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Morocco

For many travelers, Morocco could be a short hop by ferry or by one of the low cost airlines myriad of Spain, but is a much further distance to travel culturally. The regular certainties of Europe suddenly swept away by the arrival in full technicolor Africa and Islam. It’s a complete sensory overload.

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Tangier, which faded libertine on the coast, has traditionally been a first port of call, but the winds quickly blow along the Atlantic coast in the cosmopolitan and famous movie star in Casablanca, and white gems of fishing ports of Asalih and Essaouira. Inside, the great imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech and attract visitors en masse as they have for centuries. The streets of the ancient medinas have plenty of surprises around every corner to fill a dozen repeated trips. Far from the urban pace, you will find Roman ruins and steep valleys to distract drastically.

If you really want to get away from everything, Morocco still has a few trump cards. The High Atlas Mountains seems tailor-made for hiking boots, with endless trails between Berber villages, and the highest peak in North Africa (Jebel Toubkal) to the conquest. Or if you prefer someone else to do the walking, you just have to hold your camel and walk straight in the Sahara, to see the sunset over an ocean of sand.

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Malta

Of his influences from North Africa and Arabic (listen carefully to the local language) in the Sicilian-inspired cuisine, Malta is a microcosm of the Mediterranean. Few European countries have concentrated this background architecture, and, yes, beaches in so small an area.

There has been an eclectic mix of influences and the roll call of rulers over the centuries, but had no doubt: Malta is not just a nominal place in Italy or a relic of colonial Britain. This island nation (all of 316 square miles of it, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino) has a unique character all their own. From prehistoric temples, baroque architecture of Valletta, the feasts of rabbit to festas noisy fireworks, rattling buses colorful fishing boats, this nation has lots of charm.

When the Unesco World Heritage granted to Valletta, called it “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” wee Malta’s capital, and the city is certainly known for its fortifications and architectural excellence. Activity boils Triq go around and Triq il-Repubblika Merkanti, but walking through the quiet narrow streets, back to get a feel for daily life. The city overlooks the stunning Grand Harbour to the Port of Marsamxett southeast and northwest.
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Elegant, aristocratic Mdina (Silent City aptly named) is perched on a rocky promontory to the southwest. Fortified by more than 3000 years old was the political center of Malta, today’s visitors can spend hours wandering the narrow streets and quiet. Rabat is the solution of the city outside the walls.

Algeria

that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends not all nonessential travel to some areas may consult with their national government in the matter.

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When a popular holiday destination on par with neighboring Morocco, Algeria, the tourism industry all but disappeared when the bitter civil war break out in 1992. After a decade of conflict, the situation improved a little, and some access to the south of the Sahara has been possible in the last couple of years. However, traveling independently, without a car is almost nonexistent, and after the kidnapping of 2003 without driver tourism travelers should be aware of the risks involved.

This shortage of visitors is a real shame because Algeria is one of the most fascinating countries of North Africa. In the dramatic classified by UNESCO n’Ajjer Tassili and Hoggar regions, near the town of Tamanrasset, the tribal culture is very much alive, and the day to day problems common to many Arab countries absent. Algiers, contains a live mix of tradition and modernity, its colonial past remains present. Timimoun city embodies the storybook oasis of the Sahara, and the cozy town of In Salah, is divided in two by a sand dune reptile.
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The options for travel are limited, especially as a backpacker, but the opportunity to see even a part of this vast nation is not to be missed.