Kensington Palace has announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay a visit to Morocco for a three-day trip.
If you’re picturing the couple chilling poolside with mocktails or padding around a spa, as though on a proper babymoon, think again: It’s understood Meghan and Harry will likely spend the majority of the trip working.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from Saturday 23rd February to Monday 25th February 2019. This visit is at the request of Her Majesty's Government.
While the details of their itinerary are still to be confirmed, if they do manage to fit in some sightseeing between official royal engagements, here are just a few travel highlights for them to consider…
A favourite of Instagrammers and green thumbs alike, this botanical garden designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle (and later restored by designer Yves Saint Laurent) is easily Marrakech’s most beautiful green space. Expect calming lily ponds, hundreds of cacti and the famous ‘Majorelle blue’ walls.
Marrakech’s ancient walled Medina is the perfect place to get lost – a maze of tiny alleyways filled with vibrant souks selling pottery, spices and textiles. At its heart is the Jemaa el-Fnaa, a bustling market square that’s transformed at dusk into a huge open-air dining area, packed with fragrant food stalls.
Morocco’s incredible sand dunes take a bit of preparation to visit – you’ll need to book a desert safari in advance – but they’re well worth the extra admin. Take a camel ride (look for ethical, well-run operators) for spectacular views of this desert paradise, and camp overnight to catch a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise.
The rugged Atlas Mountains in North Africa are an ideal place for a spot of soul-searching. Trek through beautiful sunlit valleys, taking in the snow-capped mountains and traditional Berber villages on the way. If you’re based in Marrakech, a day trip to the mountains is more than possible, and there are plenty of walks – for all abilities – to do in the area.
A kissing photo in front of the very spectacular Ouzoud Falls, north-east of Marrakech, is pretty much a rite of passage for visiting couples who aren’t afraid of a PDA. The 360ft waterfalls are a pretty special sight, and are surrounded by thousands of olive trees, and you might spot a Barbary macaque swinging from branch to branch. On warm days, you can even brave a swim in the valley’s pools below.