fishing boats in Essaouira (12 of 19)High in the Atlas mountains Nicky Solloway finds the perfect base, if not quite the perfect roads, to explore Morocco.

It wasn’t quite the weather we had pictured as we stepped off the plane on our first trip to North Africa; lashing rain, strong winds and temperatures dropping to 13C.

As the taxi trundled up the twisty road to our first hotel in the High Atlas Jardin du safran, High Atlas (1 of 1)Mountains, biblical-looking characters in hooded robes or djellabas, sheltered in doorways and whole families on mopeds swerved the puddles. At one point the road turned into a river as thick, red mud gushed off the mountainside. A little further ahead, a section of the highway crumbled over the precipice. Travelling through Morocco is always an adventure, but we wondered if we’d even reach the hotel.

Travel feature in the Yorkshire Post.

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