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Morocco is a country made for travellers with its variety of cultures - Berber, Arab and the French legacy - and variety of landscapes from the mountains of the High Atlas to the southern valleys and coastal beaches. This updated handbook is written by a North Africa specialist who has travelled and worked in Morocco over many years. It contains practical information including: detailed coverage of all accommodation from riads, guest houses, youth hostels and camp sites to sophisticated and original hotels; restaurants, bars, discos and night-life; how to cope with travel in the desert; the latest information on trekking routes and mountaineering; and how to get about with the minimum of fuss. The practical information is backed up with a picture of the cultural, social and political situation, enabling travellers to plan their trip with confidence and ease. This edition also includes a special full colour front map highlighting the best sights, plus improved contents listings and chapter openings so that you can find what you want quickly. The guide offers trekking routes and other adventure sports in and around Morocco's mountain ranges, information on where to buy the best babouches, carpets, ceramics, leatherwork and all manner of things.
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The back cover of Footprint's new Morocco guidebook cites praise for earlier editions of Justin McGuiness' book: described by London's Traveller Magazine as "excellent--stands apart from the rest", this is a slick, erudite and attractive guidebook to the most easily accessed country in Africa for Europeans.
McGuiness is clearly deeply immersed in the cultures and history of North Africa. A graduate in Arabic, and having lived widely in Tunisia as well as Morocco, his book benefits from his knowledge of the area. There are excellent sections on, for instance, the history of the small Spanish enclaves in Morocco and remote peoples of the Atlas mountains, as well as first-rate coverage on the history and architecture of Morocco's famous medinas. Practical information is also strong, although the book is perhaps tailored most to travellers with a little more than a basic budget to spend--description and information on the cheaper hotels is less detailed than on the more expensive ones.
Still this book will be of use to people of all budgets, ages and interests planning a visit to Morocco. The language section benefits from McGuinness' training in Arabic, and some of the architectural descriptions bring to mind the descriptive prowess of Patrick Leigh Fermor--particularly when McGuinness describes the great mosques, such as Marrakech's Koutoubia Mosque.
Providing insights into both historical and contemporary Morocco, this is certainly a book to take with you when you travel. --Toby GreenReview:
"Excellent - stands apart from the rest." Traveller magazine - London "Written with a wide cultural canvas and packed with historical anecdotes." The Independent on Sunday
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