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June 2023 – Adventures in Morocco

We’ll explore a different destination for each Book Club, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of that month’s book.

Please note: this prize draw is now closed.

This month the Silver Travel Book Club — proudly sponsored by Classic Collection — is reading Adventures in Morocco: From the Souks to the Sahara by Alice Morrison.

TV presenter, writer and adventurer Alice Morrison gives her own unique and personal insight into Morocco, the place she’s made her home.

When Alice Morrison headed out to Morocco, it was to take on one of the most daunting challenges: to run in the famous Marathon des Sables. Little did she expect to end up living there. But once she settled in a flat in Marrakech, she was won over by the people, the spectacular scenery and the ancient alleyways of the souks. Soon she was hiking over the Atlas Mountains, joining nomads to sample their timeless way of life as they crossed the Sahara Desert, and finding peace in a tranquil oasis.

Despite more than 10 million tourists coming to Morocco each year, there are remarkably few books about its people, their customs and the extraordinary range of places to visit, from bustling markets to vast, empty deserts. Alice makes sure she samples it all, and as she does, she provides a stunning portrait of a beautiful country. If you’re thinking of going to Morocco, or you want to recall your time there, Adventures in Morocco is the ideal book.

Morocco: A Beguiling Destination of Diversity

Morocco is a diverse destination that offers exotic charm, rich culture, and intriguing history, yet it’s so close to home: Classic Collection can take you there. From the Sahara Desert to the High Atlas Mountains, and a stunning coastline, Morocco impresses with its natural beauty. The city of Marrakech is a perfect starting point, full of creativity, ancient culture, and lively souks. Fez is another gem, where the car-free medina feels in tune with its past. Nature lovers can head to the Atlas Mountains for hiking and cycling, while the coasts of Agadir and Essaouira offer seaside living and coastal life. There’s also the opportunity to spend your nights under the stars in the desert, at rustic yet luxurious camps.

Morocco also provides endless opportunities for activities like water sports, deep-sea fishing, paddleboarding, golf, and cookery schools. The spas and hammams offer indulgent and invigorating treatments. Whether you want an active or a relaxed trip, Morocco won’t disappoint. With diverse places, people, and experiences, you are sure to have a memorable visit.

Read Petra Shepherd’s article on Marrakesh and Essaouira

How to win a copy of Adventures in Morocco: From the Souks to the Sahara by Alice Morrison

From the souks of Marrakech to the high Atlas Mountains, comment below about a visit to Morocco and what made it special or why you might like to visit.

A winner will be chosen at random in early July 2023.
The competition closes on 30 June 2023.

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  1. I have been to Morocco twice, once on a cruise ship. This was a good many years ago now, but the sight that stays in my memory for evermore was the El Haissan Mosque – breathtaking. Not sure if I have spelled it correctly! I am old now ……but have a great love of reading, especially about travel – anywhere……..

  2. I really enjoyed my trip tp Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. Riad we stayed was excellent and close to the main square where we were entertained by the goings on. The trip with a private driver tothe Atlas Mountains for lunch was very enjoyable, esp[ecially as my friend had to ride on a donkey to the restaurant. A country I would love to visit for longer holiday

  3. I would love to visit Morocco it’s such a diverse country with plenty of history.

  4. An interesting place to visit, a real adventure and something different perhaps!

  5. I would love to read this book.It would be interesting to go to Morocca

  6. I’ve never been to Morocco, but it’s very high up my wish list, and I’ll probably do the One Traveller holiday there in 2024 or 2025. I’m particularly interested in the historic sights, such as Volubilis, and some of the mosques, but am also keen to do a 4×4 adventure in the Sahara Desert.

  7. I’ve never been but it’s on my bucket list, this would be ideal before I go

  8. My very first holiday as an 18 year old was to Morocco, a mere 42 years ago! I wonder if it is as beautiful now as it was then.

  9. Visited morocco many years ago, very warm and was upgraded at hotel , had a great experiance there.

  10. Was just about to book Marrakesh this week but called for medical tests so couldn’t do that yet. Hopefully soon.

  11. A country on the bucket list but as a solo traveller l have so far refrained, maybe this book is what I need to make that journey come true !

  12. I’d love to see the intricate patterns of the tiles on buildings and all the colours in the souks.

  13. Just as Lesley said above, this book may assist solo-travelling in Morocco. I was there a long, long time ago and would like to go again.

  14. I only spent a day there but loved the mosque and drinking mint tea by the waters edge in Casablanca

  15. I would like to go for the wonderful atmosphere and what memories it would make.

  16. Would love to visit Morocco for a fifth time. Such a fascinating country. So much more to see. Would like to read about Marrakech too – only visited it on a day trip from Agadir way back in the early eighties.

  17. Marrakech , I enjoyed a visit to an argan oil production run by a woman’s collective.

  18. When I met my now husband, he replicated that famous saying from Casablanca – ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine’ – and the rest they say is history.
    On a day trip to Casablanca we went to Rick’s cafe to relive this moment but sadly it was closed for a private function so it is still on our list of things to do!!!

  19. The range of things to see and do seems amazing, from the cities to the mountains to the gardens.

  20. I took my children to Morocco when they were 5 and 10. We trekked across the Atlas mountains on the backs of mules, stayed in berber villages, browsed the souks, spent a day on the beach at Essaouira and had a truly amazing adventure. I hope it hasn’t changed too much! What a fabulous place!

  21. I visited whilst on a School Cruise – 53 years ago! – so would love to go back to see what has changed!

  22. A land of beautiful contrasts, from mountains deserts to the mighty ocean. The night sky from a hotel bed in the desert to the sounds of different medinas.., a magical place

  23. I would like to soak up the atmosphere, meet the people and barter at the souk, especially for argan oil…

  24. Alice Morrison is a writer I admire. I loved her book “Walking with Nomads,” especially the tales told around the camp fire with her fellow travellers. A total escape from everyday concerns but also shows how the ancient world of the nomad is under threat as never before. “Adventures in Morocco” is on my wish list, as indeed is a long overdue visit to the country itself.

  25. On a day trip to Agadir as part of a cruise, we had a tour by a local taxi driver. He took us to the market where camels’ legs were on display on the next stall to satellite dishes! Such a juxtaposition of wares for sale, I’ll never forget it. The colours and scents were fabulous.

  26. I haven’t been – yet. Definitely has come on my radar in the last couple of years and will visit. Looks beautiful – am interested in the architecture and food.

  27. I’ve never been to Morocco but would like to visit Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech which looks wonderful, and while in Marrakech I’d like to stay in a riad.

  28. I absolutely loved Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh and the stunning, vivid colours.

  29. I would love to go back as the only time I have been was March 2020 when lock down happened and we had to leave.

  30. I visited Morocco with my mom on a cruise some years ago, we were so excited especially mom as she hadn’t been anywhere so exotic, we enjoyed every moment of it. My mom passed 2 years ago now but I still have those special memories of us in the souks, and smells of the spices. A special time.

  31. Only been to Morocco once on a cruise ship stopover in Casablanca.It was wet and windy.Love to go back to see if the weathers improved

  32. Always wanted to go. Then on a cruise a few years ago I was going so excited my visit all planned. Then at the last minute the port was cancelled due to high winds! So on my bucket list for the next few years. Love to explore the markets and experience the hustle and bustle.

  33. My son visited Marrakesh on a school trip years ago and brought me back loads of herbs. They were unlike anything we could buy here. I would love to go over there to visit and get my own herbs!

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