Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.
From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.
Are you ready for your Morocco tour?
We will usually pick you up from the airport. In case you are travelling by other public means, there are bus routes and a narrow-guage railway that depart from Oviedo and Santander, with stops in several towns. Infiesto, Arriondas, Cangas de Onís, Onís, Cabrales, Panes, Ribadesella, Posada de Llanes, Llanes and Colombres, for example, all operate buses to inside the National Park.
It would help you feel at ease, but is not at all necessary. Barry and Kate are fluent Spanish speakers and they handle all of our arrangements. Furthermore, the Spanish are very forthcoming in trying to communicate when you don’t speak or understand. A phrasebook and smiling a lot could help!
The Picos de Europa, with “green Spain” on one side and a high dry plateau on the interior, are affected by both the maritime and continental climates. Expect sudden dramatic changes in weather. You will need full waterproofs, warm clothing, shorts, sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don’t be disheartened – the backdrop of light and cloud make the scenery even more dramatic.