroccan wine. In one town I found a strange cinematic world of biblical episodes, Buddhist masters and James Bond villains. At nearly every stop, I encountered the ghost of Bowles himself…[Full Story]

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