A walk­ing hol­i­day with a dif­fer­ence around Es­saouira, Morocco

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On Morocco’s west coast, At­lantic waves break on de­serted beaches and red-rock cliffs, with just a few Ber­ber vil­lages be­tween them. On The Go Tours’ walk­ing hol­i­day be­gins in the very dif­fer­ent set­ting of Mar­rakesh’s medina, but then picks up the path along the 40-mile coastal stretch south of Es­saouira. There’s a tra­di­tional ap­proach to baggage for­ward­ing: a camel car­a­van ac­com­pa­nies walk­ers among the dunes, wadis and ar­gan trees, car­ry­ing ev­ery­thing needed to set up camp each night.

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The eight-day Morocco Coastal Trek runs 31 March–7 April, with five other dates lined up for later this year (from £545pp, sin­gle supplement £120; on­the­go­tours.com). The price in­cludes two nights’ ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion and five nights’ camp­ing, most meals, trans­port be­tween Mar­rakesh and the trekking route, and the ser­vices of guides. The trip starts and fin­ishes in Mar­rakesh, which is served by di­rect flights from Birm­ing­ham, Gatwick, Liver­pool, Lu­ton, Manch­ester and Stansted on air­lines in­clud­ing Air Ara­bia, BA, easyJet, Ryanair and TUI Air­ways (from £110; ryanair.com).

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