Very few tourists travel to Southern Morocco. The lack of infrastructure to accommodate them certainly presents an obstacle to the development of tourism in the region, which is a shame because the Deep South is a nature lover's dream come true. There are a few cities spread across the Atlantic Coast and inland, but the rest is nothing but ocean, desert and wind. Fishing villages and nomad camps are scattered here and there. You can start to understand why Antoine de St. Exupéry, the French aviator and writer, became depressed while he was stationed at Tarfaya with the solitude weighing heavily all around. For quiet and relaxing holidays though, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life, Morocco's south is without doubt the perfect destination.
Surface area : 659970.0 km2
Population : 32300000 inhabitants
Time difference : The UK and Morocco are both in the same time zone so normally there is no time difference. However, daylight saving starts and ends on different dates in both countries, so at certain times of the year the UK can be one hour ahead.
You can find Sahrawi handicraft that is similar to what you can buy in Mauritania. Women can bring back fabrics and clothing traditionally worn in southern Morocco and the Sahara, such as women's boubous (robes) and sarouels (trousers). Sahrawis also like to adorn themselves with jewellery that they show off. You can find exquisite pieces of jewellery to take home but also everyday items. Leather crafts are still an important trade, so you're sure to find some beautiful bags, belts and shoes here.
The cuisine in the south of Morocco consists of fish in the coastal towns, but also meat such as mutton, lamb and camel. There are several local specialities to try like El Benaka, a mixture of liver, camel hump and corn. Wheat, barley and corn are eaten regularly. As for drinks, you'll find both camel and goats' milk. Roasted barley is another one to try. Of course mint tea is drunk in the middle of the desert in the searing heat - the perfect refreshment to quench your thirst. Bread is also served with meals.
If you're travelling to the Deep South of Morocco make sure to pack warm clothes but also lighter clothing that covers most of your skin to protect from sunburn. Hats and bottles of water are essential. Use a local guide if you want to go camel trekking in the Sahara.
If you're travelling by car, remember to check that you have a full tank of petrol, as you don't want to break down in the middle of the desert.