Fascinating North Africa offers a rich blend of modern beach resorts, intriguing ancient towns and stunning desert landscapes. From the colour and life of Morocco to the beautiful beaches of Tunisia and the bewitching past of Egypt, land of the pharaohs, North Africa has qualities to beguile any holidaymaker.
Egypt is a land of contrasts. Many choose to visit the temples of Luxor or see the majestic pyramids from a cruise down the Nile (or from the back of a camel), while others are content to relax in glitzy Sharm el-Sheikh, with its modern resort hotels, animated nightlife and cosmopolitan beach resorts. Visitors can dive in the Red Sea in unspoiled Dahab or experience the timeless Bedouin culture.
Exotic Tunisia is a country of wondrous beaches, ancient history and whitewashed villages. To escape the crowds entirely, visit untouched Djerba, a sun-drenched island of great natural beauty.
French-speaking Morocco affords the chance to haggle in the markets or sip tea in fascinating, romantic cities like Marrakech, Fes and Casablanca. In contrast, Moroccan resorts are not lacking in sophistication and the top beach destination, Agadir, is chic and exclusive.
North Africa has a dry, hot desert climate, tempered by the Mediterranean coast. With year-round sun, there is no “bad” time to visit North Africa and many holidaymakers opt to go in February and March, escaping the cold of northern Europe.
Who visits North Africa?
No longer a destination exclusively for the adventurous, the many delights of North Africa are enjoyed by singles, couples, more mature travellers and even young families – anyone who wants to escape the winter cold and be kissed by the hot African sun.
Countries such as Morocco and Egypt hold some of the most traditional, spicy and tasty dishes in the world. North African cuisine consists of foods such as wheat, fish, seafood, meats, vegetables and fruits. The majority of foods are spiced, with ginger and paprika being most common spices used. Uniquely, fresh peppermint is commonly used in the ‘Maghreb cuisine’ (North African). Its authentic food is sure to make your taste buds tingle, with many unique flavours which are sure to give you a wonderful taste of North Africa’s magnificent cuisines.
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