SAHARA. The rarest travel experiences can be found in golden sands of the Sahara. As you drive past endless dunes, imagine stopping at a Oriental-carpeted oasis, where you can dine and rest in tented luxury, then ride into the desert in a caravan of camels. Every dusk brings a divine spectacle: the sky turns radiantly colorful, then awesomely starry, as the sun sets over this fabled desert.
ESSAOUIRA. One of the loveliest places in Morocco, Essaouira is a multicultural mecca that has captivated household names like cinematic genius Orson Welles and the Rolling Stones. It continues to lure creative souls to its whitewashed fishing village, trimmed with the brilliant azure of the skies. Essaouira is a center for Moroccan artists and musicians, and the site of the popular music festival called “Gnawa” (an old North African spiritual art form). Stroll around the Jewish Quarter (Mellah), the well-kept Jewish cemetery, and visit two historical synagogues (Chaim Pinto & Simon Attias), that have undergone restoration and have now been rededicated.
MARRAKESH. A longtime trading hub and cultural crossroads, Marrakesh is adored as “the Pearl of the South.” With its winding streets, colorful homes and shops, and fascinating energy, it is a cosmopolitan, world-class delight that has long mesmerized celebrities – from rock stars to business magnates — from around the world. The chic French influence in Marrakesh is palpable, blending the city’s African feel with the culture of Europe. One unmissable sight is the delightful Majorelle Garden, created by Yves Saint Laurent, who kept a villa in Marrakesh. Another is the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square, packed with everything from storytellers to snake charmers. Marrakesh’s Jewish community, like many in this part of the world, specialized in commerce and handicrafts, and there are still some prominent Jewish families here. Its Mellah, Slat Al Azama Synagogue, Jewish Center, and well-preserved Jewish cemetery are all testimonies to the tolerant nature of this ancient city.