Morocco, on the north-west corner of Africa, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks selling ceramics, jewellery and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water. Towns such Tangier, Casablanca and Fès conjure up images of Arabian nights, medieval cities, Roman ruins and Berber kasbahs. Open-air markets are piled high with rugs, woodwork, jewellery and leather said to be the softest in the world. Remember you can’t leave without soaking in an hamman, a traditional bathhouse – every town has at least one.