Morocco Portugal 2001

20 day trip to Morocco during September, visiting Casablanca, Rabat, Volubilis Roman ruins, Fes, Erg Chebbi, Dades Gorge, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Ouirgane, trekking in the High Atlas mountains to Mount Toubkal (4,167m), Imill & Essaouira.

Roman ruins of Volubilis – near Meknes
Tannery Souk – Fez
Pigeon pie for lunch – Fez
Dades Gorge
Ait Benhaddou is a 17th centure fortified village near Ouarzazate. The village is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Many film scenes have been shot at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Medina street scene – Marrakesh
12th century minaret at Kutubiyya Mosque – Marrakesh
Belly Dancing restaurant – Marrakesh
Local children watch on as our mules are loaded for the trek – Ourigane
The Lepiney refuge (also known as Refuge Tazaghart), at 3,000m, was our accommodation for the night. The rock walled hut was built by French Alpinists.
Neil, Peter, Braheem & Duncan on the summit of Mt Toubkal 4,167m
Glenn at the summit of Mt Toubkal. The 9/11 terrorist attack in the USA occurred just as we were starting our trek in the Atlas Mountains, so we didn’t hear about that tragic event until almost a week after it happened.
The Old Port City of Essaouira – a great example of an 18th century fortified town
Port of Essaouira
Street scenes of the Medina – Essaouira
Street scenes of the Medina – Essaouira
18th century fort and ramparts – Essaouira
The bronze cannons were made in Holland, Spain & Portugal
Farewell dinner at Chez Sam seafood restaurant, Essaouira. At the table are Neil, Heather, Darren, Maree, Peter, Amanda, Duncan, Nick, Brett & Rajeev our guide.


View of Lisbon from the São Jorge Castle
Viewpoint area of Castelo de São Jorge – Lisbon
Porto street scene – Portugal
Douro river – Porto
The Dom Luís I, a double-deck metal arch bridge, completed in 1886
The Dom Luís I bridge and Douro river – Porto
The Ponte da Arrábida bridge, designed by Edgar Cardoso & opened in 1963 – Porto