Marrakech, an ancient imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center with mosques, palaces and gardens.
The Majorelle garden is sublime, and the souk absolutely fantastic.
The medina is a densely populated medieval walled city dating back to the Berber Empire, with labyrinthine alleys where lively souks (markets) sell traditional fabrics, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, the minaret of the twelfth-century Moorish Koutoubia mosque can be seen for miles.
-> Several human rights groups warn that sexual orientation and gender identity are criminalized in this country.