With a flight time of under four hours, Morocco has been a popular destination for UK tourists for quite some time.  Whether looking to enjoy the stunning scenery, lounge in the sun, check out the history, it’s a country which has so much to offer.

We’ve picked out some of the ways you can immerse yourself in the local culture:

Visit the Medina of Marrakech.  Full of labyrinth alleys, markets and incredible architecture, the Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Once there visitors can explore the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace

Eat local (or even take a cookery class).  Enjoy a fusion of Amazigh, Arabic, African and Mediterranean dishes.  Learn how to prepare traditional dishes like tagine, couscous and harira soup.  Desperate to sample as wide a range as possible?  Book yourself on a food tour.

Tour the Atlas Mountains – you can take a tour of the traditional villages of the Atlas Mountains learning about local customs and how locals live.

See the Roman Ruins.  Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Volubilis was once a thriving Roman City.  Now home to the well-preserved ruins of the city, visitors can explore the temples, houses and public buildings on a day trip.

Discover the Blue City of Chefchaouen.  The charming city is in the Rif Mountains and famous for its blue-pained buildings.  It is filled with narrow always and squares as well as the Kasbah Museum and hosts incredible view from the Bouzaafar Mosque.

Ride a camel in the Sahara Desert.  Yes, you can even ride a camel in the dunes of the Sahara Desert.  Oh, and spend the night in a traditional Bedouin tent!

Enjoy a Hammam.  The unique spa experience – experience a steam bath, black soap, and massage at a local Hammam.

Catch some local music.  Of course, you’re not really enjoying the local culture if you don’t check out the music.  Catch a live performance by a Gnawa group with chanting, drumming and dancing.  If you’re planning ahead for next year check out the Gnawa Music Festival in June in the city of Essaouira.

Visit a Souk.  What holiday doesn’t include a bit of shopping?  Visit a traditional market which are found in cities across Morocco.  Explore the souks and discover the crafts, jewellery, textiles and furniture of local artisans.