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Water hazard on the Golf Royal Marrakech

Winter Golf, Morocco Style

Why let your golf game go into hibernation, when you can be in Morocco playing on some of the best courses in the world this winter? There are three types of winter golfer. The first sadly consign their clubs to the cupboard until the spring rolls around, looking wistfully out of the window as driving…

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GBR runner at front of Marathon des Sables

On the start line

Take your marks for a fantastic year of racing in Morocco. From the high-octane thrills of the World Touring Car Championships to one of the most punishing foot races around, people from all over the world will flock to the kingdom to watch and compete in some of the most exhilarating races on the planet….

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Moroccan Olympic logo

Morocco – Faster, Higher, Stronger

As the world’s gaze turns to Rio this August, Morocco will be among the 206 nations competing at the 31st Summer Olympics. The Kingdom is sending 49 athletes to Brazil who will complete in disciplines as varied as golf, Judo, cycling and equestrian. The bulk of the team is made up by runners, with twenty…

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Into the surf

Surfing the South – Part 2

When you’re in this part of the world you must also get to the mountains for a few nights – they’re just 10mins above the coastal towns and the trundle up in an old Renault 4/ Quatre-elle with the gear stick that pulls out of the ‘dashboard’ is all part of the adventure. The air…

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Bethany Hamilton

Surfing the South – Part 1

You know you’ve arrived in the surfing towns of south Morocco, and not just because of the camper vans and tousle haired surfers. It’s a calmer place here with a gentleness in the air. The people are extraordinarily generous, kind, meditative – perhaps living by the ocean and growing up in the surf has had…

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Toubkal mountains

Toubkal Trekking – Exploring a National Park

I’d had my eye on the Toubkal National Park ever since I landed in Marrakech six months ago, and as it was a glorious spring day and I had the weekend off so I grabbed my backpack and took a petit taxi to Asni. The sun shone brightly as I began my Toubkal trek along…

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Cycling through the Atlas Mountains

Riding the Marrakech Atlas Etape – Sun and Cycling

The Marrakech Atlas Etape is one of the newer sportives in the world – the first was in 2013 – and I was determined to take part early. For me there were several pluses to the event, mainly Morocco itself. It was a chance to visit a kingdom that I’d long admired from afar. It also…

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Desert

Saharan Stretch – Four Reasons Desert Yoga is the best

One of the best things about yoga is that it can be practised anywhere: at the gym, in the living room, in the park. It’s almost a case of ‘have mat will travel’. But there’s no denying that your surroundings can affect your session, and stretching next to a building site isn’t going to help…

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Kitesurfing Dakhla

Blown Away – Kitesurfing in Dakhla

Essaouira gets the headlines when it comes to kitesurfing – and yes, it’s good. But 1,000 miles to the south is another golden location that you should visit if you’ve got any interest in kiting – Dakhla. The key to Dakhla is the shape of the peninsula it’s on. It juts out about 10kms into…

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