Portugal & Morocco
Portugal shares the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula with Spain. To the west and south of Portugal is the Atlantic Ocean’s fantastic coastline consisting mostly of golden sand and endless dunes. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, this country has a rich unique culture, beautiful countryside, lively cities, pleasant climate and an abundance of sunshine. It boasts outstanding landscape diversity of deep valleys and rolling hills dotted with stone-built villages.
Portugal was once a powerful seafaring kingdom that dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient. The legacy of Portugal’s former wealth and power can still be seen in its historic cities and walled towns, while the capital Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is known for its incredible Late-Gothic architecture and medieval alleyways.
Located at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, just across the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is the closest point of contact to Europe for Africa as a continent. Morocco is a land of tolerance, a blend of cultures and religions, and a country known for its amazing hospitality. Its ancient monuments, decadent palaces, glorious mosques, along with its fascinating mixture of history, art, food, music and architecture makes Morocco an unforgettable destination. The ever enchanting labyrinths of bazaars and souks in the old medinas, the vast and stunning snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the never ending warm and windy Atlantic Ocean coastline, and the impressive Sahara Desert famous as a location for many Hollywood movies, are just some of the country’s natural and cultural beauties that never fail to leave a lasting impression.